Road to the Mountains: Episode 5

Nick Troutman from the Reno River Festival -U.S. Freestyle Nationals

Nick Troutman’s Road to the Mountains series tracks his family travels with wife Emily Jackson across the country as they prepare for the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games, June 9-12 in Vail, Colo. Episode 5 follows Troutman to Nevada’s Reno River Festival, doubling as the 2016 U.S. National Whitewater Freestyle Championships. Troutman ended up winning the boatercross and slalom events as well as taking second place in the men’s K-1 freestyle contest, while Emily took home a national title by winning the women’s K-1 freestyle event. Click HERE for full results.

Stay tuned for more POV-shot installments of Troutman caravaning cross-country from Tennessee to Colorado the long way as he details training tips for the multi-discipline ‘pros-versus-joes’ games, including interviews with fellow athletes and competitors, “and lots of fun and shenanigans along the way.”

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