Danish operator wins Case Rodeo International Final

Published 18/12, 2017 at 13:41

The world’s most skilful construction machinery operators came face-to-face at the 2017 Case Rodeo International Final in France in October. The annual competition brought together the top finishers from national Case Rodeo competitions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The competition took place at the Case Customer Centre Paris in Monthyon where contestants tackled four challenges at the controls of the newest Case models: a compact track loader, crawler excavator, mini excavator, and full-size wheel loader. 

All four parts of the Rodeo were run as a race against the clock. The first of the challenges, “Lawless Loader”, required competitors to drive a TV380 compact track loader along a defined path, pick-up three numbered boxes from pallets one-at-a-time, use the boxes to create a pyramid, then return all boxes to their original positions and reverse the compact loader to its garage. This was won by Tomas Sooky from the Czech Republic. 

The next challenge, “Cherokee Crawler”, contestants had to use a CX145D SR crawler excavator located in a fixed position, with a weight hanging from the bucket to inscribe the word ‘Case’ on a table without causing the table to move. This test of precision was won by Danny Walsh of the UK. 

In “Little Bighorn”, competitors had to control a CX60C mini excavator located in a fixed position to pick up golf balls from a sand pit using a bucket attachment, then deliver each ball to a specific tube in a particular sequence. The best performance was given by Tommy Brus Pedersen from Denmark.

In the final competition, “Wild Wheels”, competitors had to drive a 621G XT wheel loader along a defined path and then back to its starting place while carrying four cubes placed on a board on top of the bucket. The challenge was to get there and back without the cubes moving out of position. The victor was once again Denmark’s Tommy Brus Pedersen. 

The overall winner, with the prize of a trip to visit to Case China, was Bendt Risom from Denmark. The country team award was won by Sweden, with the other top-five places taken by the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany.

Winner Bendt Risom said: “All the competitions were demanding but great fun,” said winner Bendt Risom. “Contestants were so close in their scores that there was a lot of tension all the way through. I knew I had done a good job, but didn’t expect to win. I’m really looking forward to the prize trip to China, and I’ve invited my Dad to join me because he’s always supported me and is as excited about machines as I am.”


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