Colorado Freeride Festival Day 3 - Enduro Stages 3 and 4

Jul 28, 2013
by Toby Cowley  
What a beautiful day on the start to stage 4. But we will come to stage 4 later.
  What a beautiful day on the start to stage 4. But we will come to stage 4 later.

First we will talk about some lift issues. Due to a lightning strike the lift was down and so all the riders had to wait until it runs again. The main problem was that it ran for a couple of minutes before it strikes again.
  First, there some chairlift issues to discuss. Due to a lightning strike the lift was down, so all the riders had to wait until it ran again. The problem was, it ran for a couple of minutes then it stopped again.

We already talked about Nico and Jerome yesterday. Nothing changed today. Jerome still on first Nico still on second place after day 2.
  We already talked about Nico and Jerome yesterday. Nothing changed today. Jerome still on first, Nico still in second place after day 2.

Fabien Barel is still able to smile. also again on third place.
  Fabien Barel is still able to smile. Also again in third place.

Nathan Riddle at the first half of stage 3a taking the big 180 turn. He ended up with teh 52th place after day 2.
  Nathan Riddle at the first half of stage 3a taking the big 180 degree turn. He ended up with the 52nd place after day 2.

Adam Craig is about to overtake Yoann Barelli and to take a step forward from the 27th place to the 8th place.
  Adam Craig is about to overtake Yoann Barelli and to take a step forward from the 27th place to the 8th place.

Also Joey Schusler was in good shape again and reached the 4th place today. He even finished stage 3b with the second place.
  Joey Schusler was also in good shape again and reached 4th place today. He even finished stage 3b with a second place.

And we have more of the surprising riders. Adam Bradford also improved his placement by overtaking two riders at stage 3a. He is on the 6th place at the moment.
  Adam Bradford also improved his placement by overtaking two riders at stage 3a. He is in the 6th place at the moment.

That is what stage 3a was all about. ROOTS
  That is what stage 3a was all about. ROOTS!

He is one of the few German Riders. Tobias Woggon also climbed up some places.
  One of the few German riders, Tobias Woggon also climbed up some places.

Here you see Nate Adams on his new Niner 29 prototype. Looks nice doesn t it
  Here you see Nate Adams on his new Niner 29" prototype. Looks nice, doesn't it? Stay tuned for a closer look.

Now the race got more and more confused. The lift stroke again but not all the riders were already at the starting line. The organizers decided to let them go as they come. That s why Cecile Ravanel was the first woman on the course.
  Now the race got more and more confusing. The lift stropped again, but not all the riders were at the starting line. The organizers decided to let them go as they came. That's why Cecile Ravanel was the first woman on the course.

Julia Hofmann also took the lift on time an could ride the course on her Marin at the right time.
  Julia Hofmann took the lift on time and could ride the course on her Marin at the right time.

After a 30 minute break the lift ran again and the rest of the field was ready to set the course on fire. Tracy Moseley won stage 3a.
  After a 30 minute break the lift ran again and the rest of the field was ready to set the course on fire. Tracy Moseley won stage 3a.

It s a neck and neck race. Anne Caroline Chausson won stage 3b.
  It's a neck and neck race. Anne Caroline Chausson won stage 3b.

There were so many information given to the course marshals by the radio.
  An endless stream of information reached the course marshals via radio.

If you believe it or not in this picture you can hear the original message given to the marshal on the top of stage 4 that due to sustaining lift issues this stage is canceled.
  Believe it or not, in this picture you can hear the original message given to the marshal on the top of stage 4 that due to continued lift issues this stage is canceled.


That is the reason why these nice looking natural trails of stage 4 are abandoned.
  That is the reason why these nice looking natural trails of stage 4 are abandoned.

Only one rider was at stage 4 and ready to start because she paddled all the way up. Respect to Alisha Gibson.
  Only one rider was at stage 4 and ready to start because she peddled all the way up. Respect to Alisha Gibson.

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11 Comments

  • 27 0
 Alisha Gibson = Enduro.... those things have pedals for a reason
  • 7 2
 My thoughts exactly.. And the pedals aren't just there to do a gay acceleration wheelie out of a corner for the camera.. I like the pic that shows them looking at the lift like.. How do we get to the top?
  • 9 0
 Max respect to her, that's what Enduro is all about.
  • 1 0
 Not sure what the organizers said in the Race Meetings this year. But last year they made a big big big deal out of "don't wait to get to the start and risk a chairlift shutdown... you will be a the start or you will miss your run" and of course what happened? Lighting. Lifts shut down. We waited over 90 minutes for the guys that "would miss their runs" if they weren't at the start on time. Way to go Alisha, someday they will send you down on time and DNS the rest!
  • 1 0
 Respect Alisha
  • 5 0
 It's silly how a malfunctioning chairlift can cancel a stage. Couldn't they just delay it by half an hour and wait for everyone to pedal up like Alisha? Maybe pros didn't feel like it because their contract didn't mention anything about pedalling uphill. Razz
  • 3 0
 Seriously doubt it was a rider decision. Looks like a major fail on behalf of the organizers; ride up, provide a bus uplift, whatever it takes, have a back-up plan
  • 4 0
 The only person to pedal to the top had a front derailleur, props to her.
  • 1 0
 Do you often get lightning strikes on a blue sky day? And as others have said, seriously, ride your "mountain" bike up the mountain.
  • 1 0
 Bradford!!
  • 2 3
 Winter park/Trestle is a major fail this season!

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