Now in its fourth year, the JLA attracted its largest field yet, with 250 riders powering through over 500 runs at Saturday’s main event. On Sunday, another 62 groms ran the course in categories from ages 13–15 and 6 And Under.
This time the race was held on Lower Dry Creek gulley, winding between trees and making maximum use of the run’s natural contours. While the location changes year to year, what really makes the course unique is the philosophy behind the build. Instead of shaping the turns with shovels, event organizer Billy Anderson worked with local Scott Blum and ex-pro Joe Weniger, who returned to his stomping grounds at Mammoth from New Jersey, to ride the course in. Once the line was set, TJ Dawoud’s park crew helped polish it a little and added a set of pump-bumps across the upper flats to help build speed before the dive into the gulley.