On May 29th, the first ever European Slopestyle course will take place as part of the adidas Bike 'n Soul Opening in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria. A spectacular course was designed by Canadian freerider Gareth Dyer, new member of the Fiat Rotwild team and an adidas athlete. " It's done! ", Gareth reported yesterday. " Just a few little adjustments and the biggest slopestyle ever will be totally complete. I've hit a couple of the jumps and man are they fun. " “I have been invited to many freeride events in the past but have been waiting for an event like this”, says Mike Kinrade who participated in the Rampage several times. “I really see the future of our sport in an event like this and I am glad to be a part of it.”
What was created in just 10 days in the small Austrian town is amazing. "It's ridiculous," says Gareth. "The team that worked with me was unbelievable - I would like to take them home. Whenever we had an idea or needed something, like more wood, it was already done. It was great fun working on this course. I think it will set a new benchmark."
Now Gareth and Saalbach Hinterglemm are waiting for the pros to arrive. The adidas Slopestyle is an invitational. And many of the top freeriders in the world will be there. The sketches of Gareth's course design and the prize money of 10,000 Euros pulled them all to Europe.
The adidas Slopestyle attracts them all – Rampage winners, Ultimate Freeride champions, Dirt Kings and MTB movie heroes – they will all come to Saalbach Hinterglemm. And with them around fourty journalist from all over Europe as well as several TV and film crews. The start list of the first European Slopestyle contest reads like the Who is Who of international freeriding: Apart from Gareth Dyer, who designed the awesome course, Cedric Gracia, Timo Pritzel, Tyler Super T Klassen, John Jesme, Matt Hunter, Steve Romaniuk, Darren Berrecloth, Michal Marosi, Jordie Lunn, Shaums March, Randy Spangler, Eric Porter, Mike Kinrade, Dylan Tremblay, Cameron McCaul, Styn Deferm, Niels Peter Jensen, Julien Botella, Attila Nagy, Nicolas Duye, Bruno Penone and Lionel Sequera are at the start to fight for a total of 10,000 Euros of prize money. Also competing are Germany’s and Austrias biggest freeride talents and downhillers like Markus Klausmann, Frank Schneider, Rüdiger Jahnel, Markus Wallborn, Carlo Dieckmann, Joscha Forstreuter, Jan Stötzer, Marco Giersdorf and Georg Engel.