Swatch Rocket Air Goes Back to the 80's - Photo Epic

Apr 29, 2017 at 2:07
by Simon Nieborak  
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Welcome, it's been a while. Now is the time to go down the memory lane, to appreciate a time that most of these riders weren't born in. It's still going to make some of us others nostalgic...

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Ah, the good old 80s. A time when everything was so easy because you could wear pretty much anything and still look ice cool.
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
The opening went with a solid bang! Sam whizzing through the jumps while the other guys were setting up a proper atmosphere. You know that we all are going to have good times!

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
This meant the practice is officially open. Many riders were super-eager to roll their tires through the course.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Bienve was already digging deep in the bag of his tricks. The practice went smooth for all the riders.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Well, almost all of them... Antoine Honore had a big bail on the main jump. A couple of broken parts is still better than broken bones.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Does anyone need a hero? Here he is! Sam Pilgrim says "Let's Go!"

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team presentation was awesome and for obvious reasons. When the Swiss riders turned up the crowd went nuts!

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
It all started quite sleepily, straight airs were teasing the gathered before the real bangers came out.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
With every next rider the atmosphere was heating up.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
It was all about team effort and the Southwest team was giving it all. They were victorious here in the last couple of years, so the stakes were high.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Riders were feeding the wild screaming coming from the crowds and other riders.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
In the final round team North America seriously stepped up their game.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Tom Van Steenbergen can do a front flip over a canyon, so a jump like this is a piece of cake for him. That boost, though!

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
The town might be small, but the local crowd's hearts are big. They know how to warm up riders in these low temperatures.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
It was a close one, so the USA/Canada team had to roll out their biggest guns. With so much talent in this crazy bunch, they made the win a reality.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Celebrate good times, come on! Just splitting cash between the buddies in the team.
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
A few autographs for the most loyal fans and the clock starts the final countdown before the main show.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air

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Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
After practice and a solid round of qualification, it was time for the finals. For some riders, this meant relaxing and sipping beer on the sideline, but the top 15 was about to go and give their best.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
As the number one qualifier, Brett was looking forward to keeping his place in the finals. Little did he know what was about to unfold.
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Sam was in a great mood all week long. Last year's disaster of not qualifying for finals was a faded memory.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Last preparations before all the riders go for two final runs of the event to decide who's the best amongst them.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Paul Coeudrec opens the Top15.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Simon Pages is a regular rider on the FMB World Tour and here he places in the 14th.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Carson was happy to make a break from riding his big bike and this weekend focus on dialing his tricks on a hardtail. Unfortunately, a painful crash destroyed his hopes for the podium.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Brett looked super comfortable all day long. However, his first run was quite shaky. This left him in doubt for his second run.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
In between the runs, he sought peace of mind to regroup his thoughts.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
But it was't to be his day. This is the trick took his dream of placing on top of the podium away.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Tomas Lemoine ended up in the 11th. Big and stylish combos from this French rider, but he didn't unleash his full potential.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Tom Cardy starts the Top10. He is slowly but surely breaking into the FMB scene where he really belongs.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Jakub is all about creative tricks - toboggan to no-hander on the biggest jump.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Adrian Tell, on a regular weekday, is a math teacher. But on the weekends, he changes into a flying superhero! Maybe, not saving the world, but definitely making us all happy when watching his crazy stunts.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Emil Johansson, another dark horse of the event who didn't fulfill his plan. 7th for the young Swede.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
He went 100% on almost every jump but missed one combo, which cost him many points.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Lukas Knopf is feeling like home during the slopestyle competitions. He loves doing the biggest tricks he knows in front of a loud public.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Sam Pilgrim is unofficially Swiss. You should hear the crowd when he jumps out of the drop! They treat him like he's one of the locals.


If you want to learn more about Sam's time at the event watch his video-blog above.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Alex Alanko, quiet but with amazing style is known to only Swedish riders, here he climbs up to 4th place.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Diego Caverzasi knows the taste of winning and he wants more of it, that's for sure. It was meant to be in Thun, but 3rd is still a good place to be.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Torquato Testa has had all the reasons to be happy! A solid run for silver at Swatch Rocket Air.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Nicholi on the winning streak again... His insane tricks and super strong mental game keep him up on the top.

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Torquato, Nicholi, Diego truly deserved to taste the best of local beverages.
Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air
Congratulations to the winner!

Team Battle and Finals at Swatch Rocket Air


MENTIONS: @lunatyk




5 Comments

  • + 10
 absolutely love watching rogatkin but i am starting to miss the past 3 years of MTB STYLE dominating the fmb tour with rheeder, semenuk, genon, soderstrom, etc
  • + 2
 Swatch and the 80's are a natural fit, but it's kind of funny that none of these guys was even born by the time the decade wrapped up. So when they dress up in 80's garb it's not hipster irony but pure fun and silliness. I refuse to grow another mullet, but would by some of those neon plastic mag wheels in a heartbeat!
  • + 5
 Rogatkin Looks unbeatable this year! Go USA #RogatkinIsKing
  • + 4
 Sam P's course preview was fucking hilarious.
  • + 4
 Rogie for the win!

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