Red Bull District Ride - Digital Course Preview

Aug 18, 2014
by rasoulution  
Since the announcement of another edition of Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg, the world’s greatest freeriders are biting their nails, eagerly waiting for the course details. Now, chief-designer Aaron Chase has announced the course overview. On 6 September, a fresh course with five districts, packed with brand new features guarantees to make Red Bull District Ride 2014 the most spectacular edition yet. The titles of the five districts are pretty self-explanatory: Castle Drop, GoPro Upside Down, Amarok Four Pack, PiCK UP! Street Cannon and Big Air. “The track is shorter but has much more flow between the districts. Each one is unique and each one will be mind-blowing in its own right”, says Aaron Chase. An impressive 3D animation of a camera flight view over the old town and the whole track gives you a taste of what to expect:

As you can probably guess, the diversity of the course will keep the riders and spectators on their toes the whole way down. Straight from the start at the “Castle Drop District”, riders will drop in of an eight meters (26 feet) drop from the “Kaiserburgmauer”. Guts and precision may be claimed to sending it big and scoring valuable points on this massive feature. The next obstacle, the quarterpipe, has already starred in previous Red Bull District Ride contests but this year it will be improved to allow even more whacky trick combos.

District 1 - Castle Drop District

The “GoPro Upside Down District” will literally spin the riders upside down. Starting with a huge step down over several steps, the course leads straight to the “Durer Memorial”, where an open loop bowl awaits. This combination of an open loop and a bowl is a challenging contest rarity and will require a lot of courage and creativity from all riders.

District 2 - GoPro Upside Down District

The “Amarok Four Pack District“ is all about flow: Speed is key to get the airtime needed in this dirt jump section. Situated at the “Seebalder Platz” and separated by a giant curved wallride, two large dirt jumps will give the riders enough airtime to send some of their biggest tricks.

District 3 - Amarok Four Pack District

At the “PiCK UP! Street Cannon District” the riders will fly over a hip-jump, the so-called “street cannon”. After a step up, this urban cannon feature will give them an opportunity to throw down their street tricks over a flight of stairs before rolling on to the final Big Air District on the city square.

District 4 - PiCK UP Street Cannon District

For the grand finale riders will get a short breather as they catch an elevator back up to the fourth floor of the town hall. What awaits them is the biggest, most spectacular feature on the course. Cameras will be armed, loaded and pointing straight at the jump that is reaching up to 15 meters (49 feet). Dropping in the riders will pick up enough speed to hit the two jumps and pull off their biggest tricks. Needless to say, this section is called the “Big Air District”. The cheers of 55.000 spectators will electrify the atmosphere on the town hall square.

District 5 - Big Air District

But it’s not enough to go big at the end at Red Bull District Ride. Athletes will have to give everything they have throughout all five districts to land a spot on the podium of this FMB Diamond Series event. "The course is extremely challenging and combines various disciplines. All-round qualities are definitely in demand!” says Peter Henke, Germany's best MTB slopestyle rider.


  • 139 1
 anyone else confused on how half this obstacles even work?
  • 7 0
 yes, I don't get the part at ~30s
  • 6 3
 "The “GoPro Upside Down District” will literally spin the riders upside down. Starting with a huge step down over several steps, the course leads straight to the “Durer Memorial”, where an open loop bowl awaits. This combination of an open loop and a bowl is a challenging contest rarity and will require a lot of courage and creativity from all riders."
still weird
  • 15 0
 er like wtf is half this shit
  • 2 0
 It looks like they would corkscrew off the lip to their right side and land where the end of the gopro banner is in the video. That's the only way I can picture it but I still dont get it
  • 1 0
 Now that I think about it, they said open loop so that first ramp must be over-vert and you flip the open loop into the quarterpipe they have placed next to the 'bowl' portion of the landing. Just weird angles from the animations
  • 3 1
 They've made odd things that some people in a board room thought looked cool imo. Why/how do you even begin to trick that? A jump comp is not an obstacle course ffs.
  • 3 0
 You think Aaron Chase is 'some guy in a board room?
  • 1 0
 I think you can either jump the open loop to the right or just use it as a bowl and go to the left. The open loop looks mega sketchy so most of the riders will likely just go left.
  • 3 1
 I guess the presentation was created by some graphic designer, not a rider. This is why I would change the title into: Redbull kill yourself in public.
  • 25 1
 was anyone else waiting for the game of thrones intro song to come on at any second during that?
  • 3 0
 That turret
  • 1 3
 you, sir, made my day!
  • 6 0
 Some info for those wondering about the course. District ride has been around for a while (2005, 2006 and 2011)

Don't underestimate the heritage that urban slopestyle has. It really gave the sport exposure in the early years. The course isnt that much different from one of the previous ones - it is going to have a very manufactured feel to it as all urban contests do. Its always been that way. Its a great show case for the sport and will probably have more live spectators than any other MTB event this year.... quotes of 50,000+ Pics from previous event would seem to validate that figure.
  • 9 0
 Anyone else bored with open loops already?
  • 5 2
 This looks like it's.... Kinda awful at least compared to joyride.... Do they have to stop get off there bikes and take the stairs to the top of that last jump? Screams flow to me.
  • 4 1
 Nah, it says they take an elevator lol
  • 2 0
 No, they actually will ride through the city parlament building to jump out on the other side
  • 3 1
 Course designers got a little too crazy with sketchup....might look good on the computer monitor but who knows how these will really pan out.
  • 12 1
 The chief designer is Aaron Chase and I think he knows more about bikes and tricks than all of us commenting here put together in a brainstorming room.
  • 1 2
 Looks flowy jk
  • 3 0
 Nice to see my city with so many Ramps in the Street! But Im on holiday when the district ride takes placeFrown (
  • 3 0
 They have to invite Matt Macduff to compete in the street district, because he's the king of street.
  • 3 0
 Why no street district this time? This course isn't nearly as creative as it used to be (still cool though) :/
  • 4 0
 is this the real world
  • 3 0
 Is this just fantasy?
  • 3 0
 caught in a landslide...
  • 4 0
 Mom's Spaghetti
  • 3 0
 I don't know what half these shenanigans are. I should have studied
  • 2 1
 Totally ignored the "Digital" in the title, was all wtf the whole time. Looks like it'll be a fun event, though.
  • 2 0
 Looks pretty sweet... except for the loop
  • 1 0
 the Start Drop looks bigger than the last Time ! Dont know what to do with that open Loop kinda Thing
  • 2 0
 F'n A
  • 6 5
 much district so jump
  • 3 2
 So rad! Hope they have a live feed of this! Hint hint
  • 4 3
 The big air jump looks to be promising. Go big or go home.
  • 4 3
 who thinks they should make they everywhere and leave them there
  • 2 0
 come again?
  • 1 0
 i ment to say them not they
  • 9 10
 Still trying to figure out the "MOUNTAIN" biking aspect of this.... Cool jumps and features but FMB might need to change their name to the Street league biking world tour.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Did I seriously see a stair gap in there? WHAT?!
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 lol wat
  • 1 0
 Is this sketchup?
  • 1 3
 can we just cut out all the rest and just have a big drop then the trick jump?
  • 4 0
 I'm hoping this is sarcastic
  • 3 6
 aint no joyride but pretty cool
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