Results & Recap: A Week of World Firsts and Huge Sends at Audi Nines 2020

Sep 13, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Photos by: CA Greenwood, Klaus Polzer and Syo Van Vliet

Words: Audi Nines

Multiple world-first tricks were landed at the Audi Nines 2020 presented by Falken as the weeklong mountain bike event drew to a sensational close. German rider Nico Scholze landed the first Cordova Flip on a Downhill bike and Italy’s Diego Caverzasi completed a Backflip Barspin to Cliffhanger, while Swedish powerhouse Emil Johansson dominated the event’s contest runs, winning Best Freeride Line and Ruler of the Week.

Here in the Hunsrück-Nahe bike region near Birkenfeld, Germany, a team of the world’s best mountain bikers gathered from the 7th to the 13th of September for a session of the superlative variety. For the third consecutive year, the Ellweiler quarry—a former stone quarry that’s been converted into a top-level mountain bike venue—played host to a crew of outstanding athletes ready to push their sport to new heights.

Hungry to get on back on their bikes after months of cancelled events, the invited riders wasted no time getting to work on the quarry’s selection of custom-built features. From the expanded Freeride Line and Big Air venue to the brand-new Slopestyle Line, the riders found plenty to keep them busy throughout five days of non-stop film sessions.



World-First Tricks on Downhill & Slopestyle Bikes

The week’s action culminated with several tricks never seen before in mountain biking. One of the biggest highlights was Nico Scholze’s Cordova Flip, a daring manoeuvre adapted from freestyle motocross in which the rider executes a rather painful-looking backbend while hooking his feet on his bike’s handlebars—all while doing a backflip. No small feat.

bigquotesIt feels amazing to be the first person to ever put down the Cordova Backflip on the downhill bike. I really like freestyle motocross tricks, and I hope we have a couple more attempts, maybe next year. Nico Scholze

Nico Scholze s Cordova Flip


Scholze wasn’t alone in the “world’s first” category. Italian rider Diego Caverzasi became the first to land a Backflip Barspin to Cliffhanger on a hardtail bike, while Austria’s Daniel Ruso put down a Frontflip Toboggan on his downhill bike and fellow Austrian Peter Kaiser landed a Backflip Barspin to Superman Seat Grab on a hardtail bike. Though it didn’t quite qualify as a first, Adolf Silva’s Cali Roll—only the second one ever landed on a mountain bike—proved that the high-flying Spaniard was back in action after an injury last year. Add in Antoine Bizet’s Opposite Cash Roll on a downhill bike and Paul Couderc’s innovative Footplant Flip, and it’s safe to say that the 2020 Audi Nines had more world’s firsts than you can shake a stick at.

bigquotesI love this event, I love the crew. We have so much fun together, filming whatever we want, whatever we like to try. It’s such a good time. Diego Caversazi


The Audi Nines Go Live

In a normal year, the Audi Nines would welcome thousands of spectators to watch action sports at its finest. In lieu of a public event this year, organisers hastened to offer an alternative for fans. The result: a series of Live Sessions hosted on throughout the week. The Live Sessions offered multiple live camera angles from the quarry, including point-of-view helmet cameras from riders. The Live Sessions attracted tens of thousands of online viewers throughout the week, who took advantage of this special opportunity to drop into the quarry virtually along with their favourite riders.

Coronavirus prevention measures

While ongoing travel restrictions prevented several top North American athletes from attending, a strong squadron of mostly European riders was able to make the journey to Birkenfeld. Strict coronavirus prevention measures were in place throughout the event, as athletes and staff were required to present a negative coronavirus test upon arrival. The entire event team remained in a “bubble” throughout the event, with minimal outside contact to prevent viral spread.

bigquotesThis was one of the most challenging years yet for Audi Nines, with so many new factors for our team. We’re very fortunate and thankful that, through the hard work of our team and the cooperation of local partners, the event was able to take place as planned. Audi Nines founder, Nico Zacek


Best Line Freeride: Bienvenido Aguado Alba
Best Line Slopestyle: Emil Johansson

Best Slopestyle Trick: Lukas Skiöld - Flip Oppo Whip Bar
Best Freeride Trick: Adolf Silva - Cali Roll

Best Style: Lukas Schäfer

Ruler of the Week: Emil Johansson

Bienvenido Aguada
Bienvenido Aguado Alba
Lukas Ski ld
Lukas Skiöld

Adolf Silva
Adolf Silva
Lukas Sch fer
Lukas Schäfer

Emil Johansson
Emil Johansson

Previous Coverage

Provisional Rider List Announced as Course Build Begins for Audi Nines
Video: The 2020 Audi Nines Course is Looking Huge as Building Continues
Video: The Mega Audi Nines 2020 Course Build Continues with a UFO Inspired Jump
Bike Check: Ike Klaassen's Santa Cruz V10 CC
Video: Antoine Bizet's Lands World's First Opposite Cashroll on a DH Bike
Photo Recap: New Tricks Aplenty - Audi Nines Days 2 & 3
Video: Behind the Scenes at the Audi Nines 2020
Social Round Up: World's First Cashrolls, Drone Close Calls and Front Flip Fails
Bike Check: Peter Kaiser's Custom Trek Ticket - Audi Nines 2020
Video: Brendan Fairclough Sends Huge Gaps, Front Flips and Massive Whips at Audi Nines
30 of the Best Whips So Far from Audi Nines 2020
Video: The Rowdiest Action from the First Four Days at Audi Nines
50 of the Wildest Tricks & Sends So Far from Audi Nines 2020
Video: Wild and Rowdy Freeride Lines from Audi Nines
Video: The Best Slopestyle Lines from Audi Nines


  • 39 0
 We can call it a world first when someone does a barspin on a Downhill bike.
  • 7 0
 Tail whip would be valid, too.
  • 1 8
flag coadymacmillan (Sep 13, 2020 at 16:02) (Below Threshold)
 I’m sure it’s been done, a downhill bike these days have 180mm SC forks
  • 4 0
 @coadymacmillan: This is mock DH bikes only. Invalid.
  • 1 0
 It's called a bike varial!!! Haven't you played bmxxx???
  • 13 0
 Really enjoyed watching the buildup with Sam and then the live streams - such a good vibe. How everyone was putting such huge tricks together while also remaining largely uninjured is incredible and a testament to the quality of the jumps and chilled atmosphere.
  • 5 0
 Pushing the envelope proper. The live-streams were dope to watch too. Can’t wait until next year!
  • 4 0
 Emil had multiple tricks in his run that were better than the awarded flip oppo whip bar, ha
  • 3 0
 Yeah haha... 360 wind shield wiper on a step down is definitely more nutty. I think they messed up on the article though, I heard Lukas Kiold was doing Flip oppo bar to whip to bar.
  • 3 0
 Where was the information for the streams I missed em all. I thought it was some private even from the youtube videos.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 It’s like going to watch the circus.

Anyone know how much events like this pay the riders? Is it based on coverage?
  • 1 0
 Great to know Adolfo Silva managed to pull his trick and win and at the same time staying in one piece. This guy is amazing.
  • 1 0
 That cordova flip on a bike is infinitely harder than on a moto. That's incredible!
  • 1 0
 They should've given Emil a Ruler. Gnarly af
  • 2 1
 Enough coverage??
  • 1 0
 This is crazy
  • 1 4
 Couderc got ROBBED!!!

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