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co-mtb pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 29, 2018 at 10:48
Jan 29, 2018
Torquato Testa's Run That Didn't Win White Style 2018 - Video [Updated With New Information From FMBA]
I believe the organizer, at least in part, is Rasolution, the agency owned by Tarek Rasouli, the President of the FMBA. I also believe Tarek is the guy in the wheelchair sitting behind Mr. Sportsmanship. It makes me wonder what exactly the FMB is "investigating".
co-mtb pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 31, 2016 at 7:56
Jul 31, 2016
Colorado Freeride Festival Slopestyle Replay and Results
co-mtb pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 31, 2016 at 7:55
Jul 31, 2016
Colorado Freeride Festival Slopestyle Replay and Results
co-mtb FMBA's article
Mar 8, 2016 at 11:12
Mar 8, 2016
It’s Back: The FMB Diamond Series 2016
I think FMB finally made some much needed changes. I love Rampage, but it was a poor fit with the rest of the series. As a fan, I'd like to see more events included in the series. Requiring the champion to only attend five events over six months never really allows the excitement to build. On the other hand, making the Gold events mean something again is a huge step in the right direction.
co-mtb redbullbike's article
Aug 12, 2015 at 0:38
Aug 12, 2015
Video: The State of Slopestyle
The premise of this article is utter BS and pure Red Bull marketing hype. In fact, slopestyle is at it lowest point since the creation of the FMB. Here are the true facts about the State of Slopestlye. 1. There are not enough events to truly call it a series. There are just 4 Slopestyle events between March and August. Not even 1 per month. How can we expect to maintain interest and engage new fans when the last event occurred so long ago, no one can remember what happened. It's the laziest, least compelling, least marketable schedule anywhere in action sports. 2. The current system discourages athletes from participating in FMB events. Just a few years ago, it was possible to see top names competing every other week in the summer. Now, because only diamond events count to the championship, top athletes no longer feel the need to travel to great events like 26 Trix and CFF. And why should they risk injury for an event that doesn't even count? The sport pays the price because fewer headliner appearances means drawing fans to watch and become excited about the sport. Semenuk, Rheeder and Soderstrom are names that get people in the door. Without them, A course is just a heap of dirt. Dont believe the system is self-sabotaging? Case in point, Brett Rheeder skipped CFF, and event he has gone to since forever, because he doesnt want to ruin his shot at $50k. Good for him, but the sport suffers because of a crappy championship system. What's more, Crankworx now brags that Semenuk only has to show up 3 times a year to stay relevant. Meanwhile other events draw fewer viewers and less sponsorship dollars. Slopestyle needs more great events for growth, not to hobble the ones it already has. 3. The ladder for amateurs into the diamond series has all but disappeared. There is just 1 event in the entire western hemisphere where an athlete can get noticed and possibly get an invite to a diamond event. Are you the next coming of Semenuk, but can't get out of work to travel to CO or did you have a bad day or did you catch a cold? Oh well. Grind it out for another 12 months in obscurity without any sponsor support and try again next year. It's a big FU to up-and-comers from the FMB. Thanks to point 2, this will only get worse. After all, why spend all the money on an event when none of the marquee athletes show up? It's like the leaders in the sport don't care. Oh, you think you can get rich running an event, well.... 4. Diamond events can't sustain themselves. The Bearclaw Invitational was cancelled this year for lack of support. Some event organizers, like Bearclaw, aren't expecting to get rich, but they do hope they aren't going to go bankrupt over an event. If the biggest most established events are cancelling themselves for lack of sponsor support and top athletes aren't showing up and the series has no excitement around it, why should a new event take the financial risk? It would be dumb. 5. FMB is designed to line the pockets of a few, not for the benefit of the sport. How did the sport get so screwed? How did it create a format that tears down the sport rather builds it up? Just look at who's on the board. DK from Crankworx and TR from Rasolution--diamond event organizers. They've create a system that drives sponsors to their events. I mean, why would you want to sponsor a meaningless amateur event with no top name riders when you can sponsor a diamond event? Good for them. Too bad they're screwing us in the process. But in fairness, we're all to blame. Top athletes should want to give back to the sport that has given them a career. Saying you'll only show up at three events in 12 months is not helping to grow the sport for a future generation. You're only being selfish. Athletes need to demand a system that encourages more events to drive more attention to the sport, to sell more bikes, to eventually create a bigger pool of funds for more and larger sponsorships. And we as fans need to tell sponsors we appreciate their support. And we all need to tell FMB that it's our sport and we expect a hell of a lot more from them than we're getting or were not going to let them drive our bus for much longer.
co-mtb daniellebaker's article
Feb 19, 2015 at 13:28
Feb 19, 2015
Crankworx Announces 'World Tour' and Big Cash Prizes
And the FMB World Tour becomes irrelevant in 3. 2. 1....
co-mtb claw's article
Aug 22, 2014 at 13:11
Aug 22, 2014
Course Preview: 2014 Bearclaw Invitational
Unfortunately, Claw said there isn't a livestream. It's tough to get stoked for an event you can't watch. :-\
co-mtb pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 5, 2014 at 10:49
Jul 5, 2014
Results: Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle Finals
Congrats to the riders, especially Messere, that course seemed scary. I feel like I'm in the minority, but I didn't find the event all that exciting. Less than half the runs were landed. Only three runs were above 80! When was the last time that happened at a PRO event? I know FMB is promoting the new diamond series as the "roughest and toughest" courses, but I don't tune in for the course. I don't tune in to watch safety runs. I don't tune in to see athletes struggle to get to the bottom. I tune in to watch the best athletes in the world nail mind blowing progressive runs, one-upping each other until the very end. This event was not that at all. Dear FMBA, course designers and FMB Events, I don't think the quality of course should be measured by its ability to break off the best athletes in the world. Sorry I gave you that impression by being stoked for Rampage. I thought that was a fun, end-of-year kind of thing. My bad. Please please please in the future design your courses to empower the athletes to be their best, progress the sport and keep me on the edge of my seat. The riders train hard for it, risk their bodies for it and deserve to show the world what they are capable of. We, the fans, deserve that too.
co-mtb pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 14, 2014 at 23:00
Jun 14, 2014
Results: 26TRIX, Leogang
Actually, it's usually the event that pays for the livestream through sponsorship money (aka Red Bull). Red Bull then provides their platform as part of the deal. I don't know the specifics here, but the situation most events end up in when they cut their livestream is that the value a livestream delivers (in terms of what an event can charge sponsors) is less than what it costs to produce it. If there are more expenses than there are resources, something has to go. On top of it, if you have a year like last year where the finals get scrapped and you can't deliver on sponsorship obligations, some sponsors may expect refunds while the production crew, which spends as much of their own money and time to setup and not shoot an event as to shoot one, still wants to get paid. I imagine the economics of it all make an event not eager to take that risk when cash is tight, which it always is. I guess what I'm saying is, if you like your livestreams, drink your Red Bull.
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