As the sun rose on a chilly Rocky Mountain morning, 90 downhill racers sprinted to their bikes to take on the grueling Trestle Mountain Bike Park and compete for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. Lap after lap, riders continued to push the limits and fight the arm pump as each hour ticked away.
In the end, Waylon Smith from Newhall, California took the Men’s Pro Division with an amazing 36 laps completed. Jacqueline Harmony from Sedona, Arizona finished 33 laps to take home the victory in the Female Pro Division. Other category winners were:
Solo Men’s Expert: Ian Leeming - 34 Laps
Solo Women’s Expert: Kim Godfrey - 26 Laps
Duo Men’s Pro: Team Bike Works - Dillon Lamar & Matson Hunter - 35 Laps
Duo Men’s Expert: Gold Diggers - Rafer Chambers & Casey Norton - 34 Laps
Team Division: Fluidity Trinity - Brian Chapel, John Larason & Alex Prouty - 34 Laps
“This race has everything – technique and endurance,” Men’s Pro Solo Winner Waylon Smith said. “You have to keep your mind right. I am stoked to win!”
“Probably the best event I’ve ever been to,” Female Pro Solo winner Jackie Harmony said.
Red Bull Final Descent is the reincarnation of “The Burner,” a 12-hour endurance race held the past three 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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