18/03/2010 | by Uli Köhler
Themed “Rallye to Madness” the first contest of the March Madness event series took place last Saturday in the Snowpark Lenzerheide. The perfect mixture of party and park convinced all present. Almost 40 riders as well as a lot of snowpark visitors celebrated the beginning of the March Madness 2010, which will continue on the 13th of March 2010 with the big March Madness Final!
The contest was carried out on the pro line, consisting of a brand-new 9 meter downrail, an 11 meter table top, a 12 meter flat down box with three different take-offs followed by a 15 meter step-down kicker. Because of the different level, the Rookies (<18 years) were carried out in two separate categories: Riders of the first category gave their best over the pro line; the other showed its tricks over the medium line. Among the last group the judge appointed the best rookies out of three runs. Winner of the rookies at the pro line was the Swiss Luca Calabrese, followed by his compatriots Lou Staub and Lars Mulle. The medium line brought the victory to Lars Popp (SUI) and his colleagues Nicolin Balzer (SUI) and Simon Coco (SUI) the second and third place.
In the finals it was Swiss Martin Ziegler who was just a little ahead of the competition. Silver went to the Austrian Jooris Dorn, bronze to the Suisse Stefan Ackert. Additionally to the first three places, Ralph Heeb and Mathias Widmer (4th and 5th place, SUI) were glad about the direct entry into the March Madness Final on the 13th of March. Swiss Isabel Derungs won the ladies competition, followed by her compatriot Stefanie Elmiger. At the prize giving the winners received gifts such as a snowboard and bindings from Nitro, vouchers and goodies from Beach Mountain. The three best men as well as the two winning girls will also take part in a QParks-photo shooting at the Snowpark Lenzerheide in the coming weeks.
After recharging the batteries with a barbecue and cold drinks in the chill area, the “Open Goodies-for-Trix Session” kicked off. Partners Beach Mountain and Oakley threw in many prizes and got the riders going. After a long and intense day on the mountain, everyone got together in the evening for the well-deserved After Party at the Cinema Music Club at the Hotel Kurhaus Lenzerheide. The DJ crews kept the crowd shaking till dawn.