First, their deluded cricketers come over here thinking they can retain the Ashes, despite the fact they've never won a Series in England under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting.

Then their motorcyclists come over here thinking they can perform deathdefying stunts on one of our most famous landmarks.

Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison thought it would be a good idea to leap the 25 feet gap between the north and sound side of the world's most famous bridge, London's Tower Bridge.

And the Digger made it look easy, unfortunately, performing a back flip 80 feet above the River Thames (hitting the gap at the wrong angle and breaking a few bones would have provided more entertainment for spectators).

He must have got the skill from his British great-great-grandfather, who would have had to peform equally impressive feats of speed and leaps whilst on the run from the cops.

Leap of faith: Daredevil motorcyclist jumps London's Tower Bridge while doing a no-handed backflip

By Daily Mail Reporter
13th July 2009
Daily Mail

Motocross star Robbie Maddison found an unusual way to cross the Thames this morning - when he used his motorbike to leap an open Tower Bridge.

The 27-year-old Australian performed a no-handed backflip as he jumped the gap between the north and south side of the historic London landmark at 2.55am.

‘The whole experience was awesome,’ he said.

Up and over: Robbie Maddison halfway through leaping over Tower Bridge this morning (above and below)


‘We had a matter of minutes on the bridge and had to time everything to the second - there were so many factors to get right, but we pulled it off.

‘It was an incredible feeling to fly between the two towers and over the Thames.’

Maddison said he had been planning a stunt in London since his last feat - leaping off a ramp on to a life-size replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve last year.

Spinning: The Australian revolves around backwards during the daring feat at 2.55am (above and below)


‘People say I’m crazy, but I just want to push the boundaries of my sport and my body to the limit and I love taking on these huge challenges,’ he said.

Maddison, who also holds the record for the world’s longest ever motorbike jump (350.7ft) will perform at Battersea Power Station on August 22 as part of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2009.

His stunts are reminiscent of Evel Knievel, the American motorcycle daredevil whose jumps including his 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

His achievements and failures, including his record 37 broken bones, earned him several entries in the Guinness Book of World Records before his death in 2007.

No broken bones, well done! Robbie after completing the death-defying leap

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1199316/Leap-faith-Daredevil-motorcyclist-jumps-Londons-Tower-Bridge-performing-handed-backflip.html#ixzz0LLt3j0Py&C

Last edited by Blackleaf; Jul 15th, 2009 at 01:14 PM..