FMB World Tour seeking additional Silver and Bronze events

Mar 14, 2012 at 7:02
by FMB World Tour  

Bienve rocking a frontflip at the Go Bog or Go Home

As the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) announced a few days ago, the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMB World Tour) is undergoing several structural changes for the 2012 season. One of them is the introduction of two amateur (AM) rankings (Europe and North America) that will open competitive freeride mountain biking within the World Tour to athletes of all levels. Riders with an AM license collect ranking points at Bronze and Silver events to ultimately win one of the two AM titles and grand prizes: a brand new slope style bike from the official FMB World Tour partner Specialized. In order to create an ideal competitive environment for AM athletes, the FMB World Tour is still open for Silver and Bronze events. Find more info on event applications and the application documents on our website.

Silver and Bronze events form the basis of the AM competitive circuit, which is why the FMBA has amended the event requirements to enable more events to join the World Tour. A larger number of Silver and Bronze events in North America and Europe mean that more AM riders have a better chance of collecting and improving their top 3 results for the AM ranking and top 6 results for the overall ranking. Every high placement will bring the AM riders closer to ultimately taking home the title of FMB World Tour North American or European AM Champion.

While participants in Silver and Bronze events are not required to be licensed FMB World Tour riders, priority access will be granted to riders bearing a license. So if you are an event organizer or know of an event that would be suitable to join the FMB World Tour, do no hesitate to find out more and apply! Already, several new Bronze events are joining the FMB World Tour for this season:

UDUG, Bend, Oregon, USA (April 27 – 29)
College Cyclery Rain or Shine Jam, Monterey, California (April 21 – 22)
Havok Jam, Newmarket, Ontario, CAN (July 1)

As of right now, Silver events are obligated to provide guaranteed starting places for the top 36 riders from a 52 weeks seeding list (results considered 6 weeks prior to event) and the top 12 riders of the AM ranking (depending on the event either North American or European). The event needs to have a minimum of 3 judges, 2 of which are required to be licensed by the FMBA. The overall prize money may not be lower than EUR 5.000 or USD 7.000 and there is an entering fee of EUR 1.000 or USD 1.300.

The event requirements for Bronze events have been somewhat lowered to create a broader event spectrum on this level. Every FMB World Tour Bronze event has to provide prior access to FMB World Tour riders, while the overall number of starting places is up to the event organizer. A minimum of 2 judges is required and the overall prize value may not be lower than EUR 1.000 or USD 1.300 in cash or kind. The entering fee is EUR 200 or USD 260.

If you have any questions, write us an email: info@fmbworldtour.com

For more information about the FMBA and FMB World Tour, please go to our website or our facebook fanpage.
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43 Comments

  • + 12
 Wham Bam Dirt Jump Jam?
  • + 2
 that would be sick!
  • + 2
 Wam Bam would be perfect...alot of pros came out last year
  • - 7
 Maybe they should mix it up and go to a skatepark
  • + 5
 Maybe we should leave the BMXer's to the skatepark and leave it out of the so-called 'freeride' mountain bike tour...
  • + 6
 I think there needs to be more bronze and silver events in north america.
there are 0 bronze events in north america
and only 2 silver events in north america
Not alot of AM riders have the budget to travel to europe alot for these events.
also a bronze event at the whistler river jumps?
and wham bam dirt jump jam is a great idea.
  • + 2
 We definitely agree that more Silver and Bronze events in North America would be great for the FMB World Tour. Which is why we are calling all potential events to get in touch! 3 new Bronze events already joined the World Tour (2 in the US and one in CAN, see above) but there's definitely room for more. We are also already talking to Wham Bam Dirt Jump Jam at the moment, we'll have to see if it works out.
  • + 2
 lets get goat style back!
  • + 2
 So basically if you want to compete in North America, you have to have a huge travel budget and be friends with Jordie/Berrecloth/etc? Seems fair to me. Do you mind if I hold my own contest and only invite my friends so only we can get FMB points?

Flawed system.
  • + 0
 +1,000 to you. But that's the way it goes. I calculated how much it'd cost me to travel to all the events on the calendar, and it adds up to over $100,000. I am going to all the North American events this year, and chatel, and that's all my money...If I don't eat...ever. Although, this year, they are doing it separate for AM/Pro, so maybe the scoring will be different for all the invite only buddy only events.
  • + 1
 definitely should be an event somewhere in the uk
  • + 1
 There is no way one year on the FMB is costing 100,000 unless your flying First-Class and Penthouse suite hotels. It's a garbage system, the FMB is really only for the top 25 guys who are full paid salary riders. Everyone else..well, good luck.
  • + 0
 Yes it is. Every flight from north america with the bike and gear is well over a grand a ticket round trip, the hotels are a minimum of 100 a night, for at least 4 nights on average. So let's call it $1,500 an event just for travel and rooms. Then there's the car rental, food, bike parts, entry fees, gas. It'll add up to 100 grand pretty quick. So, 30 events x AT LEAST $1,500 is 45 grand just for travel and rooms...I think 100 grand would be pretty easy to hit.

But hey, it's the world tour... it's not supposed to be easy haha
  • + 0
 There isn't 30 events... It's funny your riding on the FMB World tour too
  • + 0
 Yes there is? www.fmbworldtour.com/en/events.html Exactly 30 at the moment.
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  • + 1
 The Brodown Showdown September 8th at Highland!!! Takes place in the dirt jump park, not the slopestyle course and always attracts allot of amateurs as well as quite a few pros!
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  • + 2
 I think its pretty dumb that there is close to 3 times as many events in Europe then in North America. Bring some more events over hear.
  • + 1
 that's what they are trying here with this post...
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  • + 1
 Slopestyle champion's League at La Roseraie bike park, Toulouse France Movistar Barcelona Extrem, Barcelona Spain European King Of Slopestyle, Namur Belgium
  • + 1
 They need more big mountain events (amateur level)
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  • + 3
 what about AT's showdown? (I dont think it's an event already)
  • + 2
 that would be awesome, but its way out of the season.
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  • + 3
 dont know if there having it or not but goatstyle would be sick!
  • + 1
 YEEE goatjam for sure!
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  • + 3
 wow havok is now a fmb event sweet makes it that much more fun
  • + 1
 sweet indeed!
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  • + 1
 Would be sick to get an event in South Africa.
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  • + 1
 cool pic from me Smile jajaj
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  • + 1
 there should be an event at Joyride 150 in Markham!
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  • + 2
 Teva Games in Vail!
  • + 2
 Sounds great! Maybe the organizers would be interested in checkin out the event application: www.fmbworldtour.com/en/structure/event-application.html
  • + 1
 Wham Bam Dirt Jump Jam. ATs Showdown. As said below.
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  • + 1
 rays bike park cleveland
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  • + 0
 Something in ALBERTA!
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