Pros and Ams get together to compete for a good cause, and their share of $5000
The LHC Dirt Challenge was put on with the help of Ricardo Laguna to help raise money for a new skatepark in the Tinnell memorial sports park.“It honors the memory of Army Spec. Patrick Tinnell who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Pat grew up in Lake Havasu City. He was a up and coming BMX freestyle rider and I hear he was one of the best.” The event was put together to help raise money and put another small dent in the estimated $1,000,000 price tag attached to the park.
Dozens of pro riders and amateurs turned out for the event and a huge staff, including announcer Fat Tony donated their time to help make it a top notch show.
After a few Pro riders took themselves out early, including Big Daddy, who managed to bust a few ribs on a double truck gone wrong, nearly 25 riders took the hill for qualifying. Weeding out more then half the pack, the final 10 took on the setting sun and things got crazy.
All the way from Hungary, Danny Josa slow rolled qualifying and came out swinging in finals. Double whips, tons of three combos and loads of trail style helped him land a third place finish. Coming out of hibernation from up Idaho way, Ben Voyles was on fire with huge bangers like a backflip barspin to tuck and flowing trail style with nac’s and three tucks. On a bike that was barely trail worthy, he reminded everyone of what he was capable of and pocketed third place dollars. And coming out on top was Minnesota’s Dustin Grice who nailed it all with three double downsides, top side no footed cans to whips and plenty of flip variations.
In the end several thousand dollars were raised and a great event was established for future years at the Tinnell Memorial Sports Park.
For more on the event and cause be sure to check out http://www.lhcdirtchallenge.com and the March 2013 issue of BMX Plus!
AJ Anaya, superman seatgrab
Dustin Grice, Three whip
Ben Voyles, Three tuck
Mat Olsen, Superman