The Stripdown provides tuneage as riders lap the tabletops on Lower Dominion. | Photo: Christopher Ridder
Mountain Creek recorded over 500 riders on Saturday, breaking the previous record for highest attendance in a single day. Numerous whips were thrown, as well as a couple of back-flips attempted as the party train made continuous passes through the mid-trail table tops on Lower Dominion. Costumes included Ziggy Stardust, Space Ghost, Boba Fett, as well as the entire cast from Mario Kart. It truly was a sight to be seen. Local ripper Adam Hauck won the Best Trick Competition, while the best costume went to local rider Nick Esposito, dressed as Ronnie Mac. Products from Fly Racing and other brands were handed out to the winners.
Ziggy Stardust (Anthony Bielefeld) moved up from his 1980's Stumpjumper with cargo rack to a more worthy bike, the Santa Cruz V10, which coincidentally matched his suit. | Photo: Christopher Ridder
Above all of this, the trails were in terrific shape. Most of the berms had the breaking bumps and holes filled in and reshaped directly before the event and were smooth as butter as you rolled through. Indy Cross was like a brand new trail, and saw a lot of traffic through out the weekend. The trail "crue" even removed all of the leaves from the most popular trails on the mountain, no easy task considering the foliage from this area. Even though lift lines were a bit longer, everyone was in high spirits as they made their last runs of the summer. The lift operated from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, basically sunrise to sunset this time of year, allowing for a full day of bike trail enjoyment.
Mauricio Estrada had the whips on lock, throwing it completely sideways. | Photo: Christopher Ridder
Mother Nature through a wrench in the system, as the heavens opened up on Sunday. A select number of riders took advantage of the 8 AM start time, and got a number of runs in before the rain hit around 11 AM. They were rewarded with tacky conditions as the fog moved down the mountain. An even more select few braved the conditions and got the last runs of the year until the bike park had to make the decision to close the lift at 3:30 PM and cancel the "Last Run Down" party lap that was planned for 5:30 PM. In viewing a number videos from past years, this lap looked to be a display of all out chaos as riders tried to manuever their way to the bottom alongside swaths of riders, but everyone looked to have a smile on their face at the bottom. Many of the riders took shelter at the Biergarten where they were selling hearty burgers and cheap beers, as well as playing the latest Redbull Hardline and Rampage re-casts on Redbull TV. A great way to finish off a weekend packed with plenty of downhill runs, party trains, and good laughs.
Threatening skies loomed at the onset of the riding day on Sunday. | Photo: Christopher Ridder
- Christopher Ridder