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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, 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. 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?
X. 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: