Coors Light YOU LOOK GOOD Rider's Cup 3rd STOP Banff Norquay
~ Nash Lajeunesse and Cassandra Ironside take first place YLGRC09 Banff Open ~
Toronto, ON – Banff Norquay played host to the third stop of the Coors Light YOU LOOK GOOD Rider's Cup (YLGRC09), Canada's premier slopestyle series. On Saturday February 28th, Banff was blessed with blue bird skies and -5 temps with 75 riders showing up to take part. A consistent and substantial crowd supported the riders throughout the day and cheered even louder as Murray Hodgson attempted a double backflip backside 180 and as Matt Munn sent a 70ft one-footer into the flats and yes rode away (after a couple reverts but who cares?!?!) Norquays Jump line acted as the YLGRC09 Banff Open course with the Coors Light Pro categories and Salomon Ams utilized all three jumps while the little guys and women hit the top two jumps.
Pierce Mimura from Fort McMuuray was back again for the second year in a row as a repeat winner in the Amateur category. This year Pierce brought new tricks to the series and stomped a cab 5, back cork 7, front 7. Cassandra Ironside, on a competitive tear this year, locked up her first place win on the tour as she sent a switch back one into a back three melon winning $500 and putting her into the series lead.
Standout riders of the day were Kirsty MacDonald in the qualifiers with backside fives and lofty threes. Unfortunately Kirsty struggled with her landings in the finals and missed the podium. Joel Dalacker, new to the competition scene, entered his third event of the YLGRC09 looked to three-peat after qualifying in 2nd but he too unfortunately struggled with his landings in the finals and missed the podium.
Men's Coors Light Pro category were plagued with speed issues, those that were either over weight or had wax had no difficulties as they found the podium with their standout runs. Third place went to Geoff Brown who dropped backside rodeo five into a switch backside 900 into a corky-backside-900, which also won him Ripzone Best Trick. Scot Brown launched himself into second place with a switch backside rodeo five, frontside 7 tail ending with cork- backside 7 melon. The big winner of the day was Nash Lajeunesse (THINK FINESSE) dropped an entire switch run consisting of a switch backside 7, cab 7, and banged out a switch backside 900… he killed it!!!
Current Coors Light Pro points leaders are Cassandra Ironside with 22,500 points and Kevin Konings with 19,000 points. Both Ontario natives are heading to their home mountain, Blue Mountain this weekend (March 7) with the hopes of being the overall series female and male winners.
Awards and prize give aways took place at Norquay's Day Lodge patio. The winners were as follows:
Grom Men (12 & under) Grom Women (12 & under)
1st Jack Dawson 1st Adriane Cairns
2nd James Leal 2nd Mia Vescarelli
3rd Felix Hodkinson
Renegade Men (13-15)
1st Jam Gallagher
2nd Daniel Young – Lapointe
3rd Jack Daniel Berstein
Salomon Men's Amateur Open
1st Pierce Mimura
2nd Matt Munn
3rd Tyler Lightfoot
Coors Light Pro Men's Open Coors Light Pro Women's Open
1st Nash Lajeunesse $2000 1st Cassandra Ironside $500
2nd Scot Brown $1000 2nd Taryn Cowling $300
3rd Geoff Brown $500 3rd Karen McNab $200
sbcwomen's Best Trick winner: Taryn Cowling Back 3 Tail $500
Ripzone Men's Best Trick winner: Geoff Brown Switch Back 9 $500
For the complete list of results check out: youlookgood.ca