This past weekend was Crankworx Colorado. This is the event of the year for me. It holds a lot of my focus for training and motivation for me. I raced the slalom and rode the slopestyle. The slalom was super fun. The track was on the pedally side, but fun and fast. I qualified mid-pack in 9th in pro on my Bank. It started raining and didn’t stop for the race. After a few rain delays, they said enough and just ran us in the rain and sleet. I had some tough heats and ended up 4th. The course was a ton of fun to ride in the mud. I hope to see some cool images soon, I hear there is a pretty rad one of me in the last corner with my elbow mere inches off the ground.


Slopestyle, the event I went for. Slopestyle qualies were pushed back a few times due to the weather. Saturday was the day. The course had some tough features but were really cool looking and certainly entertaining. Unfortunately I had a pretty bad off in practice just before qualifying and was not able to in the qualifiers or finals as result. No big injury, but I will be sore and not pushing for a couple of weeks.


Sam Dueck, another Transition rider made the trip down and put up some awesome runs. He ended up in the finals and putting down some sick runs! Good luck in Whistler!


Crankworx put together a pretty cool event. Several websites had live web feeds of the event on their site. I received quite a lot of text messages from friends telling me they were able to watch the slalom live on the internet which gave them something to do instead of work.


This weekend would not have been possible without my sponsors. Transition of course for my top notch frames. MRP (Ryan and Paul were on hand to provide support and keep my bikes running) for the best retention systems on the market and the new Mini-G guide for my Bank to cut some weight and help my bike run great all weekend. Thank you for the hospitality! Shimano was also on hand providing hospitality for all of the riders during the event.


This weekend was a test for me. I was very disappointed to have not been able to ride in the qualifiers due to my shoulder. The slalom was certainly an exciting race and a lot of fun, but racing is not my passion. I am really starting to see the dedication and opportunity I need to take in order to make my dreams a reality. This fall I will be working with Andrew Wilz and Devon Balet for some shots around Colorado and in the Utah desert. Stay posted to my site for updates throughout the winter. I only have a few local events left this year, so I want to show up and dominate them. My main goal however is to get some amazing shots.


Eddie and Devon wrote some great articles for Mountain Flyer and were able to get some shots of me in.

http://mountainflyer.com/news.cfm?itemid=257


http://mountainflyer.com/news.cfm?itemid=256


I also had the chance to meet Justin Brantley from California. He is a very talented photographer and was out shooting for PinkBike. He got a great shot of my first attempt at the wall ride. He did a great job documenting the entire event. Check it out if you get a few minutes.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/crankworx-colorado-day-2-2009.html

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