Krushing the Kamikaze

The Kamikaze Bike Games event was a total success, and I had so much fun competing there. I competed in the Kamikaze, Downhill, and Dual Slalom. Last year I had also competed in the Downhill, it was my first year riding there and had a few issues with the obstacles I hit. I signed up for Cat 1 Downhill and realized what a challenge the course was. I wasn’t able to make it down the crazy rock garden there so I just got as far as possible and tumbled down the rest of the rock garden. Luckily I made it down first.

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Speed and Style #kamikazebikegames

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This year I had so much fun racing all 3 events. My mom and I left Thursday morning and got there just in time for registration. It was a USA cycling race, so I had to register as Cat 1, 18 and under, although in DS I was able to race open women, which was awesome, but I had no one to race in Downhill and the Kamikaze race. After registration I hit the Kamikaze trail to find out where I was going. I had lots of fun riding in the gondola, but with all the wind flying around as soon as you got to the top I was praying that I wouldn’t fall. I finally got to the top and saw the view. It was just….breath taking. I loved it, and as soon as I went down the trail I actually realized how dangerously high I was. So the entire way down I had to focus on not sliding out and having my bike or me fly off the hill. I got to the bottom without falling. yah! 🙂 Then I went back up for Stage 2. I rode the gondola up half way and got off at Mc Coy Station and rode up to the top of the chair 16, which wasn’t necessarily fun since I had my Downhill bike an Ellsworth Method, and rode the rest of the way down.

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2014 Kamikaze Race

 

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After Kamikaze practice I hit the DH trail Bullet to observe what had changed and what hadn’t. I used most of the lines I had from last year to get down “regular” rocks (rocks that were challenging, but not overboard challenging) and discovered some great lines going into turns. This year the trail had better marked lines that the Pro’s had been taking. I helped introduce lines to most of the people standing around looking for lines to get through the regular rocks, and on my first try I got through the rocky section that I tumbled down last year, so I had a victory scream once I made it down. 🙂  I hit the big wooden double that I didn’t clear last year, which was a blast, but I had a real hard time getting my nose down so everytime I hit it I was screaming no, no, no, no, no! in my head praying I wouldn’t fall on my butt. I came down to the lower end of the course where you could see it from the bottom and hit the drop down, I still debated whether it was faster to go around or to just jump. I went up for 5 more and on my second one my front brake died. I ignored it because I hardly used my front brake and went down for another one. I came down flying. It was the fastest run I had done out of the five.

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Rock drop at #kamikazebikegames Not necessarily the fastest line but definitely the funnest. View on Instagram

After DH practice I went to DS practice. I grabbed my Ellsworth momentum and hiked to the top of the DS track. I had a blast riding down. My favorite side was the blue at first but as more riders rode it, I began to favor the red side. One of my laps down I was riding super fast and over jumped the last table that led into a turn and crashed really really bad. I over jumped to flat and bounced down and flew over the bars, the entire time I was screaming. My first instinct was to shield my shoulders (since I had broken both of them), so I curled in and slammed head first into the side of the next turn. Thank God for Kali Protective Helmets! So many people there that were watching thought I had either died from the impact to my head or dislocated my shoulder. The impact took the air from my lungs so I curled into a little ball on my knees, then once I could take a breath I stood up and looked for my bike. I stood way to fast and started to stumble around, although I couldn’t tell if it was from my head injury or just my horrible walking habits. I was helped off the course by a medic and course marshal. I was questioned and then let go. I went back up for another run and made it down safe, after that I needed to rest and really figure out what was wrong. My spine and neck felt like a squished accordion, and I had a hard time riding with my helmet half way on. So I came to the conclusion that I had a minor concussion, something that I usually get riding like that, and that I needed to go to a park and hang upside down to straighten my spine back out. So my mom and I went to the bike shop Mammoth Mountain Outdoor Sports to get my brakes bled. We dropped the bike off and then left to the park to straighten my back. I tried to hang upside down but they didn’t have a set of monkey bars that you could do it with so I just grabbed a bar and hung there for a few minutes. After a while I heard some popping and cracking and my back felt better. After that we went back to the bike shop and checked on my bike. They were just finished with my front and started on my rear brake. We looked around for a while and found a perfect set of shorts for riding. I tried them on and saw that they had a missing button, I really, really liked them plus they were cheap and I needed a set of shorts desperately, so we bought the shorts, a patch kit, and my brakes for a ridiculously cheap price, the other shop in town wanted to charge 30 for a brake job, but this shop charged 20! We decided that it was our shop that we would go to when we visited Mammoth. We got back in the car then left to the parking lot of Canyon Lodge, and spent the night in our car.

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Dual slalom open women Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games I qualified FIRST in open wms!! @shineridersco

 

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The next day I got ready and went out for DH practice. I was ready to test my front brake. I just tapped it before the first turn and slid out, I slammed my leg in the side of the mountain and was rewarded with a monstrous bruise. They did an amazing job fixing the brakes. The rest of the week I just decided to stay away from my front brake, and in return I went fast without crashing. After Practice I went to practice the Kamikaze. I was able to get one run in then I went back up for my race. I waited a while then was pulled up to ride down. I came into a turn on the stage 1 and started sliding in and out of the corner. I finally finished and my time was 12:30. As soon as I finished I switched bikes and ran over to the DS track for qualifying. I did one qualifying lap then ran down to claim my award for the Kamikaze. I had placed first. I posed for pictures then ran back up for my other qualifying run. At the end of the day we went to go check the times. I qualified first. My mom and I were so excited. We went back to the car ate dinner and went to sleep.

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1st Place Cat 1 on the legendary Kamikaze downhill! 6th place overall! #downhill #ridingfast View on Instagram

The day had finally come, and I was nervous. I had my DH race and DS race. I didn’t practice till noon, so I spent time getting my bikes ready and listening to rock songs. I finally got to practice. I took a hard spill on the rock garden, but made it out alive. I headed down and crashed again on the other rock garden. I then came upon the wooden double and blew through the turn, I almost went over the bars and then rolled the wooden double. The turn had lost most of it’s support. I finally got down with more cuts and bruises then I wanted but nothing that will stop me from shredding the trails. I waited for my race time to come and got sleepy, so I went over to the monster booth and grabbed an energy drink. Craziest idea ever. I got to the top with the group of ladies that were racing cat 1 and as we lined up they saw me sitting there shaking. They asked if I was okay, and I told them about the energy drink. They laughed and I couldn’t help but laugh with them. Luckily I was the first to drop and I was super happy about that.

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Getting fed by @naturesbakery ! Raspberry is my favorite!

 

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I was given the go to drop and took off. I kept running ‘don’t fall, don’t fall’ in my head the entire time. I flew down the top half of the trail and was happy with that. I messed one corner up and cased the wooden double. As I went through the turn to the jump, I had a demon sitting in the back of my head saying ‘don’t jump, don’t jump!’ The double was so similar to the road gap in New Mexico that I dislocated my foot on. I knew that rolling it was slow, so I just screamed as I hit the double. I probably screamed louder than most of the bystanders there cheering me on. I cased it hard and sprinted from the double like it was fire. I was going faster than intended and messed the next section up, but saved it and pedaled the rest of the way home. I came in way to fast for the last drop and hit a little rock and jumped over the side of the drop and quit breathing the rest of the way down. I just pedaled, cleared rocks and pedaled. I sprinted across the finish with the time of a 5:36. I was super excited but then I switched out bikes again and sprinted back up for DS practice. I did 1 warm up lap and stopped there. Then when finals came I went up, but at the same time they were doing Awards for DH. So I quickly sprinted down and got my metal then ran back up to my DS finals.

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I’m so happy right now! First in all my races! Downhill @kamikazebikegames

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As we ran up we saw my group drop. We went to the top to talk to the people timing and found out that there was no order they were just calling as they go. My mom got so furious it was awesome. A Pro rider behind me Cody Johnson and other riders were totally cheering my mom on. It was awesome, finally they got me in and I thanked practically everyone. I raced 3 different people and one of the girls that I wanted to race ended up crashing and ended up hurting her foot. It was sucky that she got hurt. I was really looking forward to racing her. She was fast and I liked a challenge, although I did love racing the other girls they were really sweet and loved to ride, I just liked the fact that I could race other girls. Usually with my age, I don’t have anyone to race, so I was super excited when I had girls to race. I finished first and also met my childhood hero. Mike Metzger.

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Guess who that is!!!??

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When I was 2 years old I would always get up in the morning and watch motocross freeride movies and I was always fascinated with all the guys who did the backflips and big moto whips. I was super excited when they called my name up for DS awards and brought my bike along with me. I really did like the Ellsworth Momentum it was the perfect Dual Slalom bike. After awards it started to rain and my mom and I loaded up and went home. I was super happy with how this year’s bike games went. I placed first in all 3 games I competed in and made new friends in the process. I was very happy with this years Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Bike Game’s.

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First dual slalom open wms @kamikazebikegames

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