2016 Sugar Showdown - Recap and Results

Jul 7, 2016 at 6:27
Jul 7, 2016
by Chris Mcfarland  
 
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2016 Sugar Showdown- Results

In case you missed it, a bunch of rad ladies got together in the lush Pacific Northwest woods last weekend for a jump competition like no other. This three day event is exclusive to women and girls six and older that have a wide variety of skill levels. Many of these ladies received coaching prior to the event, not only from Kat Sweet, but from her professional trainers. Incredible progression and personal accomplishments were made by many of the newer riders. All the little girls looked on in awe at what the pro ladies were doing, and realized that they too could accomplish things with hard work and dedication.

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Little girls pushing up to hit the beginners jump line.

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They were judged on style, steez, and cuteness.

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These girls practiced so hard, but you never saw them show signs of being winded.

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Riley Amesbury pedaling hard to get to the next feature.

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Charging it.

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The morning started off with a light rain that brought much needed moisture to a bone dry course.

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Some of the more veteran ladies were hitting the 'Big Bad Wolf'.

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Damp woodwork didn't deter this intrepid rider.

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Not sure if Colette thought that wings would give her an advantage, but she may have earned a few creativity points.

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Judges Stephanie Nychka and Courtney Knudson not only competed in the pro class, but volunteered to be trainers.

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In the line up.

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The 'mini meows' wanted mama Kat to jump over them.

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An adorable little 'Sugar Cube' sending it with all she's got.

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Event organizer Meg Valliant leading some Sugar Cubes.

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Thank you Russell Sign Company for all these incredible banners.

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The famous Angi Weston from Kona was on the mic again this year.

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Tammy Donahugh coming in hot.

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One of the more incredible moments came when Lauren Patterson, who worked all winter in the foam pit to nail a back flip, attempted her first one on dirt. Her first attempt came up short which sent her into the knuckle. She seemed fine albeit a little banged up and had a broken helmet, but we later found out that she had broken her arm. I asked if she would try it again. She told me she didn't know. But to all our surprise, she tried it again for her final run. This time it could not have been smoother. After finishing the flip, she threw a huge whip off the last table as everyone rushed down the trail to mob her with congratulations. The whole moment brought tears to more than one face. Everyone was so stoked. But the look that all the little girls had on their faces when they realized that girls can do that too, was priceless.

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Moms and daughters.

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Thank you Don Redmon, Joe Prisel of Prisel Parks, and Kelly Melvin for busting their asses and to make this beautiful new course a reality
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Images for the 2016 Sugar Showdown

And a special thanks goes out to out sponsors:

Sugar Showdown
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Iron Horse Brewery
G-Form
Woodinville Bicycle
Luna
Deity Components
Ixs
Spank
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Russell Sign Co
Liv Cycling
Unchained Seattle
Team Mfr
Julianna
Element Cycles
Stikrd
Race Fuel Z
Vain
Prisel Parks
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Ryders Eyewear
Cascadia Farms

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14 Comments

  • + 11
 Kat kicks some serious tail out there educating and and promoting the sport. Anyone who has ever ridden with her has come away a better rider. Girls, Women and even the dudes... Keep up with the great work!
  • + 8
 So inspirational watching this event grow every year. The more ladies out shredding the better! Thanks for the great coverage PB.
  • + 8
 That's awesome! She flipped again after breaking her arm the try before? Gnarly
  • + 5
 Great event! Impressive for Lauren to go down hard on the back flip attempt, get busted up, then nail it later in the day. Hardcore.
  • + 5
 This is great. Glad to see this article on PB. Looks like a spectacular event. You guys are lucky up in WA to have such a special event for the gals!
  • + 7
 What a killer event! Nice work Kat & everyone who made this happen!
  • + 2
 Kat is the primary reason my son, yes son, loves mountain biking after 6 years of her camps. The Sugar Showdown does so much to legitimize the sport. Another mtb event that primarily just guys attend is fine, but makes it something that just guys do. Kat is so good at bringing new people into the sport, and she just keeps better at it over the years with events like the Sugar Showdown. Go Kat!
  • + 5
 These ladies are killin' it! Braaaap, shred on!
  • + 4
 I thought I was dead on the inside but this warms my heart. So cool to see!
  • + 5
 This is so awesome. Ride like a girl is a compliment.
  • + 2
 Recently met Tammy Donahugh who's as cool as she is rad. Cool that I get to ride with her on weekly basis now!
  • + 2
 the look on all the girls faces as she is mid back flip!!!! minds blown, so cool
  • + 4
 Pure awesome!!!!
  • + 2
 Pure awesomeness,indeed! Plus that trail looks freaking epic!

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