Monster Speed & Style

I heard Adam Aloise talking about this event the other week at Dreamline. He was headed straight from NC to Vegas to build the course, and my curiosity was piqued as to what it was going to be all about. I couldn’t really wrap my brain around how a contest based on speed and style (aka tricks) would work. Well after watching this I don’t think I was the only one who didn’t know what the fuck was going on. Given I don’t know what the exact rules/judging criteria were, it basically looks like it was a dirt jumping contest where you had to sprint off the roll-in. Pretty much after the riders dropped in, all focus on getting to the end of the course first went out the window. I’ll just assume that tricks carried WAY more weight towards the overall score than did winning the race. I mean why else would you have Pat “Face Case” Casey sending giant three whips over the first set? He could have at least pushed through and done some sort of scrubbed three whip. Now that would have been something to see! Even more confusing was Kris Fox flying through the course full speed only to give up the win by pulling up as hard as he could over the last set to do one of his signature whips. Anyway, the course looked rad and hopefully it got some of the spectators there for Monster Energy Cup stoked on our little non-wax carrying side of BMX.