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Big Nasty Mounted

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Riders in both pro classes on Sunday topped out the previously unclimbed 460-foot, 62-degree incline monster hill in New Plymouth this past weekend. The Big Nasty hill was the only one of the six in the North American Hillclimb Tour that had still been unclimbed. Dirt flew, riders crashed and many did not make it trying to conquer the Big Nasty using a line to the left, made slightly easier from the day before when volunteers chipped away at a ledge that proved unsurmountable to Saturday's riders. In the end, though, during the five rider shootout for first, four of the top five riders in the open 701+CC class topped the hill. The line favored by most who got to the top veered to the right up a small draw, avoiding the killer ledge. Dusty Beer-an appropriate name for the dirty sport of hillclimbing-kept his No. 1 ranking with an amazing 10-second ride up the beast. He literally flew up the hill as if chased by demons, which were busy melting the spectators with oppressive heat on the field below.