AT Showdown - Finals!

Nov 7, 2010 at 8:47
Nov 7, 2010
by Long Nguyen  
 
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I woke up to the sound of my alarm going off on my phone. It was 7 a.m. and I'd only got about five hours of sleep. I packed up my things, and loaded up the car. As I made my commute to the Cow Palace I knew it was going to be a crazy day.

The 2nd annual AT Showdown was going to be awesome!



As I arrived, the parking lot was already starting to fill up with vendors setting up for the Ride SFO expo and riders gearing up for the Showdown. I made my walk from the parking lot to the course and the riders were already working on the course before practice.

Practice was to kick off at 10, but things fell a little behind and practice started at 10:30 a.m. Many of the riders were sore from practice the day before, but all of them were excited to get on their bikes and ride. The riders were getting pumped and tricks were starting to get dialed for qualifying.


At 12:30 p.m. the course was closed and practice was over. The riders gathered for a quick meeting and quick lunch. The track gets a quick groom before qualifying is to begin.


Qualifying was to start promptly at 1 p.m. As the time got closer the riders started to make their way to the top of the hill. And soon enough the Showdown began. Riders were judged on two runs and riders would keep their best score. The riders really pushed their limits since the competition field was stacked.


After all the riders took their two runs, there was a short break for the judges to tally up the scores. Anticipation was high with riders hoping to make it in to the finals. Soon AT announces the top 16 riders that would be going to advance out of 38 that came to compete.


With the top 16 making their way to the roll in ramp, it was going to be an hour-long jam session. For an hour straight the riders really pushed their limits and never let off the gas. Towards the end, the riders were winded, but still cranking hard to put in their best runs.


Finals were over and the riders were exhausted. But immediately after finals was best trick. And once again the riders worked their way to the top of the hill for best trick. It was a quick session and the competitors were getting creative and going crazy with best trick. In the middle of best trick, another event was created - whom ever had the best whip would receive 1000 dollars.


With the crowd getting louder and louder, the riders would go even bigger. There was some big tricks thrown, but there were also some crashes. And in the end there was only one who claimed the top spot. Your 2nd Annual AT Showdown winner was Greg Watts, second place was Josh Stead, third Jamie Goldman, fourth Casey Groves, fifth Paul Basagoitia, and sixth was Tyler McCaul. Best trick went to Josh Stead with a double back flip and Stead was also crowned king for best whip.


After the Showdown was over, things started to wind down. The 2nd annual AT Showdown was sweet with so many riders coming out and fans coming out to support the event. I can't wait to return for next year's event!

-Long Nguyen

Special Thanks from AT Himself:
Trevor Neils, Tyler Neil, Mike Lindsey, My mom, Dirk, Jeremy, Rich Neil, Greg Watts, Casey Groves, Anthony Adolfo, Phil at Ride SFO, Adidas, Marin Bikes California, Adrenln Industries, X Fusion, Camelbak, GoPro, thehive, Gravity, Ride SFO, Decline, SDG Components, GEAX, Formula, Skullcandy, Pinkbike.com

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50 Comments

  • + 2
 Just pulled this from Vitalmtb:

Update: Mike Montgomery qualified first. The final was a jam session and Mike pulled out his sick run early on in the finals and then crashed on a different run, rolling his ankle. He didn't continue to compete. It *seems* like his run was forgotten about as the rest of the competitors continued with the jam session. I can understand and it is always tough being a judge, but the sentiment from riders and spectators was disappointment. The disapppointment is not about the order of the results, rather that Mike wasn't even in the top 6. More as we get it...

I think he should have won @ crankworx this year as well!!!!!!!
  • + 4
 we need a vid for evidence!
  • + 1
 HAHAHAAH, i think the same! Mike is the man!
Quote from Mike, "One thing is certain, I will try harder next time!"
  • + 1
 Montgomery shoulda won it! tough luck, he's gonna kill it for sure during the next competitions!
  • + 5
 one of my fav contests for sure
  • + 17
 soooo many go pros
  • + 2
 what happened to Mike M??
  • + 1
 mike with that 720 , I thought he was forsure getting best trick
  • + 1
 Mike Montgomery didnt finish the jam session, either hurt or broken bike
  • + 1
 He rolled his ankle over near the beginning. But still he did do some great runs so I think he was robbed.
  • + 6
 No Video?
  • + 2
 soooo many poddssss
  • - 4
flag mugredeldiablo (Nov 7, 2010 at 11:47) (Below Threshold)
 720 was extremely sick but never beats doublebackflip!!!
  • + 2
 bikebikebikebike look at todays vod thats practice at least
  • + 5
 720 beats double flip any day IMO.
  • + 1
 one of these are gonna be POD tommorow
  • + 1
 well....it seemed like 720 didn´t beat doubleflip this time!!!!
  • + 1
 Cam was back on his bike for about 1 week before this event! Hit Post Office monday for the first time since C-Worx Colorado. He rode the entire event and continued to get better through the day. Loved his trains with his bro towards the end! Montgomery was a really killing, but with only one super-sick run at the beginning of the jam, it wasn't going to match up to everyone elses best TWO. That's life, but Mike did what he had to do and took care of himself. AT took a major beating earlier in the week and continued to charge too. He looked like he went to war . . . Really one of the sickest events this year and right here in our own backyard.
  • + 1
 The guy with the Velours is crazy; who is it?
  • + 2
 josh stead is the most stylish rider i have ever seen and has the big tricks to go with it.
  • + 1
 sick event, pretty sad crowd, its to bad in such a big city the support does look bigger than that, judging by the photos
  • + 2
 greg watts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 This contest is sick!!!More Trick contests should have a mini bike just to f*** around on!!!
  • + 1
 what are the yellow bars and yellow rims??
  • + 1
 It A.T own component line, I believe through Gravity components
www.pinkbike.com/news/gravity-andrew-taylor-interbike-2010.html
  • + 1
 yeah montgomery should have podiumed he is siik
  • + 1
 Nice pics! wish i was there!
  • + 1
 why did greg watts change bikes
  • + 1
 ha is that Watts filpping a mini bike?!
  • + 1
 Yeahh, hes just TOO cool!
  • + 1
 hell yeah joshh! congrats on second!
  • + 1
 what is the black and yellow bike? off the 8th picture down?
  • + 1
 marin alcatraz
  • + 1
 With Gravity light conponents
  • + 1
 SOOO Sick
  • + 1
 super fun conest!
  • + 1
 damn son !
  • + 1
 nice work t mac!
  • + 1
 props... sooo sick.
  • + 1
 A.T. your nuts dude!
  • - 2
 "With the crowed getting louder and louder" typo? Looked like a sick event
  • - 1
 Nah, its crowd. Crowed is what a crow wouldve done.
  • + 3
 Thats what I meant, there is a typo
  • + 1
 Oh he must've fixed it cause it says crowd.
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