89.4 F
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Support our Community Sponsors

Springville man wins Gold at Winter X Games

Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

Time to get your try on

Many say this is a year that should just be cancelled, however, I believe this is a year that can be used...

Fiesta Days Rodeo To Be Held As Scheduled

Spanish Fork City, the Fiesta Days Rodeo Committee, and the Diamond Fork Riding Club are excited to announce that the 2020 Fiesta...


Springvile Art City Days 2020 to resume in 2021.

We never know the path others are traveling

It saddens my heart that so many are sick and so many are dying. May we at this time pause and have a moment of silence for those that we have lost. They are our family members, friends

r By Deborah Goodman

Springville resident, Travis Whitlock, has taken the gold medal at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. The January event, which hosted athletes from all over the world, was invitation only. It pulled in a total of 45,000 spectators and was televised around the world.

Not only did Whitlock make history for being the first ever gold medalist in this brand new event—the Harley Davidson Snow Hill Climb—he also made history for being the oldest competitor there.

“In the beginning [of my career], I was setting records for being the youngest and all of the sudden, I am the oldest. Times flies when you’re having fun,” Whitlock said.

Although he’s been competing in bike racing for 38 years, this was the first time Whitlock, age 48, has ever competed in the X games, as it was the first time the Games have included hillclimbing.

Whitlock’s mental game made all of the difference: “Knowing I was the oldest competitor there had no bearing on my mind at all. I knew I could beat these kids that were more than half my age. I was pretty focused and positive throughout the event.”

Another important factor was his family. Whitlock’s wife, Lexie, as well as a daughter, siblings and friends were there to cheer him on and he says he couldn’t have done it without their help.

The hill the competitors raced on was the super half pipe that the snowboarders use. It had an incline of 20 degrees—much lower than the hills they compete on in the summer, which average a 70-88 degree incline. The length of the hill was around 600 feet of packed snow flanked by pure ice.

Whitlock rode a KTM 1190 Super Duke V Twin custom built Hill Climb bike. Since none of the riders had ever competed in snow or ice before, a normal tire wouldn’t do. He had already built a paddle with bolts and studs in it, but the night before he left for the games, he built a studded street tire in which he embedded over 200 two-inch ice studs.

More articles

Our Print Advertisers

More in Category

Goodbye to the wonderful town of Payson

It was supposed to be our forever home, but it was not meant to be.  When jobs and other...

Social Distancing or Social Awkwardness

Social distancing shouldn’t be that hard for me. Why? Because there’s not much difference between social distancing and being socially awkward, and...

Jessica Lindley named Nebo School District Teacher of the Year

Jessica Lindley, a teacher at Foothills Elementary, was named teacher of the year for the Nebo School District. Lindley...

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

Teen Authors Boot Camp provides inspiration for young people in love with words

Writing is a lonely endeavor, but inspiration is often a crowded room. A combination of the two can lead to magical places.