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Thomas Genon wins Red Bull Joyride

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

At only 19 years of age, TSG’s Thomas Genon wins the Red Bull Joyride at the legendary Crankworx Festival in Whistler (Canada) – the most prestigious Slopestyle-contest in the world. The underdog surprised the mountain bike world with his victory as this young talented rider was not seen as threat for the top spot on the podium. In a tough battle with Martin Söderström, for 1st place, he came out on top, leaving Martin to take a 2nd place. Freeride icon Cam McCaul gained 3rd place.

His performance, especially his 2nd run in the finals, couldn´t have been any better: Thomas started his winning run with a 360° x-up off the starting drop, followed by a tailwhip on the boner-log and a backflip no-hander over the first gap jump. The young Belgian impressed the worldwide audience with his smooth and perfectly timed frontflip – a trick which Thomas is renowned for. He then proceeded to execute a huge double-tailwhip over the first hip and a tuck no-hander over the second. Further down the course, Thomas exited the fruit-bowl with a 360° x-up, to set himself up for the daring backflip on to the cabin feature – Thomas was the only rider during the event to attempt this. He completed his run with a 360°, dropping off the cabin rooftop, 35 feet on to the final landing. Despite an exploding back tire when landing the drop, Thomas rode through the victory-arch masterfully, taking the win and gaining his competitors’ respect. The Belgian demonstrated his tremendous skills earlier this year by winning two FMB World Tour events in Austria, the Dakine Airstrike at Saalbach and the 26TRIX-Contest in Leogang.

Fuelling the suspense at Joyride was the failure of other big name riders to make it in to the Super-finals: Cam Zink and Yannick Granieri experienced a hard fall, just like the current FMB World Tour leader Brandon Semenuk who didn´t make it into the top eight and consequently the Super-finals.

Find the replay of the LIVE-webcast on the website of the FMB World Tour:

The first TSG King Of The Air ended with freshly crowned kings, an awesome atmosphere and a world premier

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


The premiere of the TSG King Of The Air in the evening of June 23rd, 2012 was a complete success. The crowed was stoked by the unbelievable trick performance on the 12m respectively 15m large Big Air kickers. At sunset the MTB and BMX dirt riders jumped into the night, accompanied by the happy atmosphere of the public.

The biggest highlight was brought by the 16 year old US American Nicholi Rogatkin with his Quadwhip, a world first on a dirt landing. This guarantied him the win in the BMX discipline in front of Patrick Guimez with a sweet Flipwhip. Daniel Tünte whipped himself on the third place with a Triplewhip.

In MTB we saw a tight decision between Bienvenido Albas Frontflip and Xavier Pasamontes Flipwhip, both over the 15m gap. At the end Bienve came out on top with his Frontflip. The Belgian Thomas Genon ended up third with a Double Tailwhip.

Followed by a 30 minutes jam session jury and public additionally crowned Best Trick, Best Style and Fans Favorite. This was when the creativity exploded, as the riders had many tries to land their tricks. The German Simon Moratz (BMX) took home the Best Trick title with a 360 Backflip.

Best Style won Desmond Tessemaker (BMX) with some unbelievable Supermans. This was a really tight decision, as TSG rider Thomas Genon (MTB) scored heavily with a beautiful 360 Flatspin.

Bienve Aguado Alba and the Swiss Ramon Hunziker split the price money of Fans Favorite.

More trick highlights were shown by Desmond Tessemaker (BMX) with a Pendulum to Tailwhip and a Cannonball Superman, Markus Hampl (BMX) wowed with a 360 Superman Seatgrab und Pasamonte (MTB) with a Backflip Superman.

TSG rider Daniel Wedemeijer landed during practice way to far a slightly over rotated 360 and crashed heavily. He had to go to hospital. Luckily nothing was broken and he got off with a swollen blue face. Recover fast Daniel!

Within the jury was nobody less than BMX and MTB legend Timo Pritzel, who didn’t wanted to miss our first own event. He enjoyed the mountains of Laax during some downhill sessions.

We are looking forward to next year’s event!

Results BMX:

1. Nicholi Rogatkin, USA

2. Patrick Guimez, FRA

3. Daniel Tünte. GER

4. Desmond Tessemaker, NED

5. Hampl Markus. GER

6. Simon Moratz, GER

DNS Daniel Wedemeijer, NED

DNF Lluis Lacondeguy, ESP


Results MTB:

1. Bienvenido Aguado Alba, ESP

2. Xavier Pasamonte, ESP

3. Thomas Genon, BEL

4. Amir Kabbani, GER

5. Kelly McGarry, NZL

6. Jonas Janssen, GER

7. Ramon Hunziker, SUI


TSG King of the Air Best Trick: Simon Moratz, BMX, with a 360Backlip

Best Style: Desmond Tessemaker, BMX, with a super extended Superman

Fans Favorite: Split between Bienvenido Aguado Alba, MTB & Ramon Hunziker, MTB


TSG King Of The Air

Friday, June 8th, 2012

 We crown the King of the Air and invite the world’s best mtb and BMX dirt riders to Flims for the TSG King Of The Air at the Dakine Trailfox. On June 23rd, 2012 the riders battle on two kickers with gap length of 12m and 15m, bringing new dimensions on swiss ground.

Besides crowning the MTB and BMX King of the Air, titles like Best Trick, Best Style and Fan’s Favorite wait for the riders. A total of 14.000 CHF pricemoney will be distributed amongst the winners.

Confirmed riders are the 26TRIX winner Thomas Genon (BEL), the german machine Amir Kabbani (GER), Bienvenindo Aguado Alba (ESP), Jonas Jannsen (GER), Tobi Wrobel (AUT), Ramon Hunziker (SUI) and Kelly McGarry (NZL).

For BMX battle the Lords of Dirt organizers Patrick Guimez (FRA) and Markus Hampl (GER), the italian stylemaster Alessandro Barbero, TSG ambassador Daniel Wedemeijer (NED) and Daniel Tünte (GER) as well as Lluis Lacondeguy (ESP) and Desmond Tessemaker (NED). More riders in negotiation.

Don’t miss it and come to Flims!!!

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Official Video of Rocket Air Slopestyle 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Rocket Air Slopestyle Video Edit

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Rocket Air – Sam Pilgrim 2nd!

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Thomas Genon Rocket Air 2012 Price Giving Rocket Air 2012

Rocket Air 2012, what an event! At the final on Saturday evening 15 of the worlds best riders from 7 countries performed a spectacular show on an extremely high level. The entertainment was perfect for the completely crowded ice skating rink in Thun, the spectators could witness flip and trick combos that were not even thought possible last year.

Martin Söderström from Sweden made amends for 2011 and was just able to edge out last years winner TSG’s Sam Pilgrim to take the crown. Martin laid down a run with heavy trick combos like Barspin to tailwhip or 360 double whip. But not that Sam was out of his element, Sam smashed some big 720s and Frontflips to stay well in the contest. But Martin just managed to keep his nose in front! Third after Söderström and Pilgrim was the young Frenchman Antoine Bizet, using impressive flip combinations. On a great 4th place came TSG’s Thomas Genon.

The TEVA TRICK Showdown was also a big hit with the spectators on Friday night. TSG ambassador Ramon Hunziker managed to wow the crowd with stylish 360 combos winning the FANS FAVORITE!! The BEST TRICK went to the Frenchman Yannick Granieri and the BEST STYLE award went to Martin Söderström.

Congratulation to all TSG riders! It was impressive and fun watching!

1. Martin Söderström
2. Sam Pilgrim
3. Antoine Bizet
4. Thomas Genon
5. Sam Reynolds
6. John Alm Högman
7. Louis Rebould
8. Jakub Vencl
9. Patrick Leitner
10. Clemens Kaudela
11. Bienvenido Alba
12. Ray Samson
13. Tomas Zejda
14. Teo Gustavsson
15. Yannick Granieri

Rocket Air is ready to kick-off

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Rocket Air is ready to kick-off this friday. Around 1500 pallets arrived for the landing and the starter list is set.

15 invitated pro riders and 10 riders that pre-qualify on friday are set for the qualification of this silver event of the FMB World Tour. Sam Pilgrim, Amir Kabbani, Thomas Genon and Ramon Hunziker of the TSG Team will definitely bring the ice hockey arena to a boil and rock the show.

The spectacular and trick friendly course now features at the end a quarter pipe and a wall with 2 jumps for even more action.

Small riders striving for the pros can train on the TSG Kids Parcours, located behind the ice arena.

Qualified riders are:

Sam Pilgrim
Martin Söderström
Sam Reynolds
Yannick Granieri
Amir Kabbani
Ramon Hunziker
Tomas Zejda
Anthony Rocci
Blake Samson
Raymond Samson
Danny Pace
Teo Gustavson
Antoine Bizet
Thomas Genon
Henrik Tafel

Sam Pilgrim gets the Hat Trick at Vienna Air King

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

 Sam did it again! He won the Vienna Air King for the third time in a row.

Due to the hard weather conditions on the 1. and 2. event day, there was a slight change for the schedule. Big ease, when Vienna’s weather conditions on Sunday were acceptable for a great final. Vienna saw plenty of big names, and in the end it was the contest-dominating Sams (Pilgrim and Reynolds) from Great Britain who took the podium places, joined by Andreu Lacondeguy with a convincing performance. The extreme high trick level on the generously constructed jumps was once again prove for the awesome progression freeride mtb saw in the last years.

Sam Pilgrim made absolutely clear, that he is the ultimate factor in the dirt and slopestyle disciplines at the moment. Already in his first run, that was not to be topped by any of the 30 finalists, he showed a backflip table at the step down, followed by a backflip no hand, a 360 tailwhip, completed with a 720, that brought him the highest score of the day.

Sam Reynolds kicked a backflip at the step down, a backflip no hand, a flipwhipand finally a 360 tailwhip at the last obstacle, resulting in second place. Andreu Lacondeguy impressed the judges with a backflip from the step down, an extreme fat flipwhip, followed by a 360 flatspin at the third obstacle as well as a 360 tailwhip at the last jump.



1.       Sam Pilgrim  (GBR, TSG, NS BIKES)

2.       Sam Reynolds (GBR, POLYGON)

3.       Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP, YT INDUSTRIES)

4.       Szymon Godziek (POL, DARTMOOR BIKES)

5.       Linus Sjöholm (SWE, YT INDUSTRIES)

6.       Jakub Vencl (CZE, ROSE VERSAND)

7.       Amir Kabbani (GER, TSG, MONGOOSE)

8.       Loius Reboul (FRA, YT INDUSTRIES)

9.       Thomas Genon (BEL, TSG, UMF VELO TEAM)

10.     Patrick Leitner (AUT, TSG)

11.     Lance McDermott (GBR, SARACEN BIKES)

12.     Antoine Bizet (FRA, KONA)

13.     Tomas Zejda (CZE, DARTMOOR BIKES)

14.     Bartek Obukowicz (POL, NS BIKES)

15.     Ray Samson (GBR)

16.     Pavel Alekhin (RUS, HELLRIDE)

17.     Simon Kirchmann (GER, BERGAMONT)

18.     Marcin Rot (POL)

19.     Blake Samson (GBR)

20.     Bienvenido Aguado (ESP,TSG, YT INDUSTRIES)


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The new season brings a new FMB World Tour

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

The FMB  World Tour starts into its 3rd season and sees some great new changes: amendments to rider licening, implementation of amateur rankings and athlete’s ability to access FMB World Tour events.

They are going to introduce 2 different athlete license categories: amateur (AM) and professional (PRO), helping young and upcoming riders and enable them to participate in the FMB Word Tour. Riders with AM license will be able to collect ranking points counting towards a European or North American AM ranking list.

Several steps have been taken to regulate the invitation process for FMB World Tour events, to ensure that riders are given the best opportunity to improve their ranking. Diamond and Gold events will be required to guarantee a certain amount of starting places for the the top Pro Riders. Same for Silver and Bronze event, they have to guarantee starting places for PRO and AM riders.

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Athletes can register on the FMB World Tour website:


Rocket Air Slopestyle in Thun

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Rocket Air is getting ready to rock the Ice rink of Thun. After two very successful years, the only FMB Silver Event in Switzerland is moving into its third year. On the 13-14th of April be prepared to witness some of the best mountain bikers from around the world come and compete for a total of 10`500- Swiss Francs in prize money. Some say that Rocket Air is “the event with the best Atmosphere” and this year is not going to be any different!! The recipe for the this “special” atmosphere involves two important ingredients, the first is the up close feeling and the second is that the course is complete surrounded by spectators, literally! Having doubled the amount of spectators last year they are looking to reach the 7000 mark with Rocket Air 2012.

We are proud to support Rocket Air since the beginning. It’s a perfect fit for us in order to promote and push slopestyle in Switzerland.

This year we also do something for the upcoming riders. At the TSG Kids Parcours the next bike generation can test and prove their abilities and most importantly have fun. Bikes in all sizes and TSG kids helmets and protection gear are available.

Watch Sam Pilgrim defending his title from last year and expect Amir Kabbani and more TSG riders to show up.

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