The guys have absolutely crushed it this week and the course was done early in the week, with just a few final touches needed here and there with a spade and rake. Some of the riders have started to arrive and had their minds blown by how massive and perfect these jumps are. Lots of hands to help now and some good test sessions have gone down.
The step up is always the first one on the list and the guys made the lip slightly steeper, so now you can go as fast as you can and you just go higher and still land in the sweet spot. Overshooting is almost impossible, which is amazing for a jump you head into at almost 80km/h!
Sam opened up the long 90ft jump and wasn't long before he was going sideways over it. The hip landing has been made steeper and more bowled out and looks so good! At first, the lip was made of a slightly more sandy soil, which was fine, but was getting a few ruts, so Clemens redid it with some fresh perfect clay and it is looking much more solid now.
The scary ones were the 2 at the bottom, because no one was sure how they would work. The rocket launcher landing has been raised like mad, so the landing is a bit safer and if you do manage to go a bit long on it, there is more than enough slope to help out. The new last launcher is a slightly smaller version and completely new, so that one was really up in the air to whether the guys calculations and guesses were right.
Clemens was at the top of the Step Up during a test session and had some serious focus in his eyes and was carefully watching the wind. He gave me a look and I could see it was time. He dropped in and a few seconds later I saw him fly out of the top of the lip in the distance and made it!!! The rocket launcher was open and perfect! Godziek hit the 90 footer for the first time and with his adrenalin flairing I told him Cdog hit the rocket launcher and I got the reply, "Ok, I hit it" and dropped straight in. The debating on what to do for the last one was going around seriously, the next session a few more of the guys were making friends with the rocket launcher and then out of nowhere Nico went for it. The landing of the launcher was a little soft, so he took 4 cranks at it and it blasted him so high and perfectly into the landing. The whole line had been hit, every jump works so well and you can just about go as fast as you can into most of it and land in the sweet spot.
Now that they knew everything worked, the next session was time for some top to bottom runs. Sam, Nico and Clemens were sending trains down it in no time and greasing the hell out of everything. There are not many trains as impressive and steezy as what these guys are sending now. It is a treat to witness.
The stoke is at an all time high and lots more riders are coming in the next few days. With a start like this we are in for an incredible week of riding and can't wait to see what goes down on these beasts!
Thanks again to Kenda and Bobcat for their partnership and help and to Monster Energy for fuelling the dream as always!