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Nine Knights: Emil Johansson Lands Six World Firsts to Win Slopestyle

Emil Johansson brought it to another level AGAIN at Suzuki Nine Knights. nine knights

Emil Johansson brought it to another level AGAIN at Suzuki Nine Knights.

Emil Johansson Lands Six World Firsts to Win Slopestyle Bike Contest at Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2017
Brit Sam Reynolds Takes First Place in Downhill Bike Category

Haideralm, South Tyrol (ITA), September 9th, 2017 – Current Freeride Mountain Bike world champion Emil Johansson (SWE) put down six never before landed tricks during the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB Contest, at Reschenpass in South Tyrol, Italy, to win the Slopestyle Bike category. In the last 25 minutes of a 99-minute jam format contest, Johansson landed an array of new flip combinations to beat Italian Diego Caversazi, whose Frontflip Superman and Cash Roll on the Sendolf Kicker earned him second place. As Diego and Emil pushed each other and the possibilities of technical Slopestyle biking to the extreme, most other athletes decided to participate in the Downhill / Big Bike Category.

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Time Pritzel with a classic tabe for the babes at Suzuki Nine Knights. Pic by Szachimat

“It’s been an awesome week and taking 1st place is just the icing on the cake,“ says Johansson. “I never get to hit jumps that big outside of contests, so it was great to be able to try new tricks, especially with the airbag earlier in the week. I landed a few world firsts and I am definitely happy with that.“

Johansson’s world first tricks are:

Backflip Whip to Barspin to Unturndown
Backflip Quint Barspin
Backflip Barspin to Tuck No Hander to Barspin to Can
Backflip Double Barspin to Tuck No Hander to Barspin
Backflip Triple Barspin to Tuck No Hander
Backflip Triple Barspin to Can

Emil Johannson's Backflip Quint Barspin | Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2017

Meanwhile, Brit Sam Reynolds, who served as course designer for the last two editions, took first place in the downhill bike category, besting Nico Scholze (GER) and Clemens Kaudela (AUT). Reynolds performed a “Flintstone” and a “Superseat” on the Sendolf Kicker with his Big Bike, sent a massive Quarterpipe air, and sped down the huge Big Bertha line in style. “It feels great to win the contest,” explains Reynolds, “but, as course builder, I’m especially happy that it went well and that everyone enjoyed it. The week at Suzuki Nine Knights is always special; we ride together, we’re not competing but working together to make amazing videos and photos.”

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Holy boost batman!!! Sam Reynolds going huge at Nine Knights.

Following close in second place, Nico Scholze put down a “Flatspin Nac” and a “Tsunami Backflip” on the Sendolf, as well as a huge “Backflip Heel Clicker” on the Big Bertha kicker. Clemens Kaudela’s Big Bertha Line combos, a “Flip Tuck No Hander”, not to mention a huge Quarterpipe air helped earn the Austrian course builder a well-deserved third place.

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The Slopestyle Podium from Suzuki Nine Knights.

These incredible accomplishments round out a week of outstanding athlete driven progression, which have pushed the limits of freeride mountain biking. Most notably, last year’s FMB world tour champion, Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) landed a never before done “1080 Twister” on a downhill bike, besting his world’s first Cashroll on a downhill bike at his first Suzuki Nine Knights MTB appearance in 2015. Additionally, podium finishers Sam Reynolds and Clemens Kaudela pushed each other further and further out of the Quarterpipe to reach what their fellow riders say, are the highest airs they had ever witnessed.

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The Big Bike Podium from Suzuki Nine Knights.

Suzuki Nine Knights MTB has and will always be an event that prioritizes the rider experience. Due to this fact, the Public Contest Day scheduled for September 9th was canceled because of bad weather on the mountain; making riding impossible. Therefore, the riders agreed to use the results from qualifiers from the previous day, as the event’s final contest results.

Sam Reynolds and Clemens Kaudela Highest Airs | Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2017

Be sure to head to nineknightsmtb.com for more information on the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB and check back on nineknights.com for all upcoming event information for winter 2018.

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