News and Results from Vienna Air King 2013
During the finals riders had three runs of which the average from their top two made the final result. It was obvious that Brett Rheeder felt at ease on the course as he laid down tricks like a 360 barspin from the drop-in, a stylish flipwhip, a 360 opposite bar- to barspin back and a super clean flipwhip opposite in his winning runs. The Canadian rider from Toronto said: "I'm stoked to win my first FMB World Tour 2013 event, it's a great way to start the year. I had a great time in Vienna and I'm looking forward to the next events."
Thomas Genon also kicked of his season well. His Best run featured a 360 barspin from the drop-in, a double tailwhip, a huge frontflip and a 360 double tailwhip on the final jump. His performance made the crowd jump and shout with excitement.
The UK's Sam Reynolds did what he does best and once again made it onto the podium. His jaw dropping runs included a backflip table top from the drop-in, followed by a backflip no-hander, a flipwhip and finished with a spectacular 720 spin on the last jump.
Three pre-qualifying riders particularly impressed the judges with their performance. Tom van Steenbergen (CAN), Elof Lind (SWE) and Matt Jones (GBR) all made it to the finals and their progression really highlights the dynamics of freeride mountain biking.
The wildcard for Red Bull Berg Line went to Anton Thelander. The Swedish rider who placed 5th was the highest ranked finalist not already invited to the upcoming event in Winterberg, Germany on May 19th.
Finally, lets not forget the Russian superstar, Pavel Alekhin who despite coming in 8th overall, won the Panasonic Best Trick contest on Saturday with a backflip barspin to barspin to tailwhip. He put on a great show for everyone and electrified the atmosphere with his showmanship.
Photo credits: www.wolisphoto.com
For the full results please visit the event page: here