The eighteen year old shredder from Boston, USA, Nicholi Rogatkin has firmly stamped his name in amongst the best freeride athletes on the FMB World Tour this season. The mountain bike pro has brought a bag full of technical tricks to the table, which have placed him on podiums worldwide. Starting from zero, he finished the year sitting in 6th place on the FMB Diamond Series standings. If you are into countless tailwhips, the biggest lawn dart front flips ever and of course, the cashroll, then Nicholi’s season highlights are right up your alley. Check it out here:
Starting early, he took 2nd place at White Style in Leogang in February, then returned later in the warmer months for 26TRIX and this time, took the win. 26TRIX was an incredible experience – both riders and spectators were blown away by the trick level. For Nicholi to overcome the very best that the scene top athletes could throw at him was an incredible achievement. Nicholi was then invited to compete in FMB Diamond Series – the highest competitive level on the FMB World Tour.
It started very well, just missing the podium at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Then, at Red Bull Joyride he was looking strong again but the day was not his for the taking. A crash ended his solid run and he finished in 11th position. Nicholi later landed top 10 results at the Bearclaw Invitational and Red Bull District Ride. Last on the list was Red Bull Rampage. Despite feeling slightly out of his comfort zone on a bigger bike, he quickly adapted and began carving sick lines and utilizing his slopestyle skills to throw down epic tricks. The overall result was not competitive, but he left his first ever Red Bull Rampage healthy and eager for more. You can see the full FMB Diamond Series ranking here: DiamondSeriesStandings
In between the Diamond events, Nicholi also achieved an impressive 3rd place at the Colorado Freeride Festival (Gold) as well as 2nd at CITY8 in Quebec (Gold). The off season for Nicholi will be about tuning in the tricks and working on taking it to the next level. Keep an eye out for this young gun – he has the title gleaming behind his eyes.
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