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Saturday afternoon in Munich could not have been any better! Swatch Prime Line at Munich Mash pulled in tens of thousands of spectators who witnessed Brett Rheeder claim victory at the second round of the FMB Diamond Series. Thomas Genon took second and Nicholi Rogatkin landed in third. Swatch Proteam athlete Sam Pilgrim had a lot of support from the German crowd and finished in 5th. In addition to winning the contest, Brett Rheeder’s backflip tailwhip from the step down also claimed Best Trick. In the FMB Diamond Series, Brett Rheeder’s win at Swatch Prime Line extends his lead in the standings with Nicholi Rogatkin and Thomas Genon still following close behind.
Packed with even more action, the Swatch Prime Line Munich returned for a second year and headlined the action sport festival, Munich Mash. For more than a week course builders were getting dirty creating and shaping the massive slopestyle course with jumps up to 12m / 39ft! The weather was just shy of perfect and the riders had the cheering support of fans!
From the start tower overlooking the Olympic Stadium the athletes must master drops, a step-up box, step-downs, doubles and berms as they perform 360s, backflips, frontflips, whips and many more gravity-defying tricks on their way to the finish area next to the Olympic Lake. An expert jury judges the individual runs according to level of difficulty, execution of tricks, height of jumps, flow of the run and overall performance.
Qualifying – Friday, June 26 / 13:30- 16:00 Location Coubertin Square Athletes 24 Format Every rider has two runs Starting sequence According to current position in FMB World Ranking (highest-ranked rider goes first) Judging The better run of each rider counts; the twelve best athletes move on to the final Final - Saturday, June 27 / 17:00 Location Coubertin Square Athletes 12 Format Every rider has two runs Starting sequence Reverse order of qualifying results (best rider goes last) Judging The better run of each rider counts; the six best riders qualify for the super final Super final - Saturday, June 27, right after the finale Location Coubertin Square Athletes 6 Format Each rider has one run Starting sequence The best rider from the final goes first Judging Only the best run of all three runs (two from the final and one from the super final run) will be judged, the rider with the best run wins the contest
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Run: From the start tower the athlete rides down the track and performs tricks over numerous obstacles.
Diamond Event: Together with the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL), Crankworx Les2Alpes Slopestyle (FRA), Crankworx Whistler Slopestyle (CAN), Bearclaw Invitational (CAN) and Red Bull Rampage (US), the 2015 SWATCH PRIME LINE is one of the six Diamond Series events, making it one of the most important races on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour.
Sick tricks and huge amplitude are the name of the game at the 2015 SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH. The world’s best mountainbike riders will launch themselves from a start tower at the Olympic Stadium onto a course full of twists, turns and obstacles all the way down to the finish area next to the Olympic Lake. Fans will get a perfect view of all the breathtaking action. This year SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH has been upgraded to become one of just five 2015 Diamond Series events, making it one of the most important contests on the FMB World Tour. As a result, all the biggest names in the MTB scene will be on the start line. And what’s more, this year admission to this extraordinary event is free of charge!
Sam Pilgrim, Swatch Proteam, Great Britain
Totally dedicated to freeride, Swatch Proteam member Sam Pilgrim is the epitome of the new breed of MTB rider, the kind often seen in the skatepark or shredding the streets as well as in the woods. He can ride anything put in front of him and has proved it with a string of awesome results around the globe, in both MTB Slopestyle and Downhill.
Brett Rheeder / Canada
He comes to Munich as the overall leader of the current Diamond Series and certainly would be a worthy winner of the 2015 SWATCH PRIME LINE. After all, the 22-year-old Canadian came second at the 2014 FMB Diamond Series and achieved excellent results at numerous other well-known contests.
Louis Reboul / France
Louis Reboul was definitely the shooting start of the first SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH. Even during qualifying the 21-year-old showed that he had what it took to win. He was the first rider to hit the loop, included it in his winning run and was rewarded by the judges with precious points.
Sam Reynolds / Great Britain
His backflips and 720s are legendary and just last year the 22-year-old wrote history at the 26TRIX contest in Leogang by becoming the first rider to land a bikeflip at a contest. As a matter of fact, the Brit has been one of the world’s best riders for years. This year he has already secured 3rd spot at the Veolia Slopestyle (NZL) and 6th spot at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL).
Yannick Granieri / France
The Frenchman is one of the most experienced riders on the international circuit. He took 7th place at the 2014 FMB World Tour Ranking. Among other achievements, the 28-year-old also secured a solid 3rd place at the Bearclaw Invitational (CAN), 7th spot at the Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler (CAN) as well as finishing 10th at the Red Bull District Ride (GER).
Szymon Godziek / Poland
The Superman is his favourite trick, but the 23 year-old Pole really made waves at last year‘s Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg when he became the first rider to land a Tsunami Flip in a competition. He is among the most consistent riders on the FMB World Tour and comes to Munich after finishing 5th overall in the FMB Diamond Series 2014. A strong start to this season has already seen him take first place at White Style (AUT) and third place at the Bike Days Solothurn.
Thomas Genon / Belgium
Thomas Genon is a Belgian trick machine on two wheels. He finished fourth at the 2014 SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH and is without a doubt one of the favourites this year. Fourth overall in the 2013 and 2014 FMB World Tour Ranking are proof of his consistency. This year the 21-year-old has already come 3rd at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL) and 26TRIX (AUT) and 2nd at the Vienna Air King (AUT).
Nicholi Rogatkin / USA
Having already thrilled the BMX world, 19 year-old Nicholi Rogatkin is now taking the MTB scene by storm. In 2014 he turned heads with a series of excellent results, including first place at 26TRIX (AUT), and finished sixth overall in the FMB World Tour. His strong start to 2015, taking second place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL), 26TRIX (AUT) and Swatch Rocket Air (SUI) and topping the podium at the Vienna Air King (AUT) and the Bike Days Solothurn, indicate that this could be his breakthrough year. He comes into MUNICH MASH in second place in the FMB Diamond Series, making him one of the hot favourites for the win.
Anthony Messere / Canada
At the ripe old age of 19, Anthony Messere has more than lived up to the hype which surrounded him a few years ago. His results back up his reputation back then as the “next big thing” in freestyle MTB. Last year he finished third overall in the FMB Diamond Series, with highlights including third place at Red Bull Joyride (CAN) and victory at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle (FRA).
Logan Peat / Canada
He was one of the stars of the video series "Life Behind Bars" fronted by current FMB World Tour Champion Brandon Semenuk and showed in his clip for Chromag Bikes (https://vimeo.com/110323303) just how broad his skillset is. Last year the 25-year-old was also right up there with the best riders in the world on the contest scene. This season has started well with a 5th place finish at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL). Peat rides Big Bike, Slopestyle and BMX and is known for his eye-catching style.
Bobby Lamirande / Canada (wildcard)
A wildcard for Swatch Prime Line Munich is the ultimate chance for this young Canadian rider to showcase his talent at a FMB Diamond Series event and make the leap into the international elite. There is no doubt that 18 year-old Lamirande, whose favourite tricks include the Truck Driver and the Suicide No Hander, will grab this opportunity with both hands and throw down his sickest moves in front of the Munich crowd. Third place at Swatch Rocket Air 2015 (CH) is proof that this rookie has abig future ahead of him.
Antoine Bizet / France
Last year this 22 year-old recorded several top ten finishes, including victory at White Style (AUT), second place FISE World Andorra (AND) and seventh spot at Crankworx Les2Alpes Slopestyle (FRA). Bizet is currently twelfth in the Diamond Series and definitely one to watch in Munich.
Tomáš Zejda / Czech Republic
Zejda celebrates his 25th birthday on competition day (27 June), so he will be looking to give himself the ultimate present with victory at SWATCH PRIME LINE 2015. He currently lies in seventh place in the Diamond Series and showed his potential with a strong sixth place in Munich last year.
Mehdi Gani / France
Gani has had a very solid start to this season, taking second place at FISE World Montpellier (FRA), fourth place at Vienna Air King (AUT) and eighth place at White Style Leogang (AUT). The 26 year-old Frenchman has his sights firmly set on SWATCH PRIME LINE 2015 and will be keen to improve on his seventh place last time out in Munich.
Carson Storch / USA
In 2014 this young American raised a few eyebrows with a strong showing and fifth place at SWATCH PRIME LINE in Munich’s Olympic Park. The 22-year-old currently lies in 16th place overall in the FMB Diamond Series and will this year once again be keen to show his potential against some of the best riders in the world.
Tomas Lemoine / France
At the tender age of just 17 years Lemoine finished on the podium at the inaugural SWATCH PRIME LINE last year. The Frenchman is well-known for his technical ability and excellent bike-handling skills and comes into MUNICH MASH in 10th place overall on the FMB Word Tour. After third spot in 2014, could this year see Lemoine take top spot in the Olympic Park?
Paul Genovese / Canada
Yet another top rider to strengthen the ranks of Team Canada at SWATCH PRIME LINE 2015. This 21-year-old, whose favourite trick is the Superman Seat Grab, currently occupies 11th spot in the FMB Diamond Series overall standings. Strong results this season include 11th place at the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle (NZL), an FMX Diamond Event, and fifth at Veolia Slopestyle (NZL).
Max Fredriksson / Sweden (wildcard)
The 19 year-old Swede had a great start to this season – after battling his way through pre-qualifying together with 45 other riders, he ended up taking third place in the main event at Vienna Air King. He achieved the same feat at Dirt Masters Slopestyle in Winterberg, where he qualified as a wildcard and finished on the podium in third.
Tom van Steenbergen / Canada (wildcard)
Favorite trick? Frontflip. Philosophy in life? Go big. Tom has the skills, attitude and determination to shake things up at SWATCH PRIME LINE 2015. The 19 year-old Canadian has started the season strongly, taking fifth place at 26TRIX (AUT) and finishing eighth at FISE World Montpellier.
Amir Kabbani / Germany (wildcard)
He’s back! After a long period out injured in 2014, the 25 year-old German rider announced his return to competition in style with a win at this year’s FISE World Montpellier Slopestyle Contest (FRA). Kabbani is one of the most experienced and best mountainbikers in Germany and already has a large number of fans both within the scene and beyond thanks to his spectacular internet videos.
Ryan Nyquist / USA (wildcard)
One of the most successful athletes in the history of BMX, Nyquist is nothing less than a living legend. The 36-year-old has numerous X Games victories and medals to his name and also took part in the X Games Munich 2013. The American recently switched to riding mountainbike. His first competition in this discipline was 26TRIX 2015 in Leogang, where he won pre-qualifying ahead of Russia’s Pavel Alekhin and only missed out on the final after an unfortunate fall in qualifying.
Anton Thelander / Sweden
Anton Thelander, the friendly Swede, will be the Scandinavian replacement for Martin Söderström, who won’t be able to start at the SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH due to a recent injury. The 20 year old will give its all to replace his friend and fellow countrymen and fly the Swedish flag. And he definitely has the positional to do so. Thelander ranked the top ten several times last year and this season. He recently finished 8th at Vienna Air King (AUT) and 7th at Dirt Master Slopestyle (GER).
Greg Watts / USA
One of the most experience riders on the international circuit, the 28 year-old American made a name for himself back in 2006 when he pulled the first ever Double Backflip in a contest at 26TRIX in Leogang . He comes into MUNICH MASH in 13th place overall in the Diamond Series and will be keen to show some of the younger riders competing in SWATCH PRIME LINE who’s boss.
Simon Pages / France
Together with his compatriots Yannick Granieri, Antoine Bizet and Louis Reboul, 18 year-old Simon Pages is one of a new wave of up-and-coming riders from France. Last year he raised a few eyebrows with several top ten finishes. In 2015 he has already taken 16th place at the Diamond Series event Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in New Zealand and will be looking to step things up a level at SWATCH PRIME LINE in Munich.