Each round started with a single kick off the line to lower the playing field and keep competition tight. The courses were tricky enough alone, but being pushed into racing with riders this close to you is never the same thing twice.
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Kyler Bagley Photo: Andrew Madden
Todd Smith Photo: Andrew Madden
At the end of the three rounds, racers tallied up their points and the top eight finalists were announced. Lastly there was a consolation/final round held from the top of Hyper-Highway. It was a one push start down home run past the student bookstore, to the finish line which was crossing a drain gate under a bridge that leads to the Rice Eccles Stadium parking lot. There were the four consolation finalists and four top finalists, who in the end had the lowest number of points to their name.
The horn was blown for the loser’s bracket to race the course in a Chinese-downhill style fashion. With only a minute’s time passed the horn was blown again for consi’s and very quickly again thereafter for finalists. This round of finals was designed with a very high sketch-factor in mind. As racers went down the course, they were forced to make passes and take lines through the downhilling losers to hold the lead of their own pack to the finish. However, not all losers ‘lost,’ some did make it passed the line to clap and cheer on the finalists before they finished on their own.