Nine Knights - Best Trick Contest

Aug 25, 2012
by The Audi Nines  
The sun was shining as crowds of spectators admired a trick extravaganza from the Knights at the Wildkogel. Some of the world’s best mountain bikers had traveled from ten different nations to the ''Wildkogel-Arena Neukirchen Bramberg“ and were set on sending it one more time for the contest. At the end of the day, there were several winners.

Best Trick
Yannick Granieri - backflip doublewhip

Best Line
Martin Söderström (SWE)

Best Whip
Louis Reboul (FRA)

Best Air
Andi Wittmann and Kurt Sorge

Though the contest was postponed slightly due to strong winds and fog, the sun fought its way through the clouds around noon and spectators witnessed a freeride mountain bike supersession of the highest calibre. The contest took place in a jam format, with judges scoring every run based on four categories: Best Air, Best Trick, Best Whip, and Best Line.

DH racer Brook Macdonald paid a surprise visit and was clearly impressed. "I wish I'd brought my bike with me, I'd love to ride this! Andi really did a great job with this setup. I've already seen lots of pictures and clips but if you're standing right here it looks even gnarlier. Next year I'm definitely coming for the entire week." We'll take you up on that!

His flip double whip won Yannick Granieri a well-deserved first place but it was a rather close victory. Norwegian Olav Fjaere almost celebrated a world first by nearly landing the very first flip triple whip. Even without a clean landing, the trick was nothing short of sensational but still no match for the Frenchman’s clean execution.

Several riders had huge amplitude on the big kicker, but nobody had more air under their tires than host Andi Wittmann and invitee Kurt Sorge. They both cleared almost nine meters and made it impossible for the judges to pick the higher jump. Both definitely earned the number one spot.

The prize for best line went to the rider who fully utilized the course and stomped the most exciting runs. Martin Soderstrom clearly deserved the title for this one. He was one of the very few who showed a trick on the second hit, in this case a barspin. The Swede dropped off the castle with a 360 table and launched an impressive 360 tuck to tailwhip off the big kicker.

Louis Reboul is one rider who secured a spot at Nine Knights with his submission to Contour's 'Wanna be a Knight' contest. All newcomer knights delivered a solid performance at the contest and Louis promptly whipped himself into first place.

In a few days the second action clip goes live, so prepare to be amazed.

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  • 30 1
 "Olav Fjaere almost celebrated a world first by nearly landing the very first flip triple whip" So stoked if this is true
  • 17 2
 I don't think pinkbike would lie...
  • 10 61
flag adamlaycock (Aug 25, 2012 at 17:10) (Below Threshold)
 I remember the day, that there was a pinkbike magazine set to release... Do you remember that day DAOPB? Do you remember the day Pinkbike said they were going to start publishing a magazine? I certainly do.
  • 100 2
 That also happened to be April Fools day...
  • 7 26
flag adamlaycock (Aug 25, 2012 at 17:15) (Below Threshold)
 Still went on for about 4 days after it...
  • 9 2
 True, I was actually so pumped on it at the time
  • 5 24
flag JBinKC (Aug 25, 2012 at 17:48) (Below Threshold)
 Not True. T-Mac claims the first:
  • 2 2
 Olav looks like a freakin helicopter trowing those flip whips !
  • 19 1
 @JBinKC thats a triple whip, not flip triple whip
  • 9 12
 ah, good call. minor detail.
  • 3 1
 haha no worries. sick triplewhip vid with tmac tho
  • 6 5
 lol minor detail Big Grin ya just the being upside down part missed
  • 3 0
 Olav is a machine. He will land it clean very soon
  • 19 2
 We Germans know, how to engineer the shit out of everyting! Go Andi!
  • 2 2
 that is so ttrue hahahaha
  • 10 2
 Not the Spit Fire though!
  • 6 1
 360 tuck to tailwhip? awesome.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, It's pretty intense!
  • 2 0
 flip triple whip is craazy
  • 2 1
 Is there a video of this flip triple whip?
  • 9 1

Olav's nine knights video.. Last clip - flip trippelwhip foam..
  • 4 1
 Thanks for link. Amazing rider, that foam pit looks pretty sketchy though.
  • 6 1
 The final video should be up in a few days, hopefully it will show it.
  • 2 1
  • 2 3
 OMG so cool
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