Leogang, Austria, December 2nd, 2009 – The super sized White Style jumps pushed the airtime level in freeriding and turned a lot of heads last January. The upcoming fifth anniversary of the one and only mountain bike winter slopestyle contest is about to hit Leogang on January 29th. Expect a world-class set of riders and a mind-blowing slopestyle course built out of snow and wood.
The head of course construction, Kona Clump team rider Grant “Chopper” Fielder, puts all his creative power into the design for 2010: “I will stick to a similar finish with the step up step down part leading towards some big ass jumps, as I believe that the riders really liked these big hitters last time as well as it is a great spectators point. But there will be some changes nearer the top, to improve this section that was pretty challenging due to the pretty soft snow last time. The riders that liked the last set up will like it even better this year. I’m hoping to get a snow igloo in there somewhere too!”
In 2009, 23 riders from 12 countries rocked Chopper’s slopestyle course. Among them were all the European big names like Andreu Lacondeguy, Martin Soedertstroem, Benny Korthaus, Lance McDermott, Trond Hansen, Yannick Granieri, Amir Kabbani, or Sam Pilgrim. For 2010, the list of invited riders include these ones again, but also some from overseas that can go really big:
Niki Leitner (AUT), Brandon Semenuk (CAN), Jan Toth (CZE), Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP), Lluis Lacondeguy (ESP), Yannick Granieri (FRA), Benny Korthaus (GER), Amir Kabbani (GER), Marius Hoppensack (GER), Andi Wittmann (GER), Mischa Breitenstein (SUI), Martin Söderström (SWE), Linus Sjöholm (SWE), Lance McDermott (UK), Grant Fielder (UK), Sam Pilgrim (UK), Paul Basagoitia (USA), Greg Watts (USA), Cam McCaul (USA), Tyler McCaul (USA)
These names are promising pure mountain bike freeride action! Don’t miss this state of the art contest set up featuring world-class riders on a unique slopestyle track.
The qualifications are held on Friday afternoon, right next to the Schantei ski-lift, close to the town centre of Leogang. From 08:30 pm on, the ten lucky finalists complete two runs to determine the winners of 4.000 Euros overall prize money.
The after party with sizzling beats will be the grand finale for all fans and riders.
The White Style partners Kona, CamelBak, Bikepark Leogang and ONE BIG PARK can’t wait to present you the best slopestyle riders, huge tricks, a lot of airtime, as well as a great after party.
Story courtesy of rasoulution.com, photos coutesy of Lars Scharl and Dennis Katinas.