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PRO RIDERS SWEEP RED BULL FINAL DESCENT SERIES
Athletes tested with 12-Hours of Downhill at Angel Fire Resort

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ANGEL FIRE, NM – October 9, 2010 – Greeted with a sunny mountain morning, 121 downhill racers from 5 states and 2 countries descended on Angel Fire to compete for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. As darkness set in and riders relied on lights for their final laps, it was Ryan Sutton of Crested Butte, Colorado and Jackie Harmony of Sedona, Arizona who clenched the Pro Solo titles with 33 and 31 laps respectively, and swept the series in the process.

“This event beats you up worse than anything,” said Men’s Pro Solo Winner Ryan Sutton. “But it’s so fun at the same time and the rider camaraderie is great. Now I need to go put my hands in ice!”

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Other category winners were:

Solo Men’s Expert – Rohan Stites – 31 Laps
Solo Women’s Expert – Kim Gilchrist – 23 Laps
Duo Men’s Pro – Bikeworks – Dillon Lemarr & Matson Hunter – 33 Laps
Duo Men’s Expert – Trailer Park Posse –Phillip Chilimindris & Brian Faenza – 32 laps
Team Division – Screaming Squirrels- Neal Pederson, Benjamin Pederson & Scott Spangler – 33 Laps

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The Angel Fire event completed the Final Descent series which began at Winter Park Resort in Colorado in September. The overall series winners, the male and female riders who posted the most laps combined for both events, took home an additional $500 cash and ultimate end-of-season bragging rights. They were:

Solo Men’s Pro-Ryan Sutton-71 laps total
Solo Women’s Pro- Jackie Harmony- 68 laps total

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“I’m super stoked! In these events there aren’t too many women, so I ride against the guys and just try to keep up,” said Women's Pro Solo winner Jackie Harmony on finishing just two laps behind the men.”I’ll be back next year.”

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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.

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Special thanks to Angel Fire Resort as well as our industry partners Troy Lee Designs, Smith Optics and Five Ten shoes.

For all media inquiries about Red Bull Final Descent, please contact Katie Dale at (918) 605-6921 or katherine.dale@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.angelfireresort.com/finaldescent.

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Ryan Sutton with a total of 71 laps for those two events combined, don't forget the additional 76 laps he did at the Telluride 12 hour 2 weeks earlier. 147 laps in 36 hours, Sutton ain't right with that guy.. You're a machine Sutton!

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I officially cracked after 9 and a half hours and had to quit. Jackie whooped me again, just like she did at the last two 12 hour races. Too much fun though. We need more events like this!

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