Vienna Air King 2013 Kicks-Off The European Bike Season

Apr 2, 2013 at 0:01
Apr 2, 2013
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It finally begins! This upcoming weekend, Dirt Jump pros will roll on to the dirt at VIENNA AIR KING. After a prolonged winter break, riders can hardly wait to shred the massive jumps in Vienna and rack up some valuable FMB World Tour 2013 points. The preparations for the first European World Tour event, taking place during the ARGUS BIKE FESTIVAL, are in full swing. The rider line up is confirmed and the anticipation is rising. For all those who can’t attend the competition on site, no worries, the VIENNA AIR KING finals will be streamed live.

Throughout the last seven years of this iconic event, the symbolic Rathausplatz in the heart of Vienna has been transformed into a superb contest arena and now preparations for the 2013 edition are in their final stages. The monumental course was set up under the supervision of course builder Andi Brewi and his shaping crew. 20 invited riders plus another 50 pre-qualifiers will compete for the overall prize money of 10,000 Euro. Moreover, during the Panasonic Best Trick Contest we will get to see what freeride fans desire most: fat new tricks, which the riders have been practicing during their winter-escapes. Also, Austria’s number one anchorman Christian Clerici will return as commentator of VIENNA AIR KING 2013, after he charmed and entertained the tens of thousands of spectators at the ARGUS BIKE FESTIVAL last year.

The rider line up is an impressive extract of the world’s slopestyle elite, featuring names like Martin Soderstrom, Sam Reynolds, Brett Rheeder, Thomas Genon and Pavel Alekhin. All of them have confirmed their participation, making the official line up look like this:

Niki Leitner (AUT)
Patrick Leitner (AUT)
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Brett Rheeder (CAN)
Jakub Vencl (CZE)
Tomas Zejda (CZE)
Xavier Pasamonte (ESP)
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
Leo Delfour-Barsacq (FRA)
Louis Reboul (FRA)
Mehdi Gani (FRA)
Peter Henke (GER)
Amir Kabbani (GER)
Sam Reynolds (GBR)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Pavel Alekhin (RUS)
Teo Gustavson (SWE)
Linus Sjöholm (SWE)
Martin Söderström (SWE)
Anton Thelander (SWE)

As for the cherry on top, it looks like spring will also be making an appearance at VIENNA AIR KING, so you can expect nice weather, great tricks and an electric atmosphere. On Sunday from 1:00pm the participating Red Bull athletes Szymon Godziek, Thomas Genon and Martin Söderström will take some time to meet their fans: the three FMB World Tour pro riders will be signing autographs at the Red Bull Mobile tent.

And the free mobile app from EIM Solutions will allow you to stay on top of the results as they come in during the finals on Sunday. You can download the app to your mobile here.

VIENNA AIR KING 2013 timetable:

Saturday, April 6th:

10:00am - 1:00pm Practice
11:00am – 11:15am Opening ceremony ARGUS BIKE FESTIVAL
1:30pm – 2:00pm Warm up for qualification
2:00pm - 4:00pm Qualification “VIENNA AIR KING”
4:15pm - 5:15pm Panasonic-Best-Trick-Competition
from 9:00pm After Contest Party at the “U4” Club

Sunday, April 7th:

10:00am - 1:00pm Practice
2:00pm – 2:30pm Warm up for the finals
2:30pm – 4:00pm Finals “VIENNA AIR KING”
4:15pm Price giving “VIENNA AIR KING”

More information can be found on the official VIENNA AIR KING website.
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  • + 21
 Pilgrim not going? 5 time champ
  • + 4
 he's in nz at the moment
  • + 5
 I think Söderström will do it this year.. if he doesn't kiss the Vienna ground again ;-)
  • + 4
 no, i will get many dislikes but i have to say: 360, barspins and tailwhips are not enough in the year 2013. if he can't come up with back and frontflip combos he shouldn't get high scores like 2012.
  • + 4
 Pavel alekhin might take it
  • + 2
 sure will, if he puts a solid run together he will easily

Pavel Alekhin has been described by Sam Reynolds as, "The best dirt jumper in the world, who does the most tricks and can do all the tricks, when he puts it all together in a competition, he will beat everyone."
  • + 3
 ^^ Being able to do all the tricks in the book doesn't necessarily make you "the world's best dirt jumper", in my opinion. You can be a boss at doing tricks, but if you can't make it through a technical jump set, how could you possibly be the best? (not implying anything towards Pavel, he is certainly insane at riding)
  • - 1
 yea but sam reynolds said that...
  • + 4
 I totally agree with your Ray. Thats the reason why they hold best trick contest, for guys like him. I can see Pavel winning, no doubt it my mind that he couldnt pull a run together. It all comes down to the pressure and rider mentality. Vienna definitely isnt a "technical course" its a step down followed by 3 straight dirt jumps. My vote goes for Brett Rheeder.
  • + 1
 Yeah I didn't expect to see his name on the list, really excited to see him throw down!
  • + 0
 Im betting a shuttle pass on this event with a mate, whoever picks the closest result wins. My mate has voted Pavel Alekhin 1st, 2nd reynolds, 3rd ,soderstrom. Who should i bet on pleeeeeeeeasaaasee?!! Big Grin
  • + 12
  • + 6
 nick clarke? matt macduff?
  • + 3
 we are both part of Pre-Qualifications on the Friday!!
  • + 5
 can't wait to watch the Ontario guys kill it!
  • + 2
 i think it pavel must win=) Паша с делай им всем ВАФЛИ=) ты крутой чувак, победа у твоя=)
  • + 1
 I knew it wasn't going to be long before Red Bull picked up Genon, they seem to sponsor anyone for literally any sport in the world really......
  • + 0
 What does FMB stand for again?? A straight line of jumps isnt freeride. Mountain bikes are for the mountains, or at least a hill!! lol
  • + 3
 RHEEDER!!!! go canada!!
  • + 1
 Where tha f*ck is Semenuk?
  • + 1
 He will only be at daimond events
  • + 1
 Big air and little sausages, what's not to like
  • + 2
 Pavel Alekhin! Wink
  • + 1
 Where is pilgrim? Does he not confirm for participating yet?
  • + 1
 fuck snow, we don't care about snow in austria!
  • + 1
 Linus frontlipper
  • + 0
 WhiteStyle opened the season!
  • + 1
 Go Genon!
  • + 0
 isnt it still snowing in viena?
  • + 1
 yes it smelt away 4 days ago, but the weather-forecast said it's going to snow again tomorow :/
  • + 1
 Sunday should be the "best" weather for this week .. if you believe the forecast ;-)
  • + 1
 Go French team !
  • - 1
 Rheeder must feel so lonely being the only canadian. :p

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