PRESS RELEASE: Crankworx and FMBA
Brett Rheeder at the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle in France. His win in the event earns him the fifth pre-qualified spot in the 2018 SWC. Photo: Fraser Britton
The sport of Slopestyle mountain biking is entering a new era. TheCrankworx World Tour and the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) are excited to be launching into the 2018 season in unison. Starting this year, there will now be one elite-level series of slopestyle mountain biking events.
The Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) will replace the FMB Diamond Series and the Crankworx Slopestyle World Tour. SWC events on the Crankworx World Tour will represent the pinnacle of the sport.
Based on his 2017 results, Emil Johansson (left) is the first pre-qualified rider for the 2018 SWC season, while Nicholi Rogatkin is second. Photos: Fraser Britton
The FMBA as the governing body of the sport will continue to operate the FMB World Tour, a classification system of events comprised of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond level events, and produce the FMB World Ranking through which young talent can break in and rise up to the SWC. In order to ensure riders can make the leap, the FMBA has remodelled the points system for Gold and Silver events, awarding more points at these contests.
Overall, more than $200,000 USD will be awarded throughout the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship season, with the Slopestyle World Champion claiming his crown at the end of the season at Red Bull Joyride in Whistler, Canada. Meanwhile, the mystique of the Triple Crown of Slopestyle lives on - Crankworx will continue to offer an additional $25,000 prize to any athlete who can win three out of four Crankworx Slopestyle competitions in one season.
Szymon Godziek, flying high in practice for the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda. Godziek will be the third pre-qualified SWC rider in 2018. Photo: Fraser Britton
14 spots will now be up for grabs for SWC events. The top six riders according to the SWC Standings from the previous year automatically qualify for all SWC events. This year the top six riders from last year’s FMB Diamond Series will automatically qualify for the SWC’s premiere season. These six pre-qualified athletes will be joined by the next best six riders according to the FMB World Ranking six weeks before an SWC event. The two final spots will be awarded to FMB Wildcard entries who can win their spot on the start list by competing at designated FMB Gold events taking place before an SWC event. Additionally, winners of Red Bull Joyride, Slopestyle’s ultimate event, will be granted lifetime entry to SWC events.
The six riders who pre-qualify for the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship in 2018 are:
1. Emil Johansson (SWE)
2. Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
3. Szymon Godziek (POL)
4. Ryan Nyquist (USA)
5. Brett Rheeder (CAN)
6. Diego Caverzasi (ITA)
The FMB World Tour is heading into its ninth season. A preliminary FMB World Tour Event Calendar covering the rest of the 2018 season is expected to be released soon.
The first Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship event of the season will be the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza
on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in New Zealand.
After a stellar 2017 that included a podium finish at Red Bull Joyride, Ryan Nyquist (left) pre-qualifies in fourth place, while Diego Caverzasi takes the sixth and final pre-qualifying spot. Photos: Boris Beyer and Fraser Britton
For more information on the changes to the FMB World Tour Ranking points leading up to the SWC, get the details here
. Keep up to date on all the latest from the FMB World Ranking and Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship standings here