Brett Rheeder Wins Vienna Air King - Photos and Results

Apr 7, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
 
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Many riders got some problems and crashed due to the strong wind but hopefully nobody injured
  Many riders had problems, and crashed due to the strong wind, but luckily it didn't look like there were any serious injuries.

Pavel during his first run overshooted step down landing but he amazed the crowd with some really good combos in other two runs
  Pavel during his first run. He overshot the step down landing, but he amazed the crowd with some really good combos in his other two runs

Goes really high with that double tailwhip
  Launching into orbit with a double tailwhip.

Antoine is well know for his off-axis rotations
  Antoine Bizet is well known for his off-axis rotations.

  Matt Jones greeting his fans, and tailwhipping his way through the jump line.

Pavel and his pinkbike in the finals
  Pavel and his pink bike in the finals.

Martin goes upside down in the finals
  Martin goes upside down in the finals.

Anton amazed everyone with his style and trick skills and won the Wildcard for Redbull Bergline
  Anton Thelander amazed everyone with his style and trick skills, and won the Wildcard entry for Redbull Bergline

Redbull riders during the signing session
  Red Bull riders during the signing session.

Smooth 360 on the first jump
  Soderstrom with a smooth 360 on the first jump

It must have been a really good way for Peter to spend his birthday
  It must have been a really good way for Peter to spend his birthday.

Sam Reynolds got a 2nd place again this year
  Sam Reynolds' run was good enough for third place.

Thomas on his way to the top
  Thomas on his way to the top.

Brett was doing flipwhips both ways as well as 360s
  Brett was doing flipwhips both ways as well as 360s

  Floating a big backflip over the last jump.

huuge 360 from the stepdown
  Brett Rheeder with a huge 360 from the stepdown.

Brett with his signature superstylish backflip
  Brett with his signature superstylish backflip.

  The podium. Rheeder in first, Thomas Genon in second, and Sam Reynolds in third.

  Ladies and gentlemen, the 2013 Vienna Air King champion, Mr. Brett Rheeder.


Vienna Air King Results

1. Brett Rheeder
2. Thomas Genon
3. Sam Reynolds
4. Antoine Bizet
5. Anton Thelander
6. Martin Söderström
7. Peter Henke
8. Pavel Alekhin
9. Elof Lind
10. Matt Jones
11. Tomas Zejda
12. Tom van Steenbergen


Photos by Bartek Wolinski
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113 Comments

  • + 65
 I am sooooo upset that the live feed didn't work!! anyone else in North America have this problem!?
Where was Soderstrom!? How did it go down!? Why are the Brits so upset that Reynolds didn't win!? I'm itching to know!!!!

ps- GO RHEEDER!
  • + 6
 My feed was partially working. Missed most of the 1st runs and 2nd runs. Soderstrom couldn't land 3 double whip on the 2nd set and Reynolds didn't get a better score because the judging this year was so terrible. It's like they are not watching what the guys are pulling even.
  • + 6
 the streaming was a really sh*t, not only in north america had problem with this
  • + 4
 Seemed like the whole world had the same issues...however, if you have any Apple devices, the Redbull TV app played it live flawlessly the whole time. Was a sweet comp. Soderstrom had issues, and they average the two highest scores out of 3 runs. Reynolds still could have mathematically won it in the end, but crashed out attempting to do so.
  • + 2
 tbh i think reynolds 1st run was marked abit low
  • + 2
 on bretts 2nd and 3rd didnt he flipwhip twice in each run? normally get marked down for that
  • + 9
 not only north-america. also in austria, i got to see rheeder's last run with the red bull tv app. very impressive ! and the flip whips were opposite flipwhips.
  • + 4
 It wasn't working in France either, I saw half of the first runs and it was over after. I hope one day Redbull will change their videoplayer...
  • - 26
flag zoomzoomchicken (Apr 7, 2013 at 8:01) (Below Threshold)
 to answer your question rbka. If one of the british riders don't win the brits complain about the judging and how the british riders run was way sicker. Because they are (not all) but some little fan boys who can not accept a loss, It happens really every contest they dont win.
  • - 2
 Reynolds Got robbed Robbed i tell you
  • + 1
 It says on the Red Bull website that due to technical problems it can only be viewed on mobile devices. So now you need a smart phone to watch!
  • + 1
 wasnt workin in Slovakia as well...but luckily it worked redbullmobile.com so I watched it on my mobile phone..soo stoked,the level of riding went up as hell !
  • + 7
 Rheeder was the omly one that checked the course again before the event and he did the most warm up runs.. He deserved it! Was amazing to watch! The air at the first kicker where i was standing the whole event was fucking huge!!!!
  • - 1
 Genons last run was probably the best I thought, better than Rheeders last run. I get the technical difficulty of Rheeners oppo flipwhip, but having a regular one before it was too much of the same thing. There were some sketchy landings by a few of the guys that were doing the bigger tricks, which probably lost them points even though the tricks were big.
  • + 0
 Genon and Bizet under rated
  • + 2
 I'm happy for both rheeder and Genon!
  • + 3
 wasnt rhedders 2nd flipwhip in the last run a flip oppo whip?
  • + 4
 YEAH RHEEDER!!!!! REPRESENTING CANADA!!!
  • + 1
 Thomas' run was 90+ for sure, don't know if it was better then Rheeder's run.
  • - 5
flag szczeki Plus (Apr 7, 2013 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 Thomas got robbed
  • + 5
 rheeder did two flipwhips but they were opposite ways with the whip
  • - 2
 Did he scored better if he did 4 flipwhips (2 staight and 2 oppo) ?
  • + 3
 You can watch a replay of the whole stream here: bit.ly/14Nv5eE
  • + 3
 well he didnt do four because hes not a retard. its sorta the same process as regular to oppo 3. same trick but different dexterity shows a lot more skill than if he had just decided to 360 instead of the oppo flipwhip
  • + 1
 Worked on my ipod but didnt work for me on my laptop. Come on redbull
  • + 0
 same shit in portugal, wtf???
  • + 1
 demz... would you say someone perhaps.... got... robbed?
  • + 1
 Cool to see Thomas sitting with Martin and the other redbull riders
  • + 1
 Fuckin' A'! FUCKIN' A'!
  • + 1
 Zoom zoom chicken, introducing the worlds fastest cock.
  • + 24
 Rheeder is going to have an amazing season
  • + 8
 It's unreal the level of his progression. I can't wait to see how he does against the rest of the big guys throughout the season.
  • + 6
 How many people can opposite flip whip. Not to mention a regular one right before it. Well deserved win for Rheeder thats just next level riding right there.
  • + 22
 so who got robbed? (apart from Norbs)
  • + 2
 a lot did to be honest...
  • + 1
 very interesting what happened to Vishneviy
  • + 5
 Vishneviy was straight airing the drop off the top every run, which definitely wasn't going to get him any points. He was also trying interesting variations of tricks, but not landing all of them, or landing and messing up the run in to the next jump.
  • + 1
 he was inverting it dialled...?
  • + 3
 yeah, you're right, sorry I forgot. An invert on the first step down isn't enough to get points if everyone else was doing a 360 variation or backflip off the same jump.
  • + 2
 you dont seem to understand how hard it is to invert like that off that kind of lip.. it was properly upside down. he can flip and spine as much as he needs, but he didn't.
  • + 0
 An invert takes years of perfecting. A backflip or 360 is impressive yes, but an invert is equally as difficult to get dialled. Has always been an underrated trick.
  • + 3
 Yeah, you can learn to flip in a hour but not invert...
  • + 1
 Personally inverts came pretty easy... Easier than flips
  • + 2
 I feel like he did an invert because he didn't want to flip or three it. It sure wasn't because he thought his properly upside down invert would get him more points than a three or a flip...
  • + 8
 Rheeder deserved the win, but I didn't like how they scored the riders. Genon and Reynolds scores was too low, while Rheeder might got a point or two too much. But the placement on the podium is fair enough, oppo tricks are getting the extra points like last year.
  • + 6
 Of course oppo tricks are getting more points why wouldn't they there much more difficult.The best comparison i have heard for people who have never tried one is that its like throwing a baseball or writing with your opposite hand.
  • + 9
 Vishneviy and Reynolds Harlem Shake was epic !

Good to have crazy vishneviy in events , it's less monotone Smile
  • + 9
 YEEEEAH! this is your year brett, congrats man Big Grin
  • + 9
 GO ONTERRIBLE!!!!
  • + 5
 Wooooo!!!
  • + 5
 they kept on saying hes from squamish and kelowna in the video of the event. it was driving me crazy, hes from Ontario god damn it!
  • + 5
 Is it me or is the fact that 2 monster energy sponsored riders came in the top 3 pretty wierd in a red bull competition ?
  • + 2
 the live stream is suck but i got app red bulls tv on my lumia so i could see the live but only the last run where reynolds and soderstrom got crashed and i didn't recognize that rheeder was doing flip oppo whip, after all they all pulled really2 big tricks
  • + 1
 This is friggin awesome, watching this guy ride at Joyride 150 here in Markham Ontario, now seeing him win this VAK...Im proud to be from Ontario, good things are a brewin' here! From Downhill to Dirt Jumpin magicians....awesome!~
  • + 4
 Canadian invasion !
  • - 1
 Same trick twice should be marked down slightly, period. Oppo tricks should get scored higher, but just do the oppo flip whip for extra points, and a truck driver or something. No need for the regular flip whip, leading to less repetitive runs.
  • + 1
 Well if he didn't do a normal flipwhip I really doubt judges would know it was opposite.
  • + 2
 martin söderström, he is not hating that briefs. he has had them since he, Daniel dhers and danny rode in stockholm:P
  • + 2
 Anyone know when Thomas Genon got signed to Red Bull? They pounced on him quick after winning Crankworx last year.
  • + 1
 Stoked to see Genon on RedBull. I remember watching him at Joyride and not knowing who the hell he was and then he took it all home. Super sick man, I love mtb.
  • + 3
 live stream waited all week nothing !!!!! hope sorted for next time
  • + 2
 I felt Genons last run definitely deserved to be in the 90's. Super smooth and super banging.
  • + 0
 yea true
  • + 3
 oh an anti rheeder comment? lets all neg prop it!
  • + 1
 I reckon fmb competitions would be a lot more interesting if they were judged by the crowd/online viewers.
  • + 3
 sounds like a great idea, but think this will give great advantage for the more famous riders like pilgrim and soderstrom. A lot of their fans will give them good points without really looking at the less known riders
  • + 1
 olly that is a bad bad idea. think about it...

one guy flips every jump, 80% of the crowd and veiwers think "oh, backflips are so cool and hard, most points for him!''

also 90% of the people would have no idea about opposite or switch tricks, and probably wouldn't even notice a bar spin in a trick.

also, most of the viewers would be from north America (canada) as it has such a large mtb following, and they would all give points to the canadian riders...
  • + 2
 Thomas looks like Johny Depp in Alice in Wonderland
  • + 2
 Brett's tricks were flawless and his landings spot on. Way to go!
  • + 3
 #RheedersSeason
  • + 2
 since when is thomas on red bull and rheeder on monster?
  • + 1
 wonder how soderstrom ended up doing. but good looks for Genon, always fun to see him up on the podium!!!!
  • + 2
 He was doing big tricks, 360 variation off the step down, double tailwhip, i think a backflip variation, and 360 tailwhip. he was doing well, but when he tried to go bigger on his last run he messed up the landing on the second jump and couldn't do the third.
  • + 1
 Pudding : it was a front flip
  • + 1
 and a 360 double tailwhip on the last for Genon
  • + 1
 I should have specified I was talking about Soderstrom. I know Genon did a frontflip.
  • + 1
 Ok mate, I was confused about that you didn't tell tou were talking about him
  • + 2
 I told you Brett was going to win!! Yeeeehawwww!!!!
  • - 4
flag Lilshredman (Apr 7, 2013 at 12:43) (Below Threshold)
 Did you now?
  • + 1
 So, how does one cash those goofy large checks
  • + 1
 bretts on monster? he well deserves a red bull hat
  • + 1
 anyone knows the size of the kickers? really need to know.
  • + 1
 LoL on redbull page is Martin Soderstrom on 5th place Big Grin
  • + 1
 i'm kinda sad that martin only got 6th place....
  • - 1
 the live stream sucks, i havent even finished watching it.... i knew i shouldnt have come on here :s n1 brett eitherway
  • + 1
 Rheed it and weep!
  • + 1
 Mr. BRETT RHEEDER!!!
  • + 0
 on a session from walmart with a shock only the top 3% can buy
  • + 0
 When are they showing the video of the finals?
  • + 3
 hold your horses bro. its takes time to compose a video of an event that just happened
  • + 0
 True dat...
  • + 2
 You can watch a replay of the whole stream here: bit.ly/14Nv5eE
  • + 1
 Thanks mhopper!
  • + 1
 Judging was shit.
  • + 1
 Stoked for Brett!
  • - 1
 Sky Dancing... shits gettin silly.
  • + 0
 No brakes Pavel?
  • - 1
 Reynolds got robbed...
  • - 2
 its Red Bull event. look at his helmet.
  • + 6
 So? Rheeder won and he's on Monster...
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