Even so, Mammoth still draws thousands of riders to its slopes every year to enjoy the legendary location, escape the summer heat and ride in the comfort of the cool breezes on the trails of the 11,053-foot mountain.
As one of the last big races of 2018, the Kamikaze Games brought a broad selection of riders back to Mammoth Mountain for one final festival of downhill and enduro racing, spread across a wide range of courses, including the legendary Kamikaze, a fire-road descent on one of the fastest downhill courses in the world.
Returning to the competition this year was Aaron Gwin, America’s five-time World Cup champion. He came back from an injury-plagued 2018 race season, brightened by only one World Cup win, to regain some of his legendary status by winning one of the last major downhill events of the year—the finals of the 2018 Pro GRT Downhill Series.
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