Munich, August 8th, 2011 -- Earlier than expected, Brandon Semenuk (CAN) is crowned the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour Champion 2011! With a point lead that is now officially impossible to beat, Brandon Semenuk does not have to fear the competition any more after his victory at last weekend's Bearclaw Invitational. Besides the € 10,000 prize money, Brandon Semenuk will also take home the unique trophy of the FMB World Tour after the prize giving ceremony at the Red Bull District Ride on September 10th: The golden CamelBak Better Bottle. Congratulations Brandon!
Up until the results were in after the Bearclaw Invitational, there was still a chance that one of the contenders could beat Semenuk with their results from the Bearclaw Invitational and the Red Bull District Ride. However, after a truly amazing season, nobody could compete against a rider that reliably delivered top results at every event in which he competed. And what's more, Semenuk has the chance to get a perfect season: if he should win the Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg, every one of his five results that count towards the FMB World Tour ranking will be a first place. He is going down in history as the first rider of the FMB World Tour to ever accomplish this feat, in a Tour that is merely in its second year.
Nevertheless, the battle for places 2-10
remains exciting, since the points won at the Red Bull District Ride as a
Diamond event can still shake up the ranking entirely. Last year's FMB World
Tour Champion Cameron Zink (USA) is currently in second place and will do all
he can to keep it that way. Sam Pilgrim (GBR), the only European in the current
top 3 will definitely put up a good fight to improve his position; after all,
he was in first place long enough throughout the season to taste victory. At an
event such as the Red Bull District Ride anything is possible and the world's
best riders will give all they have at this final event of the 2011 FMB World
Tour season. Even if the top of the podium is already reserved for Brandon
Semenuk, it is still unpredictable who will join him.
The 2011 FMB World Tour Champion: Brandon Semenuk...
... and his trophy: The golden CamelBak Better Bottle.
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