Beyond Evel: Skycycle Jump at Sturgis Chip

June 4, 2013
Courtesy of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Mad Mike Hughes and his skycycle
‘Mad Mike’ Hughes is going to climb into this steam-powered skycycle and attempt to complete a jump of Evel Knievel proportions at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the 2013 Sturgis Rally.

Daredevil “Mad Mike” Hughes will attempt a world record in support of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2013 daredevil extravaganza during the Sturgis motorcycle rally by jumping his outrageous steam powered rocket cycle as far and high as Evel Knievel once attempted over Snake River Canyon, Idaho. Hughes contends his rocket will hit 275 mph and propel him over 1000 feet high for a quarter-mile with no guidance system, clearing the distance that will be required to successfully accomplish Evel Knievel’s failed Snake River Canyon Jump. Hughes intends to make his Snake River Canyon attempt in 2014. His potential world record jump, hosted by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, will take place Tuesday, August 6. Passes to witness this historical event and more information can be found at

“Sturgis is going to be huge,” says Mike Hughes, famous for his record breaking stretch limo jump in 2002. “I plan on doing what Evel Knievel failed to do.”

On September 8, 1974, world renowned daredevil Evel Knievel pushed the limits by attempting a record breaking jump over the Snake River Canyon. However, as the skycycle he was riding cleared the edge of the canyon, his parachute deployed prematurely resulting in Knievel’s first of two serious crashes during the Wide World of Sports series. Luckily Knievel and his skycycle landed on rocks instead of the raging river below which likely saved his life.

Almost 40 years later, “Mad Mike” Hughes follows Knievel’s footsteps, attempting the dangerous and potentially deadly jump that failed so many years ago. Mike Hughes, a former limo driver and NASCAR crew chief, has built a steam rocket that measures 15 feet, 6 inches long and weighs 900 pounds. The never-before-tested steam-powered rocket cycle will provide 4000 pounds of thrust to hopefully launch Hughes off a ramp and into the Guinness Book of World records. The attempt, to be hosted by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, will be filmed for national television.

The Mike Hughes’ one time only Pre-Canyon jump will be held Tuesday August 6 during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. For more information on this and other world breaking events taking place, or to submit a stunt of your own visit Spectators can purchase tickets in advance or at the gate.

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