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Video: Women's Progression Session on the Red Bull District Ride Course

Oct 18, 2022
by rasoulution  

In addition to spectacular slopestyle action, an unbelievable 120,000 spectators and a firework display of world's firsts, the Red Bull District Ride 2022 also had one more novelty: For the first time in the history of the Nuremberg-based urban freeride event, five women were giving their everything on the breathtaking course between Kaiserburg and Hauptmarkt. The Red Bull TV video "Women's Progression Session" tells their story.

Ellie Chrew performs at Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg Germany on September 2 2022
Ellie Chrew performs at Red Bull District Ride ©Marcel Lämmerhirt

Caroline Buchanan (AUS), Gemma Corbera (ESP), Patricia Druwen (GER), Kathi Kuypers (GER) and Ellie Chew (NZL) made up the quintet that was allowed to practice on an FMB Diamond mountain bike slopestyle course for the first time in history. As part of the official training sessions, the five female riders had the opportunity to prove their skills on what is probably the most spectacular slopestyle course in the world, to train with the best male riders in the world and to improve their own riding through mutual exchange. During the three days on site, they were able to tackle the various obstacles and try out what is possible at their own pace and without the pressure of competition.

Kathi Kuypers and Caroline Buchanan are seen during Red Bull District Ride 2022 in Nuremberg Germany on September 1st 20222
Kathi Kuypers and Caroline Buchanan ©Wayne Reiche

The highlight for the five women was definitely the actual attendance in the Best Trick Contest of the Red Bull District Ride 2022 on Nuremberg's packed main market. After several thrilling runs on the Big Air Jump, with Suicide No Handers, Caroline attempting a frontflip or Ellie attempting a Backflip Nac Nac, it was Gemma Corbera, who finally decided the contest with a backflip.

Patricia Druwen performs at the Red Bull District Ride 2022 Best Trick in Nuremberg Germany on September 2 2022
Patricia Druwen at the Red Bull District Ride ©Christoph Laue

“Being part of the Red Bull District Ride was great. The best thing was being able to train with the guys again and have these insane jumps that I don't have at home. The riders' atmosphere was always good and it was an incredible experience to ride in front of such a big crowd. I really enjoyed tackling the big jumps and I truly hope there will be more slopestyle events for women soon.” – Patricia Druwen

Gemma Corbera performs a Backflip during Red Bull District Ride 2022 Best Trick in Nuremberg Germany on September 02 2022
Gemma Corbera's Backflip ©Wayne Reiche

“The atmosphere during the Red Bull District Ride was great between us. I love riding with the girls and hanging out together, we were supporting each other and pushing each other's levels the whole time. I've been dreaming about this event my whole life, and it's made me realize that I have to keep chasing my dreams. I hope for more events like this!” – Gemma Corbera

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25 Comments
  • 36 3
 This whole notion of “ without the pressure of competition” is pathetic. It’s doing more harm than good. Compete. Show up and throw down. Cash money and sponsorship. Get it started.
  • 10 1
 It sort of seems like a cop-out on behalf of Red Bull and the organizers, are they getting any financial support for showing up and putting themselves in harm's way?
  • 6 5
 I think you'd be pretty hard pressed to say that Nitro Circus isn't doing very well in pulling in sponsors, cash, and crowds to a non-competition format.
  • 4 0
 @OC-Racing: But Nitro isn't billed as a competition, District is one by definition and it's prize money awarded.
  • 4 1
 @OC-Racing: I also think you'd be pretty hard pressed to compare to two
  • 4 1
 There are countless examples of non-competitive mass participation events happening in extreme sports, Skatepark Jam / Fun Days being the obvious parallel, turn up and throw down and just do your own thing and no one gives a f*ck who wins.
Competition is a great angle for TV viewing, and it's also a healthy and very well supported part of the sport, I think this event just adds exposure of a different format of riding.
  • 10 1
 I think it's only a matter of time before women really come into their own in sports like slopestyle. I'm basing this theory on what women can do in gymnastics. I'm sure the talent is there, it just needs to be discovered.
  • 12 1
 Well it ain’t this batch that’s for sure. Embrace competition. Crown the best. Identify her as the worlds best and the challengers will emerge for that title. Make the prize Money respectable. Sponsorship. Show her driving her sports car and flaunting her shit paid for by risk taking. They will come , and they will bring progression with them.
  • 3 0
 Totally agree and I would add what women do snowboarding and skiing slopestyle, or whatever they are called, events to that list. I think they are the more obvious examples.
  • 9 1
 I jump in here to explain the non-competition event. When you look at the 2006 course build, the obstacles were smaller and less challenging in my opinion. But we (ladies) jump into the Slopestyle competition in 2022 and men have already a big lead in how they progressed and idols.
A serious female Slopestyle competition on 16 tech obstacles is not possible in 2022. it is possible on smaller events and We will follow up FAST and learn as much as we can to look as confident as the men on course.
Oh man I have so much to say about this topic but so little space here. I am proud of my ladies, they are warriors and I cannot wait for the future shredders.
  • 1 0
 It’s been 30 freakin years. You should get a new helmet. I think that one is cracked. Evolution moves faster than female mountain bike progression. How long will it take do you think? 10 years? 20? Another 30? I mean somebody has the answer. If you just keep patting each other on the back and saying ‘good job bro ‘ here’s a ribbon for participating it’s never going to happen. Never. Stop allowing the same 3/5 women control the narrative. You’re being played… all of you. Those people know who they are…and the know if they unlock the door it’ll get kicked in and they’ll be left behind.
  • 12 6
 Nicholi Rogatkin my man chiming in with his support. "You guys are rad, anything I can do to help I'm behind you guys 100%".

Meanwhile most every post about women here has some below threshold worm claiming to be a better rider...

Great clip, thanks and keep it coming!
  • 6 6
 "Meanwhile most every post about women here has some below threshold worm claiming to be a better rider..."

No it doesn't. Stop making up issues that dont exist. You are doing feminism a disservice.
  • 5 0
 Overrotating a frontflip on such a huge feature must be terrifying! Did it myself on a jump 1/3 that big and my collarbone was toast…
  • 4 0
 That was bananas, talk about commitment. Was that Caroline Buchanan?
  • 4 0
 @DirkMcClerkin: Yes, it was Caro.
  • 4 0
 7.05 seeing the rider psych herself up was great to see, we sometimes forget they're humans and need to work on things, think about things and then SEND
  • 3 0
 It was no surprise to see the top guys throw down, but eye opening to have these girls sending and tricking the massive features
  • 4 0
 Huge respect!! This is amazing!
  • 3 0
 Dave Mustaine's daughter on the course.......1:15
  • 3 0
 Gemma Corbera is RAD
  • 2 1
 Are they really still talking about District Ride? It was like over a month ago. It Rampage now!
  • 2 1
 which is why the format for the competition is different
  • 3 1
 great post
  • 2 0
 Yay ladies!!!!







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