Photo Epic: Swatch Prime Line Qualifying

Jun 26, 2015
by Simon Nieborak  
The World needs to know about Olympia Park. The beautiful outdoor haven, on the outskirts of Germany's third largest city, Munich, is nothing short of perfect. During my walk back to the hotel I saw more outdoor activities happening than I ever have. From biking, to volleyball, to rollerblading, it was all sorts of locomotion en mass. But the real story of the day was the qualification runs for the Diamond FMB stop, the Swatch Prime Line. The weather was on point, the riders were looking comfortable, and the crowd was of a respectable size considering the big show is tomorrow at 5pm.

Once the riders started to officially drop in, we started to see who had been holding their cards close in practice, and who had been practicing their final run all morning. While it is always good to know who qualified, the more interesting point of contention was who didn't make the cut. The crowd was treated to stylish and exciting riding from Carson Storch, Sam Reynolds, and Anthony Messere, but all three failed to make it onto the final tomorrow. That's just how it goes sometimes, but it's too bad we won't be able to see what these three, and several others, had in the bag for the money-makin' runs.

Those who did qualify will absolutely still thrown down some serious moves once the cameras are rolling. Rheeder is sitting in the top spot, which is no surprise really, as he is so dialed, you tend to forget he is linking tricks back-to-back that just a few years ago would have been run-winning bangers. Just behind in second is the wild American, Nicholi Rogatkin. I'm a fan, we're all fans, and he is someone I always look forward to seeing ride. In third, Thomas Genon is looking calm and collected, certainly holding back a little for finals. Fourth goes to Logan Peat - he is a seriously capable rider, and it's just a matter of time before he is standing at the very top. Rounding out the top five is Paul Genovese, the style Canadian who is always a podium threat.

I would also just like to point out that Ryan Nyquist is now competing on bigger wheels, and to me, that's awesome. The guy is a legend, still puts down winning runs in BMX, and is now crossing over to have a go in at the 26-inch world. Worth mentioning, though it's fair to assume, he is killing it out there, and if he sticks a clean run, he could really ruffle some feathers.
Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out on Saturday!

But before we go to today's action, let's do a very quick track walk with Sam Pilgrim...

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
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Swatch Prime Line Qualifying

Thursday was the very first day of the event. All formality could be done and the riders could do their first runs on the course. Check out a few bangers from that evening!

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  Sam Reynolds' style is timeless

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  It was a beautiful day to take a spin around the park here in Munich, Matt Jones (reserve rider) has a different interpretation of that thought.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying

Friday Practice

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  Amir ponders what he'll do to next to really turn up the heat

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Swatch Prime Line Qualifying

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Qualifying Round

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  No one saw him brought out there, no one saw him come in...We all think he just lives there now, that's his new home.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
   I think the riders all appreciated not having to walk with their bikes up several flights of stairs to get to the top of the massive roll-in.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  Mehdi tucks this big frontie in and over the tower.

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Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  It's not suggestible to look away when Carson is riding, you're bound to miss something exciting.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  This was a spectacular save from what was on it's way to being a wild crash. He slid out the impact and ran down the rest of the landing. Legend!

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
Anton was earning a lot of air miles today, going notably higher than most - 12th today, lets see if he can fly up the rankings tomorrow.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  Greg was looking as comfortable on a bike as ever, and extending tricks to the brink.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  Watts is a machine on a bike, and it pays off with an 11th place.

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The other Tomas showing the importance of limbering up before riding.
  The easiest rider to see at the event, thanks to a wildly painted bike, Tomas is comfortably sat in 10th after today.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  Sam is hard to miss on course with a bling'd out bike and notable style, he will be looking to improve on his 8th place qualifier.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  Yannick was putting in the effort today and it shows with a 7th place qualifier position.

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Swatch Prime Line Qualifying

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  Typical Szymon style put the Dartmoor rider solidly into 6th place.

Loads of style and bigger tricks Logan is looking to show everyone he s on the hunt with 4th.
  Loads of style, and bigger tricks, Logan is looking to show everyone he's on the hunt with 4th.

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  Logan has all whip variation on lock, and so they always look oh-so-good when he let's them loose.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  Thomas was smooth as ever today, and quietly flowed his way into third.

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Rocking his signature visor-less full-face Nicholi stomped some bigs moves to land second in qualies.
  Rocking his signature visor-less full-face, Nicholi stomped some bigs moves to land second in qualies.

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  Brett looks so effortless when he rides, you almost forget to be impressed...almost...

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying
  With his unmistakably calculated style, it was no surprise Brett is sat in first going into the final.

Swatch Prime Line Qualifying


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  • 17 0
 mitch about to die there
  • 1 0
 that was a bad looking crash... luckily, nothing happened to mitch and he walked out of this incident without a smallest scratch...
  • 6 0
 look at the scrub
  • 6 0
 it sucks that we here in Germany cannot watch the f*cking Livestream because they sold the Video Rights to Pay TV ! Thanks FMB
  • 4 0
 I wish Pro7 a painful death
  • 5 1
 Söderström out with a broken Leg again ! Thats really bad News. This Course would be perfect for him. With the Spine and all that
  • 1 0
 source?
  • 2 0
 seine Facebook Seite !
  • 5 0
 That's what I was thinking. Where does he land there?
  • 2 0
 You guys have it all wrong. It's a one-footed table tire slide. He rode out : )
  • 3 0
 Correction: No-footed table tire slide. Still rode out.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a great event, huge jumps, awesome setting, and that scissor lift? Deeecent.
  • 4 2
 POY candidate, by my estimation: www.pinkbike.com/photo/12390319
  • 1 0
 Sam Pirglimも大御所の貫禄出てきたねぇ
  • 1 0
 that tuck no shot was fucking sick
  • 1 0
 Pure Awesomeness
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