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Fiat Nine Knights slopestyle competition kicks off in style

16:52 3rd September 2013 by Ed Haythornthwaite
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If you didn’t already know this week sees the Fiat Nine Knights slopestyle comp kick off in Livigno at the Mottolino Fun Mountain Bike Park, and lets just say the jumps aren’t exactly small!

Here’s a video documenting the build of the unique course…

In simple terms the week long event is split up in two with the beginning of the week being more of a competition for photographers and film makers, to see who can best capture the action, and then at the weekend it’s time for the riders to battle for the glory.

Here’s a ‘course check’ video and a gallery from the first day of action…

Things are only going to get more rad as the week goes on, so stay tuned for more updates.

Here’s the official press release from the event along with the schedule…

GREAT KICK-OFF AT FIAT NINE KNIGHTS 2013

Some of the world’s best freeriders have arrived at the mountainbike freeride paradise in Livigno, Italy while the building crew did the last fine-tuning on the course. Upon first sight the athletes were highly impressed by truly unique setup at Mottolino Fun Mountain and eagerly explored every angle of it right away.

The scale of the setup, designed and built by Andi Wittmann and his team, increased substantially this year and even left some of the pro-riders open-mouthed. The course kicks- off with a five meter drop from the castle which passes over onto a 15 meter super-kicker followed by seven different obstacles in the trail section.

This year’s elite riders list covers the whole range of the sport and features both freeride pro’s like Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA) and Mads Makken Haugen (NOR) as well as dirt heroes like Thomas Genon (BEL), Anton Thelander (SWE) and Yannick Granieri (FRA). Andi Wittmann who tested the course himself has given his sign of approval and raises high expectations. Everyone is very anxious to see what the newcomers, the winners of the Online Video Qualification Tobi Wrobel (GER) and Adrian Tell (NOR), can make of the crazy course.

On the first day of the event the athletes were already freeriding in top form on the gigantic obstacles, sending floaty airs in front of the sun setting behind the picturesque mountains of Livigno. Many riders already boosted over 5 meters above the lip of the last hip before the wind became too strong for really large airs. Yet this did not hold anyone back and promptly the freeride session turned into a trick jam on the spine where the French man Yannick Granieri and Szymon Godziek unexpectedly pushed the level early. After Szymon stomped a number of tricks he has never landed before, he also sent a perfect double backflip with ease.

We are expecting the first major highlight tomorrow with the arrival of the Flying Bulls helicopter, which will give filmers and photographers the extraordinary opportunity to shoot from above. On Thursday night anyone and everyone is invited to come up to the castle to witness the sensational Public Night Shooting. All freeride-enthusiasts should take the once in a lifetime chance to see the best mountainbikers in the world riding the castle on Mottolino in Livigno from 20:00 onwards. The one-week session culminates on Saturday ́s Public Contest which will feature all FIAT Nine Knights athletes and some more selected riders who will guarantee an unprecedented visual experience. Don’t miss out on this.

Schedule

Shooting Days: September 1st – 6th 2013

From Monday to Friday, we will be riding, jumping, photographing and filming the FIAT Nine Knights trail and castle from every possible angle. Sunrise and sunset sessions, heli & paraglider chases as well as different set-ups are on our schedule.

Public Night Shooting: September 5th 2013

On Thursday night we will set up an epic Night Shooting for all interested visitors. You are welcome to join us at the night session with some drinks and a live DJ! Official start is 8 pm and we promise it will be a great show!

Contest Day: September 7th 2013 – The MTB Joust Tournament – Slopestyle competition

Saturday will be the main event day and we will crown the FIAT Nine Knights slopestyle champion. The athletes will show-off their skills on the full course. The features  will give them all the airtime they need to progress the sport and show the worlds best level of mountain biking in Livigno.

You do not want to miss this. We want YOU in Livigno to cheer as loud as you can!!!

Timetable September 7th:

* 10.00 – 11.00 Training

* 11.00 – 12.30 Qualification, Big Air Kicker

* 12.30 – 13.00 Lunch break

* 13.00 – 14.30 Finals

* 14.45 Flower Ceremony

Ruler of The Realms Competition

Throughout the week the riders will be asked to choose which of their peers is the champion in three distinct categories:

* Ruler of the week

* Best trick of the week

* Best Dirt/Best Big Bike

* Ruler of Style

Foto Joust Tournament

Throughout the four days the invited photographers will be trying to get their best shots in different categories:

* Best action photo

* Best black & white photo

* Best creative angle

* Best lifestyle/off-mountain

Afterparty by downdays.eu and Sweet Protection

The afterparty by Sweet Protection and downdays.eu will take place in Livigno after the big air competition on September 7th.

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