Bidez, Krahulec win at Rev Tour
DULUTH, Minn. – United States Snowboarding rookie team rider Dylan Bidez of Minturn earned his first win in the men’s halfpipe Saturday at Spirit Mountain event of the 2007 Chevrolet Revolution Tour.Bidez, a top-10 finisher at the 2006 World Junior Championships, was followed by Tyler Troy and Tyler Anderson, also both first time podium finishers.”I’ve had a lot of close misses,” said Bidez, who’s older sister Clair also rides for U.S. Snowboarding, “but this is my first win and it feels pretty good because there were a lot of good riders here – Tyler Troy was killing it and there are a bunch of good kids from Colorado. It was blue bird all day and the pipe had a good shape, so it was a lot of fun. The Revolution Tour is a good step in between the USASA events and the Grand Prix series. It’s nice to finally have a win.”As a two-star event on the Ticket to Ride World Snowboard Tour (TTR), the largest culmination of independent freestyle events across the globe, top finishers will receive points toward the overall TTR world title.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Kim Krahulec, who was fourth last weekend’s boardercross at Mt. Bachelor, won the women’s event for her first Revolution tour victory on Saturday.Krahulec held off a charging Brooke Shaw, who won the opening SBX at Copper Mountain and was second at Mt. Bachelor. “I was riding strong all day, which was pretty hard because it was snowing like crazy in the time trial, so the course was really slow. Then it cleared out for the finals and the crew did a great job raking it out,” said Krahulec. “Brooke was really fast and my finals heat was super tough, so it feels pretty good to finally win one.”Up next is halfpipe on Saturday for the last opportunity for tour riders to earn starting spots at the State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup and the US Open, scheduled for March 12-18 at Stratton, Vt.The United States Ski and Snowboarding Association contributed to this report.