Twenty-one-year-old Brayden Barrett-Hay is $4,000 richer after beating 16 top freeriders with his massive amplitude, precise tricks and smooth style on Friday night at the GoPro Mountain Games.
A new stop on the Freeride Mountain Bike World tour, the slopestyle event at the GoPro Mountain Games drew riders from across North America. The competition featured a new course designed by Global Action Sports Solutions, with three distinct line options for the riders that included gap jumps, booters and an upside down loop jump, a bike trick first performed in 1904 at the Barnum & Bailey Circus, but new to modern freeride competitions.
Barrett-Hay, who hails from Uxbridge, Ontario, beat out competition favorite Mike Montgomery in the finals with his massive amplitude and amazing fluidity. Montgomery, from San Diego, claimed second with a downside whip across the biggest gap on the course. Josh Hult from Idaho Falls, Idaho, claimed third place while Adam Hauck, who was in first place after the qualifying rounds, crashed out on both of his two runs in the finals.