BetterRide Leading American Downhill Racing Back to the Top!
The annual Chile Challenge at Angel fire was raced on heavy hearts as Mojo Wheels Jr. Cat 1 racer Craig Lange was severely injured in 4x practice. The injuries were so severe he did not recover and died the following day. We offer our condolences and prayers to his friends and family.
The Future of American downhill racing off to a good start in 2010! RPM Yeti's Andy Proctor takes a big win at Angel Fire followed by Team Geronimo's Teddy Benge and Madison Bailey. Gene Hamilton of BetterRide said it was a pleasure to coach all three racers last season and feels all three of these racers have a good shot of making it to the World Championships this year! These kids rock! Check out the sign in Madison's hand (remembering his friend and fellow Jr. Cat 1 racer Craig Lange) it was a sad/tough weekend for all of us.
The American Women are stepping it up too and leading the charge is Jackie Harmony. Jackie Harmony is a BetterRide athlete and certified coach who is training hard and getting faster each race. She crushed the track at Angel Fire for the victory and was followed by her Vixen Racing Teammates Jennifer Wolf (also an alumnus of BetterRide) in second and Darian Harvey in third.
The Pro Men's race saw long time ripper Chris Boice of Yeti put it together for the victory followed closely by his teammate Tyler Immer. These two schorched the course with a pair of 4:43s! The times were dropping with each racer and the finish was super exciting. Last year's winner Chris Health riding for KHS charged into 3rd and Flyin' Ryan Sutton took home forth place. BetterRide athletes were led by Team Geronimo's Brian Buell who after sitting in the Hot seat for a while would have to settle for 8th on the day. BetterRide's Szymon Kowalski Trek co-op, Shawn Neer, Orbit Racing, Graeme Pitts, Team Geranimo and Michael Buell also Team Geranimo placed 12th, 17th, 18th and 20th respectively.
BetterRide coach Gene Hamilton also raced in the pro class but had a race ending flat on the fastest section of the course. Fortunately he was able to ride it out and wasn't injured.
If you would like to ride like these racers look into a BetterRide Skills Camp today! Check out www.betterride.net for more info. In addition to the racers above Gene Hamilton, head coach of BetterRide has been fortunate enough to coach these top pro and up and coming racers: Mitch Ropelato, Chris Van Dine, Naish Ulmer, Dante Harmony, Christine Hirst, Tasa Herndon, Joy Martin, Trevor Trinkino, Chris Canfield, Ross Schnell, Heiki Hall, and many others.