Slopestyle competitions don’t get much bigger than the Fiat Nine Knights, and this year’s event at Mottolino, Livigno, is bigger than ever. Will the hip jump world record be broken? Who knows, but there’s some massive air and tricks regardless, and remember, the event has only just begun, things are only going to get bigger!
Here’s a little gallery from the event along with the official report of what’s gone on so far, and what’s still left to happen…
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After most of the mountainbiker’s focus at the start of the week was directed towards progressing tricks on the superkicker, the awesome Freeride Section at the FIAT Nine Knights has now been thoroughly tested. The athletes charged the eight obstacle from top to bottom and during the sunset hip session some of them already boosted to possible record heights.
So far the trick-trio Wrobel, Godziek and Gulevich have been rousing the most cheers from athletes and the media. With a Tuck-No-Hander on the intimidating Smith Canon Tobi Wrobel once again proved that the Nine Knights Playground is like his second home. Szymon Godziek has easily been the trickmaster of the event so far and Geoff Gulevich ́s massive airs almost projected him into orbit.
The heli-day has definitely been the FIAT Nine Knights highlight so far. Within two 90- minute-long sessions of bright sun and no wind, photographers and the filmer inside of the Flying Bulls Helicopter had ideal conditions for exceptional footage of the entire course.
Not only the riders have been pushing each other to progress, but also the invited professional photographers are relentlessly chasing the best shot to win the Photo Contest by Killer Loop at the end of the week. Some photographers spared no efforts, like Markus Greber (GER) who even dug holes alongside the course to reach the best angle for his pictures.
On Saturday the riders will showcase their skills to everybody at the Public Contest Day. After being awarded wildcards a few extra riders like Tomas Zejda (CZ), Linus Sjöholm (SWE) und Bienvenido Aguado (ESP), will join the Nine Knights to compete with them here in Livigno. It will be one hell of a spectacle so grab your bike, come up to Mottolino Fun Mountain for a great Contest-Weekend and a legendary Afterparty!
Schedule Contest Day September 7th:
* 10.00 – 11.00 Training
* 11.00 – 12.30 Qualification, Big Air Kicker * 13.00 – 14.30 Finals
* 14.45 Flower Ceremony
* ab 21.00 Afterparty Miky’s Pub
More information on: www.nineknightsmtb.com
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