Kenny Belaey in the NBA

Kenny Belaey in the NBA

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 There’s no doubt why the NBA is the world’s most important basketball competition. Half-time shows that blow your mind come with the territory. Legendary trialbiker Kenny Belaey just finished a small American tour performing at several NBA halftime shows.
The Belgian concluded his competition season with well-deserved bronze at the Worlds in Val di Sole in September. His feats in the NBA were the last stop on a globe-trekking winter promo tour going from Bali to Indonesia and the Philippines. After performing in front of the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls home crowds Belaey ended with a bang during the Indiana Pacers - Charlotte Hornets halftime.“It’s always amazing to entertain an enthusiastic crowd in these big arenas. In terms of intensity you can easily compare the halftime shows with riding a zone in trialbike competiion. The effort is short, but explosive and spectacular,” explains the nine-fold world champion. Every show is different depending on the obstacles or the interaction with the cheerleaders but each time preparation is key.
For most American fans it’s a first to see the acrobatics and power of biketrial with their own eyes.And the massive crowd response at his shows underlines the craftsmanship of Belaey. “I think that the performance I deliver is a great match. NBA games are moving at hyperspeed and they’re very athletic. I don’t think a static half-time show would go down well in this kind of environment! Riding in front of the NBA fans gives me a real buzz! I never get bored of feeling that energy, it’s super motivating. Together with the music and the cheerleaders I want to make my show something that anyone can enjoy. My challenge is simple; keep butts in their seats during halftime! Having said that I’m very grateful for the audience in the US. Americans are less reserved and more vocal then European folks, they certainly know how to appreciate a good show.”
Kenny has some heritage in the NBA. Since 2012 he has performed across the pond regularly. Apparently Belaey’s professionalism and the American approach to sport and entertainment go together well. Even so that the number of requests is growing. Doug Morgan, Associate Director of Game Operations and Fan Development for the Indiana Pacers, says: "Kenny does a great job every time I have him in for a Pacers game. The crowd is always oooing and awwwing throughout his action-packed 6 minute show! He is great to work with and I will continue to bring him back year after year."
Compared to the young and developing scene of trialbiking, the NBA is literally another world. Thanks to his shows in the National Basketball Association Kenny Belaey has been granted a unique perspective on the Walhalla of basket. Of course there’s the glitter and glamour of superstar wages, flashy cars and pretty cheerleaders. But first and foremost the permier men’s professional league on the planet is a perfectly tuned entertainment machine with at its core the best of the best in their sport. Kenny: “I don’t have a preference for a particular team but my admiration for the NBA’s standout players has only grown. Pro basketball players over here have to cope with a very demanding schedule of games and travel. Add the media-attention and fierce competition in the mix and you get a better picture of how special a player like James Harden is.” 
Trialbike rider Kenny Belaey entertaining the crowd during the Indiana Pacers - Charlotte Hornets NBA halftime show. Phtoto: 'Pacers'Kenny Belaey flying over six Indiana Pacemates: Photo: 'Pacers'Belaey trialbike jump at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Photo: 'Pacers'Kenny Belaey performing at Indiana Pacers halftime show. Photo: 'Pacers'Portrait Kenny Belaey
Trialbiking legend Kenny Belaey getting air at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena. Image: Pacers

Trialbiking legend Kenny Belaey getting air at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena. Image: Pacers

Kenny Belaey during his Indiana Pacers halftime show. Image: Pacers

Kenny Belaey during his Indiana Pacers halftime show. Image: Pacers

Multiple UCI biketrials world champion Kenny Belaey keeps the crowd on the edge of their seats. Image: Pacers

Multiple UCI biketrials world champion Kenny Belaey keeps the crowd on the edge of their seats. Image: Pacers

Portrait Kenny Belaey 

Portrait Kenny Belaey 

Belaey jumping the Indiana Pacemates. Image: Pacers

Belaey jumping the Indiana Pacemates. Image: Pacers

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