Martin Soderstrom wins the FMB World Tour Slopestyle event at Colorado Freeride Festival, the score of Martin’s winning run was 94.6, followed by Peter Henke who scored a 91.6, Peter just edged Anton Thelander in to third place by 0.2 points.
Here’s Martin’s winning run.
If you missed any of the action, you can watch the full replay here.
Martin Soderstrom wins Colorado Freeride Festival
Munich, July 29th 2013 – It seems like the Swedish slopestyle athlete Martin Soderstrom is feeling pretty comfortable across the pond. At the first North American FMB World Tour Gold event: Colorado Freeride Festival, the giant ‘trickster’ has won his first title in the 2013 circuit. Fellow Swede and friend, Anton Thelander accompanied him on the podium with a great third place result.
After a series of thrilling European events, the FMB World Tour has crossed over to North America, where the remaining big events will take place. First stop: Colorado, last weekend. The Colorado Freeride Festival has always been a real FMB World Tour classic event. This year was no different, the course flowed, the riders sent it and the crowd loved every minute of the world-class mountain bike action! Martin Soderstrom capitalized on these ideal conditions and laid down a winning run.
The Specialized rider had no problems qualifying for the finals during qualification on Saturday and easily made the cut after landing in fifth place. However, on Sunday, Martin was determined to step up his game and show off a combination of his signature tricks, which when synchronized into a single run, placed him at the top of the podium with a final score of 94.6pts. Martin’s closest rival on the day was German rider Peter Henke, who finished in second – just 0.2 points ahead of Martin’s protégé, Anton Thelander who was the last rider to make it onto the podium. In fact the rasoulution team riders made it a top five hat-trick as Thomas Genon, also a rasoulution team athlete finished in fourth place, only 0.1 shy of Thelander.
But back to topic: Often referred to as “Mr. Tailwhip”, Soderstrom is known for his technical skills and it is common knowledge that his signature tricks are tailwhip variations. Entering the season with a deadly triple whip in the bag, he definitely has the scope to lead for the remainder of the season. At Colorado Martin put together a diversified and technical clean run. After a 360 table from the drop, he landed a 270-barspin over the hip. Then back flipped onto the step-up and safely tailwhipped back down. On the following obstacle he pulled a 360-table, followed by a double tailwhip at the next booter and a 360barspin off the log ride. On the final Specialized booter Martin nailed a spectacular 360 double tailwhip.
After the contest, Martin commented on his victory via his Facebook fan page: “Finally back on top! Can’t believe where the riding level is going at the moment!” True story, taking into account that Peter Henke who placed second was only 0.3 points ahead of fourth placed Thomas Genon from Belgium.
Martin’s victory at a FMB World Tour Gold event has also given him his first major points of the season and consequently, he has moved into the top three of the FMB World Tour overall ranking. Martin Soderstrom has always been considered a favorite for the overall title and has shown great competitive potential, but so far a string of bad luck has prevented him from cashing in big podium points. For everyone following the FMB World Tour events, it was clear it was just a matter of time, until he would manage to land a clean winning run, just like last weekend in Colorado. This achievement has once again moved into the tight circle of athletes realistically going for the overall title. He is already right on the tail of the current leader rider Brett Rheeder (CAN) and Sam Pilgrim (UK) ranked second.
This year’s overall title is going to be determined in North America. There are still two Diamond Events as well as a Gold Event to come: On August 17th the Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler is taking place and in mid-October the big final at Red Bull Rampage is going down in Utah’s desert. Freeride legend Darren Berrecloth is also inviting the top riders to his Gold Event at Mount Washington for the Bearclaw Invitational on August 24th. Martin Soderstrom is going to attack all three big events in order to get his hands on the FMB World Tour Champion’s trophy – the golden CamelBak bottle.