Duel 1: Mikkel Bang vs. Ulrik Badertscher
location: BC backcountry (selected by Mikkel)
WINNER: Mikkel advances
In five runs down a rowdy face that neither rider had ridden before, Mikkel’s power and improvisation earned him the win against fellow countryman, Ulrik. Early in the Duel, Ulrik acknowledges his newness to this sort of terrain and throughout the Duel, you can see his comfort building. Mikkel is a without a doubt one of the strongest riders on Tour, so it’s a tough one to go up against him in your first showing, but this Duel provided a glimpse at the potential for Ulrik’s own powerful riding in the Tour in the future.