TSG signs top Swiss Snowboarder

Welcome David

Habluetzel

Dave joins the talent-laden ranks of the TSG Pro Team

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to welcome the Swiss snowboard sensation David Hablützel to the TSG Pro Team. Dave joins the TSG snowboard team alongside Michael Schärer, Iouri Podladtchikov, Leilani Ettel and Gian Simmen.


photos by Peter Rauch

David is a Pro Snowboard Halfpipe rider and is one of the best young snowboarders to come out of Switzerland in many years.

We love Dave’s incredible style. You should see his Backside Airs!

 

I. Passion for snowboarding

Stepping onto a snowboard at aged seven he immediately knew what he wanted to do in life. He also skateboards and surfs but snowboarding remains his priority.

Born in Zurich in 1996 and the oldest of five siblings he has already accomplished a lot in his career to date.

When he was 9, David discovered Laax’s Freestyle Academy, where he made many friends, and in 2008 he began competing as a junior on the TTR World Series. Two years later, he podiumed at the Laax Burton European Junior Open, with further successes following, including a slopestyle bronze at the 2012 Olympic Winter Youth Games, in Kühtai, Austria.

David Habluetzel TSG snowboard team rider

Dave at our team shooting in Saas fee

 

II. Step into the world’s halfpipe elite

In 2012, he was accepted into the Sportgymnasium Davos and the Swiss Snowboard Pro Team and moved to the mountains. He worked with the best coaches and rode alongside some of the best young riders. This pushed David’s riding to new limits and he soon became one of their top riders.

After a stellar 2014 season culminating in a breakthrough podium finish of 3rd Place at the Burton US Open, he went on to represent his country at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics picking up an Olympic Diploma.

David Habluetzel TSG snowboard team rider

David is sending it to the moon at our night kicker session in Saas Fee

 

III. Stronger and more focused

It hasn’t all been plain sailing as David has suffered serious cruciate ligament damage twice (2014 and 2016) and an injury in 2018 meant he couldn’t compete at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Most riders would find it extremely tough to come back from such set backs but David is strong minded and very philosophical so doesn’t let the past affect his future too much. Each time he has returned stronger and more focused.

Moping is not Dave’s way anyway, he used the time sensibly and produced a documentary show together with the Swiss television SRF during the Olympic Games. They produced a serie of 13 episodes. Watch Dave on Board here

David Habluetzel TSG snowboard team rider

Nobody has more style than Dave!

 

IV. Welcome to TSG

Dave is not just another snowboarder. He is also a talented skateboarder and surfer and a generally creative and kind person all around. His spirit fits perfectly with TSG and we are pleased to welcome him to the family with wide open arms.

Dave already joined us for the team photo shoot in Saas fee earlier this month. We took him aside and asked a few questions

Have you always snowboarded with a helmet?

Thanks to my parents, wearing a helmet was never a question for me. Since day one I have protected my head!

TSG has a large team with riders from many different action sports, which one(s) would you like to hang out and session with and why?

I love to hang out with the other snow athletes because we can have fun challenges together on snow! But I would also like to meet some of the pro skateboarders to see how they shred and even join them for a skate session!

Your injury came at the worst possible time, just before the Winter Olympics this year, so how did you cope with not being able to compete?

It was tough to realise that I could not compete because it seemed to me that I was working hard to be in my best shape for the contest. But fortunately I see the past Olympics as just as another competition and use it to get myself motivated for future events.

What are your plans for this Winter Season?

I will be riding in a lot of Halfpipe competitions this season and between the busy competition schedule I just want to snowboard as much as possible. Who knows, maybe it will mostly be in halfpipes or somewhere off-piste, in wonderland, hopefully with tons of powder.

Any final words?

I’m excited about becoming part of the TSG Fam!

 

Check out Dave’s team page by clicking here and explore what TSG products he is using to ride safe and comfortable.

event story

TSG riders

send it to

the moon

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.”

sam pilgrim audi nines satellite

This satellite dish feature was awesome and looked amazing half way down the slopestyle course. Sam is checking it out and seeing what tricks are possible! Photo: Syo Van Vliet

 

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. 

Audi Nines Best Slopestyle Line Podium Sam Pilgrim, Szymon Godziek, Nicholi Rogatkin

Best Slopestyle Line podium. 1. Sam Pilgrim – 2. Szymon Godziek – 3. Nichol Rogatkin, Photo: Florian Breitenberger

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.

Audi Nines Lukas Schäfer Best Style

Lukas Schäfer is more than stoked with winning Best Style. At Bike & Style 2018 presented by Audi in Munich he won a wild card for the Audi Nines. Well deserved! Photo: Florian Breitenberger

 

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.”

Audi Nines Sam Pilgrim

Sam standing on the drop. This drop was awesome and the main reason for this is because it was see through which was crazy! Photo: Syo Van Vliet

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

Audi Nines 2018 Max Fredriksson

The jumps they built up for this years location was something else. They were really taking it to the next level. The slopestyle course was filled with creative features. This satellite dish was one of my favourites since it was such a technical feature and the possibilities were endless.

Audi Nines Max Fredriksson

Audi Nines 2018 Max Fredriksson

The “big air jumps” were probably the best jumps I’ve ever ridden. When the “small” jump has an 11m gap you know that you’re hitting some big jumps! Photo: Klaus Polzer

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”. 

Audi Nines 2018 Lukas Schäfer

These shots got taken at the first day. After the first couple runs, I already felt in love with the jumps, they were just insane. The Satellite-dish was definitely an obstacle I’ve been pumped for. Not really for big missions but to have fun with for sure. A feature you won’t find anywhere else. Photo left: F. Breitenberger. Photo right: Klaus Polzer

Audi Nines 2018 Lukas Schäfer

Audi Nines 2018 Lukas Schäfer

The Skyfall Flatdrop was also one of my favourites. I was pretty excited to ride it, but also nervous because I don’t ride Flatdrops often. Luckily i got used to it pretty fast and already learned some new stuff in the second morning. Photo: Florian Breitenberger

Audi Nines 2018 Lukas Schäfer

This shot was taken at the shoot for Christoph Laues Illumination Submission. Two Audi shuttles drove in front of the jumps and produced the dust. That was really fun! Photo: Klaus Polzer

 

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.

Audi Nines 2018 Sam Pilgrim

Here I am doing a flat drop backflip off the see-through drop. This was fun! Photo: Klaus Polzer

Audi Nines 2018 Sam Pilgrim

Flip no hander! I kind of think of this trick as my signature trick because I’ve been doing them forever and they are so easy for me now. But I love how they look!! Photo: Klaus Polzer

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.

Audi Nines 2018 Tobi Wrobel

Left: Probably the fattest Superman I’ve ever made and at the same time one of the worst I’ve felt. Photo: Klaus Polzer. Right: This 18m left hip made me smile every time, even though I had a slightly dull stomach every time I dropped into the line. Nevertheless it was one of the hottest features in the Quarry and I just couldn’t stop riding the Freeride Line. The airtime and the flow you could put in there infected everyone. Photo: Florian Breitenberger

Audi Nines 2018 Tobi Wrobel

Audi Nines 2018 Tobi Wrobel

My first flatspin with a downhill bike at the last kicker of the slopestyle line (10m). As you know, trying it is about studying and so I just tried it and I think it not to bad. Photo: Florian Breitenberger

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.

Audi Nines 2018 Bienvenido Aguado

This picture was taken with a gopro fusion. I am doing a frontflip with the dh bike at the slopestyle line with a long mount that was on my back.


Audi Nines 2018 Bienvenido Aguado
Audi Nines 2018 Bienvenido Aguado
Audi Nines 2018 Bienvenido Aguado

On the left photo I do a superman seatgrab with the dh bike in the big air. Photo by Flo Preuss. The left pic is another go pro fusion photo with a mount on the fork.

 

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.

audi nines 2018 amir kabbani

Early morning on the hip was one of my favs. Couldn’t get enough of this airtime.

audi nines 2018 amir kabbani

It surely took me some days to get used to the compression of those jumps. But once I felt it, I started tricking them

audi nines 2018 amir kabbani

The Freeride Line started with this drop. Hitting those drops and Jumps with so much speed was something else. Table topping over the big boy on the right pic!

audi nines 2018 amir kabbani

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!

Audi Nines Timo Pritzel gopro
Audi Nines Timo Pritzel gopro

Happy to be able to be still jumping those big lines with the young boys! Funny but i am Just learning how to use a GoPro camera properly … I guess I am old school, Haha. So after these nice shots I am motivated to use this little thing more and produce more own content.

Audi Nines Timo Pritzel yoga session

And what would be a bike event with Timo without him teaching yoga! The best balance for the young and wild. Photo: Florian Breitenberger

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:

product release

Introducing

the new Scope

mtb enduro helmet

built on the principles 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 scope helmet

Amir Kabbani took the Scope on a test ride before Eurobike.

II. Design 

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”. 

The Scope helmet

The backside of the Scope helmet reveals its inspiration of modern car design and clearly shows the different surfaces and layers.

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 visor builds a perfect line with the helmet

 

III. Construction

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 Scope Mips with the Multi Directional Protection System

 

IV. Fit

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.

Low fit for best protection

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 3-point height-adjustable size dial fit system for fine-tuning the fit

 

V. Function

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 channel in the foam makes use of a POV-camera or lamp very convenient

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.

Put the visor into the highest position to park your glasses when not in use.

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.

large vents for max ventilation

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.

Read more about the test standards here.

 

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. 

 

#wearetsg

Eurobike

photo challenge

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…

CONGRATULATION SACHA

With 652 likes the winner photo is from Sascha from roottrip.tv

Winner Eurobike Photo Challenge wearetsg

#wearetsg winner photo that received the most likes

Sascha wins the following TSG products and some more from the next year’s line

See more #wearetsg photos:

travel report

Trip to

the Big White

Invitational

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.

On the road they captured this beautiful view

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.

The Big White Canada The Big White CanadaLucas 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!!!

Lucas with a Flip Bar

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.

The Big White Invitational

Packing, driving, unpacking and assembling the bikes after our arrival in Kamloops

The Big White Invitational

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!

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

Lucas is ready for a short dirt park session and Dominik enjoys a Table Top

 

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.

 

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

Lucas steezing down the Shark Fin

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

and one more time. Steez!

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

Dominik is whipping

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

Lucas Huppert captured from out of the woods

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

Lucas Huppert with a big table top

Bike Ranch, Kamloops

If you like what you see click here to find out more about the Bike Ranch.

 

V. Whistler

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:

event story

Crankworx 

Les Gets 

2018

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.

Crankworx Les Gets Dual Slalom TSG's Benedikt Last. Photo by Dominik Bosshard

Dominik Widmer and Benedikt Last racing the Crankworx Les Gets Dual Slalom

Crankworx Les Gets Dual Slalom TSG's Dominik Widmer.

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.

Amir Kabbani at the Crankworx Les Gets Whip-Off Session.

Whip it off Amir

Amir Kabbani at the Crankworx Les Gets Whip-Off Session.

Amir Kabbani at the Crankworx Les Gets Whip-Off Session

Whip Whip Hurra

Dominik Widmer at the Crankworx Les Gets Whip-Off Session.

Dominik Widmer

 

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.

Benedikt Last at the Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Pumptrack race

Bene fully focused

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.

Dominik Wifmer at the Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Downhill.

Dominik wonders how much speed he should give…

Dominik Wifmer at the Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Downhill.

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

Erik Fedko Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle. Photos by Dominik Bosshard

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.

Erik Fedko Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

Erik Fedko shows an awesome 1st run

Erik Fedko Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

He delivered a sensational 1st run and was leading for a long time until Nicolin Rogatkin and Brett Rheeder surpassed him.

Erik Fedko Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

Erik in front of a amazing crowd

Matt Jones also showed a solid run and finished with a very good 7th place.

Matt Jones Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

Matt Jones shows heaps of steaze

Matt Jones Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

“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.

Matt Jones Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

above the public

Fedko started his season with an 11th place finish in Rotorua, pushing up to fifth in Innsbruck, and now took his first Crankworx podium.

Podium of Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

1. Nicolin Rogatkin, 2. Brett Rheeder, 3. Erik Fedko

“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 Fedko Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle Erik Fedko Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Slopestyle

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.”

Congrats Erik!

Click here for full result lists of all Crankworx Les Gets contests. 

And now watch Erik’s 3rd place run:

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