While the official first stop of the 2021 Freeride World Tour might have been canceled due to COVID-19, it didn’t stop the athletes and crew from spending an extra few days in Andorra to put on a replacement event that outdid the first stop, held last week! Again, the athletes dropped into The Port del Rat face – this time with a third start gate offering further creative options and a fresh layer of snow to entice the athletes to go even bigger. And go bigger they did. Congratulations to Blake Moller, Marion Haerty, Andrew Pollard and Elisabeth Gerritzen for taking the top spots!
The rookie Blake Moller went one better today with a power run, including a 360 into the venue’s steepest section, a 180 into a double with another 180 out to take the top spot. Sammy Luebke came out with aggression, airing into the top chute with some serious heat, then put down a characteristic fluidic line, finishing with a solid 360 to take second. Finally, Victor De Le Rue linked a 360 with a progression of airs to take third.
Marion Haerty is absolutely on one this season, taking her second win of the Tour with loads of airtime and technical riding. Second place went to Katie Anderson for an aggressive fall-line run, and Erika Vikander grabbed third place with high-speed turns up top and a stylish method down low.
Young gun Andrew Pollard proved he’s pretty much a FWT veteran at this point, taking the win with a full throttle run including a 360 and several XXL airs down low. Kristoffer Turdell got redemption on his backflip cliff from Stop #1, stomping it into a rocky zone before exiting at full speed to take second. Third place went to Reine Barkered for a similar run including a backflip and high-speed turns out the bottom.
Elisabeth Gerritzen took a much-deserved win with a textbook display of big-mountain style, including a 360 over exposure and high-speed technical turns. Second place went to Juliette Willman for putting down the gas on the whole venue and a massive double drop. Tracy Chubb took home third place, linking multiple airs over exposure before rocketing to the finish line.