Aspen, Colorado, January 25, 2015 — The world’s most televised sporting event for action sport athletes—Winter X Games— was held over the weekend in Aspen, Colorado. This prestigious, invitation-only event features more than 200 of the world’s best athletes, including over 100 Olympians competing for medals and prize money.
Team Jimmy John’s athletes; Adam Renheim (#311), Darrin Mees (#9) and Colby Crapo (#999), were 3 of only 20 snocross athletes invited to participate in the Snowmobile SnoCross competition. Teams begin arriving weeks in advance, to acclimate to the high altitude conditions, and to prepare their equipment for the notorious course. The track layout at X Games is highly technical, narrow, and feared; brutal on both machine and rider.
Each athlete gets one chance to qualify for the main event. These heat races pit 10 athletes against each other— with the top 5 finishers advancing to the final. Darrin Mees was up first in Heat 1. He pulled first off the line, barreled into the first bottleneck, and was pushed off track- making it impossible to recover. He finished in 8th place, which ended his X Games run. In Heat 2, Adam Renheim launched off the start, and held a commanding lead- finishing five seconds ahead of Kody Kamm and giving powerful international media exposure to the team. Colby’s fight for 5th, was also a media focal point during Heat 2. He secured the last advancing position, and headed to the main along with Renheim.
With only 10 minutes to recover from the previous heat, Adam lined up beside Tucker as the 2nd fastest qualifier, for the 20 lap final. Tensions were high. The light went green, 10 machines barreled into the first corner and Adam fell back immediately to 10th. He quickly passed 4 riders on the first lap —including teammate Crapo— moving up to a contentious 5th place. Five laps into it, Adam overtook Justin Broberg for 4th— then slowly edged closer to Ross Martin. It was not to be. Adam finished one spot shy of the podium, taking 4th overall. Colby placed 8th.
The event draws over 100,000 live spectators and aired live via ESPN and ABC to over 190 countries worldwide. You can review the final at espn.go.com. The team returns to the ACSS tour in Deadwood, South Dakota this weekend. Like BOSS Racing on Facebook for current information.