Riders Get Air at Ranchstyle Race
KREX News Room
GLADE PARK, Colo. This weekend cyclists from all over the world took part in the sixth annual Ranchstyle event. The freestyle mountain bike competition was held in Glade Park, and the course was anything but average.
For these athletes, racing is their remedy.
Blair Reed, a rider out of Boulder, said, "I like to ride bikes because it's a little too much fun. I kind of like to ride bikes pretty much more than do anything else there is."
Nick Simcik, a rider and announcer of the event, said, "It's part of who I am. If I didn't have it, I wouldn't know what to do with myself."
Racing Ranchstyle isn't for the faint of heart.
"The guys are traveling like 40 feet in distance and going 30 feet high, while flipping. It's really stunning," said Grassroots Cycles professional racer Eric Landis.
"Try to go get loose out there, it's pretty stacked competition," said Reed.
"Started out just as a slope style course about six years ago and has progressed into a world-renowned mountain bike festival," Simcik said.
The event draws in some of the worlds best riders.
"New Zealand and Canada and everywhere," Landis said.
"We have a lot of the old local pros who've been around for a long time, since I was a wee little pup," said Reed.
"Well of course Colorado is an epic mountain biking community known worldwide," Landis said.
Due to the complex course, racers rely on focus, determination and adrenaline to get them to the finish line
"Ranchstyle really has infamous dual-slalom course that weaves in and out of the cedar trees, the riders separate and come back together side by side," said Landis.
The racers didn't hold back.
"Feels good! You get that adrenaline rolling, just the best feeling there is!" said Reed.
The event was fully sponsored. Riders took home prizes and lots of giveaways.