An epic new location in Reschenpass in South Tyrol, Italy, and an innovative freeride and dirt jump course, promises an exciting 6th Suzuki Nine Knights MTB contest. The “FOCUS Become a Knight” video contest launches the search for fresh talent to join the likes of Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (POL), Antoine Bizet (FRA), Sam Pilgrim (GBR) and Martin Söderström (SWE) and many more for the week-long supersession running from the 5th to the 10th of September, 2016.
Blake Samson, Nicholi Rogatkin.New Location & Course Design:
The Suzuki Nine Knights team are happy to have Brit Sam Reynolds join forces with Andi Wittman (GER) and Andi Brewi (AUT) from Balzamico Trail Design to create a new concept for the course. The versatile course boasts classic freeride elements and a slopestyle section offering the riders countless opportunities to creatively combine two styles together. Built along an avalanche mound in Haider Alm, in the Venosta Valley, the new course includes step-ups, tables, a flowy freeride line, as well as a huge kicker setup, which will be the main obstacle in the freeride contest. Stay tuned for further information.
KC Dean & Geoff Gulevich.
Nicholi Rogatkin.Freeride Sponsorship & Wild Cards:
As in previous years, wild cards to join the invited athletes for a week of action are on offer to amateurs and pros alike in the online video contest. This year, FOCUS Bikes are stepping up the game, offering an additional one-year sponsorship to their favourite "Freeride" category submission featuring a talented “non-bike sponsored rider” with killer freeride and big bike skills. The “Open” category entries should, in turn, display dirt jumps, slopestyle tricks, as well as freeride skills. Submission deadline is 18th of August 2016. For detailed information and to see the entries head to nineknightsmtb.com
.Public Contest Day:
The various film and photo sessions taking place over the week build up to the Public Contest Day on Saturday the 10th of September, the big showdown where crowds get to witness some insane action. Pack up your sunscreen and join us in Reschenpass in South Tyrol for the final showdown.