HomeFeaturedArticles8th Annual Dirksen Derby – December 12-14, 2014 at Mt. Bachelor splitboard.com November 22, 2014 Articles, Chris Gallardo, Events, Trip ReportsThe splitboard race was Saturday afternoon and I was really impressed with the turnout. Bend, Oregon has a strong splitter community and it was cool to see so many stoked riders. I liked the format of the race too.The race started near the top of the derby course with a 50 yard sprint to the downhill section. Riders then strap in and Chinese downhill an open slope to the bottom of the derby course. From there riders transition to skins and ascend along side of the derby course. At the top riders transition back to ride-mode and descend the derby course. Fastest spitter wins! Josh Dirksen breaking down the rules for the splitboard race Splitters start your engines The sprint Men’s division winner Gabe Ciafre on the uphill, Ralph Backstrom and Adam Haynes in hot pursuit Byrce Kloster from Karakoram on the course Colleen Quigley Sunday is race day for Groms, Elites, Sit-ski, and Tyler. Bend groms rip Another young racer with a bright future Sky and I didn’t make registration in time but that didn’t stop him from hitting Bachelor’s nice park features Skyler Gallardo Hiromi Tatsumi and the rest of the sit-skiers (boarders) killed it, Tyler’s run was awesome too. Hiromi Tatsumi Dogs allowed Tyler’s run The smiles say it all! Tyler’s run, he likes to go fast! A couple of the Elites. Jake Blauvelt Ralph Backstrom Josh Dirksen takes the traditional closing run. Special thanks to Josh, Mt Bachelor, and our friends that put us up. See ya soon Bend!