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at the Audi Nines MTB 2018
Moon mission accomplished: The Audi Nines MTB 2018 has concluded in spectacular fashion in Birkenfeld, Germany, where for the past week a repurposed stone quarry has hosted a crew of the world’s best mountain bikers including TSG riders Sam Pilgrim, Timo Pritzel, Max Fredriksson, Amir Kabbani, Lukas Schäfer, Tobi Wrobel and Bienve Aguada, on a mission to “Send it to the Moon.”
photos by Florian Breitenberger, Flo Preuss, Klaus Polzer & Syo Van Vliet
I. Ruler of the Week
After six days of film shoots and sessions in the moonlike landscape of the quarry, the riders gathered on the evening of Thursday, September 14 to celebrate their successful “moon launch” and decide who would be crowned the champions of the event.
TSG’s Sam Pilgrim was selected for “Ruler of the Week
British mountain bike legend Sam Pilgrim was selected by his peers for the top honor of “Ruler of the Week”.
“The Audi Nines is the best event of the year for me,” states Sam. “You’ve got six days to perform to your highest level. I ended up winning two of the categories, which means a lot because everyone who voted for me, they’re all professional mountain bike riders. I’m stoked about it.”
II. Best Slopestyle Line
Sam Pilgrim also won the category of “Best Slopestyle Line.” Sam is super stoked and comments:
My friends have judged me as the best guy here at Audi Nines
“Somehow I won the slopestyle line. Slopestyle is my thing, you know. That’s how I started, how I got famous in mountain bike riding. In 2011 I won the World Tour. I was the best guy in the world in 2011. Since then, it’s not been the best, but now my friends—and that’s the best thing—my friends have judged me as the best guy here at Audi Nines. That means way more than some random judge judging me. So, thank you very much guys. It’s amazing.”
III. More TSG riders on the Audi Nines Podiums
Sam was joined in the winner’s circle by his countryman Sam Reynolds, whose run through the freeride section was voted “Best Freeride Line.” Winners were also chosen in the category of “Best Freeride Trick”—claimed by Adolf Silva’s incredible Cali Roll, a world’s first on a downhill mountain bike—as well as for “Best Slopestyle Trick,” where Dawid Godziek’s quadruple tail whip—also a first—took top honors.
TSG ambassador Lukas Schäfer form Germany won Best Style and the Spanisch maniac Bienve Aguada got third in Best freeride Trick with a 360 Supermann Seat grab Indian Air.
III. Riders vote Audi Nines the best event of the year
Sam’s quotes says it all:
“I’m so happy that I got invited to be here. I can’t even believe it. How do you even test such a course? That’s all I was thinking the whole time. It was amazing.”
“The Audi Nines event, honestly, from the bottom of my heart, is the best event of the year for me. There’s no pressure—you make as much pressure as you’d like for yourself. If you want to do a crazy run, you do a crazy run. If you want to chill out, you chill out.”
There’s no rules, you know
“You’ve got six days to perform to your highest level. You’ve also got six days to perform to your lowest level. There’s no rules, you know? The whole idea of the event is to get content, and it stoked me out enough to ride to my highest level, and I ended up winning two of the categories. It means a lot more to win these than to win a FMB event, because everyone watching here voting for me, they’re all professional mountain bike riders. Awesome. I’m stoked about it.”
We asked our Riders to comment their favourite photos from the event. So it’s now time to enjoy the gallery of TSG riders at the Audi Nines 2018:
IV. Max Fredriksson’s selection
Max states that he has spent a legendary week of bangers and good times at Audi Nines. An event that all riders love, it’s basically just a week of riding together and shooting cool content while pushing our limits on the bikes.
They were really taking it to the next level
Want to know more about Max? Click to visit his rider profile here!
V. Lukas Schäfer’s selection
For our german ambassador Lukas the Audi Nines were just unreal. He won a wild card at an event sponsored by Audi earlier this season and boom ended up to win “Best Style”.
VI. Sam Pilgrim’s Selection
For Sam it was the best mountain bike event of the year and he is super stoked to be selected as the ruler of the week and also to have won the slopestyle line.
Sam has been on the TSG team for a very long time. Visit his profile page by clicking here.
VII. Tobi Wrobel’s selection
When I finished my session on the other lines and saw that there was another trick session going on at the Big Air Kicker, I decided to join in. I did the jump a couple of times the day before and knew how it was going and so I only did two jumps before I decided to go for this Superman.
So I thought – ok, you won’t come back…
I left the takeoff, got off the pedals and stretched out. At the same time this 10m Superkicker pushed me unexpectedly higher and higher and my bike further and further away from my body, so I thought – ok, you won’t come back. In the end it worked out and the screams, as well as the video afterwards and the high fives of the riders showed me that it was probably one of the most extreme things so far.
Tobi is in our ambassador team and we have just released his rider page. Check it out here.
VIII. Bienvenido Aguado’s selection
TSG ambassador Bienve has been nominated for 4 categories at the Audi Nines Gala Night. He got third at Best Freeride Trick.
IX. Amir Kabbani’s selection
Also for Amir the Audi Nines was one of his favourite events ever. The ultimate format with a pretty much one-week jam on the sickest set up caused some unforgettable memories.
I had so much fun just riding and collecting air miles
He was super happy to be part of it, even though he had to leave earlier because of a wedding invite.
Amir rides head-to-ankle with TSG. Check out his rider profile and look at the products he uses most here.
X. Timo Pritzel’s selection
Timo couldn’t stop saying how good it felt to ride at such an amazing location for a week and have high quality footage from the best filmers and photographers . He shouts BIG props to the building crew ! That’s a piece of art to build a course like that ! BIG jumps that work and are still save and fun!
Timo is a true legend of the dirt and freeride scene and is one of the most experienced riders ever. Besides biking he finds his balance with yoga and a healthy diet. Have you seen Timo’s rider’s page yet?
XI. Video Content from Audi Nines 2018
All riders produced a lot of own content and already released or will release them soon. So make sure to visit their social feeds or youtube channels regularly to not miss any. Here are links to some Audi Nines edits that our team riders released: Max Fredriksson’s youtube channel Sam Pilgrim’s youtube channel Bienve Aguado’s youtube channel
And now enjoy the contest highlights:
the new Scope
mtb enduro helmet
built on the tenets of design, performance and fit
The Scope is TSG’s new flagship mountain bike enduro helmet featuring superior head coverage, enhanced adjustability and a brand new look and construction
explore the Scope now
I. The Scope Helmet
We are excited to announce our new baby: The Scope Helmet! We presented the first design study at Eurobike 2017. In July this year, trade visitors to Eurobike were able to take a first look at the finished samples. We didn’t want you to have to wait until spring, so we’re already launching the Scope in September.
The ideal companion for every ride
TSG team rider Amir Kabbani has been riding the Scope helmet and is stoked with it: “Its sharp design, efficient ventilation and good fit make it the ideal companion for every ride,” he says.
The design of the Scope is inspired by modern vehicle design, expressed clearly through its spoiler and vent layout at the back of the helmet.
Form and function are equally important in the helmet’s design
The helmet features a range of colours, finishes (matt or glossy), surfaces and layers. Exposed EPS foam on the back of the helmet is a cool design element and a nod to the helmet’s protective core. “Form and function are equally important in the helmet’s design,” explains TSG designer Jordi Torres. “Ventilation is essential to a mountain bike helmet, so we use the vents to emphasize the helmet look”.
This fusion of function and design is the focus of the Scope. The visor is designed as a natural extension of the shell and highlights its contours. The helmet’s edges sublimate giving the Scope its unique appearance.
The Scope is built using an in-mould process with the polycarbonate shell bonded to the inner EPS foam layer.
A strong construction that is lighter and more durable
This creates a strong construction that is lighter and more durable than glued helmets. TSG also incorporates zonal foam thicknesses to maximize protection where most needed. Additionally, strategic channels in the EPS foam maximise its crumple zone minimising impact shock to a rider’s head.
The MIPS Protection System is optional in the Scope. This system consists of a thin plastic layer between the EPS foam and the helmet cushions that allows movement in the construction on impact, reduces rotational injuries.
The fit of the Scope helmet is based on the balance of the TSG Trailfox helmet and is free of pressure points. The Scope sits low on the head, protecting key zones without limiting vision.
The Dial-Fit system is fine-tunable to fit unique head circumferences. Thanks to the 3-point height adjustment it can be easily set to the axis of the head to increase safety and comfort.
Each helmet is also supplied with soft inner cushions, in two distinct thicknesses, which allow a more customized fit. The Scope helmet is available in S/M (54-56 cm) and L/XL (57-59 cm) sizes.
The Scope meets the demands of today’s enduro mountain bikers. A channel inside the helmet makes it easier to attach a headlamp or camera. The straps fit into the EPS channels and so don’t exert pressure on the head.
The visor is adjustable, removable and also available as a spare part. In its highest position it provides space for glasses and goggles when not being worn.
The pads are removable and washable and replacement pads will also be available . The ventilation system, which is perfectly integrated into the design, consists of 20 large vents and ensures that the rider stays cool on climbs and descents.
The super light Scope was specially designed for the requirements of trail riders. On ascents and rapid downhills its outstanding fit, comfort, protection and ventilation shine. It is tested according to the European standard EN1078 and the requirements of the American CPSC for bicycle helmets.
VI. First Testimonials
Sacha Steiner from the Swiss Ride Magazine has already tested the Scope and summarises enthusiastically what its advantages are:
Sacha: The new TSG Scope offers everything you would expect from an all-mountain helmet
“An adjustable visor allows unlimited use of a goggle. Helmet cameras and bike lamps can be easily mounted on the helmet: Thanks to a channel on the inside of the helmet, mounting straps do not exert any annoying pressure on the scalp. The low-cut rear provides optimum protection and the well thought-out ventilation system also proves itself in hot temperatures”, states Sacha.
Mountain biker and world traveler Alban Aubert took the Scope to Papua New Guinea. His story should be released soon. Watch here what he thinks of the Scope helmet.
Timo Pritzel also received one of the first samples after Eurobike and shows you some of the features.
Scope and Scope Mips will be available in stores from September 2018. The MIPS-free model comes in three colour combinations: acid yellow-blue, army moss-orange and satin black. The Scope Mips is gloss white.
and the winner is…
At this year’s Eurobike we invited visitors to join our photo challenge and create their personal TSG logo in our #wearetsg photo booth.
It was pretty easy and fun. Eurobike visitors took a photo in our photo booth creating their own personal TSG logo.
Everybody who posted the photo public on instagram had the chance to win one head-to-toe TSG outfit. The post with the most likes won.
And the winner is…
With 652 likes the winner photo is from Sascha from roottrip.tv.
Sascha wins the following TSG products and some more from the next year’s line
See more #wearetsg photos:
the Big White
Team rider Lucas Huppert in Canada
TSG Teamrider Lucas Huppert was invited to the Big White Invitational in Canda. The contest near Kelowna, Canada took place for the first time and is the only slopestyle contest in North America. Read here what he experienced together with photographer Dominik Bosshard.
text and photos by Dominik Bosshard
I. The Big White Invitational
Of course, you don’t refuse an invitation like that: TSG Teamrider Lucas Huppert aka Huppi was invited to the Big White Invitational in Canada. The contest near Kelowna took place for the first time and is currently the only slopestyle contest in North America. Organized by frontflip record holder Tom Vansteenbergen in a skiing area with the promising name “Big White”.
The riders risked everything on the huge jumps to win a wildcard
Huppi packed his bags and set off on the very long journey together with Biroma team boss and photographer Dominik Bosshard: 10 hours flight and 6 hours drive! After about 27 hours on their feet, they finally arrived in Big White at night.
II. The Big White Contest Day
The next day we went straight to the contest area. It was super windy and the jumps were huge. That made the training difficult and therefore the qualification on Friday was also cancelled. On Saturday there was a big final with 30 athletes. The contest was overshadowed by many and sometimes severe falls. The riders risked everything on the huge jumps to win a wildcard for the legendary Red Bull Joyride in Whistler. The wildcard was given to the Italian Torquato Testa.
Lucas first enjoys the view from the top and then sends a Flip Whip
III. Success for Lucas
For Lucas, the event was a complete success. He finished the contest with a sensational 7th place. Lucas started the contest in 17th place and made an amazing run: 360 on the Flat Drop, 360 Tobo at the Boonerlog. A Flip Whip, followed by a Cork 720 at the biggest jump. Into the Wahl Tail a Decade Down Side, out a 360 Bar and at the end a Doubel Whip.
With this awesome and smooth run Huppi was in 2nd place for a long time. Unfortunately, he had some bad luck on the 2nd run and had to break up. With his sensational 7th place Lucas has worked his way up to position 28th in the world rankings. And hey, he’s only 18!!!
Nicholi Rogatkin won ahead of Torquato Testa and the Canadian Anthony Messer. Click here for result list.
After a short after party we went to bed early, we still had a lot to do in the two remaining days before our return flight. So we got up early the next morning, packed our stuff into the car and drove to Kamloops to the Bike Ranch.
IV. Fun at the Bike Ranch
The Bike Ranch is by far the coolest place we have ever ridden. Dirt Jumps, BMX track, Fast Series Jumps, Big Bike Jumps, Hips Trails… You’ll find everything a biker’s heart desires!
After a short dirt jump session with Rampage legend Graham Agassiz, who happened to be there, we shredded and shot all day long. Nothing more to report, so just enjoy the pics.
If you like what you see click here to find out more about the Bike Ranch.
After this lit session we packed our bikes and drove exhausted, but happy to Whistler. If you have ever been to Whistler, you probably know the feeling when you just can’t get enough of riding and, although you have no more power left, you just keep riding until you almost fall off your bike. We enjoyed the bike park so much that we didn’t want to waste a second taking pictures or filming. So there are no photos. 😉
After a relaxing bath in the whirlpool of the hotel and a fine dinner with friends, we had to leave back home to Switzerland the next morning.
See here what TSG products Lucas and Dominik packed for Canada:
Podium for Erik Fedko
After Innsbruck the Crankworx tour stop in Les Gets was next. French crowds came out in their thousands to enjoy the racing, with an array of big name mountain bike personalities competing across multiple disciplines. Photographer and Biroma team manager Dominik Bosshard was on location for us to captured the performances of the TSG team riders.
text & photos by Dominik Bosshard
For the third time, the best mountain bikers from all over the world gathered in Les Gets to compete in a total of seven mountain bike disciplines.
A challenge to be present at every event at the right time
A challenge for the athletes and also for me as a photographer to be present at every event at the right time. Seven races and contests in 5 days!
I. Dual Slalom Les Gets
On Wednesday evening the action kicked off with the 100% Dual Slalom race. TSG riders Dominik Widmer (SUI) and Benedikt Last (GER) took part. The organizers struggled with organizational problems and when they started to rebuild the course during the race, it was tough following exactly what was going on. After discussions with the athletes about the new course, everyone had one more run before the finals were postponed to Friday evening.
Unfortunately, Dominik Widmer of the TSG Biroma Team did not qualify for the finals. It was certainly also because he had not chosen the right bike for this course. Everyone was riding enduro bikes or fullis, while Dominik desperately tried to build up speed on the rough track with his dirt bike.
Fourcrosser Benedikt Last had less trouble on his hardtail and qualified 25th for the final. On Friday evening he had to race against Sam Dale and unfortunately couldn’t take the win.
II. European Whip Off Championships
The audience loves whip-offs. In Les Gets the official European Whip-Off Championships took place. TSG team riders Amir Kabbani and Dominik Widmer participated. Pictures tell more than words here, so enjoy the photos.
III. Pump Track Challenge
Almost simultaneously to the Whip Off the Pumptrack Race took place with Benedict Last who finished the race among the top 8.
IV. Crankworx Les Gets Downhill
On Saturday the downhill was on the schedule. The high speed track of Les Gets is very popular, which is why very famous Worldcup riders also started. Right in the middle was Dominik Widmer. He had some trouble judging how fast the track could be ridden without falling.
In the end, he complained that he was too much on the brakes. He finished the race on 99th place. With a time of 3:25:03 only 25.88 seconds slower than the Australian Troy Brosnan who took the win.
V. Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle
The highlight of the Crankworx series is of course the slopestyle contest. Due to the strong wind the contest was brought forward to Sunday 12:00 o’clock. That meant getting up early for everyone! On the starting list were again TSGs Erik Fedko and Matt Jones.
I’m just so stoked
Due to the crash in Innsbruck, Erik had to struggle the whole week with his hand, which might be partially fractured. But you wouldn’t even have noticed it when you didn’t know. He was one of the riders who got along best with the course right from the start.
He delivered a sensational 1st run and was leading for a long time until Nicolin Rogatkin and Brett Rheeder surpassed him.
Matt Jones also showed a solid run and finished with a very good 7th place.
“I am proud that I finally finished two solid runs on two Crankworx events. In the last few years I have been followed by a lot of bad luck at the Crankworx Stops, so I am happy to go home with these two amazing results. People can’t imagine how difficult it is to have a run like this from top to bottom at such an event with so many jumps,” states Matt Jones.
Fedko started his season with an 11th place finish in Rotorua, pushing up to fifth in Innsbruck, and now took his first Crankworx podium.
“I’m feeling so good right now. I’m so happy,” said Fedko, struggling to find the words through his excitement. “I’m just so stoked.”
Ahead of the contest, the 20-year-old had said he knew he had the tricks that could take him to the top, but whether he could string them together consistently in order to produce the run he wanted was another matter.
Erik is almost speech-less after his great run
“I knew I could do it,” he said of his run that included a 360 superman seat grab indian arm, a trick that took him down last week in Austria. “So I just did it.”
Click here for full result lists of all Crankworx Les Gets contests.
And now watch Erik’s 3rd place run:
These TSG products were used at Crankworx Les Gets
video greeting from the team
Joining the birthday bash, our team riders send us greeting to 30 years of TSG. Thank you! We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. This gallery will grow every day we release a new happy birthday TSG video. If you want to send some greetings to us as well, do so by uploading your video with Hashtag #Happy30TSG and #ridetsg to instagram. Your video will be part of the gallery below.
Whips, Flips, Speed and Style
Crankworx are the Olympics of mountain biking. With its four stops in New Zealand, Austria, France and Canada, it is by far the largest event series in freestyle mountain biking. Last weekend the Crankworx Stop took place in Innsbruck, Austria. At the start also some TSG Team Riders, who gave their best at the different contests and races.
text & photos by Dominik Bosshard
I. RockShox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge
“Pump for victory” is the name of the game at the Pump Track Challenge. Competitors must complete the circular track without pedalling – all they are allowed to do to build up speed is pump their bike up and down over the rollers and obstacles. The first one to the finish wins.
Benedikt Last, our German 4X Champion, was the most successful TSG rider here and reached the quarter-finals.
II. Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style Innsbruck
The Dual Speed & Style is a head-to-head competition carried out in a dual eliminator format. Two riders race against each other and try to make it to the finish as quickly as possible while performing the most stylish run on the dual course featuring step-ups, tables and drop-offs.
At this race the next day several TSG Team Riders were competing: Amir Kabbani, Lukas Schäfer, Lucas Huppert and Antoni Villoni gave full speed.
Amir showed nice runs with stylish Flip one Foot X- ups and 360 one foot can can. Unfortunately, he could not beat his counterpart and was knocked out in the 1/16 finals.
Lukas and Lucas came furthest and had to compete against each other in the next race.
Lukas Schäfer triumphed in the battle and made it to the next round. In the eighth final, he unfortunately lost to Greg Watts.
III. OAKLEY Official Alpine Whip-Off Championships presented by SPANK
Before the finals at Speed & Style in the evening, the legendary Whip Off took place. The Whip Off Contest is certainly one of the coolest events at Crankworx Innsbruck, not least because of the spectacular mountain scenery.
Besides Amir, Lucas and Lukas Schäfer, Timo Pritzel also showed how classy he is in the air. With blue bird weather and summer temperatures, the fans were enthusiastic about the whipping.
The two winners of the jam session format were last year winners Louis Reboul (FRA) and Casey Brown (CAN).
IV. Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda
Erik struggled with pain in his foot all week and also crashed very hard on his first run. So it was good to see him at the start again in the second run. He made some adjustments to his run and then showed a super stylish run from top to bottom, which catapulted him to 5th place. With this score he can be completely satisfied!
Matt Jones also showed a great run, but had problems with the second one. A hang up after the 720 took his speed for the next jump and he had to break up. He finished the contest in 6th place right behind Erik.
Top 3 results:
1. Nicolin Rogatkin
2. Brett Rheeder
3. Diego Caverzasi
V. iXS Innsbruck Downhill presented by Raiffeisen Club
On Sunday the downhill race took place. Packed with jumps, roots and technical sections, this event brings thrilling action in a race against the clock. Biroma team rider Dominik Widmer supported by TSG finished on the 66th place.
A weekend full of action! And it continues with the Crankworx in Let Gets, which is currently running. Good luck to our riders Erik Fedko and Matt Jones!
Watch the lifestream on Sunday June 24th here: https://www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1VS3UEPBD2111/crankworx
Check out some of the TSG products used at Crankworx