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ATHLETES PUSHED THE LIMITS AT RED BULL FINAL DESCENT
12-Hour Downhill Mountain Bike Series Kicks Off at Winter Park Resort

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WINTER PARK, CO – September 18, 2010 – As the sun rose on a chilly Rocky Mountain morning, 85 downhill racers sprinted to their bikes to take on the grueling Trestle Mountain Bike Park and compete for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. Lap after lap, competitors were continually glancing over their shoulder to maintain their lead. After 12 hours of intense downhill racing, it came down to the last lap.

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In the end, Ryan Sutton from Crested Butte, Colorado took the Men’s Pro Division with an amazing 38 laps completed. Jacqueline Harmony from Sedona, Arizona finished 35 laps to take home the victory in the Female Pro Division. Other category winners were:

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Solo Men’s Expert – Damon Gilbert – 36 Laps
Solo Women’s Expert – Mindy Mulliken – 34 Laps
Duo Men’s Pro – The Konakazees – Willy Warren & TJ Cowern – 38 Laps
Duo Men’s Expert – Wolf Rock Racing – Austin Hackett-Klaube & Robert Garcin – 37 Laps
Team Division – Blake Webber, Sam Powers, Michael Malone – 37 Laps

“That’s one of the most demanding competitions I have done on a mountain bike, said Men’s Pro Solo Winner Ryan Sutton. “Now all I need is to fix my bike in time for the Angel Fire Event.”

Red Bull Final Descent is the reincarnation of “The Burner,” a 12-hour endurance race held the past two years at New Mexico’s Angel Fire Resort. The format of the event is simple—riders choose from several technical courses of varying difficulty. After half a day of riding, the finisher in each category with the most laps wins. The second and final event of the series will take place at Angel Fire Resort on October 9th.

Special thanks to Winter Park Resort as well as our industry partners Troy Lee Designs, Smith Optics, Decline Magazine and Five Ten shoes.

For all media inquiries about Red Bull Final Descent, please contact David O’Connell at (970) 390-3307 or david.oconnell@us.redbull.com or Casey Thompson at 214-674-9127 or Casey.Thompson@us.redbull.com.

For info, results and pictures from the race, please visit www.skiwinterpark.com

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