“Rails 2 Riches 2010 TWS” by Ian Post / IHeartSnow Productions
Remember in the movie Happy Gilmore, when Happy collects all those huge golf checks in the back of his car, waiting to cash them until he’s got enough to buy his Grandma’s house back from the IRS? Apparently, so does Dylan Dragotta. One of New Hampshire’s dirtiest young riders wins the $15,000 Killington Rails 2 Riches—the largest rail jam event on the East Coast—and then walks off the hill still holding his 3′ x 2′ posterboard “worth” three grand. Luckily, the judges would eventually catch up and explain to him that this large dollar edifice could not, of course, be cashed at the local bank, and traded the newest member of the Eastern Boarder snow team for a heavy 3 G’s in cash. When asked later that night how he would spend the winnings, Dylan smiles wide and gives an answer that would make a mid-90s Andy Hetzel proud: “Dude … that shit’s pretty much already spent, you know? I mean, they gave it to me in cash!” Attaboy, Dragotta.
The 2010 Rails 2 Riches took place this past Saturday at Killington, VT, with the finalists running up and down the three-hit course over the hour-long jam. As the lifts stopped and the night crept in, the riders opened up the session on the customary DFD and downrail that show up to every R2R, and the new down-up donkey box on the rider’s left. Weird as it might sound, but that little s.o.b. broke off more kids than both metal pieces combined. Crowd favorites like Luke Haddock, Rob Hallowell and John Murphy all got tricks on the set-ups, but the styles of Tyler Lynch, local heavy Shaun Murphy, and Dylan Dragotta would eventually take home the $750, $1,500, and $3,000 prizes for the men.
On the women’s side, last year’s winner, Laura Rogoski, would turn the repeat, earning herself a solid $1,000 for the 2010 win. Meghan Dorsey and Cassandra Herbes rode hard throughout the day and night, getting themselves paid witha $500 2nd and $250 3rd place on the podium.
Thanks to Tom Horrocks, Chris Danforth, Park Staff, and everyone from Killington Resort. Especially to Tess Hobbs, for all of her hard work putting on this year’s event. Thanks to Mary, Joe, Brad, and Nina from Red Bull for hosting the afterparty, Stefan and Ryan from Bonjour-Hi for the beats, Outback for not kicking us out this year, and to all the skiers at the event, who once again proved that, no matter how big a hooded dress you may be wearing, jock-spinning 630s onto rails will never, ever look cool.