2014 Colorado Freeride Festival in WInter Park, Co
Photos by: Ned Cremin
The Colorado FreeRide Festival went down this weekend featuring the FMB GOLD SLOPESTYLE at Trestle Bike Park. in Winter Park, Colorado. The 2014 Colorado Freeride Festival is the largest freeride festival in the United States at the nation’s premier bike park, TRESTLE with many the world’s best mountain bike athletes competing for over $45,000 in prize money. The crowds swelled during the event as the action was being thrown down in what transpired to be one of the more heated comps of the summer. Brett Rheeder grabbed much of the attention in Colorado, nailing the first ever competition flip he’s gone for from a flat drop which proved the top spot as a consequence.The Canadian was having a huge year in 2013 before a crash at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes ruled him out for the season and everyone is happy to see him returning to form.Rheeder nailed his first run, eaning a winning 93 score that included a massive corked 720 mid run with plenty of style and amplitude. He’s dialed in as he approaches Whistler next month for Crankworkx. Rheeder may have taken home the gold but the guys making up the rest of the podium stuck some absolutely massive runs as well. Martin Söderström’s second place effort was the most fluid of the day with great air-awareness. Martin charged the course whipping a huge bar spin to tail whip followed by a massive backflip on the cash booter. Boston’s Nicholi Rogatkin took third place, and arguablebly had the most creative run of the day. The 18-year-old has a deep bag of tricks, pulling out consecutive double tail whips, a front no hander and then left the planet as he launced a MASSIVE signature cash roll out in what would be the last run of the day, leaving the crowds roaring until the results came in. Nicholi was clearly disappointed with the judge’s verdict of 84, and with a few less bobbles, he could well have taken the win.