The three factory teams battling for the crown on the FMB World Tour will be competing for vital points this weekend at 26TRIX in Leogang. After the first FMB Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze events have taken place, it is time to take a look at how the ROSE Rad Squad (2732 Points), Trek C3 Project (1766 Points) and Canyon Factory Freeride Team (1504 Points) are faring in the FMB Factory Team Ranking.
This year’s competition for the FMB Factory Team Title seems to be shaping up to be a close one! A factory team must consist of at least two athletes competing on the FMB World Tour and the six best results during the course of the season count towards the ranking. One rider can however only submit a maximum of three scores; the three other scores must come from their teammates.
After missing the podium last season as “Rose Gravity” the newly founded ROSE Rad Squad has to be taken as a serious title contender this season. Together with the new additions of Antoine Bizet (FRA) and Anthony Messere (CAN), the ROSE Rad Squad, got off to a flying start; Especially thanks to Torquato Testa’s really strong showing at Crankworx Rotorua and Swatch Rocket Air, where he took second place at both contests. With Jakub Vencl (CZE), Lukas Knopf (GER) and Tobi Wrobl (GER) also in their line up, the ROSE team can look to many more opportunities to stock up the points in order to take home all the glory.
Emil Johansson (SWE) had an astonishing start to his season for the Trek C3 Project securing a third place at his first Crankworx contest of his career. The young Swede confirmed his riding level with a great win at FISE Montpellier, which was also his first ever career win. Emil’s points will be vital in future weeks.
Swatch Rocket Air also saw the return of Brett Rheeder (CAN) to the FMB World Tour stage. The Canadian showed glimpses of grandeur and it was great to see him back on the bike competing. Even though he didn’t get the result he probably had hoped for, he and Emil will be a force to be reckoned with this year, even though they post the smallest factory team of the year with only two members.
The Canyon Factory Freeride Team, reigning FMB Factory Team Champion, is in third position at the moment. The team had to take a blow to begin the season, losing Thomas Genon (BEL) at Crankworx Rotorua due to a broken foot. The Belgian is however on the mend and will be back for 26TRIX at Leogang (June 10).
His fellow colleagues were able to put on a solid performance at Crankworx Rotorua; Tomas Lemoine (FRA) came in 5th whereas Anton Thelander (SWE) just came in shy of the Top 10. Lemoine and Thelander weren’t quite able to live up to the expectations at Swatch Rocket Air in Thun, but at least Lemoine was able to get a win under his belt at the FMB Bronze Event “Outdoor Mix Festival” in his home country and add some more points to the total.
FMB Wildcard Update
Two FMB Wildcards are up for grabs this weekend at 26TRIX. The two best ranked riders at the upcoming FMB Gold Event in Austria, who have not yet qualified for the FMB Diamond Event at Crankworx Innsbruck (June 25), will be awarded with a spot each for the third Diamond Series Event of the season. Thanks to a great performance at FISE Montpellier, Paul Couderc (FRA) and Reed Boggs (USA) will be heading to the next FMB Diamond Series Event at Crankworx Les Gets, June 18.
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Barry Sheene; a true legend. A unique character with a huge personality. He has inspired a generation and was a hugely influential beyond the motorcycle racing scene. The British two-time world champion was more like a rockstar with his antics on and off the track made him a hero around the world. It’s easy to understand how a young impressionable two wheel fanatic from Wigan could not help but idolize Barry Sheene growing up. With No. 7 strapped to his bike, just like his hero, a youthful Nigel Page was shredding the BMX tracks. From BMX came a successful career racing mountain bikes, and now he is the manager of the Nukeproof powered Team CRC-Mavic.
The discussions for this bike started last year, we just failed to mention to Pager that we had sorted it and surprised him at EWS Ireland, think he was a little stoked. The frame is a Large Nukeproof mega 275, with team partners Mavic helping out with a set of Gold painted Deemax Pro wheels and Barry Sheene leather replica custom race kit. Not 100% arranged a Barry Sheene replica Aircraft Helmet.
Personal details using the retro Texaco and Champion logos.
Tribute to Stevie #longlivechainsaw
Despite his many years of racing, Nige has never had a custom lid! we sent Herve from 100% an idea and the OCD knocked it out the park with the custom painted Aircraft lid. Definitely worth the wait.
Looks stunning all together with the Nukeproof Horizon components, Gold Mavic Deemax and powered by the gold SRAM Eagle
As with any bike they are made to be used! Despite his reservations of getting it dirty, it wasn’t long before it was ready to shred the trails in Wicklow.
Barry Sheene would have been proud! 2nd master home
Team Trio of Nukeproof podiums with Elliott 1st in I21 and Sam 2nd overall
Embracing the spirit of Barry Sheene (Not Barry White, Sam..)
Massive thank you to all that made this possible, Scott and Alexis at Mavic, Herve at 100% and OCD. Enrique our graphic designer for helping the vision come to life and a special thanks to Johnny at Elite Refinishing/ Refurb My Bike Belfast who knocked it out the park again!
Filming for Dirt Diaries at Crankworx Whistler started June 1st with some familiar faces taking their turn behind the lens.
The video competition puts the camera in the athletes’ hands, sending the lucky winner home with a $10,000 prize for the best story told, the hand-picked crew of up to six riders, and the assistants to support.
The August 15
show will be the sixth annual event and marks the first cultural showcase of Crankworx Whistler. Held in Olympic Plaza, mid-run during the 10-day home-base festival, each Dirt Diaries
edit shows the athlete’s talent as filmmaker and rider, but also as the storyteller. Every edit must go beyond the shred junkie’s dream reel and spin a yarn for the audience, whether dark, humorous or intriguing.
All six crews will be working the Whistler Valley over the next couple of months to ensure at least 25 per cent of their content features the general area, and 25 per cent showcases the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
Similar to most of the videographers, Morrison had been a team member before being asked to compete this year and says his storyboard was ready to roll before the competition opened this week, he’s so stoked to be participating.
The 2017 Dirt Diaries athlete-videographers are:
KC Deane – For the past 10 years, KC has been a professional skier, so he is somewhat new to the mountain bike world. Inspired by the Red Bull Rampage, he began riding in the Utah desert, chasing the same feeling he got during the winter on a pair of skis. His passion for creating amazing film projects and imagery in mountain biking has made him one of the few dual sport professional athletes in the world.
Ian Morrison—Born, raised and living in Whistler, Ian Morrison lives and breathes mountains and biking – but only riding down them, not up. A regular in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and in front of the camera, Ian could be considered, by some, to be a professional bike model and local hero. Ian pays the Sushi Village bills by tuning bikes at the local Whistler shop Fynataco.
Micayla Gatto – Micayla is an ex-World Cup downhill racer-turned-professional good-times haver and storyteller. She aspires to become a bike adventurer/vlogger, own her own lifestyle brand, and be riding until she’s 95. You can usually find her on her bike or snowboard, at the gym, wandering in the woods, camping, drawing, writing, making music or blowing up your Instagram feed.
Dylan Forbes – In the past three years, Dylan’s been hard at work pumping out content for the MTB world. In 2014, he helped Claire Buchar get to third place in this contest, followed up by a second-place for Yoann Barelli, and last year he claimed the win for himself with the film “Shred Till Ya Dead” edit. This year he and his crew have returned to defend his title.
Steve Storey – Steve is a mountain biker, trail builder, and traveller. He was the winner of the 2016 GoPro Line Of The World and his biking is a product of being born and raised in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. When not enjoying B.C.’s bountiful backyard, he can be found wandering the world, searching out burgeoning riding scenes and new places to explore by bike.
Zander Geddes – Zander Geddes is a 22-year-old graphic designer who grew up in Whistler. He currently rides for the Whistler Bike Park Team.