VP Athletes Excel At The Colorado Freeride Festival

 COLORADO FREERIDE FESTIVAL AIR DH

On top of the long and hard Enduro World Series #5 , Hutchinson UR riders Tracey Hannah and Fabien Cousinié took on the AIR DH.  This rider favorite, kicked off the festival with a 3 minute blitz down Rainmaker, Trestle Bike Park’s signature jump trail. World Cup DH racing stalwart, Tracey Hannah flew down the course and won the Pro Women’s Air DH by more than four seconds. Her fitness and finesse levels look good ahead of next weekend’s Mont Saint Anne world cup.

 

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Tracey Hannah and “Cous Cous” went 1-2 in the Air DH credit: Dave Trumpore

Fabien Cousinié  piloted his VP equipped Polygon N9 enduro bike low and fast to a silver medal in the Pro Men’s Air DH event. It was the first time for Fabien in Winterpark and in between the EWS practice he managed to take some time to learn the AIR DH track which paid off. Fabien finished just 1 second behind defending champion and local rider Brian Buell. So overall it’s a very good week-end for Fabien, Tracey, and VP with the AIR DH podium!

 

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Fabien whips is good credit: Dave Trumpore

ENDURO WORLD SERIES #5

 

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Cous Cous finding his way in the rocks credit: Dave Trumpore

The fifth round of the Enduro World Series was arguably the toughest so far. Ten thousand feet of altitude, 7 tough stages and dusty, hot conditions definitely tested the team and their VP VX Series pedals this weekend.

 

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Tracey  Hannah cuts to the apex credit: Dave Trumpore

 

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Tracey leads in practice credit: Dave Trumpore

 

Tracey Hannah continued her excellent weekend by netting 6th place overall and leading the VP team!  She definitely won the “Fish Out of Water” trophy as she is focused on World Cup DH competition and her training has not prepared her for such long efforts over so many days.  Despite this, Tracey finished the final stage with an excellent 3rd place behind two legends of mountain biking, Anne Caroline Chausson and Tracey Moseley.

 

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A podium on the final stage credit: Dave Trumpore

Marco Osborne representing VP in his rookie season lead the charge in the Pro Men event with a strong first day.  

Marco Osborne concentrates with little air at over 10,000 feet credit: Lee Trumpore

Marco Osborne concentrates with little air at over 10,000 feet credit: Lee Trumpore

He opened with  a 5th place in Stage 1 against the world’s best and ended the day in 11th place.  The heat and altitude took it’s toll in the following days and Marco slid down the rankings, but still finished in a strong 21st place. Excellent when you consider last season he was a little known NorCal local!

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Jamie Nichol cruises through credit: Dave Trumpore

The Hutchinson UR men struggled a bit with the altitude from the outset on the more physical courses that this round offered. However, the team soldiered on placing all their riders in the top 40 scoring vital team points which enabled them to remain in 6th place overall tied with Specialized and within striking distance of a team podium for the 2014 season.

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Fabien opts for the high line credit: Dave Trumpore

FREESTYLE MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD TOUR

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DJ Brandt snaps a crisp tailwhip across this 30′ gap credit: Rich Vossler

Another epic weekend of slopestyle and good times went down this weekend and the riders all agreed: the course was awesome! 30′ is the new normal in the sport and despite the size of the gaps and the 8 foot high launches, every jump flowed into the next like a pump track. DJ Brandt qualified for the finals against the best in the world with a 360 off the drop, a 540 off the hip, a tailwhip, superman, oppo 360, a barspin into the bowl, a no hander out of the bowl, and then a big flipwhip to finish. DJ stomped another solid run in the finals earning 6th place on his VP-Harriers.  See the video highlights here from out friends at Plus Size BMX.

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Joel Alamo stresses out wheels, but wheels don’t stress him credit: Rich Vossler

Team dad Joel Alamo, shown here in his daughter’s pants, still crushes at 42 years old sending the world level course like a twenty something!  He was riding on the level to think about sneaking in to the top 16 for finals until he destroyed a wheel.  Oh, well!

 

 
 

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