SDDRL #33 Talegadega Nights
Edit by: Lee Eisler
The SDDRL (San Diego Downhill Race League) crew met back up September 11 at Talega for a fun day of racing.
Mason McGhee leads Roger Jones through the hairpin left, 1 turn above the finish line
Races held at Talega always end up extremely exciting and this day was no different. The course is very technical and you are bound to see many riders wipe out into the dirt on a few turns. You also have to be able to do heelside and toeside predrifts to be able to compete here. The race was being started at the very top of the road. The first portion of the course was a chute which offered a good drag race until they got into the hairpin portion of the race course. There were four turns that riders had to navigate through. First riders went through a 90 degree right hand turn which then dropped into the big hairpin left where most riders slid off the course. After the left it dropped down into a hairpin right with the finish line just around the corner.
Nathan Marton washing out into the dirt on the big hairpin left
The race was held in two divisions. A grom division and an open division. Riders in both divisions pushed their limits.
Mason McGhee (right) in 1st place. Wyatt Gibbs (left) in 2nd place
Congratulations to Mason Mcghee winning the Grom division.
Aj Haiby (middle) in 1st, Jeff Budro (left) in 2nd and Brian “Barney” Ward (right) in 3rd
Congratulations to AJ Haiby winning the Open division.
Firetruck taking a hairpin left with steeze and eaze.
Roger Jones did have a bad crash and the paramedics were called as a precaution. He was later released from the hospital with no more than a headache.
Thanks to everyone who came out and made this such a rad event!- Leecifer
For all the pictures CLICK HERE.
Boogie on down to the downhill disco
Disco balls, dancing shoes and a course designed to test out the skills of everyone who competed. That’s right! It was again time for the 2011 Downhill Disco presented by www.muirskate.com.
Everyone was stoked to be at the 2011 Downhill Disco
The course this year set the bar for years to come. “I think that kickers are going to be the big thing for the next 12 months, so you guys learn how to do them because we’re gonna do it next year too” said www.muiskate.com shop owner Scott Lembach.
What a totally disco toeside through the cones
With a constant barrage of people coming down the hill and various features set up throughout the course there was never a dull moment.
Andrew Mercado tuck knee
The riders competing in the event were separated into two different groups based on age. The younger riders were called the Disco Squad and the older group was called the A-Team.
Daniel Ralph Luna gets pitted in the Muirskate blvd tunnel
There was a race in which they timed how long it took riders to make it through the course. The course was a cones course designed to be difficult to navigate through. It included jump ramps, tunnels and a hippy jump to make things interesting for the riders and the spectators.
Through the tunnel and over the ramp is where Mike Montjoy likes to go
After the race was held for both competing groups a slide jam was held. The slide jam was full of features to help riders keep ripping.
Chance Gaul winds up for the 360
Out of all the features the big kicker ramp was the focal point. Riders were going huge. Many 180′s and even a 360 were thrown down in the list of tricks landed. No big deal.
Chance Gaul CAN fly!
The gnar bar got raised a step further when 3 brave men decided to lay at the end of the kicker ramp as skaters launched over them. 3 people soon turned to 4. It was then raised again when someone decided to sit in a green plastic chair, letting riders launch clear over his head.
Brett Ciabattini launches overa brave man chatting on the phone
The amount of people launching off the ramps, attempting and landing 180′s and getting some hang time blew me away. Everyone was sliding, and jumping, and moving to the beat.
Congratulations to the winners!
1st Place- Jimmy Riha
2nd Place- Louis Pilloni
3rd Place- Duke Degan
4th Place- Jeff Budro
5th Place- George Mackenzie
Slide Jam Results:
1st Place- Louis Pilloni
2nd Place- Jimmy Riha and Seth Brown
3rd Place- Duke Degan