Ståle Sandbech, Torgeir Bergrem and filmer Gimbal God rolled into Aspen yesterday for the X Games. Check some pre-contest style lapping!
The X Games is a funny old beast. It's at once seen as a major notch in a rider's bedpost should they do well there, yet often decried as a TV circus primarily concerned with snuffling up viewing figures at the expense of true contest excellence.
Though they've certainly had some strange contest formats (remember the text-to-vote debacle), invite omissions and judging calls over the years, one thing you can definitely give them props for is that they tend to put on a good show. The courses are generally imaginative and sculpted to perfection, leading to some memorable moments of bib-boarding action being put down on the regs.
When Ståle rolled in the other day with Torgeir Bergrem and Gimbal God, after a couple of laps through the slope setup for this year's contest he claimed it to be "one of the sickest courses I've seen in a long time." And this is a guy who should know - it's hard to know how many slope courses Ståle must have ridden in his career so far, but it's safe to say it's 'a lot'.
There's one top-to-bottom that you can see the course (starting around 3:12) in its full, back-to-back glory, and that shows off the plethora of rail options before the jump section begins. As well as the regular straight booters there's also an interesting second hit that can be tackled several ways, that we're certainly interested to see how the different riders will tackle.
Men's slopestyle qualifications starts today, with the finals on Saturday (you can check the full schedule for slope, pipe and big air for men and women here). But daaamn, how fun does just blitzing Aspen's groomers look?