After stomping his winning trick mid-way through the jam-format competition, Mike Montgomery got to sit back and play the waiting game.
Crowds gathered at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today to witness what laws of gravity would be defied at the Teva Best Trick Showdown. While everyone was anticipating jaw-dropping action, no one was prepared when California’s Mike Montgomery threw down the first backflip bar-hop to tailwhip ever landed on a bike.
Crowds gathered on the mountain.
The podium: Yannick Granieri, Mike Montgomery and Nicholi Rogatkin.
“At Crankworx Whistler we are always shooting for progression. There are always new things jumping up at this event and Mike Montgomery’s trick today is definitely one of the highlights,” says Crankworx sport announcer, Ryan Meyer. “He is always working on new things and this backflip bar-hop to tailwhip is typical of his style – jumping up with new things we’ve never seen.”
Montgomery landed the motocross-inspired trick on his first attempt; securing him the first-place spot and a cool $4000.
France’s Yannick Granieri came in second with a backflip double tailwhip, which also happens to be the same trick he threw to win the Teva Best Trick at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes in July.
Nicholi Rogatkin threw this lawn dart front flip early in the jam and it would be the trick to land him a spot on the podium in only his second ever mountain bike competition.
Newcomer Nicholi Rogatkin, who is coming in hot after winning the Pro Dirt category at the BMX Worlds 2013 in Germany, took third place with a lawn dart frontflip which he threw right out of the gate on his first run. Rogatkin hails from Lincoln, Massachusetts and was only seven years old when Crankworx began ten years ago. At 17, this is the second mountain bike competition this BMX prodigy has ever competed in.
Martin Soderstrom spent most of the competition taking it "easy" and blasting nac-nacs, seemingly more than happy to ensure his health for Saturday's Joyride competition. However, he did throw some tech combinations like this barspin to tailwhip.
Anthony Messere didn't take as many runs as some other riders, but he made up for it with an extra helping of boost. Double tailwhip higher than anyone.
Front flip bar-spin gone wrong. It was a long way down to a hard-packed landing that didn't offer any symphathy for riders falling from the sky.
The 2013 Teva Best Trick Showdown was an organized jam format for one run, meaning riders dropped in with a designated start order when the judges were ready. After the first run the competition rolled into an open jam which lasted one hour and 30 minutes. Riders sessioned the 35-foot dirt jump in front of the judges tower on the Joyride course and hit the feature as many times as they wanted to secure the highest single trick score.
A total prize purse of $10,000 was awarded to the top six riders, with an additional “Cash Grab” of $2000 total allocated in small chunks to deserving riders by announcer Brad Ewan.
A seriously slow-rotating tailwhip off the monster double.
Tom Van Steenbergen coming out of the SRAM wallride ready to blast...
This huge front flip.
With the Teva Best Trick Showdown now behind them, the slopestyle athletes will begin looking ahead to the Diamond level FMB World Tour event, the Red Bull Joyride, on Saturday, August 17 where they will unleash even more mind-blowing tricks on the world.