FMBA Makes Changes to the FMB World Tour

FMBA Makes Changes to the FMB World Tour

by Domink Bosshard
PRESS RELEASE: FMB World Tour

The FMB World Tour is heading into its ninth season and we are looking forward to tight competition this year. The instalment of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) has also brought a couple of additional changes to the FMB World Tour. Apart from introducing the first preliminary calendar of the new season and the FMB Wildcard Events for the SWC, other changes have also been made.

Preliminary Calendar
The FMBA anticipates that over 35 events will be a part of the FMB World Tour this year. Event organizers have already been signing up and we are stoked to see some events return to the tour and others premiere this year. If you have an event on the cards for 2018 and would like to sign-up to be a part of the tour, then go to the FMBA website to send off your application to the FMBA. If you are an athlete and just want to get out there and ride, then check out the preliminary calendar for the 2018 season below to see which events are still coming up or head to the FMBA website where the calendar will consistently be updated in the coming days and weeks with new events, that will be joining.

March 24, SWC Event, Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza, NZL
March 24, FMB Bronze Event, Diverse Night of the Jumps Tauron, Krakow, POL
April 28, FMB Gold Event, Swatch Rocket Air, Thun, SUI
May 5, FMB Silver Event, FMB Big Rise, Shenzhen, CHN
May 6, FMB Silver Event, Bike Days, Solothurn, SUI
May 12, FMB Gold Event, FISE Montpellier 2018, FRA
May 20, FMB Bronze Event, Outdoormix Festival, Embrun, FRA
May 26, FMB Bronze Event, Birell BikeFest 2018, Kalnica, SVK
June 16, SWC Event, Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda, AUT
June 24, SWC Event, Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle, FRA
July 7, FMB Gold Event, Big White Invitational Slopestyle hosted by Tom van Steenbergen, Kelowna, CAN
July 8, FMB Bronze Event, Big White Amateur Contest, Kelowna, CAN
July 14, FMB Gold Event, GlemmRide Slopestyle, Saalbach, AUT
July 14, FMB Bronze Event, Dirtpark Belsen Contest Vol. 7, GER
August 12, FMB Gold Event, OMarisquino, Vigo, ESP
August 18, SWC Event, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, CAN
November 4, FMB Gold Event, FISE Chengdu, CHN

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FMB Wildcards for Slopestle World Championship Events
FMB athletes will be keeping a close eye on the select FMB Gold Events, where FMB Wildcards will be awarded a place at the SWC this season. These events will offer at least one FMB Wildcard at their contest, which will be awarded to the best-placed athlete that is not yet qualified for the following SWC event. The FMB Wildcard winners will be communicated after the respective cut off date of the SWC Event, which is six weeks prior.

Overview of FMB Wildcard Events 2018

1. Crankworx Innsbruck, AUT, June 16:
2 FMB Wildcards at Swatch Rocket Air, Thun, SUI, April 28

2. Crankworx Les Gets, FRA, June 24:
2 FMB Wildcards at FISE Montpellier, FRA, May 12

3. Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, CAN, August 18:
1 FMB Wildcard at Big White Invitational, Kelowna, CAN, July 7 & 1 FMB Wildcard at GlemmRide, Saalbach, AUT, July 14

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License structure
The FMBA has made it even easier to be a member and get to know what it is like to be part of the FMB World Tour:

1. FMB World Tour License
The FMB World Tour License makes it possible for athletes to compete at all FMB World Tour Events if they are qualified for the respective event level. Every athlete with this license will be listed in the FMB World Ranking. The FMBA has also reduced the cost by 50 Euros, offering the ticket to the FMB World Tour Ranking for 100 Euros this season. If you want to compete at Gold and Silver Events this season and get your hands on vital points in order to climb the ladder, then this is the license you will need to reach your goals.

1. FMB Free Amateur License
For athletes, who just want to compete at Bronze Level Events this year, the FMB is offering a free sign-up. Coming with no cost whatsoever, an athlete who registers for this license will be listed in the global amateur ranking. The best amateur at the end of the season will receive his FMB World Tour License for the following year so he can take the next step to compete and collect points for the FMB World Ranking.

Sign up for your license here: https://fmba.memberpro.net/main/body.cfm?menu=register 

by Cedric De Rodot
Points Structure
From this year onwards there will be 14 riders qualifying for SWC events. To ensure that young and proven talent still has a fair chance of moving up the FMB World Ranking, the FMBA has adjusted the points breakdown at FMB Gold and Silver Events. Gold Events will play an even bigger role in the future, as riders will be able to shake up rankings considerably by competing at these contests and taking away more points than previously. From this season onwards a win at Gold events will be rewarded with 100 points more than in the past and will be the equivalent of a sixth place at an SWC Event. The FMB World Tour Ranking already reflects these changes for the past 52 weeks. We are sure that young and talented athletes will take advantage of this and are super excited to see who will be the next to break into the elite of Slopestyle mountain biking.

Keep your eyes peeled for further information about live webcasts and calendar updates on www.fmbworldtour.com

Photos by Richkphotography, Dominik Bosshard, Cédric De Rodot

Sun, Snow, and Fog at White Style 2018

Sun, Snow, and Fog at White Style 2018

image by Christoph Laue
 Alex Cahill extending his backflip superman.
PRESS RELEASE: Saalfelden Leogang

Saalfelden Leogang, Austria, January 26, 2018 – Once again the FMB World Tour season started in front of the backdrop of Leogang’s ‘Steinberge’. Now in its 13th year, White Style once again attracted a field of 20 elite slopestyle riders from 6 nations. For the first time in White Style history, the 16 athletes who made it through qualification had to battle each other in a head-to-head elimination format, with the loser of each match-up being knocked out of the contest.

During training, the 20 invited riders already showed that the level of riding continues to rise with each edition. As a result, the crowd at the Schantailift was already treated to several Double-Flips and 720s during qualification. One of the early highlights was an unbelievably clean Backflip-Superman-Seatgrab by Spanish young gun Marcel Durbau.

Training and qualification were held in perfect bluebird conditions. As the sun set and the lights turned on, the elimination rounds started with the Round of 16. Unfortunately, a developing bank of fog led to decreasing visibility for the riders, and as a result, the contest was eventually cancelled after the quarterfinals without a fair ranking.

image by Christoph Laue
 Bienvendio Alba’s 360-whip.
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 Jonny Kielhorn with a 360-unturndown.
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 Marcel Durbau with a stylish 360-whip.
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 Remy Carra with a flip-bar into the fog.
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 Lukas Schaefer throwing a smooth 360-table.
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 Tom Cardy throwing a smooth 360 into the fog.
All images by Christoph Laue.

More info on the Facebook Event page and website. More information about Saalfelden Leogang can be found at saalfelden-leogang.com and facebook.com/SaalfeldenLeogang.

ZEP Racing Programs 2018

ZEP Racing Programs 2018

ZEP Racing

ZEP RACING
2018 RACE PROGRAMS
Zemery Foster – B.C. Cup Overall Winner – Jr. Sport. Photo by Rob McNicol

After 10 years of coaching riders and training instructors in Whistler, B.C., 2017 saw ZEP MTB Campsestablish its first race team. ZEP Racing has just completed its inaugural season on the BC Downhill series. Lead by Head Coach Rhys Ellis, the team made its presence known in the downhill community. With constant laughs and banter from the pits, paired with a consistent podium presence the first season was one to remember.

“I think we have made our mark on the BC Cup series as a fun and focused team in 2017. The goal for 2018 is to build on that success by continuing to add motivated riders to our teams, focus on the process of improvement and have a ton of fun while we do it.” – Rhys Ellis, ZEP Race Team Head Coach

ZEP Racing is now looking for new recruits for the 2018 season.The goal of ZEP Racing is to create an environment where riders can thrive through camaraderie, hard work and ultimately, a lot of fun. If you are a rider committed to developing your racing and would like to do so in a positive fun environment this could be the place for you.

ZEP Racing

Dakota Boyer – In the Zone. Photo by Kaz Yamamura

ZEP offers two different training programs for athletes looking to join the ZEP Race Team, the Performance program and the Development program. Each program is designed for athletes looking to join a fun, yet hardworking and professional, downhill race team.

Performace Program

The Performance Program is for an athlete who has experienced racing the B.C. Cups and wants to take their skills and progression to the next level. This program is a season-long commitment and is a great opportunity to build friendships and camaraderie with a tight-knit team of riders. The team will meet for three spring training camps and 9 riding days to focus on technical and tactical development, leading up to the race season.

The Performance Program also includes on track coaching and pit support at all B.C. Cup races, Crankworx. The coaching shifts from technical development in the pre-season to technical application, tactical development and psychological coaching in race season.

Three Spring Training Camps and Ride Days:

Sunshine Coast Spring Break Camp
Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend Camp
North Shore Camp
Ride Days throughout May and June

Races:

Port Angeles NW Cup
B.C. Cup Series
National Championships & select Canada Cup events
Crankworx

Includes:

• Total of 48 coaching sessions
• Nutrition and Sport Psychology Sessions – Nutrition and Sport Psychology will be continually integrated into the day-to-day team activities.
• Team race kit
• Pro deals available on ZEP Brand Partners
• Pit support at B.C. Cup race series

July 16th Panorama July 23rd KHMR Sept 3rd Big White Sept 17th Steve Smith Memorial BC Cup Finals at Mount Washington

Rhys Ellis – ZEP Racing Head Coach – 10th National Championships. Photo by Kaz Yamamura

Development Program

The Development Program is for riders who have tried a few downhill races and would like to get more involved in racing. This is a great option for someone looking to increase their skills on the bike and develop their abilities as a racer but is not quite ready or able to commit to a full season. In the pre-season, the team will meet for one spring training camp and ride days leading up to the race season. These sessions focus on technical skill development to prepare for the season.

The Development Program includes on track coaching and pit support at four B.C. Cup races and Crankworx. This phase of coaching focuses on technical application, tactical development and psychological coaching in the race season.

Two Spring Training Camps:

Sunshine Coast Spring Break Camp: 3 days pedal – 2 days CGP
Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend Camp: 3 days Whistler Bike Park

Races:

4 B.C. Cup Series Races

Includes:

• 20 coaching sessions
• Nutrition and Sport Psychology Sessions – Nutrition and Sport Psychology will be continually integrated into the day-to-day team activities.
•Pro deal ZEP Brand Partners

July 16th Panorama July 23rd KHMR Sept 3rd Big White Sept 17th Steve Smith Memorial BC Cup Finals at Mount Washington

Stephanie Denroche – B.C. Cup 2nd Overall Pro Women. Photo by Rob McNicol

Junior Race Team

This program is for the young shredders, ages 10-12, looking to join their first, fun, mountain bike race team. The goal for this team is to have fun while building the skills of these youngsters, to develop safer, happier, stronger riders.

The ZEP Junior Race Team will work with the same coach Wednesdays and Saturdays, throughout the bike park season. This allows the coach to get to know your athlete and develop those advanced skills that require more time and practice. They will combine bike park sessions and trail ride sessions to work on all aspects of mountain biking, to develop a well-rounded rider and foster passion for all aspects of the sport.

ZEP Coaches always maximize lessons for safety, risk management and skill progression, so your little tykes can build the skills without the spills! This program also includes race-coaching and support at select Kidsworx and Phat Kidz races,

Dates: May 19th – September 1st, 2018.

Includes:

• ZEP Junior Race Team Jersey
• 30 sessions
• High fives and fun times
• Kidsworx & Phat Kids Race Support
• Progress Reports Mid & End Of Season

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Rhys is 100% hands-on, training and competing with the athletes, guiding them through every track walk, practice lap and race run! Photo by Kaz Yamamura

In addition to our Race Team Programs, ZEP is offering Junior Race Camps and Private Coaching for riders wanting to learn more about racing or simply wanting to push their skills further. To apply for a place on the team or for more information, please visit us at www.zepracing.com or email [email protected]

Sponsors:

Transition Bikes
ANVL Components
Troy Lee Designs
Evolution Whistler


MENTIONS: @zeptechniques

Mercedes-Benz Signs on as Title Sponsor of the UCI World Cup

Mercedes-Benz Signs on as Title Sponsor of the UCI World Cup

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Mercedes-Benz Vans are delighted to announce a partnership, which will see the German manufacturer become the top-tier partner of the Mountain Bike discipline.

For three years, beginning in 2018, Mercedes-Benz will be presenting sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and title sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

In addition, the German brand will work alongside the organisers of every UCI World Championships and every round of the UCI World Cup series by providing a fleet of the latest additions to its range of X-Class pickups to help with the course preparation, as well as V-Class MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles) to provide shuttle services.

bigquotes This partnership provides an excellent opportunity for us to accelerate the development of Mountain Bike, one of our flagship disciplines. Our events will benefit from the brand’s global reputation and knowledge. That a manufacturer of the calibre of Mercedes-Benz has chosen to invest in cycling is evidence that our sport is attractive to major economic players, who select our events to launch their new products. We are delighted with the trust shown by Mercedes-Benz in our Federation, our discipline, and our major events.UCI President David Lappartient
In order to support the global launch of the X-Class, Mercedes-Benz Vans had been looking to increase its presence within outdoor sports and in particular within Mountain Bike, which has a very active community and competitions held all across the world.

This partnership with the Stuttgart-based manufacturer provides further confirmation of the gr a owing interest in cycling amongst major brands and media partners. Following the Swiss watchmaker Tissot, (subsidiary of Swatch Group) with track cycling, and the media group Telenet (a subsidiary of the American Liberty Global group) with cyclo-cross, Mercedes-Benz Vans becomes the third title sponsor of a UCI World Cup.

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2018 BC Bike Ride: Registration Opens at 9am Today

2018 BC Bike Ride: Registration Opens at 9am Today

BC Bike Ride
Registration for the 2018 BC Bike Ride North opens today at 9am – there are only 50 seats available for this unique mountain bike vacation that will take place August 4 – 12, 2018. Visit www.bcbikeride.com for more information and to sign up!

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MENTIONS: @BCBR

British Cycling Confirm Downhill Series Dates and Venues for 2018

British Cycling Confirm Downhill Series Dates and Venues for 2018

Earlier today British Cycling announced the dates the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series and HSBC UK National Downhill Championships, which will take place in Glencoe from July 21-22.

Jonathan Day, British Cycling’s head of sport, said: “We’re delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series after a fantastic series in 2017, and it’s great that we’re able to bring the HSBC UK National Downhill Championships to Glencoe for the first time.” Read the full story on British Cycling here.

2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series

2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series

Round one
7-8 April
Cwmcarn

Round two
12-13 May
Fort William (C1)

Round three
30 June-1 July
Rheola

Round four
11-12 August
Rhyd-Y-Felin (C1)

Round five
22-23 September
Bringewood

2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Championships

21-22 July
Glencoe