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Whip It Photo Report From PedalFest at Blue Mountain

July 15, 2013
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As the opening event of the first ever Blue Mountain PedalFest, Friday night’s Whip It contest kicked the mountain bike festival off with a bang. Riders from all corners of Ontario turned up to get sideways on the contest booter, in hopes of taking home the winner-take-all $500 prize purse.

The format was a NCAA March Madness-esque bracket, which pitted riders one-on-one against each other. Starting from 20 riders, there were two bracket rounds, after which there remained 5 finalists, who then got the opportunity to really hang it all out there and show the anxious crowd their best whip. The contest also saw two women compete.  Jennifer Valentine and Jenn LeBlanc came out to test themselves and compete against the boys.  Well done ladies!

It could not have been a more beautiful evening. The sun was shining over the crest of the escarpment, casting a glow on the lip of the jump. The air was crisp, and there was a certain electricity in the air of anticipation for the forthcoming events. As soon as the clock struck 6:00 pm, riders began to hike their bikes up the hill for practice, and thus a “session” was born. A crowd began to gather at the foot of the finish corral.

“Events like this bring out an awesome group of people just looking to have a good time. Thanks Blue mountain and Riding Feels Good for putting on such a fun show!” – Ben Reasbeck
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The crowd gathers in the village at Blue Mountain for the Whip IT contest.

 

Blue Mountain local and International man of mystery Chris Wall was on the mic keeping the crowd and the riders pumped up with some interesting commentary, and some old school flavor blaring through the speakers.

“The inaugural whip contest at Blue came off pretty successfully. It was great to see some crowd favorites and new comers to scene throwing down and getting sideways for cold hard cash. After a vote went to the crowd, Ait was cool that local shredder Ben Reasbeck walked away with the 5 hundo that Blue Mountain had for the event. Stoked to see it all go down again next year!!” – Chris Wall

By 7:00 pm, the names had been drawn, the brackets had been created, and the competitors were sitting at the top, anxious to compete.

The first round saw some dramatic action, with local favorites Sam Measures and Tyler Maxwell getting knocked out. The danger man appeared to be the relatively unknown Steve Wells, who impressed in the first round with a gigantic whip to move on swiftly with out much thought from the judges.

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Sammo showed some nice style early on despite rolling his tires off the rim twice during his heats.

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This kid likes to go big – Maximus

 

In the second round, Primary Racing’s Graeme Duff faced off against Jamie Tice, in what turned out to be an exciting heat. The two dropped in together, with Tice taking the edge and moving on to the final round. Steve Wells also continued his dominance, showing that the first round was no fluke. Nick Outram, Bryce Kiberd, and the über stylish Ben Reasbeck all also moved on to the final round.

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Duffman did the Primary boys proud with some killer style all night.

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Tice, back on the bike for the first time in over a year sends it like a boss.

 

And then there were five.

Bryce Kiberd put forth a valiant effort in the first finals heat, only to fall short and be eliminated by the other heavy hitting finalists. After much deliberation from the judges, and a little bit of help from the crowd, the final two matchups were as follows:

Ben Reasbeck vs. Jamie Tice

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Local builder, legend and all around bike honch, Ben Reasbeck was the favourite from the day the comp was announced and he didn’t disappoint .

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Tice kept the amplitude going all night and the crowd responded.

 

Nick Outram vs. Steve Wells

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Jaws dropped every time Wells hit the jump. He had crazy moto style and went big.

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Nick killed it ’till the sun went down. The top four were so tight it required many runs to make the eventual call as to who advanced.

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The riders were as stoked as the crowd to see their buds throw down.

 

The battle for the championship was a clash of two very different styles; Ben Reasbeck keeping it low, smooth and stylish and Jamie Tice boosting big, often landing to flat. The judges reached a split decision, and looked to the crowd to give their input as to who should be crowned the undisputed style master of Ontario. In the end, it was the steezy Ben Reasbeck who narrowly took the win, and the $500 dollar reward. Steve Wells took third, and Nick Outram settled for fourth.

 

“The whip off contest at blue mountain was all around a great time. I think both the riders and the crowd liked the head to head format. It was great to get to know many people in the dh scene in the area, and lets hope this becomes an annual event!” – Steven Wells

 

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Steven Wells, a name we all know now.

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“Eastside!”

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Tice and Reasbeck heading up for their final hit.

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Jamie Tice sending it on his first gen Pivot.

 

“It was great to get back on my bike to enter such an amazing competition/event like this one. Everyone was loving it, can’t wait for next year!” – Jamie Tice

 

The event was the first of it’s kind in Ontario, and was the type of event we, as a community, deserve more of. It was a refreshing change of pace from the racing scene, and allowed for riders to experience something different than the traditional competitive atmosphere.

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Jamie and Ben put on one heck of final for the crowd at Blue Mountain.

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Your 2013 Whip It finalists (l-r): Steven Wells 3rd, Jamie Tice 2nd, Ben Reasbeck 1st and Nick Outram 4th.

 

After the dust had settled, Ben Reasbeck gave his counterpart in the finals $100 of his winnings, in an act of respect for his opponent. Winnings were used on rounds at the bar afterwards, as the competitors of the day basked in the afterglow of a great afternoon on the bike.

 

Here is a breakdown of the heats with winners:

Whip-IT-Results

 

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Graeme Duff is a downhill racer and three time Ontario Provincial Champion, who studies finance at The University of Western Ontario. Time on two wheels keeps him happy, no matter the discipline.

7 Comments

  1. Avatar of BrianMac

    Nice job Graeme!

    Excellent article.

    Brian

  2. Great write up! The head-2-head format appears to have been great.

    Hope Blue keeps this stuff up. See you at the DH race tonight!

  3. Thanks for killer writeup Duffman! Big thanks also to all those who participated in our nomination contest and Blue Mountain for putting this event on. PIcs aren’t bad either ;)

  4. Avatar of Whynot

    Awesome! Welss’ style was sweet. I love a whip with the bike upright instead of laid out!

  5. This event looked like an amazing time!!! I hope the people who run races in Ontario have there pen and paper out……

    MN

  6. Looks like this was a great event!

  7. Great article!

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