Wednesday April 16, 2014

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Alex Tuttle in Japan

I apologize that it has been so long since my last update. My absence from school has resulted in playing a lot of catch up. That is not to say that it wasn’t way worth it. A few weeks ago I received the opportunity to travel to Nagano, Japan to compete with the worlds best under 20 riders. The trip out there was long to say the least, especially for the riders traveling from the east coast. The group of kids that came from the US were a talented bunch of riders.

Once we arrived in Tokyo, the trip was far from over. There was a five hour bus ride to look forward to after the flight. Finally we reached the hotel that we would call home for the duration of the trip. A bed was such a welcome sight at this point.

We traveled to the mountain the next day to scope out the boardercross course. Japan had a strange lift  set-up than what I was used to. After riding on two magic carpets and four doubles we almost made it to the top of the course. One small hike later and we were there. I had a lot of fun riding on the course, it offered a great deal of flow. The time trial went fairly well with all of the US men qualifying for the finals scheduled for the following day. Unfortunately the event was fogged out and was rescheduled for a day later. The day wasn’t entirely lost, the coaches built us a hip jump while we were away getting them the finest Japanese canned vending machine coffee. The jump was definitely worth a few flips from Roger and I.

The following day showed a great improvement in the weather meaning that we would finally be able to race. There was some great talent present at the event and it showed throughout all of the heats. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget.

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