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Photos Courtesy Carl Frey – Winter Park Resort

Colorado FreeRide Festival 2017

It’s a wrap!  Highlights were beyond extraordinary and despite heavy rains Friday night into Saturday, the event was a huge success. With the Maxxis Slopestyle finals postponed to Sunday due to rain, the Intergalactic Pond Crossing took center stage Saturday during the third day of the Colorado Freeride Festival at Winter Park Resort.  A total of 45 competitors made their way onto the narrow floating track on Winter Park’s Village Pond for the fastest (and driest) time, with more than a few meeting a splashy finish.  The fun event capped another great day of racing with the new Short Track sprint taking place in the morning.  

Sunday saw some great downhill action and the best of the best compete in the Slopestyle finals.  With a Maxxis Slopestyle first run score of 91 and this years title secure, American Nicholi Rogatkin dropped in for his victory lap. The crowd cheered on the Slopestyle Champ and as he landed the final hit, affectionately named the Money Booter, Rogatkins rear tire popped like a champagne cork. He finished Friday’s qualifiers in first place, went wire-to-wire to win his first Maxxis Slopestyle title in his fifth try. Fellow American Josh Hult came in second with a score of 89, while Sweden’s Max Fredricksson came in third with an 87.3.  The 11th Colorado Freeride Festival wrapped after four days in which there were over 600 race starts, a record for CFF gravity races.  Bob Holme, Winter Park Resort “this was another great event. Every year it’s gets bigger and better.”  

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