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Preview 2015

In 2015 MUNICH MASH is set to get high and crazy as Swatch Prime Line returns. Above the unique roof of the Olympic Stadium the best riders in the world will take on an adrenaline-pumping descent all the way down to the shore of the Olympic Lake. Fans along the course will have perfect views of the spectacular jumps and tricks performed by the international mountain bike elite. The second edition of Swatch Prime Line at MUNICH MASH 2015 is rated as a Diamond Event on the FMB World Tour, the highest event category, meaning it is set to attract the crème de la crème. The FMB World Tour is a global series comprising over 30 events. Each year the world’s best battle it out for the title FMB World Champion.

Review 2014

The final day of the Swatch Prime Line event at MUNICH MASH 2014 could not have been any more exciting. After an intense trick battle between the 16 qualifiers, France‘s Louis Reboul took victory ahead of Swatch ProTeam rider Sam Pilgrim (GBR) and Tomas Lemoine (FRA). The Best Trick Award went to the Belgian rider Thomas Genon (BEL). Reboul showed his strong form during the qualification round and used his experience on the loop-the-loop section of the course to put together his winning run. Sam Pilgrim was also full or surprises: instead of jumping over the loop, like most riders, he performed a flawless Flair on it to thrill the crowd. “Swatch Prime Line was perfect: great weather, great atmosphere, great crowd,” commented Pilgrim. “It was really fun to ride here and a cool feeling to be back on the podium.”

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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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GOOD TO KNOW

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.

Athletes

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!

The top ten athletes from the 2014 FMB World Tour automatically qualify for this Diamond Series event. The next starting places go to the eight best riders in the world ranking list four weeks before SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH. The final six places are wildcards – one will be awarded away by FMBA and five by MUNICH MASH.

Confirmed riders

Sam Pilgrim, Swatch Proteam, UK

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.

Peter Henke / Germany (wildcard)

Henke, currently the best slopestyle rider in Germany, showed Teutonic precision on his rise into the world elite. However, last year an injury caused him to lose out on important points in the FMB Tour. Nevertheless, he secured the 10th spot overall – his best result on the FMB World Tour. At the 2014 SWATCH PRIME LINE MUNICH Henke fell in training and was not able to take part in the final. His best result so far in 2015 has been the 6th place at the Vienna Air King (AUT).

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 / POL

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 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) 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 / CAN

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.

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