Sam Pilgrim wins the 2012 Vienna Air King

Apr 1, 2012 at 9:37
by Ian Hylands  

The rain held off for today's action at the Vienna Air King, but the wind played a big part, and it was cold. Temperature around 6 degrees Celsius, and winds around 18kph.

Sam Pilgrims wins Vienna Air King for the 3rd time in a row. Photo by Bartek Wolinski - http wolisphoto.com

Vienna Air King top 5

1) Sam Pilgrim (GBR) 90.00 points
2) Sam Reynolds (GBR) 88.00
3) Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP) 86.33
4) Szymon Godziek (POL) 82.33
5) Linus Sjöholm (SWE) 81.00

Complete results at bottom...


Martin Soderstrom was looking really strong earlier this year but unfortunately he crashed in training on a barspin to tailwhip, and was unable to compete today, we wish him the best of luck in his recovery. Canadian Matt McDuff also qualified but wrecked his rear wheel and without a spare he didn't ride.

The wind let up a little bit part way through the first run and Louis Reboul had the first really good run tricking every jump solid. 75 points.

He was followed by Simon Kirchman with another solid run and 60 points to move into 2nd.

Simon Godziek threw down a sick run with 360 off the drop followed by a flip tuck no hander, a huge stretched superman, and then a flip barspin for 82.33 points and an easy move into the first spot.

His run was followed by Antoine Bizet who did a flip off the drop, followed by a flip table, opposite flat 3 and then a tailwhip for 72 points.

Tomas Zedja next up as the wind started to pick up again with another sick run. Tailwhip off the drop followed by a huge barspin, tailwhip to x-up, and then truckdriver to table for 67.33 which put him into 4th.

John Alm Hogman, started off with what looked like a solid run, tailwhip off the drop, huge superman seat grab on the first jump, but then it fell apart, only 30.67 points on the first run.

Andreu Lacondeguy's first run. Flip off the drop, huge flip whip on the first jump, flat 3 on the 2nd, than a 3 whip on the last one. 86.33 points which moved him into first place.

Sam Pilgrim was up next. Flip table off the drop, huge flip tuck no hander, solid 360 whip, and then a 720 on the last one for 90 points to bump Andreu and move into first spot.

Lance McDermott flipped the drop followed by a front flip, tuck no hander, and another front flip. 74 points and into 4th spot.

Jakub Vencl looked like he was having a good run but lost a pedal halfway through after a 360 and a flip barspin.

Sam Reynolds up next with a flip off the drop, flip tuck no hander, flip whip, and then a double whip for 88 points and into 2nd spot between Sam Pilgrim and Andreu.

Tomas Genon 360 in, huge 360, double tailwhip, then a 360 double barspin for 75.33

Yannick 360 x-up off the start, flip whip, but came up a little bit short and that was it.

Bienvenido flip off the drop, flip the first jump, straight air, followed by a flipwhip but he didn't really land it well.

Bartek tuck no off the drop, flip x-up, bar spin to table, 360 tuck no.

Amir Kabbani, 360 off the drop, flip tuck no, truck but lost a pedal and it was over.

Pavel Alekhin riding brakeless, (and sleeveless) tailwhip off the drop, steeze table on the second then a double whip followed by a 360 whip.

And that was it for run one...

The wind picked up for the second run and that was pretty much it, while some riders improved their scores, most of the first run scores stood as riders struggled with the wind, and the top scores didn't change.

Vienna Air King 2012 – Results

1) Sam Pilgrim (GBR) 90.00 points
2) Sam Reynolds (GBR) 88.00
3) Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP) 86.33
4) Szymon Godziek (POL) 82.33
5) Linus Sjöholm (SWE) 81.00
6) Jakub Vencl (CZE) 80.00
7) Amir Kabbani (GER) 79.00
8 ) Louis Reboul (FRA) 76.00
9) Thomas Genon (BEL) 75.33
10) Patrick Leitner (AUT) 74.67
11) Lance McDermott (GBR) 74.00
12) Antoine Bizet (FRA) 72.00
13) Tomas Zejda (CZE) 67.33
14) Bartek Obukowicz (POL) 66.67
15) Ray Samson (GBR) 64.00
16) Pavel Alekhin (RUS) 61.33
17) Simon Kirchmann (GER) 60.00
18 ) Marcin Rot (POL) 57.33
19) Blake Samson (GBR) 55.33
20) Bienvenido Aguado (SPA) 51.33
21) Yannick Granieri (FRA) 45.33
22) Richard Fert (FRA) 42.00
23) Fred Austruy (FRA) 41.00
24) John Alm Högman (SWE) 40.33
25) Alfred Scholtze (AUT) 33.67
26) Anton Thelander (SWE) 31.33
27) Ramon Hunziker (SUI) 26.67
28 ) Matt Macduff (CAN) 0.00
29) Adrian Tell (NOR) 0.00
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69 Comments

  • + 78
 Couldn't someone lend the Canadian Matt McDuff a back wheel for the Finals???
  • + 20
 yeah that seems kinda rediculous that he couldnt find one
  • + 20
 u runs a bmx hub so prob woulda been hard to find one
  • + 2
 and he musta been riding brakeless too, like he always does. Totally surprised to hear he was even over there.
  • - 49
flag ElVenezuelan (Apr 1, 2012 at 11:02) (Below Threshold)
 I agree with you guys, soo lame that nobody would give a guy who came all the way from Canada, a spear wheel for the FINALS, Euros are lame !!!
  • + 30
 price of being different... left hand chain drive..!!

www.pinkbike.com/video/203963

spear on that!!
  • + 26
 Why, oh, why would you run a left-hand drive chain? That's going against the second biggest standard in the sport. The first being bikes have 2 wheels
  • + 6
 Are they going to run a replay later in the day like they did with Pietermaritzburg?
  • + 11
 Rob, Matt is a street rider. Everyone has a natural grinding side, Matt's (and mine) is the right. Running left hand drive allows you to grind without the risk of trashing your chainring on every attempt. Especially as Matt grinds pegless.

According to his facebook page, not only did Matt smash his wheel, he came down real hard on his manberries.

Finally, as a street rider trying his hand at slopestyle, he doesn't have the support of the other big names. He almost missed qualifying when his truck broke down.
  • - 3
 Matt McDuff is wayy to street for dirt!
  • + 7
 Well someone has never seen him on the Mega Step-up and the dirt jumps at Woodward. He has tricks that would take first place with ez.
  • + 1
 ^ This. Triple-truckdriver and superman seatgrap to tailwhip would have SHUT THE PLACE DOWN. Was so disappointed to hear he wouldn't be riding.

If anyone is in doubt, watch his For The Kids edit. He has all the big slopestyle tricks on lock.
  • + 1
 It was worth getting up at 4 am to watch this... I cant wait to see more of Alekhin! Guys has style for miles
  • + 2
 If your riding at an event with Pilgrim and Lacondeguy you should have a spare around somewhere... and way to give a ton of negative props to someone who didn't know why McDuff couldn't find a spare. Most mountain bikers have no reason for left side drive..
  • + 2
 I know he is awesome at dirt.. Kinda shitty way to get knocked out of a comp. I mean, there should be a ton of dudes around that could lace a wheel for him..
  • + 1
 It was the morning of the comp, it would have been tight. And apparently his nutsack turned blue, soo... lol
  • + 14
 Congratulation for Szymon! Big Grin
  • + 9
 Sick work Sam, i would have a word with the sponsors though pal, looks like you owe them 3800 euro, well according to that cheque anyway ! ..... - 3800 !.. skills to pay the bills !
  • + 9
 So sad that Alekhin didn't improve his score on the second run, he is so stylish
  • + 5
 The front flip off the drop was so sick to watch! Shame he missed out on the landing. Can't remember the rider but that took serious balls!
  • + 8
 Bienvenido Aguado Smile
  • + 1
 spanish power!!
  • + 7
 It's a shame Matt didn't get to compete ! Sam just destroys at this comp !
  • + 6
 Hana april fools he didn't win
  • + 1
 dam pinkbike even went out of there way to photoshop a picture
  • + 5
 so unsurprised by the result, but still, well done pilgrim
  • + 6
 YES Andreu!!!
  • + 1
 Have I missed the rule in British dirt jumping that you need to have Sam in your name? (Sam Pilgrim, Sam Reynolds, Ray Samson & Blake Samson). Although Lance McDermott is the obvious exception!
  • + 0
 Pilgrim 2012 FMBA world tour champ!! good job lacondeguy too, but i'm sure that we all missed some of those ssssssick supermans!!! it was a pic of him even in the final wall!
  • + 1
 i wonder if the other riders felt bad with his pic in their face?
  • + 1
 Pilgrim dominates events like this, but with Rampage back this year, he will be hard pressed to gain enough points. He's a sick dirt jumper, but whenever it comes to more fr style courses, he cant put it together. Maybe if he would ride his fully..
  • + 2
 yeh larry, you are right but that was THE pic of the last air king! and i'm sure that pilgrim will stoke us in the rampage!
  • + 2
 ^ i really dont know about pilgrim @ rampage, he has the tricks and the confidence, but hes more of a dirt jumper, and i havent seen him do anything bigger than a crankworx-style comp. i dont even know if he has a dh bike.
  • + 1
 jajajaja sure it has!! i've been looking for pilgrim's fr or dh vids but i didn't found anything... who knows!
  • + 1
 si, yo creo que el anda mas en la bici de dirt jump verde que qualquier otra, verdad?
  • + 1
 ya te digo q desde luego videos no tiene
  • + 4
 What happened to mike mo
  • + 2
 To bad that martin crashes hope he get back soon, nice to see that linus sjòHolm came on 5 place
  • + 4
 Good job Szymon!
  • + 1
 it was crazy there Big Grin but there were much more accidents than last year! yesterday 2 people got injured, today 3
  • - 21
flag coops2011 (Apr 1, 2012 at 10:02) (Below Threshold)
 GBR second and 3rd! yeah Smile Bring on the neg props from Lacondeguy fans!
  • + 22
 I will give you neg props for not realising we got 1st and 2nd, not just because I am a Lacondeguy fan!
  • + 6
 Are you reading the same results as me? GBR came 1st and 2nd
  • + 1
 I was waiting for the picture. thought it would be appear above each story of the rider.
  • + 1
 I don't understand why people ride brakeless!.. Ok.. it's very nice to see but it limits you a lot!
  • + 1
 on the contrary dude, breakless pushes you to new limits!!! ;D
  • + 3
 Like the smylies! Cool
  • + 1
 So good to have two British riders in the top 2! Big Grin
  • + 1
 yeeahhhh sams uk all the way!!!
  • + 2
 Great album Ian Razz
  • + 1
 Godziek should be at least 3rd. he had better run than Lacondeguy
  • + 0
 The 2 sam's are going to kill it this year!go UK riders!
  • + 1
 Turkey! nice one sam!
  • + 0
 Pilgrim on fire Smile
  • + 0
 Where's Martin?
  • + 2
 seems to he has crashed,,, in training on a barspin to tailwhip
  • + 0
 Mike Montgomery?
  • + 2
 really, where he is?
  • - 3
 what the heck happened to Matt?!?!
  • + 17
 This article has no pictures, only words, why have you commented without reading it?
"Canadian Matt McDuff also qualified but wrecked his rear wheel and without a spare he didn't ride."
  • + 3
 Back wheel broke
  • + 7
 why dont people fucking read...
  • + 9
 his balls are currently blue.
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