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2015 Pikes Peak IDF World Cup Race Photos

As promised, I present to you my 2015 Pikes Peak IDF World Cup race photo re-cap. Enjoy these 75 photos I selected from my collection. I saved some bangers for the Pikes Peak article coming in the next Skate Slate Longboarding Magazine, with the story written from the perspective of a racer, Max Capps. In addition, I have been saving photos here and there for the Photo Annual, which I have been designing for while and will drop at the beginning of the new year. Finally, I also dropped some fun GIFs the other day here on the blog you should check out, as well. Even with all this media, I think some excellent photos have been edited out of the magazine you will enjoy and I still have a story to tell, so here we go!

This was the third Pikes Peak event, but under new organizers this year. The two day event attracted racers from all over the world to start at an elevation of 11,000 feet (3350 meters) and drop down the hill at speeds up to about 52 mph in four-rider heats. This year, it looked like riders were more confident on the hill than previous years. Yet, riders also reported that they were on the edge of traction through some of the corners.

On the morning of the first day, it was fun to greet all my friends I hadn’t seen in a while. There is always so much anticipation before the first run of the day.

Riders line up for the first run of the morning.

Riders line up for the first run of the morning.

Señor Dubes of Resource Distribution on the control.

Señor Dubes of Resource Distribution on the control.

Matthew Deitch missed the first run.

Matthew Deitch missed the first run.

IDF in the Hizzouse.

IDF in the Hizzouse.

Dubes directs staff.

Dubes directs staff.

Candy Dungan, Loryn Roberson, and Magdalena Blanc.

Candy Dungan, Loryn Roberson, and Magdalena Blanc.

Adam Persson

Adam Persson

Juniors

Juniors

Downhill family photo with Erik Lundberg, Kyle Wester, Dillon Stephens, and Adam Persson.

Downhill family photo with Erik Lundberg, Kyle Wester, Dillon Stephens, and Adam Persson.

Douglas Dalua warms up.

Douglas Dalua warms up.

Riders line up.

Riders line up.

From my perspective, freeride and race heats ran smoothly, people got many qualifying runs in and the race finished in a timely manner. Here is some of the action from the practice/qualifying day.

Jasper Ohlson, Jordan Koehler, Emily Pross, and Conner Stanek push into the course.

Jasper Ohlson, Jordan Koehler, Emily Pross, and Conner Stanek push into the course.

Riders set up for the first  right.

Riders set up for the first right.

Costa Rica's Brian Sandoval

Costa Rica’s Brian Sandoval

Muirskate's main man, Scott Lembach, kills hills.

Muirskate’s main man, Scott Lembach, kills hills.

Thiago Gomes Lessa and Max Ballesteros slide at high speed.

Thiago Gomes Lessa and Max Ballesteros slide at high speed.

Jasper Ohlson

Jasper Ohlson

Jake Wilkinson almost high sides and Micah Green follows close behind.

Jake Wilkinson almost high sides and Micah Green follows close behind.

Jake somehow saves it.

Jake somehow saves it.

Kevin Reimer

Kevin Reimer

Alex Hannigan

Alex Hannigan

Roy Churchland from Noosa, Australia

Roy Churchland from Noosa, Australia

Micah Green

Micah Green

Aaron Hampshire with one of Zak Maytum's helmets.

Aaron Hampshire with one of Zak Maytum’s helmets.

Brandon Tissen

Brandon Tissen

Erik Lundberg

Erik Lundberg

Thiago Gomes Lessa

Thiago Gomes Lessa

Brian Sandoval

Brian Sandoval

Key Dougherty

Key Dougherty

Alex Charleson

Alex Charleson

Coop

Coop

Palaxa Golden

Palaxa Golden

The next day was race day. The action started right away with practice runs.

Dubes slept well and is definitely ready to go.

Dubes slept well and is definitely ready to go.

Dubes announces how things will go for the day.

Dubes announces how things will go for the day.

...and they are off...still practice though.

…and they are off…still practice though.

Kevin Reimer leads Max Capps, Thiago Gomes Lessa, Tyler Howell, Adam Persson, and Dillon Stephens

Kevin Reimer leads Max Capps, Thiago Gomes Lessa, Tyler Howell, Adam Persson, and Dillon Stephens

Kevin Reimer leads Max Capps, Thiago Gomes Lessa, Tyler Howell, Adam Persson, and Dillon Stephens

Kevin Reimer leads Max Capps, Thiago Gomes Lessa, Tyler Howell, Adam Persson, and Dillon Stephens

Max Ballesteros gets taken out by Micah Green.

Max Ballesteros gets taken out by Micah Green.

Ouch.

Ouch.

Other riders escape the carnage by staying on course.

Other riders escape the carnage by staying on course.

The First Round of racing brought some heavy hitters against each other right off the start. That meant top riders were getting eliminated right away and turned into spectators for the following rounds.

Riley Harris, Jordan Koehler, Key Dougherty, and Aleix Gallimo in the right hand hairpin.

Riley Harris, Jordan Koehler, Key Dougherty, and Aleix Gallimo in the right hand hairpin.

Nickolas Curtright and Micah Green, neck and neck into the blue.

Nickolas Curtright and Micah Green, neck and neck into the blue.

Max Wippermann, A.J. Haiby, and Tyler Howell.

Max Wippermann, A.J. Haiby, and Tyler Howell.

Erik Lundberg, Dillon Stephens, and Garrett Creamer.

Erik Lundberg, Dillon Stephens, and Garrett Creamer.

Erik Lundberg, Dillon Stephens, and Garrett Creamer.

Erik Lundberg, Dillon Stephens, and Garrett Creamer.

Alex Hannigan, Mauritz Armfelt, and Kalil Hammouri

Alex Hannigan, Mauritz Armfelt, and Kalil Hammouri

Micah Green and Troy Grenier lead this heat.

Micah Green and Troy Grenier lead this heat.

Kevin Remier, A.J. Haiby, and Alex Charleson

Kevin Remier, A.J. Haiby, and Alex Charleson

Alex Charleson, Kevin Remier, A.J. Haiby, and Max Wippermann

Alex Charleson, Kevin Remier, A.J. Haiby, and Max Wippermann

Kevin and A.J.

Kevin and A.J.

Erik Lundberg, Riley Harris, and Dillon Stephens

Erik Lundberg, Riley Harris, and Dillon Stephens

Erik Lundberg, Riley Harris, and Dillon Stephens

Erik Lundberg, Riley Harris, and Dillon Stephens

Riley Harris, Erik Lundberg, and Jake Wilkinson

Riley Harris, Erik Lundberg, and Jake Wilkinson

Alex Charleson, Keenan MaCartney, and Mauritz Armfelt

Alex Charleson, Keenan MaCartney, and Mauritz Armfelt

Lamin Cassama and Keenan MaCartney

Lamin Cassama and Keenan MaCartney

Keenan MaCartney, Mauritz Armfelt, Lamin Cassama, and Alex Hannigan

Keenan MaCartney, Mauritz Armfelt, Lamin Cassama, and Alex Hannigan

Ladies' semi-final heat

Ladies’ semi-final heat

Riders catch a ride for the final heat.

Riders catch a ride for the final heat.

Finals

Rachel "Bagels" Bruskoff had a big lead in the final women's heat.

Rachel “Bagels” Bruskoff had a big lead in the final women’s heat.

In the second to last corner, Alex Charleson led the consolation final heat for the open class

In the second to last corner, Alex Charleson led the consolation final heat for the open class

A.J. also had a significant lead through the second to last corner in the open final.

A.J. also had a significant lead through the second to last corner in the open final.

Riley came in second, while Brendan Davidson and Alex Hannigan battled for third.

Riley came in second, while Brendan Davidson and Alex Hannigan battled for third.

Open final heat looking into the final corner.

Open final heat looking into the final corner.

A.J. leads the open class final into the last corner.

A.J. leads the open class final into the last corner.

A.J. (from sea-level San Diego area) lets it out after winning the race.

A.J. (from sea-level San Diego area) lets it out after winning the race.

Victory ride.

Victory ride.

Alex and A.J. reminisce on the final heat.

Alex and A.J. reminisce on the final heat.

Junior Class 1Alex Charleson - Canada 2Tyron Knight - Australia 3Knox Heslop -	United States

Junior Class
1 Alex Charleson – Canada
2 Tyron Knight – Australia
3 Knox Heslop – United States

Women's Class 1Rachel Bruskoff- United States 2Loryn Roberson	- United States	 3	Paloma Acha Dorado (Golden) - Spain

Women’s Class
1 Rachel Bruskoff – United States
2 Loryn Roberson – United States
3 Paloma Acha Dorado (Golden) – Spain

Riley Harris gets called for second place.

Riley Harris gets called for second place.

A.J. gets a ride from his San Diego homies to the podium.

A.J. gets a ride from his San Diego homies to the podium.

Open Class 1Andrew Haiby- United States 2Riley Harris	- Canada 3	Brendan Davidson	- Canada

Open Class
1 A.J. Haiby – United States
2 Riley Harris – Canada
3 Brendan Davidson – Canada

The Pikes Peak Trophy

The Pikes Peak Trophy

A.J. poses with the starting line, a souvenir that Max Capps ensured would go to A.J.

A.J. poses with the starting line, a souvenir that Max Capps ensured would go to A.J.

Get the full breakdown on results from IDF here.

A huge thanks goes to the organizers, staff, and volunteers of the event, IDF Racing, Pikes Peak, Riviera Skateboards, Paris Trucks, Divine Wheels, Timeship Racing, and the rest of the sponsors of the event.

Here’s the link to my GIF gallery one more time for some of the fun in action and don’t forget to check out the article on Pikes Peak coming out in the next issue of the magazine. Subscribe to Skate[Slate] now if you aren’t already. Thanks for reading!

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