Cody Gessel Teva Games 2011
So it all started last week on Wednesday after noon. had you told me I was going to Teva I would have called you a liar. Practice was on Thursday and I had no real intentions on going. Well, Wednesday night at about midnight I decided to skip work and go. I packed up and left early Thursday morning. I got there on Thursday evening with a few hours of practice left. But do to high winds I only got a few runs in. Luckily the course was pretty simple and had a fun flow to it. Curto from Geax Tires was awesome enough to let me stay in the Geax manor with a whole bunch of other people. Thanks man! The place was super nice and we enjoyed a super good meal Thursday night. Then Friday morning was time to get a little more serious, I haven’t been spending much time doing tricks lately since I’ve been off the bike a bit with a few injuries. I started trying to get a few tricks back and just be original. By the time qualifiers were supposed to get started I had my run all planned out. My Fezzari 801 was riding awesome! My first run I screwed up just a little bit and had to straight air one jump, which hurt me a little. I had no idea where I was standing so my 2nd run I decided to switch it up and try a little bit harder run. Well…I made another small mistake off the first double but still managed to save the rest of the run. After a long wait and a little bit of confusion I found myself with 17th place, the last spot in the finals. I was super stoked! Unfortunately my brake was having troubles and kept slowly losing power throughout the day. Luckily it held just enough for me to brake in the one section I needed it. My first run I put together really solid and I was really happy with it. My 2nd run I had a harder run planned but crashed on the first double and that was it. 2nd run everyone really stepped up their game and I ended up coming out of finals with 14th place. I was really happy and stoked on my own and everyone else riding. So that left the high jump/best trick contest left. There was $750 up for grabs to whoever threw down. I started out with one of the first tricks of the night and did a flip table. I almost crashed but it was good enough for a little of the money. Knowing I had nothing else to offer I decided to go for the hundred dollar prize of knocking over the high jump pole. Right off the lip I ditched my bike and tried to grab on to the pole. I ended just slamming into it and getting flung off onto my head. It was pretty funny but definitely a stupid idea, haha. (see the video here) So with that I decided to call it a day and beat up and tired it was time to end the day. I woke up the next morning and decided to drive home and spend the rest of the weekend in Utah. I’m super stoked I decided to go and thanks to everyone that helped me out! Fezzari bikes, Demon dirt, VP components, Spank Components, and Division 26!