Riders and Course Revealed for the Suzuki Nine Knights

Aug 23, 2016
by The Audi Nines  
Riders and Course Revealed for the Suzuki Nine Knights

Featuring a load of fearless riders on a course built for progression, the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB gears up for a week of dust, sweat and crazy footage.

The tailor-made course, combining freeride and dirt jump elements, is taking shape at the new location in Reschenpass in South Tyrol, Italy. Culminating on the public contest day on Saturday the 10th, the world renowned media event begins on the 5th of September with invited riders joined by “Become a Knight” wild card winners Adolf Silva (ESP) with his big bag of tricks and Reilly Horan (CAN). Stomping solid and smooth tricks on his big bike Horan also bagged the “freeride” prize: a FOCUS bike sponsorship.

“Freeride” category and the FOCUS bike sponsorship winner Reilly Horan (CAN):



“Open” category wild card winner Adolf Silva (ESP):


New course under construction
The shapers and carpenters are rushing to finish the course which includes a flow line and the main features: two super step-ups, 12 and 18 meters long; and a 7 meter high quarter-pipes with dirt landing, possibly one of the biggest ever built for mountain bikes. Returning to the line-up as a rider but also course co-designer, Sam Reynolds (GBR) is pumped, as “freeride MTB is changing for the better and I'm excited to work with these guys to create an awesome set up with sick jumps at the forefront of the new freeride big air movement! Can’t wait!”

Sam Reynolds
Sam Reynolds

Balzamico Trail Design are creating the opportunity for more air time in the course and the existing terrain is perfect for that: “shaping along a huge avalanche mound is not only more environmentally friendly, it's perfect for creating something extraordinary that combines freeride and slopestyle elements with huge obstacles,” explains Andi Wittmann (GER).

Szymon Godziek
Szymon Godziek

The riders
Many familiar faces are on the stacked riders' list including trick machine Szymon Godziek (POL), German powerhouse Peter Henke and local favourite Torquato Testa. The relaxed format—known to lend itself to progression—amps up the anticipation for what the riders will do this year.

Patrick Schweika Bartek Krzyszton Tobi Wrobel
Patrick Schweika, Bartek Krzyszton, Tobi Wrobel

Will Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), who stomped the Cashroll on a Downhill bike last year, be able to land more slopestyle tricks on his DH bike? Does Antoine Bizet, who nailed a double backflip on a DH bike in 2013, have something new up his sleeve? Will having designed the course give Reynolds an edge to throw down? What mischief will Swedish trio Max Fredriksson, Anton Thelander and Martin Söderström, get up to? Stay tuned for daily videos and photos, or if you want the full experience, join us on the Public Day on Saturday the 10th of September for a mountain bike session that, if the last few years are anything to go by, will go down in history.

Torquato Testa
Torquato Testa

For detailed information and to watch all “Become a Knight” entries head to www.nineknightsmtb.com

RIDERS LIST SUZUKI NINE KNIGHTS MTB 2016
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
Max Fredriksson (SWE)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Peter Henke (GER)
Reilly Horan (CAN)
Clemens Kaudela (AUT)
Lukas Knopf (GER)
Sam Pilgrim (GBR)
Timo Pritzel (GER)
Sam Reynolds (GBR)
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
Adolf Silva (ESP)
Martin Söderström (SWE)
Anton Thelander (SWE)
Torquato Testa (ITA)
Olly Wilkins (GBR)
Tobi Wrobel (GER)

Loec Quadflieg
Loec Quadflieg

Here's the trailer, in case you missed it!
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Szymon Godziek Peter Henke
Szymon Godziek, Peter Henke


MENTIONS: @nineknights




23 Comments

  • 43 0
 Glad to hear soderström is gonna be there
  • 12 3
 Lets hope its not as a spectator or commentator
  • 3 1
 @RedBurn: or that he will not break again
  • 4 1
 Who pit this list together? Great riders, but missing some names!
  • 3 0
 Specialized found their wonder boy. One more rider soon to be shown the door.
  • 1 0
 Looks like he was building up a new Demo for the event?
  • 10 1
 First contest i have seen with Olly Wilkins in for ages! C'mon lads!!
  • 2 0
 Was thinking the same! Yessssssass
  • 6 0
 Reece wallace???
  • 1 0
 tbh i dont know anything about the infrastructure at the reschenpass. is there a bikepark? i just know that Laatsch is a famous MTB region for all mountain tours - mostly without cable car support (correct me if i am f´wrong). would love to hear about that region.
  • 2 0
 it's not really a bikepark, but a real enduro mecca. with tons of trails that can be accessed via four different gondolas/chairlifts. haideralm, where 9k is being built, is one of those four uplifts.
btw, it's latsch, not laatsch. that's a different town just a few kilometers away.
  • 3 1
 danke
  • 5 0
 PRITZEL!!!!
  • 1 0
 im gonna be a few hours from there when they are practicing.... hopefully i can get over there to watch???? if they allow spectators then
  • 3 0
 KTM makes bicycles.

Suzuki next??????
  • 3 0
 Stoked to see Olly Wilkins riding some proper events!
  • 1 0
 Who's Reilly Horan? Should I know this?
  • 6 0
 Judging by the video, people should get to know him.
  • 3 0
 Yeah that was an insanely sick edit. Cliff drop backie and that wild cork 7? Dude destroys it.
  • 2 0
 Eff yeah Reilly!!
  • 1 2
 Cant wait to see Rogatkin pushing the limits on the DH bike !!!
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