FISE Edmonton - FMB Gold Event

Sep 21, 2016
by Ryan Kelly  
FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Brett Rheeder launching off the step-down

Words and layout by Ryan Kelly
Photos by Ryan Kelly and Dylan Maclean


With the highs (and lows) of Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx still fresh in the minds of the riders, it was time to hit the reset button and head to the next stop on the FMB calendar -- FISE Edmonton 2016. With less than 200 points between 1st and 3rd in the FMB World Tour rankings, riders like Nicholi Rogatkin and Brett Rheeder were pulling out all the stops on this short but rad course.

Set in the river valley of one of Canada's most northern cities, it may seem a bit unlikely for Edmonton, Alberta to host a FISE World Tour stop and an FMB Gold event, but the city, usually known for hockey and...hockey, opened its arms and brought the crowds all weekend.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
The Edmonton river valley.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
One lofty step-down and three ramp-to-dirt jumps were on the menu, which left no room for taking it easy. To win this round, you needed four full-on bangers in a row with zero mistakes.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Who wants to go first?

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Mehdi Gani is always happy to drop in.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Rheeder getting comfortable with the course.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
After the qualifying round on Friday, riders took advantage of the great weather and kept the session going until they were ushered off the course later that night.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
With Saturday came the semi-finals. Riders were up bright and early to get the tarps off and start shredding.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Red Bull was there with their typical subtle presence.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Even these guys couldn't help but climb up and take a look from the top. We tried to get them to take their Segway off the drop, but no dice.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Riders ready.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
And who was doing the announcing for the live crowd? MacDuff was there getting everyone pumped.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Not every run went as planned.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
It was Brett Rheeder with a double truck driver off of the step-down, cork 720, opposite cork 720 to double backflip who took the top spot in the semi-finals.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
After a full day of riding, Drew Bezanson somehow still had energy to also compete in the freestyle BMX comp that happened just across the field. What an animal.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton
Unfortunately, high winds put a stop to the finals on Sunday, so it was the results from the semis that would carry through.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton

Congrats to Brett Rheeder on his first FISE World Tour win and his second FMB Gold event win.

You can check out the rebroadcast here.

FMB Gold Event - FISE Edmonton


MENTIONS: @FMBA / @fise / @Audican




27 Comments

  • + 24
 worst promoted event in Edmonton history....
  • + 3
 Fucking this. Had no idea this shit was happening the other day when I just happened to come across a link to the stream.
  • + 5
 All summer long there were flags with the event and the dates up on the South side of the high level bridge and I saw it on some billboards around the city. It definitely could have been promoted better but it definitely was promoted. I was a little disappointed with the turnout for the semi-finals on saturday. But by the 2nd round there were a lot of people watching. I think the park and ride might have hurt the turnout a bit but I just rode my bike to Hawrelak.
  • + 2
 I talked to one of the FISE promoters when they were running a booth a few weeks ago and told him that the promotion was really awful. The only reason that my friends and I knew about it was because we had a friend riding in the slopestyle event, but other than that it seemed as if there was nothing advertised about it until about 2-3 weeks beforehand. The promoter told me that FISE didn't have time considering they were running the Denver one and the European ones immediately beforehand.

Apparently they had forecasted 40-50k spectators per day to the event?? I don't even think that was remotely possible to be honest. I really do hope they come back in years to come though.
  • + 1
 I was in Edmonton for that while weekend (but I'm from BC) and I didn't end up going because I couldn't find parking! It was too far to bike from where I was staying and I was just too unfamiliar with that area to know where to go so.... I ended up going to a trials competition just south of Edmonton. They even closed Emily Murphy Park - what the heck!?!
  • + 2
 @jubs17: there was many empty parking spots near the nearby area to ride. You get to ride a really fun short dh trail then a 5 minute pedal and you are there. But I can see how someone who is not familiar with the city would have trouble.
  • + 1
 @brycemtb: lol dang.
  • + 2
 Quote: "Set in the river valley of one of Canada's most northern cities, it may seem a bit unlikely for Edmonton, Alberta to host a FISE World Tour stop and an FMB Gold event, but the city, usually known for hockey and...hockey, opened its arms and brought the crowds all weekend." End Quote

Really ? One of Canada's most Northern Cities? Do they not have maps where you live?

Agree badly promoted, had stuff that MUST GET DONE, so couldn't make it, but I will be there watching next year!
  • + 2
 You know Edmonton is the most northern city in Canada with a population over like 100,000 people right...as far as real cities go, it's pretty well the northernmost city in Canada. I live in Fort McMurray, and pretty much everyone here calls it "going to the city" if we head down to Edmonton.
  • + 1
 @juicebanger: Your statement, with a qualification of population makes sense, , but the Author's just stating Edmonton is the Northermost City in Canada makes it sound like we're on the edge of the world, when in actuality there are many more miles of Canada to the North of Edmonton than to the South.....

But enough geographySmile

All I know is I wish I had been there, and will make every effort to attend next years event in Edmonton!
  • + 1
 @GT-CORRADO: Very true! I'm wishing I was there too! Maybe next year!
  • + 5
 I think it was an awesome event for the dozens of spectators that made it out.
  • + 3
 Nice article ! Was a great weekend hopefully some better weather next year and more amateurs out should he even better next year
  • + 4
 Damn! Some heavy hitters made it out for this event. Nice work Edmonton!
  • + 2
 The pictures are bangin! And the rider profile shots are awesome. Nice work Ryan Kelly and Dylan Maclean. Big Grin
  • + 2
 Thanks man! It was a good time.
  • + 3
 Those morpheus slope bikes look sick
  • + 2
 Nice! awesome weekend, FISE Edmonton! congrats to Rheeder!
  • + 2
 Shout outs to Rheeder busting out the double back in comp.
  • + 2
 Nice! Very cool event for Edmonton. Hopefully we get more of this stuff
  • + 3
 I think we have a deal with FISE for the next few years.
  • + 1
 surprised Nyquist didn't show up, this is his bread and butter (and could probably have won on a 20")
  • + 2
 ....Bezanson's Tongue tho haha
  • + 1
 And by "McDuff" I mean "MacDuff" Smile
  • + 1
 Wow
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