After a wild, icy, and windy practice day on tuesday, All the riders showed up nice and early for qualifiers ready to send it. Unfortunately it doesn't matter how great the course is, it's hard to be on your A game with ice, and wind. As I watch the riders ahead of me struggle with speed and the conditions, I talked to the ISTC coach Brady and got a bit of advice on switching my run up. Let's say it worked, after my first run I was sitting in second place. And as the last riders finished their runs, scores had not changed and I would be advancing into the semi finals sitting in second place.
|A Sick photo of me courtesy of the Dew Tour|
|Homie Chuck G|
I dropped in constantly watching the flags and trying to gauge speed. As I approached the last jump flawless run so far, I put in an extra check used to the speed for the wind and popped off the lip ready for the late dip back 10. I instantly knew I didn't have enough speed, but I was too late, I had committed to the trick. Luckily making it around to my feet I landed, my body compressed as I hit the knuckle. Not quite a crash, but definitely not a land I rolled back up to the top to cheer on the rest of my buds, and get ready for my second run.
|Winner ERIC WILLETT|