The London Bike Show is an event that's been going on annually for a few good years, now but there was one major improvement made this year - a full sized, proper dirt jumping contest. The organizers put tons of effort to make it look good and from my experience, it was one of best shows ever organised. The start list was full of top European riders, plus a guest from across the big pond, Nicholi Rogatkin. Below you can see a few snapshots of what happened during an awesome weekend of competition.
There was a line of riders queueing up to ride from the early morning hours and that's always a good sign for any contest.
Riders weren't shy to start with some of their best tricks.
Nuno Pintas was the "Dark Horse" of the Air to the Throne contest and he did not disappoint.
Daryl "Boost" Brown.
This guy is not jumping, he's "flying".
Matt Jones casually cuts air with his steezy 360s. He just came back from New Zealand where he scored a double win. He was not slacking in London, either.
Nicolas Terrier was proudly representing France here at the London Bike Show. He's incredibly stylish and we hope to see him many more times during the season.
Oszkar Nagy paid us a visit, as well. He was a great addition to the whole show.
The practice went smooth...
And it was time to sweat a bit for the best place in Qualifications.
Ray Samson showing off with a fully extended Backflip Tuck-No-Hander.
The crowd was truly pleased with what they saw.
Alex Cahill was shredding hard until he had a nasty looking crash. We all wish him a rapid recovery!
Matt Scott's tricks are always perfectly executed. This Superman is one of many examples to prove my point.
Alfie Stevens was yet another great rider of the competition.
Adrian Tell's signature trick - Backflip NacNac. One of the best ones I have ever seen!
Alex Alanko collection Kudos for a sick run.
Tom Reynolds, same as his bigger brother Sam, knows how to have fun on a bike.
Tom Reynolds, Alfie Stevens and Matt Scott having good times! Photo by Chris Greenwood.
Nicholi Rogatkin seemed very relaxed and happy to open his season showing what he learnt through the winter.
Big tricks earned Nuno first place in the Qualies.
Nuno certainly deserved it with his insane riding. Photo by Chris Greenwood.
These two were battling Head-to-Head during the Qualification round. Obviously not forgetting about smiling and sportsmanship!
Nicholi Rogatkin, the happy winner of the "Best Trick" Jam. He nailed a perfect Double-Tailwhip to Barspin.
Adrian Tell was stoked on his Quali result from the day before and he enjoyed his time watching other guys find their spot in the finals during the second round of qualifications.
Nicolas Terrier going BIG. Flip-Whip on the second jump.
It's been great seeing Grant 'Chopper' Fielder at the competition. He's not slowing down, quite opposite, he works hard to inspire and encourage yet another generation into cycling.
Freddy Pulman was on fire during the whole contest.
A seat with a view from the judges tower.
It's nice to be invited to be a judge with someone like Chris Smith whom I've been riding for years and Andy Mills, who is a snowboarding judge. It's great to see those riders, (I've) been reading and writing about them, but when it comes to critically analyse what they do that, it's hard. It's easy to be too polite on the scores, you've got to be harder, because they'll always do more and you have to factor in how we are judging, as well. - Andrew "Doddy" Dodd, Factory Jackson Editor
Ray Samson was just out of TOP8 Finalists for The Grand Finale, but he showed many stylish tricks during his time at the comp. Photo by Chris Greenwod.
Bernd Winkler, Ladies and Gentleman. Looks like Austria might have new, up and coming Dirt Jumping rider. We're keeping our fingers crossed for his successful career.
Freddy Pulman was on top of his game through the whole contest. Love this kid's style!
Fans kept all riders busy during downtime. Many hi-fives and autographs were given on the day.
Ricky Crompton interviewing Thomas Genon for his TV Show called "Selfmade". It was sad to hear that Thomas had a bad crash during Friday's practice and he was unable to continue riding at The Air to the Throne event.
Diego Carverzasi gave it all in his run. He's got the skill, he's got style, but unfortunately he only lacked a little bit of luck...
Alex Alanko from Sweden dug deep to his bag of tricks.
Adrian Tell's "All or Nothing" attitude unfortunately did not get him too much this weekend contest-wise, but he most definitely won the crowd's heart! He really scared us all with that over-rotated Double Backflip, luckily he walked away with no injury.
Daryl's 360 Tuck-No-Handers are some of the best in the Freestyle Mountain Biking. And he can hold them for so long... Daryl's hang-time is every photographer's dream.
Nuno was really stoked on his Inverted 360 Tabletops and so were we! Well deserved 3rd place.
Matt Jones tricks put him on the second spot on the box.
Nicholi Rogatkin did it once again. He took number 1, but believe me, his fellow riders did not make it easy for him. He was under strong pressure not only from them, but himself as well, because he crashed in his first run. Not only mega tricks, but rock-solid mental strength let him be victorious.
It's been an absolutely blistering weekend here at the Bike Show. It's the first time something like this has happened with the biggest name riders and the biggest course constructed. Quite an ambitious project and super happy with the way everything's gone. Can't talk too much about this yet, but future plans will potentially be a series building up to this and having Grand Finale here in London. - James Thorne, Action Sports Tour
Stoked to be on the podium, especially when it all happened in front of the home crowd!
Air to the Throne has been unreal. Crazy crowd and stack full of riders, everyone absolutely sent it. Couldn't be more stoked and can't complain at all with the double win!