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.
Yannick Granieri - backflip doublewhip
Martin Söderström (SWE)
Louis Reboul (FRA)
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.
For more Info: nineknightsmtb.com
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