As the new season is about to begin, the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) is in the middle of preparing the 2012 FMB World Tour competition circuit and all that goes with it. What is on everybody's mind is also very high on the FMBA's list of priorities: the events of the FMB World Tour. In the annual board meeting held from January 29 -- 30 in Munich (GER), the list of participating events and their assigned level (ranging from Bronze to Diamond) will be discussed and finalized shortly after. It is in this meeting that the members of the advisory board also discuss the future and further development of the sport and agree on a strategy for the impending season.
Following the annual advisory board meeting is another meeting of no less importance. In order to conduct a successful and fair World Tour, there is nothing more essential than universal judging standards. Only if the judging at every event follows the same set of guidelines can there be a framework to hold the entire World Tour together. That is why the FMBA is once again holding their annual judging clinics in which judges can earn their official FMBA judging license. From January 31 -- February 1, advisory board member and seasoned judge Paul Rak gathers the elite among European mountain bike judges in Munich for the European judging clinics to discuss, fine-tune and develop the guidelines that will be followed at every FMB World Tour event. Judges can still apply to take part in the clinics!