With half the season behind us it’s time to take a sneaky peek into the future. The FMB World Tour allows no rest for the wicked and with countless Bronze events, one more Silver event, four more Gold events and of course two epic Diamond competitions there is no time to let the adrenaline levels drop.
European athletes seem to be dominating the first half of the FMB World Tour 2012, which shows the current leader board. With “tooth gap” Sam Pilgrim, the 22 year old from Colchester (UK) currently in first place, closely followed by Sam Reynolds, the 21 year old from Hampshire (UK). But other major European riders like Thomas Genon and Martin Söderström are right on their tails.
As the “hot-season” of the tour started last weekend with the Châtel Mountain Style, we could have an impression about how conditions shift, when it comes to big mountain competitions. Last weekend’s Châtel Mountain Style saw one of the most challenging terrains in the FMB World Tour history.
With Semenuk, Zink and Strait on the podium, the Châtel event was like an announcement of the oversea rider’s to start their FMB World Tour from now on!
Be sure you can expect some major changes in the top spots of the FMB World Tour ranking while looking on the upcoming events and a hot fight for the prestigious and unique golden CamelBak Better Bottle trophy:
Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle will follow this week on July 14th. It’s the first time Crankworx comes to Europe and we can let you know that it’s going to be an event destined to demonstrate amazing technical skills with a brand new slopestyle course, built by Yannick Granieri. Reaching further ahead we can already get stoked about the first Gold event in North America, the Claymore Challenge where Semenuk is aiming to defend his last year’s victory.
To ensure that everyone can have access to these events Red Bull Media House will be streaming Crankworx Les 2 Alpes and Claymore Challenge live from the FMB World Tour website (www.fmbworldtour.com
) and from www.redbull.com/bike
One week after Claymore Challenge, the Slopestyle at Colorado Freeride Festival is the next Gold event, where we expect a high-motivated defending champion Cam McCaul and at the beginning of August the Bearclaw Invitational in Mount Washington closes the reign of Gold events. In true FMB World Tour style we will be finishing off the season with out-of-this-world Diamond events. Expect lots of dirt ripping, tearing and shredding with massive airs and an explosive spectator atmosphere. Red Bull Joyride will take place as highlight event of Crankworx Whistler and the Red Bull Rampage in Utah will, after a one year break, mark again the season final of the FMB World Tour.
No weekend without big airtime, massive jumps and great competitions for the next couple of weeks. This is exactly what the FMB World Tour wants to provide for slopestyle-, dirt jump- and big mountain-lovers all over the globe. At the end there will be only one champion of the FMB World Tour that takes home the golden CamelBak Better Bottle trophy along with a big part of the 25,000 USD prize money. In October we will know who it is…
To stay tuned in check out the official website www.fmbworldtour.com
and the facebook page www.facebook.com/FMBWorldTour
. To find out more about the events of the FMB World Tour go to: www.fmbworldtour.com/en/events.html
About the FMBA
The Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) is a non-profit organization that follows the goal of guiding the mountain bike freeride sport into a more professional direction and firmly establishing it in the world of sports. To achieve this goal, the FMBA promotes high standards of judging, course design and safety and implements them in all events of the FMB World Tour. Athletes and event organizers are provided with a tangible world ranking system and reliable guidelines forming an organized and structured framework for a free and creative sport.
About the FMB World Tour
The Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour integrates contests of the highest level from all over the globe into one overarching competition for the title of FMB World Tour Champion. All athletes with a membership of the FMBA have the opportunity to become the next FMB World Tour Champion. FMB World Tour events envelop the many facets of the freeride sport including: big mountain, slopestyle and dirt jump.