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Killer Mountain Challenge 2014 – Results

Group Photo 2014 KMC

Group Photo 2014 KMC

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The 2014 KMC Gang

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2014 KMC Womens Champions

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2014 KMC Mens Champions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pics and the Real Story

Killer Mountain Challenge 2014- El Yaque is over……the results are in. What a turnout! I hope everyone had a fun event. It’s fun but it’s also about POWER. You get to compare your power and ability with mountain bike riders from around the world. This year we had competitors from East Germany, Bavaria, Venezuela, Scotland, Canada, Poland, Austria, Argentina and Sweden.

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Woman’s Category:
Sandra (Sweden) was clearly favored starting the event. She had set the world record in a training session so the other girls knew she would be a problem to deal with. Nora (Canada) was first out of the gate…………her best run ever……….she beat last year’s winning finish. This was clearly Nora’s way of saying….”I own this hill.” Sandra was up next …… had a reasonable run but she was way behind Nora. Then Yoli (Venezuela) blasts out of the gate and never looks back………..she cruises past Nora’s mark and nearly sets a new record………….shocking! Adriana up next………….she struggles………..not happy. Yoli has set a nearly impossible mark to beat on her first run! Nora tries again………..good but not better. Then Sandra…………..she’s done it before and knows she can do it…………..she passes Nora’s mark by centimeters and then falls…………..she’s just 2 meters from Yoli but short. More tries but no further success……………Yoli wins!
Yoli de Brendt (Venezuela)
Sandra Friden (Sweden)
Nora Lukss (Canada)
Adriana de Sampson

Junior Category:
Only one rider………Andres Padilla Jr…………16 years old……………..obviously he wins his category but guess what? He makes it up Killer 1 no problem and then in Stage 2 makes it up Killer 2 and 3 and sets his mark three quarters the way up Killer 4……………will this be enough to beat the Adult Men?

Men’s Category:
This year we have almost double the competitors…………15 riders.
Big turnout! Big result! 7 riders make it up Killer 1. Last year only 3 made it. Plus two of the riders that didn’t make it were really close………………Nils (Germany) was only 5 meters short and Primo (Venezuela) was only 15 meters short.
This means that Stage 2 (Killers 2-6) will determine which of these 7 strong riders can survive the distance.
As we know Killer 2 is not for the faint hearted…………. Super steep on the way down and steep on the way back up…………….2 riders get knocked out on the way down leaving only 5……………….then 4 get knocked out on the way up……………shocking! Only one rider makes it up Killer 2 and this is on his final try………..it’s Lucien (Germany)…………..he has never trained on Killer 2-6……………..we’re worried that he won’t be able to find the route past Killer 2…………..but he finds the way……………….keeps on going and going and going…………….now he’s heading up Killer 4…………….he makes it about three quarters of the way up……………fabulous run…………..clearly the Men’s winner…………….but now the question is whether or not Andres (Junior) might have been further……………the judges are called out for a measurement.
Lucien Fieblinger (East Germany)………..from Dresden…… which is 2 hours from Prague. Formerly a BMX rider but never really took up mountain biking………..he’s a kite instructor living in El Yaque, moving to Brazil for a while and then back to university in a year. He is #25 in the world to get up Killer Mountain. Says he loves the bike trails in El Yaque…………nothing like he has done before………….desert rock and sand………..thrilling hilly single tracks in stunning nature.
Andres Padilla (Venezuela)…………..was considered the favorite to win…………..this is his home track and he practices the Killer series more than anyone…………….his comment after his disappointing third try…………”he was nervous”……………he’ll be back to try and win next year.
Hernan Rodriguez (Venezuela)………….his fans were screaming that he was old and rusted every time he made a mistake………….well he showed them with a dramatic 3rd place finish.
Did the Junior beat the Men? Yes he did…….by about a meter. Andres Padilla Jr. is small and very light weight at 16……………a force to be reckoned with…………we’ll see a lot more of him in the future.
Other Noteables:
Stefan Hoffmann (Bavaria, Germany)……………is the 26th man to make it up Killer Mountain…………….he’s been working on it for years………….and when does he finally do it? Under pressure, during the competition…………….congrats Stefan! Stefan is an early retired executive living the good life in El Yaque.
Andres Padilla Jr. ………….is the 24th man up Killer Mountain…………..he did it in a training session shortly before the event……………makes it look easy.
Christian Cordova (Venezuela)…………is the 27th man up Killer Mountain…………..he did it during the competition.
Hernan Rodriguez (Venezuela)……………is the 28th man up the mountain………….he also did it during the competition.

Thanks to all of the spectators, judges, volunteers and competitors for a great event!
And of course we couldn’t do it without our Sponsors…………..
www.killermountainchallenge.com
Lead Sponsor: Casa Nora El Yaque www.casanoraelyaque.com

http://www.facebook.com/casanoraelyaque

Gold Sponsors:
Healing Hands Yomana’s Beachside Massages
Jack Sparrow Kite School http://www.jacksparrowkitesurfing.com/
Venturi Kite School and Travel Agency www.venturikite.com
Official Photos
Alain Galarneau alainmargarita@yahoo.com

Silver Sponsors:

Stevie Wonderland Guesthouse
www.steviewonderland.com

Posada Paraiso Guisela
www.posada-paraiso.com

Bronze sponsors:
Venaver Arts & Crafts
Bodegon La Sirenita
William’s Store
ParadIce Heladeria
Margarita Xtreme Kite Center El Yaque

Entertainment Venue: Café Local

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