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2011 Mountain States Cup Sol Survivor

Blair Reed navigates the tech terrain during DH practice.

It's all about the people and the great atmosphere at the Mountain States Cup races. Pros and groms alike, smiling and shredding.

Is Ross Milan happy with his Yeti SB-66? Sounds like it.

The classic Rocky Mountain view from the start gate of the SolVista 4X track. The SolVista Bike Park hosted the final race of the 2011 Mountain States Cup season.<a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/LongNguyenPhotography,500/all" target="_blank"><b>Story by Long Nguyen</b></a>.

Amateur 4X carnage. Everyone was going for it!

Golden hour 4X shuttles.

Sasquatch legs trying to out-muscle Brian Ballard and the Mojo gang.

Rubbing or racing? You decide.

The SolVista Bike Park's 4X track has a huge variety of lines and options.

Brian Buell, on the right, played it smart and just eeked out a pro 4X win when Ross Milan and Chris Boice collided. Jamas Stiber was there in the hunt, but big Buell ran it on home.

The aftermath of the 4X crash with Chris Boice.

You can't hurt steel...Ross Milan crushing

Chris Boice, captain consistent and winner of the Sol Survivor Pro Men's DH race and MSC overall. <a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/2011-Sol-Survivor-Race-Video,9411/sspomer,2" target="_blank"><font color="#ffff00"><b>Check out the Video from the 2011 Sol Survivor.</b></font></a>

Russ Morland, aka Ross Milan.

According to the talk in the pits, Brian Buell's Vital sticker is the key to his solid results all season. 2nd place in Pro DH by only .6 seconds.

Matt Thompson ridin' wide and matching the local environment.

Dillon Lemarr straight outta Amarillo! 10th place on the day and 1st place Texan.

Steve Wentz got the nickname "Stevie Bathrooms" when someone called him Estebano, LOL.

Naish Ulmer on his way to 3rd place in Pro DH. The Utah local is keeping it wide open.

Race Day Pro Men's Podium: 1. Chris Boice, 2. Brian Buell, 3. Naish Ulmer.

2011 Mountain States Cup DH Overall Podium: 1. Chris Boice, 2. Michael Buell, 3. Eric Landis.

A little poker with the Momentum Trail crew before DH race day never hurts...unless you're Phil Wheeler's bank account.

All eyes were on World Champs that weekend, too.

Pro Men's 4X Podium: 1. Brian Buell, 2. Jamas Stiber, 3. Chris Boice, 4. Ross Milan. Visit <a href="http://www.racemsc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=61&Itemid=116&func=event&eventid=23&year=2011" target="_blank"><b><font color="#ffff00">www.racemsc.com</font></b></a> for complete results.

Riders in the Rocky Mountain region gathered for the last race of the 2011 MSC season at the SolVista Bike Park. Chris Boice won the downhill race and MSC overall, while Brian Buell slid through the carnage to earn the top podium spot in 4X.

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