BANGOR – Friday night, the Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour made its return to the Cross Insurance Center in the first full capacity sporting event held there since the beginning of the pandemic last year. For the riders featured this weekend, stops in places like Bangor are key to their career progression.
The PBR Velocity Tour is the final stop for bull riders looking to make the top “Unleash The Beast” tour, populated by many younger riders looking for their reps.
One of those is 21-year-old Grayson Cole. The Pennsylvania native has been cutting his teeth on lower tours for four years.
Cole got the chance to compete on three Unleash The Beast tour events last summer, when the tour held “bubble” style events in Oklahoma.
“We were in campers, they’d bring us meals. It was kind of like you were in camp, it was kind of wild, but then…it was nice getting refreshed going back to fans,” said Cole.
His last event in 2020 before going in to those bubble rides was a third place finish at the Bangor Classic; the last event at the Cross Center before the pandemic.
Now, in 2021, he has notched five top five finishes on the Velocity Tour, and looking to pick up a win this weekend.
“I’ve been doing my best so far this year. I’m sitting fiftieth in the world. I’m trying to world finals this year, the velocity tour finals, but we’ll see how it all plays out. If I keep doing good at events like these, I’ll be able to get where I want to be,” said Cole.
Cole was not able to qualify for the Bangor Classic championship round in Friday’s ride, lasting 3.34 seconds on the bull “Panic Button.” He will have two more opportunities Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are still available for both days.