The Nuclear Cowboyz return to Tampa Bay with high-flying action

TAMPA, Fla. - The Nuclear Cowboyz are making their way back to Tampa Bay with their explosive freestyle motocross show this weekend at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The show features riders on motocross and quads as part of an action-packed storyline that includes stunts, heavy metal, lasers, and indoor pyrotechnics.

The storyline for the 2014 Feld Motor Sports production is the never-ending battle between good versus evil: the allied tribe, the Nuclear Cowboyz, tries to defeat the evil tyrant and her army.

The show is choreographed to heart-thumping music, a laser light show, pyrotechnics and fire. Lots of fire. It's a dangerous combination for the daredevil riders who already boast 43 combined X-Games medals. 

The show takes about a year of planning to come to fruition, said Jayme Dalsing, the show's director. Dalsing, along with the writer, creative director, and choreographer, began the process of planning the new show, complete with new storyline, in March of 2013. Then in late November, rehearsals started. 

Typically, Dalsing said, the riders practice a scene a day at Feld Headquarters in Ellenton for about a week, and by week two, they are in full costumes for a full rehearsal. Rehearsals take about three weeks and when they are over, the riders fly back to their respective homes throughout the country where they continue to practice. They fly back in for shows.

The Tampa show, Dalsing said, took crews 12 hours, beginning on Thursday, to build the set. 

Other facts about the production:

  • More than 1,000 stunts will be performed, including 200 flips
  • It took crews more than 30,000 hours to create the new 2014 set design
  • There are 10 ramps for take off and landing
  • It takes 11 semi-trailer trucks to load the Nuclear Cowboyz set

The show blasts off at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23.

Show times:
Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m

Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for ages 2-15. They're on sale at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling: 800-745-3000.

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