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Cory Graffunder won the inaugural Canadian Rocks & Logs event in Calgary. Cory Graffunder won the inaugural Canadian Rocks & Logs event in Calgary. Red Bull photo

BC's Graffunder Wins Inaugural Canadian Red Bull Rocks & Logs

Written by  on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:35
On May 26 Calgary hosted for the first time Red Bull Rocks & Logs, a head-to-head endurocross competition that took place on a course filled with natural and man-made obstacles. After a tight battle, it was  Cory Graffunder who walked away with not only bragging rights but also a cash prize of $2,500.

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“It was kind of a perfect day, I won all the heats and the final which was what I was hoping on doing.  But there were some other fast guys here today and it definitely wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.  The rain on Friday was worrying, but the sun came out and it really came together.  The track itself is legit, it’s long and with lap times over a minute, it isn’t what we’re used to. The rocks were tough, but nothing was super gnarly.” 

Professional off-road racer Shane Cuthbertson (Airdrie, AB) designed and built a custom track, taking elements from enduros and harescrambles from around the world to the Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary. Over 90 amateur and pro riders battled the challenging off-road style track that weaved over rocks, logs and many other challenging obstacles.  Over 1,970 spectators were on site to throughout the day to take in the action.

Competing in a head-to-head, knockout format, 90 riders took to the track – divided by class. The 65 riders in the Amateur category had three laps in their qualifying heats and four laps in the final to determine the champion. In the Pro category, the 25 riders did four laps in qualifying heats and then eight laps in the big finals.

The top six winners in each category shared a prize purse totaling $8,550.

Amateur Category Results:

1st Place: Wyatt Hart (Invermere, BC)
2nd Place: Trystan Hart (Invermere, BC)
3rd Place: Ben Riviere (Pincher Creek, AB)
4th Place: Ryan Gadd (Moosejaw, SK)
5th Place: Tyler Geigner (Castlebar, BC)
6th Place: AJ Prockin (Fort Saskatchewan, AB)

Pro Category Results:

1st Place: Cory Graffunder, (Clearwater, BC)
2nd Place: Bobby Prachnau (Savona, BC)
3rd Place: Ben Rego (Kitimat, BC)
4th Place: Malcolm Hett (Cherryville, BC)
5th Place: Shane Cuthbertson (Airdrie, AB)
6th Place: Tyler Murray (Whistler, BC)

-- From Red Bull

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Graeme Jones

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