The second year of Boarder Cross being at the Cathlamet Downhill Corral was a step up to the previous years race. Set on a wider, smoother, and steeper road, it allowed for more ramps and a faster course. Starting on proper roll in gates was nice and made the start much more even as opposed to running to get your board and enter the course. After the roll in were two banked ramps where you could ride up on and pump down for more speed. This pumping is similar to pushing your weight down a ramp at a skatepark or miniramp in order to gain more speed. Or you could skip the ramp and take the inside line around the haybail marker. If you didn't at least go around that then you'd be DQed for being off course. There are not a lot of rules in Boarder cross when it comes to close contact, mainly you cannot actively push someone out of the way with your arms extended. So what happens a lot is riders get close and bump each other with their back, sides, arms in, or worse their boards collide. I was lucky enough to avoid all that until my semi-final heat with Will Royce and Chubbs. Off the start we were all even and I was in the middle. When we hit the first bank, they closed the door on me and sandwiched me haha (I can laugh about it now). Somehow I lost control of my board and flew down to the ground. It was a tough break but at least I didn't get hurt and landed on all my safety gear. I got right up and went back to the top to do my last run for the consi-final. Battling with Tyler Howell all the way down I was very close behind as seen from the photos here. On the last ramp Tyler aired off higher than me but he was still ahead. As we landed nearly side by side I tucked for more speed as I came off and just barely passed him before the finish line. It was a great feeling to win my last heat and take 5th place for the race! Will Royce went on to win his first ever Boarder Cross Race with Brandon Tissen and Chubbs close behind. Stay tuned here for Part 4 of my Boarder Cross Racing featuring the Cathalmet 2013 event.
Post Created: March 25, 2014
Roll in ramps to get started onto the course. Photo by Billy Jackle.
The second of two banked walls on the course, you could go up high to pump speed coming out or stay low and just clear the haybail marker. Photo by Denny Akiyama.
The course went around an outside haybail marker requiring to shred some speed before hitting the table top ramp at the end. Photo by Brandon Tissen.
It's faster to not get too much air and land on the landing ramp to gain more speed. Photo by Zyye Images.
I had just enough speed to pull ahead right before the finish line. Photo by Zyye Images.