Crazy tricks like cashrolls, twisters or backflips, the superstars of slopestyle and the gorgeous setting of the “Leoganger Steinberge” – 26TRIX in Saalfelden Leogang is a must-see for dirt jump and slopestyle fans. World-class athletes like superstar Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Thomas Genon (BEL) and Antoine Bizet (FRA) or young gun Emil Johansson (SWE) will send their raddest tricks during the FMB Gold Event while battling for important points for the World Ranking from June 8-11. Big incentive: the two best riders who aren’t prequalified yet, can win a wildcard for the FMB Diamond Event Crankworx Innsbruck. Kathi Kuypers (GER) will bear the flag for all the gravity girls out there: as the only female athlete, she will show what she has got. Take a look at the teaser to get in the right mood for 26TRIX!
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
What a lineup! The 12th edition of legendary slopestyle contest 26TRIX is a who-is-who of the best slopestylers of the world: Reigning World Champion Nicholi Rogatkin will be competing in Leogang for the fourth time. The 21-year-old American who is well-known for his huge trick repertoire gained a victory in 2014, came second in 2015 and fourth in 2016 – what a track record! Emil Johansson is also returning to the origin of his success: the only 17-year-old Swede made his first ever international appearance at a contest at 26TRIX in 2016. His flawless runs and technically demanding trick combinations stunned judges and fans and secured him a remarkable fifth place. It was only last Friday when Emil won his first ever FMB Gold Event. At FISE Montpellier, he showed a spectacularly stylish run and demonstrated that he is in top form.
Emil Johansson (SWE)
Also, 26TRIX veterans Thomas Genon (BEL), Antoine Bizet (FRA), Sam Pilgrim (GBR), Szymon Godziek (POL) will show off their insane skills at 26TRIX for the umpteenth time. German rider Nico Scholze (GER), the Italians Torquato Testa and Diego Caverzasi who already amazed the scene last year, will also send their craziest tricks and try to reach out for the 26TRIX crown. Last year, Gemma Corbera from Spain was the first woman in history taking part at an FMB Tour Gold Event. This year, Trek Gravity Girl, Kathi Kuypers will show off her skills as the only female rider. Also, old friends like Tom Van Steenbergen (CAN) or BMX Dirt Jump expert Josh Hult (USA) will join the dirt party and compete in the pre-qualifying.
Thomas Genon (BEL)
On Thursday, June 8, the pre-qualifying kicks off at 4pm CEST. About 50 riders, amongst them well-known athletes such as Adrian Tell (NOR) or Rémy Carra (FRA) will show what they have got. During the qualifying on Friday, June 9 at 4.30 pm CEST, the 12 best riders from the pre-qualifying will battle the 20 set riders in order to get a spot in the finals. On Saturday at 5 pm CEST, it’s neck or nothing: during the finals, a line-up of 15 riders will present their gnarliest tricks and most stylish moves for the overall victory. Also, the winner of GoPro Best Trick will be established during the finals. All in all, 16,000 Euros worth of price money will be handed out to the athletes. In case of bad weather, the finals will be postponed to Sunday.
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
The following 20 set riders will be competing against the 12 best pre-qualifiers in order to win the title:
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Jakub Vencl (CZE)
Bienvenido Alba (ESP)
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
Paul Couderc (FRA)
Simon Pagès (FRA)
Louis Reboul (FRA)
Nicolas Terrier (FRA)
Sam Pilgrim (GBR)
Lukas Knopf (GER)
Max Mey (GER)
Nico Scholze (GER)
Diego Caverzasi (ITA)
Torquato Testa (ITA)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Alex Alanko (SWE)
Emil Johansson (SWE)
Anton Thelander (SWE)
Reed Boggs (USA)
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
Diego Caverzasi (ITA)
While the slopestylers will show off their coolest tricks, the downhill athletes are getting ready for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup on the “Speedster” track during their qualifying runs. On Sunday, June 11, it will be time to find out who will be crowned as the king and queen of the “Speedster”. Spectacular side-events round-off the Out of Bounds Festival: the large team- and expo-area gives spectators the opportunity to inspect the downhillers’ pits, a breathtaking air show by the Flying Bulls, a pump track, bunny hop and kids pump track challenge and a show with mountain bike trials star Tom Öhler guarantee the best entertainment biking can offer. Obviously, every festival also needs a good party and fans will get just that at the “Pump It Party” in the Outback Bar on Friday, the Ö3-Disco with TOPIC on Saturday and the After Bike Party, which will close out the weekend on Sunday.
The team- and expo-area are open to the public during the following times:
Friday, June 9: 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Saturday, June 10: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Sunday, June 11: 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Visitors can take advantage of a special package including tickets and accommodation:
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Package from June 8 – 11 2017
3 overnight stays incl. 2 day tickets to the event area and all side-events (Ö3 Party, etc.) and the Löwen Alpin Card (guest card for Saalfelden Leogang) starting from € 112,- per person
Book now under [email protected] or + 43 / (0) 6582 / 70660
Fans who cannot make it to Leogang, can check out the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup in Leogang live and as Video-on-Demand for free under redbull.tv/uci on the Red Bull TV BIKE Channel: redbull.tv/bike. Also, the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup will be broadcast live on Servus TV.
News about the Out of Bounds festival and biking in the region of Saalfelden Leogang can be found on the bike channel: http://bike.saalfelden-leogang.com, on: www.facebook.com/BikeparkLeogang or on: www.mtb-weltcup.at.
MENTIONS: @SaalfeldenLeogang / @FMBA
SCIENCE & SOUL
We have a saying at Giro—Science and Soul. We mention that phrase a lot because, throughout Giro’s history, we’ve placed equal value on both.
In our headquarters—what we call the Dome—we have more than 50 test fixtures, several 3D printers, and our own in-house wind tunnel. We even have a proprietary heat-sensing head form that we call the Therminator that is used to validate vent locations and test cooling power.
But the ride is equally important to any data report or CAD file: it’s how we cut loose, how we connect with our community, what we plan our time around. And pardon us if we get evangelical about the ride, but we believe it’s the ultimate opportunity for physics, aesthetics, and emotions to align into one beautiful experience.
Science is lifeless without soul. Here’s a look at some of the pieces we’re most proud of this season, as well as a reminder of why we’re in this business in the first place.
Spring 2017 Collection
Roust Jersey—Loud, Proud, and Comfortable
The Men’s Roust Jersey features bold colors and graphics to match your go-big style out on the trail. The polyester fabrication has wicking properties to keep your skin dry and cool, and an interior lens wipe allows you to quickly clean your goggles or glasses. The loose, relaxed fit is stylish and comfortable, featuring elbow-length sleeves that are compatible with pads. When you’re boosting jumps and smashing rock gardens, this is your jersey.
Available in both men’s and women’s styles.
Xar Jersey—Classic Trail Style
When you want to let your riding do all the talking, reach for the Xar Jersey. Don’t be fooled by the classic, understated style; this jersey is serious business when it comes to performance. The Polartec Power Dry fabric offers dependable wicking properties, faster dry times and superior performance that doesn’t weaken with washings. The mesh ventilation panels keep you cool on the trail, and the interior lens wipe allows you to quickly clean your goggles or glasses so you can get back to focusing on the ride.
Available in both men’s and women’s styles.
Havoc Short—Built For Modern Enduro
The Havoc Shorts are built for the world of enduro, with details tailored for performance and durability. The 4-way stretch fabric moves with you for ultimate comfort whether climbing a long transfer or racing the clock down rugged descents.
Truant Short—True to Trail Riding
The Truant Shorts are true to trail riding, with roomy leg openings and a longer inseam that works seamlessly with kneepads. These shorts offer classic style and performance that are up to the demands of trail riding.
Arc Short—The Ultimate Lightweight Short
The Arc Short is your ultimate lightweight short for fun days in the dirt. The ripstop fabric is lightweight, durable, and comfortable, but the best thing about this fabric is that it’s virtually silent on the bike.
Available in both men’s and women’s styles.
Remedy X2—For the Roughest Conditions
The Remedy™ X2 is designed for the demands of aggressive riding, now featuring enhanced full hand protection and added breathability. Flexible, durable, protective, and cool, the Remedy X2 gloves can take a beating to make sure you don’t.
Rivet II—Less Can be More
The Rivet II is the latest version of our minimal full-finger glove for riders who want the ultimate in ventilation, control, and bar feel. The supple, micro vented Pittards Leather Palm is matched with a super breathable stretch mesh upper that offers an exceptional fit so that the glove practically disappears when you put it on.
DND—The Standard for Down and Dirty Riding
The DND™ (Down And Dirty) is all about the essentials—fit, durability and control. It’s affordable, long-lasting, breathable, and comfortable, making the DND the favorite among dirt jumpers and trail riders alike.
It’s early. The fog was so thick overnight that a layer of moist dirt sticks to your tires as they roll. We’re close to town, but the beautifully complete veil of silent grey means we’re in our own world. We missed coffee this morning, but dropping into a river of loose baby heads jolts bodies into gear quicker than a shot of dark espresso. These are some of the last few days of green edged trails for a while, and this vibrant, dripping morning feels like a final gift from spring before dust and brown settle in to stay for a while.
Big trees, perfect dirt, chasing and racing. Lap after lap, trying to lay it over lower on that jump towards the bottom and making sure the dude behind doesn’t sneak ahead on that last big switchback with the inside line. It’s exhausting riding this hard all day, but it’s even harder to stop when we’re all laughing so hard on the way down and the heckling is just getting better every trip back to the top. What a rad day.
Dry, brown, overcast, but perfect for pedaling. Temperatures in the mid-60’s, a calm ocean lapping at the beach below, and tires seemingly jumping along the hardpack below as cranks turn steadily up the hill. Riding out here usually means interaction with a cross-section of county trail users (bells strongly encouraged), but today a certain stillness seems to hang about the trails. Maybe it’s the grey sky or the rhythmic winding of the perfectly graded trail, but our minds begin to space out as we let our bodies naturally carry us up the hill. Turn back down the trail and it maintains its’ heavenly flow, but minds no longer wander. Tires drift through patches of sand as speed carries the bike off the main climbing line, and hands slap through a thousand blades of grass that conceal the trail ahead and force you to dive with trusting blindness into the turn ahead. Then we emerge back at the beach, take a deep breath, and the waves dictate a quiet rhythm once again.
There’s a long snake in the grass, but this one is more playground than poison. A hand-carved bobsled run through the fading green, with plenty of chances for tires to take a break from their relationship with dirt. Riding high up on the ridge here means complete exposure to whatever the weather wants to throw at you. Some days crosswinds are funneled down the grey valley and turn wheels into sails whenever bikes leave the ground, giving those laps a wild unpredictability. Other days, this is the spot on the edge of the valley that is treated to the final kiss of clear, golden light as the day fades to purple. On those evenings you feel like you can see a hundred miles to the east and west, and you can’t help but pop higher off the lips and lay it over a little harder into every well-placed berm.
There are a hundred different types of beautiful days up here. Today it’s the bright and clear kind, when the grass seems to float and shimmer like a giant golden blanket hung out to dry. We’re about as high as you can get within 70 miles, but descend for two miles and we’d be in the Pacific Ocean. That means the mountain drops off precipitously to the water below, which might have something to do with the endless variety of unique and stunning conditions on top of the ridge. The trail dropping off in front of us isn’t inherently technical, but the combination of the eye-catching vistas and the pronounced gradient of the singletrack keeps us on our toes. We pop wheelies when the ridgelines flatten out a bit and slide through steep chicanes, but pretty quickly are distracted by the light. It’s a pure gold kind of evening, one of those rides that always helps define just why we ride.
Giro Cycling; Science & Soul
Dirt Apparel Collection: http://www.giro.com/us_en/products/collections/dirt-apparel.html
Photos by Satchel Cronk, Colin Meagher, and Dain Zaffke
With plenty of ink spilled on her tearful Olympic end, Australian Caroline Buchanan is taking charge of her own story with a year-long video project, #enjoytheride, and hopes of attending a Crankworx coronation. Photo: Fraser Britton.
Reigning Queen of Crankworx, American Jill Kintner, is heading into June with an all-defining mission: fend off Australian Olympian Caroline Buchanan.
After racing her entire 2016 season with a substantial lead, just 25 points now separate Kintner and Buchanan in the race to secure the Crown and be known as the best all-round mountain bike athlete in the world—and Buchanan is out front.
Kintner charged through the 2016 season, taking her Crown by a considerable berth. Yet while 25 points hardly leave her behind, she is in new territory with a competitor primed by the sting of an Olympic fourth place. Nine years her junior, Buchanan won both final rounds on the Rotorua pump track handily and regained her composure after a clapstick incident in the semi-final heat with ease.
“I was really motivated for 2017 to be a year all about #livetheride,” says Buchanan, who has created a new video and social campaign around this year’s race circuit. “…After not succeeding at two Olympic games, my focus is to not chase the podiums and the destination so much, but ride the journey and live it up.”
Vaea Verbeeck was in her element in Rotorua, earning her first Crankworx first place. Photo: Fraser Britton.
Now 26 years old, Buchanan set Crankworx aside during her Olympic preparation but says Kintner’s 2016 run left her completely stoked to return. Having logged both a BMX and Four Cross World Championship, she is hungry for a new title, and pushing herself to try new things—including the Nitro Circus mega ramp last month—is proving fruitful. She even finished just 0.56 of a second behind Kintner in the Crankworx Rotorua Air DH—Canadian Vaea Verbeeck managing to win it—though it’s one discipline Kintner previously had on lockdown.
Jill Kintner pulls in for a second place finish in the Crankworx Rotorua Air DH in the final live event in New Zealand. Photo: Fraser Britton.
“It is really cool to see so many women in Crankworx riding at such a high level, with more women competing in more disciplines than ever before. At the pinnacle of it all, you have the legendary Jill Kintner and BMX crossover superstar Caroline Buchanan battling it out for the queen’s throne coming out of Rotorua,” says Crankworx GM Darren Kinnaird. “Both women are creating new fans as the competition grows. It’s really cool to see young girls getting engaged with the sport, and choosing their heroes to cheer for. From Queen Jill signs in Whistler to chants of ‘Car-o-line, Car-o-line’ in Rotorua, the women of Crankworx are showcasing the very best of women in sport.”
A season-long competition with a $25,000 Crown on the line is never won or lost in one round, of course, and there are other contenders who could still go the distance.
With two downhills in Les Gets, one in Innsbruck and three remaining in Whistler, the World Cup contingent may prove a force, with riders like Verbeeck, Tracey Hannah (AUS), and Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI) all very much contenders, in third, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the standings.
Generalist Katy Curd (GBR) could climb from eighth spot and Canadian Casey Brown, with her love of downhill and enduro, is still very much on the board. Brown has already been a Queen of Crankworx, in the years before the festival became a world tour, and while the whip-off may not count toward the title, she certainly owns her own stake in Crankworx history as the undefeated champion of the whip-off.
Crankworx heads to Les Gets, France, June 14–18, and Innsbruck, Austria, June 21–25, for its inaugural European doubleheader. It will be broadcast live, all season long, on Crankworx.com and Pinkbike.com.
All four events in the quest for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle are broadcast live on all your devices exclusively on Red Bull TV. The Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle and Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda are the final events of each festival. Please check the listings below for broadcast times.
You can watch the Crankworx action live this June:
Crankworx Les Gets Dual Speed & Style
Thursday, June 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST
Thursday, June 15, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST
Friday, June 16, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST
Les Gets Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
Friday, June 16, 8–10 p.m. CEST
Friday, June 16, 11–1 p.m. PST
Saturday, June 17, 6–8 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by IXS
Saturday, June 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST
Saturday, June 17, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST
Sunday, June 18, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle
Sunday, June 18, 3:30–6 p.m. CEST
Sunday, June 18, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST
Monday, June 19, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style
Thursday, June 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST
Thursday, June 22, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST
Friday, June 23, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST
Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
Friday, June 23, 8–10 p.m. CEST
Friday, June 23, 11–1 p.m. PST
Saturday, June 24, 6–8 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Innsbruck Downhill presented by IXS
Saturday, June 24, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST
Saturday, June 24, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST
Sunday, June 25, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda
Sunday, June 25, 3:30–6:00 p.m. CEST
Sunday, June 25, 6:30–9:0 a.m. PST
Monday, June 26, 1:30–4:00 a.m. NZST
Buchanan got loose on the Air DH track in March and pulled in for third place. Photo: Fraser Britton.
Casey Brown shows the crowd whose boss, getting lift en route down the Air DH track. Photo: Fraser Britton.
Last year Kintner could not be stopped on the pump track, but this year she is on the chase and not remotely ready to throw in the towel. Photo: Fraser Britton.