On a chilly Rocky Mountain morning, 150 downhill racers sprinted to their bikes to take on Trestle Mountain Bike Park in the Red Bull Final Descent competition in Colorado.
For 12 hours, the bikers fought fatigue to complete lap after lap on the grueling terrain.
Red Bull Final Descent is the reincarnation of “The Burner,” a 12-hour endurance race held in past years at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico. The format of the event is simple: Riders descend two trails throughout the day. After 12 hours of riding, the finisher in each category with the most laps wins.
At Trestle Mountain, Waylon Smith from Newhall, California, won the Men’s Pro Division, completing 37 laps. Kim Godfrey from Louisville, Colorado, finished 34 laps to take home the victory in the Female Pro Division.
“My hands hurt, my arms hurt, and everything hurts, but I am stoked,” said Smith.
The other winners were Brian White in the Solo Men’s Expert division (37 laps); Samantha Chaloupka in Solo Women’s Expert (31 laps); Mojo Wheels in Duo Pro (38 laps); Big ‘N’ Tall in Duo Expert (37 laps) and Fort Lewis College in the Team Division (37 laps).
The final race of the season will take place at Angel Fire Resort on September 29th
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