After holding the general board meeting in 2012 last week, the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) has finalized the calendar of the 2012 FMB World Tour. With 26 events on 3 continents in 11 countries, the FMB World Tour 2012 will be bigger than ever before.
2012 brings many changes to the World Tour Calendar: Europe gains 3 new Gold events, 3 countries are added to the list of nations hosting FMB World Tour events and the mother of all freeride events is back as the finals of the FMB World Tour; the Red Bull Rampage (USA). This year, the FMB World Tour calendar is packed full to the brim with events of the highest categories and due to the increased amount of Diamond and Gold level events, the requirements had to be adjusted. As of this season, the riders' best 6 results will count toward the overall World Tour ranking, as opposed to last year's 5 results.
The journey of the world's freeride elite through the top-level events has all the ingredients to make sure any mountain bike fan is kept on the edge of the seat. After the kick-off in April, 3 Gold events await the riders in only 10 days. The FISE Slopestyle in Montpellier (FRA), Red Bull Berg Line in Winterberg (GER) and the 26TRIX in Leogang (AUT). Especially the first two events are so close together that the event organizers of FISE and Berg Line have volunteered to provide transportation for the riders from one Gold event to the other. Then in July, with the Chatel Mountain Style and K-Mikaze Games in Les 2 Alpes (FRA), 2 more European Gold events follow before the riding field ships to North America for 3 Gold events in a row: Claymore Challenge (USA), Colorado Freeride Festival (USA) and Bearclaw Invitational (CAN). By then, the riders will definitely already have the two Diamond events on their minds: The Red Bull Joyride at Kokanee Crankworx and the Red Bull Rampage as the final event in October.
Beside the high-class events where the battle for the championships will take place, the FMBA advisory board is implementing some improvements to this year's FMB World Tour that will surely push the entire sport forward and put more focus on paving the way for up-and-coming riders and events. The board is still working out the details that will mainly affect the amateur level and Bronze events, more info to come soon.Download the calendar here!