Unfortunately due to rainy conditions, the event was moved to the following day. It was looking good when we all showed up. Thankfully, the jumps were covered and the crew was out early to get the course running.
The big machines were clearing out the mud.
Just along for the ride.
Since the jumps were tarped, it only took a few hours to get the whole line running. The riders were more than happy to help out.
The pump track was a hit with everyone.
Even with the rain delay, it was great to see fans out here supporting.
All the riders were ready to ride and have some fun.
Greg Watts was stoked and ready to ride. Watts has been building all week with AT and working his magic on the skid steer.
The young and the slightly older. Santa Cruz locals, Ryan Howard and Owen Marks.
Greg Watts flipping off the drop during qualifying.
Brad Jay and Kyle Jameson getting warmed up on the microphone for the show.
It is always tough running an event and you can't predict mother nature. AT was pretty stoked to see the event go off.
AT throwing a tuck no hander in qualifying. Qualifying is a 1-hour jam session. Judges will rank each rider and sort them into a bracket.
Adam Hauck definitely has his game face on
Martin Soderstrom getting his groove back. Always good to see Martin back on the bike.
Riders are ready and finals are off. Carson Storch vs. David Schimmer.
The Showdown adds a different element as you can see what your opponent is doing next to you and not your normal two run format. The game here is consistency.
Nic Hilton vs Josh Hult. Riders gather as they wait for their match up.
Josh Hult with a 360 off the drop and Nic Hilton flipping off the drop. Josh would go on to advance to the next round.
Jake Kinney vs. Matt Dennis. Matt Dennis was looking good in practice the other day.
Carson Storch vs. Christian Wright. Carson advances over Christian.
Matt Dennis vs Martin Soderstrom.
Matt Dennis put up a good fight but Martin would go on to advance to the next round.
From BMX to MTB. Your number two qualifier, Ryan Nyquist throwing a 360 suicide no hander. Nyquist has been working hard and wants to do well here at the AT Showdown.
A lot of riders were throwing down but it was up to the judges who would advance to the next round.
Eric Lawrenuk vs Nicholi Rogatkin
Lawrenuk would put up a good fight but Nicholi sealed the deal with the cash roll.
Ray George vs Greg Watts
Greg Watts pulling out all the combs to take the win over Ray.
Ryan Howard vs Paul Genovese. It was a tight battle, but R-Dog would come out on top.
Carson Storch vs Reed Boggs. Carson throwing a flip whip but Reed had to hit the eject button.
Carson making sure Reed was ok.
Josh Hult vs Martin Soderstrom
Josh Hult would take the win over Martin. Martins handle bar got stuck in his shirt enabling him.
Ryan Nyquist vs Nicholi Rogatkin. Both riders know they have to lay down a solid run to advance to the next round.
Nyquist would advance as Nicholi ran into some bad luck and crashed on his front flip tuck no hander.
Ryan Howard vs Greg Watts. These two have battled each other in previous Showdowns. Plenty of combination tricks between R-Dog and Watts.
It was a tight battle and Watts would advance.
Ryan Nyquist vs Greg Watts.
These guys have been riding together for a long time now. They know they have to do to win. Nyquist takes the wins and advances into the finals.
The battle for 3rd and 4th place. Carson Storch vs Greg Watts.
Carson knew he had to push it to beat Watts, but would run into some bad luck on a 720.
Battle of the BMX legends. Ryan Nyquist vs Josh Hult.
Nyquist going for a 720 bar spin.
It was a tough battle. Josh Hult would take the win at the AT Showdown.
After the Showdown, the riders went into Best Trick. Steven Bafus was getting a little cross-legged.
Cross legged to tailwhip.
The Showdown is all about having fun.
Martin Soderstrom with a steezy 360 tuck no hander.
You win some, you lose some.
Nicholi Rogatkin pulled out the twister, but would go down. Nicholi quickly picked up his bike and headed right back to the top.
Front Cork 10. I had to ask Cam McCaul what to call this. He liked to call it the Cash Bonus or the Roll-Gatkin.
Congratulations to all the riders. 1st Josh Hult, 2nd Ryan Nyquist, 3rd Greg Watts, 4th Carson Storch, 5th Martin Soderstrom, 6th Ryan Howard.