On Thursday night before the start of the Navy Moto X World Championships in San Diego, SportNet, DC, Red Bull, and Rally Team had a showing for 199 Lives - The Travis Pastrana Story. Held on a rooftop bar at the Hotel Solamar in downtown San Diego, it was pretty swanky indeed.
199 Lives is a straight, no-frills documentary concerning the life of Travis Pastrana, currently considered one of the premier talents in the dirt bike motor cross circuit. Frankly, my knowledge of motocross begins and ends with the 1986 Nintendo game, Excite Bike. So while I am not the intended audience for this feature, it is a worthwhile glimpse into a culture that I know oh so little about. The title likely comes from the incredible cornucopia of injuries that Travis has sustained in his life time. He's broken his wrist seven times. He's had eight knee surgeries on the right knee and seven surgeries on the left. He's separated his shoulder three times. He's had at least twenty-five concussions. I can only wonder how his body and mind will react should he actually survive to old age.
199 Lives DVD: The Travis Pastrana Story DVD is a new documentary that will go beyond the all the films, the ridiculously insane stunts and provide the world a glimpse into his life from childhood to his motocross racing career, his dominance in FMX, and the injuries that almost ended his career. Few of us are as extreme as Travis pastrana, whether it is base jumping, sky diving, FMX double back flips, rally car racing, crashing cars, or stunts in his foam pit. At the age 22, Travis Pastrana is an action sports phenomenon.