Five newcomer knights conquer the castle on the Wildkogel
Innsbruck (AUT), August 16, 2012 – It is finally official: five exceptional talents have won the CONTOUR WANNA BE A KNIGHT Contest and will complete the illustrious rider line-up of the SUZUKI NINE KNIGHTS MTB presented by G-SHOCK: Simon Godziek (POL), Linus Sjoholm (SWE), Xavier Pasamonte (ESP), Anton Thelander (SWE) and Thomas Genon (BEL).
Meanwhile, the castle is rapidly taking shape and turning into a trick-playground of gigantic proportions. Take a peek behind the scenes at how the course building is progressing here.
Considering the flood of applications he received, it was near impossible for Andi to choose only five riders. So he made it a little easier for himself and invited several additional riders to the Contest Day on August 25. Among them is, for example, Pavel Alekhin (RUS) on whose bike you will not find any brakes or Mehdi Gani (FRA) who burst onto the scene last year and qualified with a wildcard for the Red Bull District Ride – both are exceptional talents.
In order for the nine knights to find perfect conditions at the mountain bike paradise Wildkogel-Arena Neukirchen Bramberg, Andi Wittmann has put a lot of planning into this year’s obstacle: “I wanted to make sure that several riders could jump a feature at the same time. That is why I have expanded last year’s entire Big Air Line to feature four parallel lines. At the starting tour as well as the main feature, four riders can be in the air at the same time now. Additionally, we have extended the course by two new obstacles. The new part ends with a boner log over a mountain lake – in my opinion, this year’s highlight.”
It was not easy for host Andi Wittmann to pick the prospective knights: “It is really difficult, if I could I would invite almost all of them. But the criteria are tough: the riders must be extremely good freeriders and master some of the toughest tricks – there aren’t many of those guys around. We have definitely picked some worthy candidates, anyone can come and see for themselves on the Contest Day.“
The official programme of the Suzuki Nine Knights presented by G-SHOCK already begins on August 19th with various shoots and contests. To watch the Nine Knights live, viewers should make their way to the Wildkogel-Arena on August 25 for the Contest Day. For the Slopestyle Contest, spectacular action and entertainment for all mountain bike fans is guaranteed, you are welcome to take us up on that. In the evening, the legendary Nine Knights Afterparty powered by Sweet Protection and mtb.downdays.eu at Schweini’s will be the perfect finish to a perfect week.
Schedule for August 25:
10.00am – 11.00am Training
11.00am – 1.00pm Qualifyers, Big Air Kicker
2.00pm – 2.30pm Training for finals
2.45pm – 3.30pm Super finals
9.00pm – Nine Knights Afterparty powered by Sweet Protection and mtb.downdays.eu at Schweini’s
For more info: http://nineknightsmtb.com
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