Vail Trials Shootout|
The afternoon belonged to the pro mod riders. Seven showed up and 6 finished with one falling victim to a broken brake line. The sections were similar to those that the experts rode; the moves were just bigger. After the first round Alex Cubbage and Cristiano Santos (Brisa) were tied, both cleaned all five sections. Following closely behind was JJ Gregorowicz (Monty USA), with just one dab. In the final two sections however, Cristiano fell off a narrow log when it shifted slightly, gaining a five for the section. He said a few things in Portuguese that if translated probably couldn't be repeated here. Alex almost cleaned the same section, putting a foot down when the same log shifted again. Now it was tied between JJ and Alex. JJ came through with style and cleaned the final five sections. Both riders were too tired to do a tie breaker and decided to split the prize money for first place.
The most spectacular parts failure came when Derrick Mogensen was pulling a 6' gap (with a 3' drop) and landed with a big "crack" sound. He broke the bottom bracket spindle clean off at the crank.
© 2000 Stephen Maeder