Bidez back in form on the halfpipe
SPIRIT MOUNTAIN, MINN. – With a fourth-place finish at the Mt. Bachelor Grand Prix two weeks ago and a healthy knee, Dylan Bidez was ready to fly high at Spirit Mountain this weekend. But the halfpipe at the Minnesota venue changed Bidez’s plans.”Right when I got there, everyone from my team told me about how flat the pipe was,” said Bidez, the Team Summit rider and U.S. Snowboard member from Minturn. “They were saying it was hard to handle. I was going in with a so-so attitude … and then my coach told me to start trying tricks. I got some down, and the next day I went in with a positive attitude.”
After posting the fourth-best score in the qualifiers, Bidez advanced to the finals where he nailed his run to take first.And Bidez also found a way to beat the pipe by spinning a 900.”I knew if I did it later on in the run, I wouldn’t be able to rotate it because nobody was going big enough,” Bidez said.Instead of saving the big trick for the finish, Bidez dropped in and then ripped it.”I knew I had to do it on the first hit,” Bidez said.Following the 900, Bidez went to a straight air, moved into a 720 frontside and finished off with a 720 cab.
Normally, riders would get more hits and more air, but the pipe made athletes amend their normal routines. “You had to know what you could handle at each hit and put a run together that you weren’t used to,” Bidez said. Halfback to halfpipeThis fall, while playing football for Battle Mountain, Bidez tore his meniscus and had to get surgery.”For this whole year, I’ve been battling with being able to get back to where I was last year,” Bidez said.
A little more than a week before the Grand Prix in Mt. Bachelor, Ore., Bidez was cleared to ride again.”At the Grand Prix, I first started to get my amplitude back and was able to do tricks I used to do,” Bidez said. “And since then, I’ve been going uphill.”With top results, Bidez qualified for a pair of World Cup events Calgary, Alberta and one in Lake Placid, N.Y. Also, Bidez is almost assured a spot at the World Junior Championships later this year in Austria.The 16-year-old Bidez., whose older sister Clair is also on the U.S. Snowboarding Team, was sixth last year at world juniors and is hoping for a top three this time around.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at (970) 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.