2014 World Rankings

Open Skateboard
1 Patrick Switzer 6404
2 Kevin Reimer 6339
3 Byron Essert 5950
Women's Skateboard
1 Elena Corrigall 6568
2 Marie Bougourd 6387
3 Tamara Prader 6314
Junior Skateboard
1 Connor Ferguson 5666
2 Jared Beers 4212
3 Edward Kiefer 4189
Street Luge
1 Mikel Echegaray Diez 3961
2 David Dean 3462
3 Darius Escandar 3391
Classic Luge
1 Mikel Echegaray Diez 3000
2 Rafael Fazano 2466
3 Jan Tarradas 1923

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Stephens shows class in Lima

In true Peruvian style this ones a few days late, I must admit this is my fault as at the completion of the race I took off to the high Andes, training for the Tarma World Cup event starving myself of oxygen so I can run 14hr sessions on the IDF timing table. 

What is El Morro Solar? This is an event with one of the more spectacular views, riders start up the top of a tourist road and lookout under the shadow of a massive statue of Jesus ala Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer style and wraps the headland all the way down…

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Posted by Robbo on October 23, 2014 at 1:30 — 1 Comment

Hot Heels Africa 2014

Hot Heels Africa has been running since December 2003 and it hosted by S.A.G.R.A (South African Gravity Racing Association).

The event is run in the beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere nature reserve an hours drive from Cape Town. Riders from around the world have made their way to this intense 1.9km course that demands respect from all downhill racers.

Hot Heels Africa is one of the longest running gravity racing events in the world. This year will be the 11th year and the 12th event of Hot Heels Africa.

Hot Heels Africa is the final leg of the South African Championship race series and for 2014 will be the final leg of the International Downhill Federation World Cup series.…

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Posted by Unkle on October 20, 2014 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Essert Takes 1st World Cup Colombia

Byron Essert showed his qualifying form was no fluke by taking out his maiden World Cup win in spectacular fashion over Canadian Kevin Reimer in a tight final. Australian Rob McWhinnie who had been in solid form through the weekend took third for his first World Cup Podium ahead of Canadian Patrick Switzer who crashed out in an all or nothing attempt to reel in the leaders in the final.

The second day of the Festival de la Bajada in the new track in Sipate produced some seriously impressive qualifying times with a constant change in the top 10. Patrick Switzer (Canada) set a blistering pace early on with a 1:53.363 holding a 2.5 second lead over Australian Rob McWhinnie at 1:55.815 and the rest of the field before Byron Essert…

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Posted by Robbo on October 14, 2014 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Festival de la Bajada Day 1

In controversial circumstances the Festival de la bajada event was moved to a new location just outside of Bogota for the beginning of the South American leg of the IDF World Tour. While there were some questions surrounding the movement of the event nobody can question the quality of the track. The new track was certainly a step up in intensity pushing the skill level of riders to the max.
After a week of rain the water stayed away for the first practice day of the new Festival de la Bajada with competitors feeling out the track and looking for the rights lines on what is certainly shaping up to be one of the fastest and most technical hills on the world cup circuit. In what has become a signature of this event the festival atmosphere returned to the top of the hill with riders…
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Posted by Robbo on October 13, 2014 at 13:30

Alternate Venue - Festival de la Bajada 2014 in Sibaté

Bogota, Columbia

October 8, 2014

For Immediate Release:  Change of Venue for 2014 Festival de la Bajada

Please be informed the Festival de la Bajada will be held at an alternate venue, 60 minutes south west of Bogotá.  For some time, the organizers have been working with the Municipality of Sibaté as a potential alternate location, due to some issues at Parque Nacional.   3 free buses will leave for the riders each day from the original track site at Parque Nacional, starting at 6am and returning at the end of each day. 

It was not our wish to change tracks this close the date, but we feel the racers will be happy with the new track, as it has 5 drifting corners and is much longer, wider and smoother than Parque Nacional.  A video will follow.

For questions, please contact event organizers via website: http://www.festivaldelabajada.com…

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Posted by Unkle on October 9, 2014 at 2:00 — 2 Comments

Riha dominates Open Final on Pikes Peak

The 2nd Annual Pikes Peak Downhill was one for the record books as wild weather, big name crashes and A-list eliminations.

With no Kelly, Pilloni or Dalua to compete and big names getting knocked out in early rounds Californian Jimmy Riha wins in convincing fashion with Canadian George Mackenzie coming in 2nd, Swedish Mauritz Armfelt in 3rd and Brazilian Richardo Reis in 4th after a dramatic advance in the semis on Davidson and Chapman. Riley Harris wins consi’s with Ballesteros in 6th.  

1. Jimmy Riha 2. George Mackenzie 3. Mauritz Armfelt 4. Ricardo Reis…

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Posted by Unkle on September 10, 2014 at 10:00

Pikes Peak Day 2 Brackets and Race Order

Links to the 2014 Race brackets and schedule are below. 

We will be running two 64-person brackets, where the finals of each bracket will meet for open finals. Brackets were built based on 2013 IDF World Ranking

Open Skateboard - Odd

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B43Hm5o8JeQad21UUXlabnZXVFE/edit?usp=sharing

Open Skateboard - Even

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B43Hm5o8JeQaNmJiUmlERlVYX2s/edit?usp=sharing

Women

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B43Hm5o8JeQaRkI4Rl8zbWhFYms/edit?usp=sharing

Juniors…

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Posted by Unkle on September 7, 2014 at 6:00

Issues with the IDF Timing System

The International Downhill Federation would like to apologize to the 2014 Pikes Peak Racers and Organizers.  The IDF has failed to meet timing and qualification expectations. It is not the first time, so we would like to take a moment to share some additional info.

We arrived at Pikes Peak days in advance to set up and test both the regular timing equipment & back-up timing equipment.  We did everything in our power to ensure the timing equipment would work including various tests, and changes in position of equipment. The challenging topography and radio interference at Pikes Peak contributed to the timing issues, but it’s too early to diagnose the exact cause. Due to the poor reliability of our Tag Heuer RFID system we have been investigating a new timing system for several months, and it’s now time we make decisions to ensure successful future event timing.

Race brackets for Pikes Peak Downhill have been built based on 2013 IDF World Ranking. They will be…

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Posted by Unkle on September 7, 2014 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

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