Mission’s Liam Wallace takes Jump Jam amateur title

52 riders vied for prize money at Silver Star Mountain event

Mission's Liam Wallace takes to the air on his road to victory in the open/pro category of the Silver Style Jump Jam at Silver Star Bike Park on Saturday

Mission's Liam Wallace takes to the air on his road to victory in the open/pro category of the Silver Style Jump Jam at Silver Star Bike Park on Saturday

Liam Wallace of Mission took top honours in the amateur class of the Silver Style Jump Jam at Silver Star Bike Park on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Scoring 89, he was followed by Caleb Holonko of North Vancouver with 71.5 and Lewis Seagram of Nelson with a 68.5.

This was the third year for the event at Silver Star Bike Park, located 22 kilometres northeast of Vernon, B.C., but first in its new location. An estimated crowd of 300 took in the event.

Red Bull pro rider Anthony Messere of Surrey proved to be too much for the competition as he soared to victory in the open/pro category.

The 18-year-old’s career highlights include winning best trick at Showdown in San Diego, CA in 2011 and another first place at the Ranchstyle Mountain Bike Festival in Grand Junction, CO.

He came in as Saturday’s favourite and delivered with a solid performance, scoring 88 points in the finals to win $1,000 at the Freeride Mountain Bike Association’s bronze-level sanctioned slope style event.

Tom Van Steenbergen of Kelowna placed second with a 80.5 while Vernon’s Noah Brousseau rounded out the top three with a score of 75.5.

All 52 riders could drop into the course as often as they liked during the three hours of qualifying before the the field was cut down to the top 12 in both the amateur and open/pro categories. Then it was off a two-run final.