This year was the first time Colorado Mesa University Cycling put their newly built pump track to the test. Located smack dab in the middle of campus near downtown Grand Junction, Colorado. The inaugural WestSlope Chainless Challenge was established as a way to show off the stoke and incredible community that Grand Junction has to offer.
Racing chainless is a niche way to approach one of these events, but makes for an entirely unique style of head to head competition. The day was full of fast laps, a few crashes, and a lot of hype from the western slope community. The format was simple; each rider got one full qualifying lap crossing over lanes halfway through, then they jumped straight into head to head racing with two rounds and a track swap against their opponent. Effectively creating a single elimination bracket, which meant stakes were high. Within the pro field there were athletes from all different backgrounds and styles giving it their all for a shot at the $2500 first-place prize. Ultimately two of the seasoned pump track riders came out on the top of their field, Kialani Hines and Collin Hudson, but not without some very tight results leading up to the finals.