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I think it's dangerous to artificially reduce the value of tricks. I think it's bad news any time you try to limit, via the judging, anything these guys can do. Think of it this way. Is there any doubt Brett Rheeder or Andreu could make a smooth run on Fairclough's line? But Fairclough can't do what Brett or Andreu did. Tricks are related to the degree of difficulty. Telling the riders that on any given feature, certain tricks won't score higher than others just kills progress. If they want to limit tricks, they could reduce the amount of time they have to work on the lines. Make it so they can't build features that easily tricked.
I was surprised by how manicured the mountain ended up, but I still don't think it's fair to compare it to Crankworks. Most strictly-slopestyle guys cannot come out and ride, let alone trick, these lines. They're all "death defying chutes, hucks and gaps - features on the hill that make impressive stunts." There's nothing basic on the hill.
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