Highland Mountain FMB Spring Training Best Trick Comp

Jun 17, 2013 at 0:01
Jun 17, 2013
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Day four of FMB Spring Training at Highland Mountain had riders conserving their energy for the evening’s Best Trick Comp. The full entourage of pro riders had arrived, some like Nick Clarke via 11 hour cannon-ball-run-drive through the night in order to make the event. Most riders passed the early part of the day kicking back around the hill. The vibe was so mellow that folks questioned whether or not the event was going to go off with Highland’s typical amplitude. Ahhh, don’t under estimate Highland my friends.

As the sun got lower the energy changed and the pros assembled at the Ayr Bag and some lofty tricks started to get thrown. As soon as we saw young Nico Rogatkin throwing cash rolls into the bag we knew this evening had the trappings of another epic event.

When the comp ensued everybody went huge right out of the gate. Rheeder and Brayden Barrett-Hay were in classic form, arcing back flip tailwhips over the 40 foot freebird gap. Rheeder had come to Spring Training with the goal of learning front flip bar spins and, after practicing them to foam and Ayr Bag, stomped the trick mid comp. Gilding was going absolutely massive and Carson Storch attempted a gigantore 720 but rang his bell after over rotating. Particularly impressive were Nico’s massive cash-roll attempts and he nearly took the victory if not for dabbing before riding away on his final run. So close!

In the end local mad man Mike Kent took the rightful victory for letting it all hang out with a three-sixty back flip.

The best trick contest was the perfect ending to the 2013 edition of the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour Spring Training Camp. See y’all next year!

Watts had a lil run-in with the resi ramp

Watts had a lil' run-in with the resi ramp


Nicholi Rogatkin practicing his cash roll

Nicholi Rogatkin practicing his cash roll


Dustin Gilding warming up with a moto style whip

Dustin Gilding warming up with a moto style whip


Signature D. Gilding dumped three

Signature D. Gilding dumped three


Kyle Jameson and host with the most AC

Kyle Jameson and host with the most AC


Carson s massive 720 attempt. So close

Carson's massive 720 attempt. So close!


 Get your scrilla son.

"Get your scrilla son."


View from the queue

View from the queue


Rheeder fronty

Rheeder fronty


Run-in to Freebird

Run-in to Freebird


Barrett-Hay flip whip

Barrett-Hay flip whip


Knack

Knack


Nicholi Rogatkin cash roll attempt

Nicholi Rogatkin cash roll attempt


Nicholi Rogatkin so close

Nicholi Rogatkin, so close!


Brayden and Brett T-dot represent

Brayden and Brett, T-dot represent


Mike Kent with the victory

Mike Kent with the victory!


Words and images: Ryan Thibault
www.HighlandMountain.com
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17 Comments

  • + 7
 Wait wait wait... Nicoli Rogatkin rides Mtb now?
  • - 5
 The next Messere
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  • + 2
 is the person 8 pictures down and all the way to the left only running 8 spokes?????
  • + 3
 red and black spokes?
  • + 1
 you can see the nipples of the "phantom" spokes, they must be black
  • + 1
 looks like a bunch of italian dirt riders looking at all the wacky kit!
  • + 8
 when in doubt, ask yourself: what would happen if you only ran 8 standard spokes on a slopestyle course?
  • + 1
 check photo #11, same dude
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  • + 1
 Atta boy Mike, about time you got some coverage on PB! Crazy for a local dude, 360 backflips are nuts.
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  • + 2
 must be being Blind, what was the winning Trick?
  • + 2
 360 back flip
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  • + 2
 Strait looks like DiCaprio on the 7h photo
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  • + 2
 5th pic from bottom = LIP CITY
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  • + 1
 Elusive he has 2 differerent colors of spokes 8red and the rest black
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  • + 1
 Way to go mike I miss riding with all u guys
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  • - 1
 Is it fair to call that a dump three, or a sideways frontflip!
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