Big Tricks Win Big at Ranchstyle Slopestyle (Grand Junction, CO)

Back flips, tail whips and 360s were the ticket into the final round of the slopestyle competition at the Ranchstyle Mountain Bike Festival yesterday, May 7,  in Grand Junction, Colorado.  But it took the best riders of the Freeride World Tour throwing down big tricks at every launching point, from the “Whale Tail” to the “DT Swiss Drop”, to make it into the money.

Entering the final round, it was anyone’s competition to win. It might have been crowd-pleaser and last night’s Best Trick winner, Mike Montgomery, or New Zealander Kelly McGarry (identified by pro rider and announcer Mike Metzger as “the tallest rider in the competition…with the golden, flowing locks!”), who ranked first as riders took their final run.

But it was Greg Watts (aka, “the robot”) who took the podium with big back flips and consistent tricks at every turn. Second to Watts was Anthony Messere, followed by McGarry. Fourth was crowd favorite Montgomery, and rounding out the money winners was Tyler McCaul in fifth.

Ranchstyle continues today with the Big Slalom competition. This is the fourth year of the Ranchstyle Mountain Bike Festival and the first year the Grassroots Cycles-sponsored event plays host to the Freeride World Tour. The other two U.S. stops on the tour are Crankworx in Winter Park, Colorado, and  the Teva Mountain Games in Vail.

Here’s a video of 3rd-place finisher and Diamondback rider McGarry’s amazing run in the finals:*

More videos and pics are on the way. See you on the trails.

– Angela Sucich

www.angelasucich.com

*Full disclosure: I’m admittedly biased for Diamondback. And they’re awesome.

Advertisements

About angelarides

I have many practical skills. I have a PhD in Medieval Literature. I can solder an LED hula hoop. Oh, and I ride and write about bikes.
This entry was posted in Biking, Grand Junction, CO, Racing/Competition and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Big Tricks Win Big at Ranchstyle Slopestyle (Grand Junction, CO)

  1. Pingback: Is McGarry’s Secret Weapon the Golden Hair or the Diamondback Dreamliner? You Decide. « Angelarides's Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s