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Audi Nines MTB Returns to Quarry in Germany, Includes Women for 2021

Jul 6, 2021
by Sarah Moore  
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Audi Nines MTB returns to the quarry in Hunsrück-Nahe, Germany for a week of progression sessions August 24-28, 2021. The event will bring together a group of the world’s best Slopestyle and Freeride mountain bikers in a re-purposed stone quarry in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state for a week of non-stop action and progression on the highest level.

The 2021 edition will be the fourth edition of the event and will include women for the first time.


bigquotesThe time has come for Audi Nines to debut the much-needed addition of Mountain Biking’s top women into the Audi Nines family. The drive to make Audi Nines more inclusive and equal comes at a time when women’s talent in Mountain Biking is exploding, and riders are pushing their limits to develop the sport like never before. This integration provides new space for the expanding MTB community to demonstrate their talents on a global stage. Freeride and Slopestyle riders will have the chance to push themselves in an environment that isn’t driven by points and podiums but instead through creativity and freedom of expression.Audi Nines


Casey Brown & Veronique Sandler , Caroline Buchanan, 4x Crankworx Slopestyle winner Emil Johansson, Nicholi Rogatkin, Bienvenido Aguado, Szymon Godziek, Sam Reynolds, and Thomas Lemoine have all confirmed their presence. Local riders Erik Fedko, Nico Scholze, and Lukas Knopf are also planning to attend.


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Audi Nines says that the Big Air, Slopestyle, Freeride lines will be expanded and intertwined, facilitating multiple options and riding experiences. These lines will all converge into a classic Audi Nines multi-hit-mega-feature that’s sure to bring the heat.

Course builders Sam Reynolds, alongside Andi Brewi and Clemens Kaudela are already deep into discussions with the riders, planning a new and interweaving course design that will incorporate new terrain in the Quarry, giving riders the option to find creative lines from top to bottom.


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bigquotesI’ve been a big fan of this event for many years, and I think having us ladies included in 2021 is huge! In my opinion, the format of a big session in a non-competitive environment is the perfect recipe for creativity and progression in Women’s Freeride and is exactly what is needed to develop the sport further and inspire more women to get amongst it. I can’t wait to send it with these awesome riders!Veronique Sandler

bigquotesAgain, with uncertain times, we weren’t sure if we were able to pull off another Audi Nines, but I’m stoked to say we are going for it! Events like these are becoming more and more relevant, with riders frothing to throw down their new moves on the best courses. I can’t wait to see not only what the boys will bring this year but also the ladies too!Sam Reynolds

Become A Nine video Contest Launches for Women
The “Become a Nine” online video contest offers two amateur or professional mountain bikers the chance to win a wildcard entry to the Audi Nines MTB 2021 and showcase their talent on a global stage. Alongside the men’s entry, this year, we are proud to debut the addition of a women’s wildcard spot. The deadline to submit entries for the contest is 15th August 2021. Learn more at  www.audinines.com

Public Day Unable to Take Place
With the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, the Audi Nines team has decided not to host a public viewing day to maintain the safest and most stable environment for staff and riders.

For more news visit: www.audinines.com

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41 Comments
  • 47 1
 Awesome to see the women there!
  • 23 0
 Great call inviting the women, this is already one of the coolest events of the year and this decision only makes it better. Kudos to the organizers!
  • 16 0
 Who doesn't love a good audi nines
  • 6 0
 “Become a Nine” ...... Several times a week I become a seven.
  • 7 0
 Takes a lot of makeup, does it? Wink
  • 5 0
 Didn't know that Rheinland-Pfalz reminds so much of Star Wars in English... Rhineland-Palpatine.
  • 6 0
 Excited to see Kade hitting the slopestyle lines
  • 5 0
 Does that say Caroline Buchanan. Wow.
  • 2 2
 If you want competition put Stephanie Nychka and Caroline Buchanan together. Why aren't any of these organizers finding the best riders to compete? I get introducing new names to the program but we still want to see action. There's not a lot of excitement with one footers one handers.
  • 1 0
 Not least, because this isn’t a competition based event. Kind of the whole point of it. It’s more focussed on a ‘jam’ format with the aim of progression.
  • 4 0
 F Yeah Robin!
  • 2 0
 How bout some athletes from across the pond?
  • 5 1
 you mean like the women who are actually across the pond and stuff?
  • 1 0
 @Serpentras: No i mean like the American kid in the men field n the three girls who are not from Germany or Germany’s neighbors..
  • 6 1
 @Theysayivebeentheone: *4 , there are only two from Europe.
I also would call brits our neighbors to be honest.
  • 5 0
 Maybe a lot of the eligible North American riders have the BC Crankworx tour then... or they're concerned that they might be allowed to use their phone at this event.
  • 1 0
 last year it was only Jackson Goldsone, and he's racing this year
  • 1 0
 @Serpentras: There’s only six spots how many more do you want?
  • 2 0
 @Theysayivebeentheone: I was correcting you. I also don't care what riders are there. It's not interesting to me. Still good to see more females doing the crazy stuff as well on big stage.
  • 3 0
 You could say the equivalent thing about the Rampage invites Smile
  • 1 2
 @j-t-g: there is no bc crankworx slope event this year only enduro and DH
  • 1 0
 @Snoopcat420:

From Crankworx:

Crankworx will be inviting a select group of the best mountain bikers in the world to join them in B.C. including:

32 King and Queen contenders (16 men and 16 women) who are on the hunt for the overall titles.
14 Slopestyle riders qualified to compete in the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship.

Disciplines on offer will include: Downhill, Dual Slalom, Air DH, Pump Track, and Slopestyle. Full schedule info will be released in the coming weeks.

Now why would they be inviting 14 qualified slopestyle riders only to race DH and enduro?
  • 1 0
 f*cking awesome!! Banging list, can’t wait to see some flips and spins from Groomes!
Brendog for the win
  • 1 0
 it says dawid instead of david
  • 5 4
 No public again?!?!? This is an open air event! Still panic mode...
  • 7 9
 Happy to see inclusion of female riders (about damn time!) but disappointed that we still do not see equity in number of participants for each gender. There are definitely more female rippers than six names here.
  • 15 0
 six is more than zero; don't let perfect be the enemy of better.
  • 8 0
 Let's try to put this in perspective. 10% of bike park riders in general are females. If considering doing jumps in any substantial way, the ratio goes down to maybe 1/20. It's very very rare to see a women doing a bigger jump, so ratio is maybe 1/50 to men doing such jumps. So taken that in account, the 1/4 ratio in this event is not that bad , is it?
  • 6 2
 women were never banned from slopestyle, you can't force people to participate in events like this just to make the "equality stats" look better. there are finally enough to participate as a separate class, I say it's a good start.
  • 2 0
 Great to see girls included!
  • 1 0
 @Juuhan: Where are you getting those stats? Sounds like personal experience dictating your opinion. Just because you don't see or ride with that many female riders, doesn't mean the ratio is that low.
  • 2 0
 @pressurecooker: I don't think that there are really any good statistics on this. So you are correct this is based on my personal experience over 10 years of active riding across bikeparks in Italy, France, Switzerland and Scandinavia. One can also look the ratio in competitions ( enduro & DH) to get an idea. And in addition of the number of female riders in those it's also the typical skill level, aggressiveness and risk taking.

And yes I ride with both females and males and have actually introduced more to 10 girls to MTB and bikepark riding. So I have absolutely nothing against female riders, on contrary. We just need to embrace the reality here.

And MTB / enduro/ DH / Freeride is not an exception on what comes to the split btw sexes. It's more or less the same in (pretty much ?) any "action" sports and the the bigger the difference in number to more extreme we go.
  • 2 0
 @Juuhan: Im not knocking your experience, just saying your opinion is biased. I live out in the United States and at the bike parks here and in Canada that ratio is much more equal. Also the ratio I personally experience who can "do jumps" is probably higher than the ratio of guys I see riding who can do jumps. This is just personal experience though and so certainly biased in its own right. I just think its wrong to claim stats without evidence.
  • 2 0
 @pressurecooker: well then I must say Europe is very different. Also higlte the entry list for event's like MT. Hell and the Mega avalanche. Look how many females are there. Kinda pathetic, eh?
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: nicely said
  • 2 0
 @pressurecooker: Is it really "much" more equal, though? Whistler opening day stats have been in the low 20%'s for women for the last few years, according to pinkbike, and that seems to match what I see out east...and the gender breakdown of this competition.

To @Juuhan 's last point--agreed, to an extent. 18% of people who summited Everest in 2018 were women - probably more 'extreme' than your local bike park, but similar gender breakdown. But I'm pretty sure the percentage of female wingsuit skydivers is zero. We got more sense than that. Razz
  • 1 0
 So insanely stoked for this!
  • 2 4
 Why is there a female only even if men and woman are equal? Shouldn’t everyone be included in the normal even? And a woman only even is complete discrimination.
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