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Words: Pat Bridges
Photos: Mike Yoshida
For the past decade the Ride Shakedown events have distinguished themselves amongst an overly crowded contest calendar by having the most innovative and rider friendly format on the competition circuit. By mandating that riders call their tricks before dropping and abstain from repeating moves the spectacle remains fresh and progressive with only the best riders reap the rewards.
On Friday March 18th, 2011 The Shakedown made its second appearance at The Summit-at-Snoqualmie, WA and in typical Northwest fashion it was damp. Yet the moist conditions didn't deter the 40 riders in the invite only rail event from stepping up picking apart the two-feature setup. The lookers right of the course yielded a quad kink square bar while the left showcased a bloated round bar complete with a girthy donkey at the end. Two heats of 20 or so riders jammed nonstop for 45 minutes vying for a spot in the 8 man finals. Standouts like Dylan Alito, Garret Warnick, Seth Hill and Yale Cousino set down some of the best tricks of the night but they lacked the consistency and panache of the eventual finalists.
The 8 men making the main event cut were Johnny Lazzereschi, Joe Mango, Alex Andrews, Jeremy Cloutier, Ryan Paul, Matts Kulesik, Zak Hale, and Stefan Krumm. Though many believe Zak Hale deserved to take the whole show and Ryan Paul made a strong push late in the three trick best of final, the eventual podium consisted of Johnny Lazzereschi, Matts Kulesik and Jeremy Cloutier respectively.
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