|Biker X: Staying upright works|
by Cassandra L. Watson, ESPN.com
MOUNT SNOW, Vt. -- Biker X again proved it definitely belongs in Winter X, with an exciting finish in both the men's and women's finals Saturday.
Myles Rockwell and Katrina Miller both took advantage of mistakes made by the leaders during the final run to take Biker X gold in the men's and women's divisions, respectively.
Rockwell, a first-time Winter X Games competitor, rode tough throughout the entire race, staying near leader Bas Debever. When Debever lost control and crashed midway through the course, Rockwell capitalized and took the lead. Mike King came on strong at the end to challenge, but had only enough left for second. Nigel Page took third.
"This was my first time (in Biker X), I had no idea, no expectations," said an exuberant Rockwell, who high-fived the crowd as he made his way down the course. "I just went for it."
Rockwell said he would like to see this kind of course on dirt.
"I would love to race like this on dirt, it would be such a challenge," he said.
With course conditions improving from Friday's qualifying round and the weather somewhat colder making the snow a little harder, the women's final was up for grabs.
Miller came hard out of the gate, trailing good friend Elke Brutsaert while waiting to make her move.
"I had a pretty decent start out of the gate. Then I sat back and waited to make my move," said the Australian, "but before I could do anything she (Brutsaert) fell so I didn't have to do anything but ride."
Last year's gold medal winner Tara Llanes came in second. Brutsaert was able to recover to take third for the second year in the row.
|Rockwell found victory to his liking.|
Men's and Women's Snow Mountain Biking Results