and a few others escaped. Allen eventually hunted down
Krause, and they were the top qualifiers to proceed to the
next round. Other notable riders to advance were Johnny
Campbell, Cameron Steele and Jimmy Lewis.
LDS round two had the riders start in twos, with Robert
and Kyle Redmond side by side. Almost immediately they
came to the first of the course changes—a hill that was
once used for a national championship hill-climb. This hill
had deteriorated over the years into a rain-rutted mess.
Taylor, Webb and a few others cleaned it. After that, it
was up to club members to help riders up with hooks and
ropes that they had waiting for them. Robert and Webb
gapped the field easily, and at the finish that order held,
with Colton Haaker, Kyle Redmond (the 2011 winner) and
Cory Graffunder following. For the final, they would comprise the first rows of a 21-rider field.
The pecking order changed within minutes of the start
of the final event. Robert got off the line well but crashed
hard. He remounted and had a brief battle with Redmond,
then settled into a distant second behind Webb. The gap
between first and second grew and shrank from obstacle
to obstacle, but it was usually around a minute throughout the race. Haaker was an early casualty with a broken
If you made a
and got near the
top of this hill,
would throw you
a rope and pull
you over the top.
This year a prologue stage was held to determine start order
among the pros. Dirt Bike magazine has provided assistance
to the promoters of this race from its inception.
Cody Webb’s race was far from perfect, but it was good