Air To The Throne - Photo Epic

Feb 16, 2016
by Simon Nieborak  
 
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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.

Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016

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  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.

Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016

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  Riders weren't shy to start with some of their best tricks.

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  Nuno Pintas was the "Dark Horse" of the Air to the Throne contest and he did not disappoint.

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Daryl "Boost" Brown.
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This guy is not jumping, he's "flying".

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Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016
  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.

Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016
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.

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Air To The Throne 2016
  Oszkar Nagy paid us a visit, as well. He was a great addition to the whole show.

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The practice went smooth...
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And it was time to sweat a bit for the best place in Qualifications.

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  Ray Samson showing off with a fully extended Backflip Tuck-No-Hander.

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  The crowd was truly pleased with what they saw.

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Air To The Throne 2016
  Alex Cahill was shredding hard until he had a nasty looking crash. We all wish him a rapid recovery!

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Air To The Throne 2016
  Matt Scott's tricks are always perfectly executed. This Superman is one of many examples to prove my point.

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  Alfie Stevens was yet another great rider of the competition.

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  Adrian Tell's signature trick - Backflip NacNac. One of the best ones I have ever seen!

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Air To The Throne 2016
Alex Alanko collection Kudos for a sick run.

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Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016
  Tom Reynolds, same as his bigger brother Sam, knows how to have fun on a bike.

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  Tom Reynolds, Alfie Stevens and Matt Scott having good times! Photo by Chris Greenwood.

Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016
  Nicholi Rogatkin seemed very relaxed and happy to open his season showing what he learnt through the winter.

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Air To The Throne 2016

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  Big tricks earned Nuno first place in the Qualies.

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  Nuno certainly deserved it with his insane riding. Photo by Chris Greenwood.

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  These two were battling Head-to-Head during the Qualification round. Obviously not forgetting about smiling and sportsmanship!

Best Trick Winner
  Nicholi Rogatkin, the happy winner of the "Best Trick" Jam. He nailed a perfect Double-Tailwhip to Barspin.

FINALS DAY

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Air To The Throne 2016
  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.

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Air To The Throne 2016
  Nicolas Terrier going BIG. Flip-Whip on the second jump.

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Air To The Throne 2016
  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.

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Air To The Throne 2016

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  Freddy Pulman was on fire during the whole contest.

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  A seat with a view from the judges tower.

bigquotesIt'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


Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016

Air to the Throne - London Bike Show 2016
  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.

Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016
  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.

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  Freddy Pulman was on top of his game through the whole contest. Love this kid's style!

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Air To The Throne 2016
  Fans kept all riders busy during downtime. Many hi-fives and autographs were given on the day.

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  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.

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Air To The Throne 2016
  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...

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Air To The Throne 2016
  Alex Alanko from Sweden dug deep to his bag of tricks.

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  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.

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Air To The Throne 2016

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  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.

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Air To The Throne 2016
  Nuno was really stoked on his Inverted 360 Tabletops and so were we! Well deserved 3rd place.

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Matt Jones tricks put him on the second spot on the box.

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Air To The Throne 2016
Air To The Throne 2016
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  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.

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bigquotesIt'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


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  Stoked to be on the podium, especially when it all happened in front of the home crowd!

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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!
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Air To The Throne 2016

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34 Comments

  • + 38
 Rogatkin is a beast.
  • + 25
 Dirt Jumping? Where's the dirt? ...wood jumping??
  • + 12
 It was an absolutely mental comp, all the riders killed it! Huge props to Adrian Tell especially, had no idea he was gonna send that double backy - blew my mind dude..
  • + 9
 Was ridiculous how long the medics took to get to him after the crash, just came strolling up like now big deal.
  • + 2
 Medics had to be called over and rushed, obvious even from where i stood they were needed! Ah well, he took the hard hit well and earned Kudos of the rider trying the most! Only one doing a front flip too!
  • + 1
 Tom Ren did a sweeeeeet as fronty on the last jjump box too.
  • + 10
 What a boss Rogatkin is under the pressure. Absolute bangers on every jump after crashing in his first run
  • + 8
 My Video is on the the page! Closest I'll ever be to a pro film maker lol! Adrian was an absolute legend for walking away from that crash with a smile still on his face...
  • + 5
 Craziest thing is, on monday Adrian is back to teaching grade 3. What a boss, those kids are so lucky.
  • + 1
 He is a teacher??? Added to the list of my favorite riders.
  • + 4
 How the hell did Rogatkin do a double whip on that last quarter? He was only about 6 inches above the coping!!! Ok so it was a bit ugly but it showed incredible strength.
  • + 1
 Hard to believe he pulled that.
  • + 6
 Rogatkin is unstoppable when he pulls off his run :o
  • + 7
 Seriously.. dude's trick bag is limitless
  • + 1
 @dirtjumps25 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Big Grin
  • + 1
 The show was pretty rubbish, air to the throne was amazing! Props to all the riders and the people who made/ran the event.

Shame the show is so bad as it was my first visit and maybe the last? Only a few things worth looking at there.

Great comp, riding was crazy!
  • + 3
 Adrian Tell though... didn't know who he was until he double flip to back planted in front of me. He's in my top 10 riders for sure now.
  • + 1
 Air To The Throne was the highlight of what was ultimately a pretty lame London Bike Show. Less and less stands for the past couple of years, and combining it with other shows just doesn't do it justice.
  • + 1
 Lets hope that converted some of the roadies in the crowd. Many people find jump comps hard to watch because of the commentary but how can you not get excited seeing these guys putting it all on the line?
  • + 3
 I'm calling it now - Rogatkin will take 1st Place at Crankworx Rotorua.
  • + 2
 was darker than vampire's pocket.......grain grain grain , thank god for Canon 1dx & photoshop
  • + 3
 Any update on Cahill? Hope he's ok.
  • + 2
 He's back on his bike, nothing broken. Dehhydration was the cause.
  • + 4
 Now I want a dirt jumper
  • + 4
 Now I want a dirt jumper even more
  • + 2
 Get one!
  • + 1
 Get mine! leaf cycles backyard pro, 209.- pound. i'll ship to the uk!
  • + 1
 Donations now accepted!
  • + 3
 Those guys are all rad..
  • + 1
 Awesome write up Simon and a stunning set of pictures considering it was like shooting in a cave!!
  • + 1
 Nicholi should be nicknamed 'The Juggernaut'- he's unstoppable when it comes to producing full runs and epic crashes!
  • + 2
 Allow for my countrymanship, I am so stoked for Nuno.
  • + 1
 Yes Simon! Cracking shots as always. Good to see you on the Saturday dude gutted I couldn't make it for Sunday too
  • + 2
 Such a sick weekend! And I made it into some of the pictures! Big Grin

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