Continuing on from the success of the FMB World Tour Amateur rankings, which was first introduced last season -- now the FMB World Tour has new AM Champions! Liam Wallace (CAN) and Steffen Graf (GER) are the 2013 FMB World Tour AM Champions! FMB World Tour partner - GoPro, is happy to award the six riders with their GoPro Hero 3 Black edition camera and to sweeten the deal, 1,200 Euro will be given in total prize money to each of the two podiums!
FMB World Tour AM rankings 2013 final podiums:
North American AM ranking European AM Ranking
1st : Liam Wallace (CAN) : 549.85 pts 1st : Steffen Graf (GER) : 906.20 pts
2nd : Reilly Horan (CAN) : 477.03 pts 2nd : Eric Walenta (AUT) : 839.00 pts
3rd : Connor Tieulie (USA) : 312.40 pts 3rd : Teodor Kovac (CZE) : 713.30 pts
Many would claim that North America is the heart of freeride and dirt jump -- either way, the competition out there is fierce and after a thrilling season, Liam Wallace is the 2013 FMB World Tour North American AM champion! This Canadian shredder stepped onto the podium in 2nd place at Wam Bam Dirt Jam and recently competed at the new Bronze event, Silver Style Jump Jam. 72 points behind Liam, coming in second in the North American AM ranking is Reilly Horan, another Canadian who shows high hopes for the future. Reilly's best result was at the new Bronze event, Silver Style Jump Jam where he finished 8th. Rounding off the podium is Connor Tieulie from the USA -- we look forward to seeing more from Connor next season.
The European AM ranking was a real battle but Steffen Graf from Germany takes the victory after coming in 6th place at the Silver events, Adrenaline City Cup in Sweden and O'Marisquino in Spain, as well as at the UK Bronze event the Jack Gear Invitational. Steffen told us: "I had a great season, competing and getting experience. After getting third last year, I really wanted to win this year. Eric Walenta was tough competition but I am happy I was able to achieve my ambition. I hope that I can defend my title next season." Steffen is right, Eric Walenta also had a great year, finishing 2nd overall -- his best result was 5th at the Adrenaline City Cup. In third place is Teodor Kovac, a Specialized Bicycles supported rider from the Czech Republic. Teodor attended three events and racked up solid points coming just outside the top 10 at each of them.
Alongside a massive congratulations to both AM podiums, the official FMB World Tour partner GoPro, is rewarding all 6 athletes with their GoPro Hero 3 Black edition -- we hope to see some great POV shots and videos from the riders soon! In addition to the GoPro camera, the FMB World Tour will pay out 1,200 Euro in prize money for each of the podiums.
About the FMB World Tour Amateur Rankings
One of the goals outlined by the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA), which is the backbone of the FMB World Tour, is to give aspiring riders a platform, from which they can progress into the realm of professional mountain biking. The AM rankings were first introduced last season and already the results are shining through. Last year's European AM Champion Patrick Leitner (AUT) upgraded to a PRO license this year and has been a competitive athlete in the FMB World Tour overall ranking. Patrick is a great supporter of the AM rankings: "I think, the cool thing about the AM tour is that it only counts your top 3 results, this really helps new riders who don't have the budget to travel from event to event. For me, it was a great way to spend my first year as part of the FMB World Tour and helped me get in touch with most of my current sponsors thanks to the FMB World Tour sanctioned events."