White Style 2013

Feb 1, 2013
by Ian Hylands  

Pavel Alekhin Vishneviy is the winner of the White Style 2013 in Leogang, Austria. The Russian took home the win in a spectacular Best Trick Competition after unfavorable weather conditions made a regular slopestyle event impossible. Adrian Tell from Norway came second while Sam Reynolds from Great Britain completed the podium in third place.

Photo by Christoph Laue

Pavel Alekhin - Photo by Christoph Laue


Rain, fog, mild temperatures – the weather conditions were pretty tough for this year’s White Style event in the Austrian ski and bike resort Leogang. But the best freeride mountain bikers in the world braved the weather and showed the 2,000 excited spectators an unforgettable show with the best ending for the Russian Pavel Alekhin Vishneviy.

Photo by Christoph Laue

Pavel Alekhin - Photo by Christoph Laue


A long day at Leogang’s Schanteilift concluded with a fascinating trick spectacle that put a lot of smiles on the faces of the spectators. Because this White Style was more than unique: Due to the changing and unpredictable weather conditions the event organizers from Bikepark Leogang had to cancel the first run of the finals after the first four riders had already completed their runs. Dense fog made it impossible for the judges to oversee the whole course and the organizers could no longer guarantee the safety of the athletes on the upper part of the course. But this wasn’t the end of the show – actually this was the beginning of a remarkable show of the some of the world’s best slopestylers. Event organizers, riders and judges decided to go for a Best Trick session at the massive final jump of the course. And the riders showed all their skills over the 35+ foot gap.

The Russian Pavel Alekhin Vishneviy was the most active rider in the 30-minutes jam session and stepped up his game with every try showing a massive backflip double-tailwhip on his last jump for the win of the White Style and 2,500 € prize purse. Adrian Tell from Norway came close with a smooth frontflip no-hander but crashed hard on his last Cashroll attempt. Last year’s winner Sam Reynolds (UK) showed a super-stylish nothing to no-foot can and finished 3rd place. Teo Gustavson from Sweden impressed with a double-tailwhip for 4th place while the youngest rider in the field, 18-years old Anton Thelander (SWE) finished 5th.

Photo by Bartek Wolinski

Adrian Tell - Photo by Christoph Laue


Photo by Bartek Wolinski

Photo by Bartek Wolinski


Due to the critical weather conditions White Style failed the FMB World Tour requirements but nevertheless spectators and visitors enjoyed a great show in Leogang. During the training session riders as Thomas Genon (BEL), Mehdi Gani (FRA) or Szymon Godziek (POL) showed the extreme high technical level of slopestyle riding in 2013. After White Style it is clear: freeride mountain bike fans can expect a great season!

Photo by Bartek Wolinski

Mehdi Gani - Photo by Bartek Wolinski


So despite the trouble with the weather event organizer and Head of Bikepark Leogang Kornel Grundner was totally satisfied with this year’s competition: “Of course we wanted to show the spectators White Style in its regular format, but this wasn’t possible today. Nevertheless this event was a success for us and I think also for the riders and the visitors. It was really a great show and I’m already looking forward to White Style 2014!"





60 Comments

  • + 144
 Video or it didn't happen.
  • + 19
 Pavel's training befor whitstyle www.26in.fr/videos/pavel-vishneviy-funbox.html ( riding starts at 1.02 ) ... the backflip triple tailwhip is SO close !
  • + 5
 This guy is legit!
  • + 2
 was that a rap video?
  • + 47
 OMG! Where is his arm in the 10th shot of the first pic? lol
  • + 8
 haha good eye
  • + 3
 yeah haha thats great
  • + 1
 I noticed that and was confused for a little bit
  • + 1
 Im still confused.. f*cked up post op or?
Edit: Taken out of context, that question sounds really, really wrong..
  • + 4
 Backflip double tailwhip to late suicide nohander !
  • + 1
 *post processing. Gahh damned sleep deprivation!
  • + 1
 and head!
  • + 1
 Lol I think the editor got sleepy.
  • + 23
 Jesus, the decals/paintjob on that bike is too dope.
  • + 22
 Heard rumors of Fairclough hucking one of the 50ft gaps 75ft to flat. Hope there will be some pictures/video somewhere???
  • + 19
 Visneviy win!!!!! Russia go go go!!! Congrats!!!!!!
  • + 6
 Взъебал всех не по хуйне)
  • + 7
 A flip double whip brakeless on snow is so sick!
  • - 5
flag Reshetman (Feb 2, 2013 at 8:53) (Below Threshold)
 Россия вперед! Всех победим Big Grin
  • + 2
 It's crazy how late they get a backflip back . You would think they would be more than half way over the jump and half way through the backflip but nooooooo . I just think is nuts when you really look at it closer. Nut in a good way . Hats off
  • + 5
 Once i heard it was just a best trick comp, i knew pavel would win
  • + 3
 i can do that, backwards:P
  • + 2
 White style. Is It Racist?
  • + 2
 hahahaha
  • + 1
 White Style 2013 vid with some jumps and the pros fooling around on Snowscoots:

youtu.be/JLxODoxJpvw
  • + 1
 I wish it was an Olympic discipline.........Wink

Pavel, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! ))))))
  • + 2
 is no one else going to comment on the fact that he's brakeless???
  • + 4
 You know... All Russians are brakeless...Even we have brakes, in fact, at heart, we still brakeless... Big Grin
  • + 2
 i think this is the best comment on the nature of russian soul!
  • + 2
 goddamn i want to see a cash roll stomped in competition
  • + 1
 well that was anticlimactic
  • + 3
 u mad bro? Big Grin
  • + 1
 I thought it was pretty cool. wish I could do that...
  • + 2
 cashroll was awesome, the crowd's lack of excitement was hilarious
  • + 1
 nice to see sam back up there.
  • + 1
 pavel - brakeless? can see the rotor but nothing else? foolish question?
  • + 4
 im pretty sure this is what happened, he turned up to it brakeless, rode the course a bit then realised he kinda needed brakes, so put one on, then when it was changed to just a best trick comp he took it back off Big Grin
  • + 9
 Russians... Big Grin
  • - 1
 I would have give that price money to the russian only because of his death look on the second photo....somebody who looks that crazy deserves it!!
  • - 4
flag Vlad-Bakumenko (Feb 2, 2013 at 8:59) (Below Threshold)
 иди быков дои
  • + 1
 Да, то, что когда-нибудь :/
  • + 1
 какие все суровые, юмор не понимают)
  • + 1
 yesterday i saw my first cash roll, so amazing ! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Crashing has gotta be a bitch...
  • + 1
 Why? You're on snow! Its softer than dirt and you slide like a varnished indoor park!
  • + 16
 Snow can really do some serious damage man, its not always soft.
  • + 7
 yeah those landings are probably hardpacked. if they were soft when the riders landed they'd just sink in. I have a shattered ankle to prove that snow is not soft.
  • + 1
 I never said it was soft. I said it was softer than dirt and slides better than dirt too. Dirt is hard. Dirt doesn't slide unless its dusty (which is super sketchy to ride in). There are no rocks in snow either (one might hope lol). Coming from skiing park, I think its safe to say I'd rather crash on a 30ft'er here than at joyride any day.
  • + 2
 No Video?
  • + 1
 Yeaahh!!! First place!))
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