Air to the Throne - Finals

Feb 20, 2017
by Simon Nieborak  
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Last year, it was an inaugural event for us and coming into year two, we came on board with FMB and this has drawn in some extra riders. Obviously there's a lot of hype because it's all happening in London, the location where many people want to come. This year, Air to the Throne was already a silver event and for the next year we're looking at gold status, which is going to make things even bigger, attract more riders and progress it. It's about time the UK got a really serious mountain bike event being as we've had such an influence over the world of freestyle mountain biking. Since the very beginning it was Grant "Chopper" Fielder and Chris Smith and we've had Sam Pilgrim as a former FMB World Champion. So, it's about time to step up to the gold. We're all delighted to see how much everything, especially riding has progressed comparing to last year. All in all, it was an epic celebration of freestyle mountain biking. - James Throne

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Alex Cahill was on top of his game. With his tricks and style, he was as vivid during the comp as his frame.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
Reed Boggs came in hot and with high expectations.
Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
It was great to see this young American in London.

Reed was awarded "Rider of the Session" during the cash-for-tricks demo on Saturday afternoon and took home one of the trophies from Unit 5 Metalworks.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  DJ Kirsty Harper was setting up the mood for everybody and she was doing it perfectly. How does she know all my favourite tunes? I don't know... but this is how you know it's a really good DJ.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  It was great to see other riders rooting for their friends battling in qualification heats.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Diego Caverzasi and one of many variations of his beloved trick - bar spin.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
Scott Hamlin aka Stuntman Mechanix. Scott was boasting that he can fix any puncture.
Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
Well, how about this one, Scott?

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Ray Samson couldn't miss the competition for anything. Here, he goes with his signature Superman-Seatgrab.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Matt Jones was practicing hard, he knew it wouldn't be easy to stand on a podium with such a stacked field of riders.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
This is why I love freestyle mountain biking.
Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
Variety of tricks and butter smooth execution of them makes me very happy!

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  And another one. This is no one else, but Freddy Pulman. Love this kid's style.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Michael Meisel, a young german rider. The German scene is full of talented riders and Michael is definitely one of them.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Daryl Brown has this trick, 360-No-Hands, on lock. Unfortunately, he was holding on to the handlebars too much during the semi-finals, which ruined his chances to get into the finals.

bigquotesBusy few days at The London Bike Show this week! 20 shows and Air to the Throne has taken its toll! Great vibe from the UK event! - Daryl Brown, Bulls Bikes

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  I could watch Nicholas Terrier for days and never get bored. There is something in the French water that makes all those guys look so good in the air.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Sam Pilgrim's protege, Tom Cardy. He's doing so well and picked up a new sponsor, Green Bikes, which only made him more motivated to shred hard.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  This is the second time the London audience have had the pleasure of enjoying Alex Alanko's riding. That Scandinavian ice-cold style is timeless. Oh, and yes, this is Diego pushing Scott who's sitting on a chair and filming Alex's run.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Deep bag of tricks, especially double-backflip, took Frank Paulin really high in ranks of this comp. However, a slip up in the semi-finals took him out from the fight for the gold.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
Chris Raeber was on a good run until... the snapped chain brutally slammed him into the floor...
Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
Luckily, he walked away with a dent in his honour only.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Scott's tuning Rogatkin's bike to be perfectly ready for all those big hitters coming up in the final round.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Normally, a photo like this would sadly go to the bin. However, I wanted to show you how much amplitude Adrian Tell gets while doing this trick. Nuts! Such a shame he made a mistake doing a cash roll and that's what buried his run for the podium for good.

bigquotesEnded up in the 7th place! The riding level was absolutely insane. Really stoked to be up there in the top spots. I messed up in my second run, but happy I slid out on the cash roll, what I had in my mind for the box jumps could potentially have gone a lot worse! - Adrian Tell, Merida Bikes

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Elof Lindh who just recovered from a horrible injury of a shattered heel, regrettably had another misfortune. Losing control on the second barspin in 360 rotation caused him to land awkwardly on his arm. He's tough as nails so expect him to be back soon!

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Viktor Dohan quietly, but very effectively was going through all the qualification rounds until he landed in the finals. Well done, Viktor!

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Torquato Testa always a top contender for the number one spot wherever he goes to. This time it was the 5th place for the Italian rider.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Toto's fellow countryman, Diego Caverzasi had all the right to leave the comp in smiles. The weekend full of quality and injury free riding always is a good treat. 4th place for this guy.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Simon Pages caught wind in his sails last summer. Winning at Lublin Sportival was definitely a great boost of confidence and his feeding off that all the time is now keeping the podium stream going on.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  0.7 of a point. This is how much divided 2nd place from the 1st. Matt rolled out his heaviest artillery and made Nicholi seriously think how to defend his title from last year.

bigquotes Back for the second year, Air to The Throne was a blast. The immediate surprise this year was the increase in the trick level from all the riders, made noticeable by the same course as last year. The tricks even in the first qualifying heat would have won the contest last year. I'm super grateful to everyone involved with organising a sizeable UK event and hope to see more soon! YO! - Matt Jones, Marin Bikes

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  "the best method of defence is to attack". Is this what was in Nicholi's mind at this moment? Judging by his last run, I couldn't be more sure about it!

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Nicholi put all the cards on the table and he struck a perfect run. The consistency of this guy is hammering.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Congratulations! Here's our happy winner...

bigquotesThe level of riding here at AT3 was unheard of, I mean we didn't expect the guys to go that mental. Matt Jones had one of the best runs I have ever seen. He pushed me to send the best stuff I have. Last run of the day, last run of the whole event and I was able to pull it off. It's always a huge adrenaline rush and I am super stoked with that! Once again, an event that a lot of people are skeptical of, because of the wooden ramps and being located indoors, but it was a crazy comp and vibe again, so I am definitely happy with this one. What brings me here really, is that after I got my first invite after a long winter of not riding contests, it's impossible to pass up on another event with the boys. We live for it, for that adrenaline rush when we drop in. - Nicholi Rogatkin, Specialized Bikes

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  And his bike, Specialized P3.

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  Thank you, London. We already look forward to the next year.

However before we paddle away into the sunset, we have a good surprise to you all. Nicholi and the organisers were very kind to make a small giveaway. So, we have two official Air to The Throne t-shirts with Nicholi's signatures. All you need to do is guess the weight of Nicholi's bike [XXkg XXgrams // XXlb XXoz] and it will be yours. The first two people with the most accurate answers will take the prizes!

Air To The Throne London Bike Show 2017
  It's light, very light...



88 Comments

  • + 19
 Talk about making the impossible happen. People from the 1950's would be like, "that's impossible".
  • + 5
 Witch craft!
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 @bikeordie2772: "It's a whitch! What we do with witches? Buuurn!" youtu.be/zrzMhU_4m-g
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 Incredible. That flip that Nicholai pulled? Just unbelievable.
  • + 5
 1950's? in the beggining of 2000's I would have tough that's impossible :p
  • + 1
 Was that a front flip bar to tuck?!
  • + 4
 What a great event! From the MCs to the dj, the organization and of course the riders that pulled such an awesome show non stop sending tricks each one more technical or radical to the next one!!! I really wish events like this one come to London more often!
  • + 3
 Amazing riding from everyone. Nicholi is mind blowing when he's on it! His riding seems to be more consistent lately. He does tricks no one else can do. If he's consistent in landing his twisters this year along with some of his insane front flip combos... then look out Brandon!
  • + 7
 Holy shit the level on the riding a hole new level..
  • + 5
 the Juggernaut strikes again!!! (that's what I call Rogatikin because he's unstoppable!) er.... 9.5 kg?
  • + 2
 19lbs 2oz
  • + 5
 I like that decades are cool again.
  • + 2
 Crazy how much the level stepped up from last year, gutted i decided to head up on Friday instead of Sunday for finals this year. But cheers for the awesome coverage @joesimkins and @lunatyk !!
  • + 1
 Thanks Chris! Yeah you definitely should have popped up on sunday, was a crazy contest!
  • + 1
 ah, you missed out, @cagreenwood! i was hoping to you see there, buddy...
  • + 4
 Rogatkin on another level!
  • + 2
 Frontflip bar to tuck is unreal!
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 12.5 kg Rogatkin deserved the win. front flip bar spin to tuck no hander was the sickest trick in the event. Also, cashroll everywhere.
  • + 2
 Freestyle "Mountain Biking"
  • + 2
 Good job Nicholi! I'll guess 21lb 2 oz.
  • + 2
 Matt Jones' run was so smooth! 9kg 700g
  • + 1
 Nicholi and Testa are going to be fire through out the tour this year! Fucking. Can't. Wait.
  • + 1
 Holy crap! The tricks were insane this year!

Rogatkin bike: 18.96 lbs (8.6 kg)
  • + 1
 Rad for Rogatkin!!!! Matt Jones as well very sick!!! Wink
  • + 0
 3:34 ----> never saw that before ? some kind of rotaion , kicking the back Wheel it seems ... f*cking A !!!
  • + 1
 Lol damn, that was crazy!!
  • + 1
 Talk about progression. I guess the bike at 9kg 250g
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 Stunning show 08 kg 70 grams
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 23 pounds, 3 ounces. Sickest looking ride.
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 19 lbs. 12 oz. / 8 kg. 958 grams
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 9kg 980grams that front bar no hand was from another world!
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 10kg 87g
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 21.9Ibs
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 9kg 200grams
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 circus
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