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Vienna Air King 2014

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Last year’s giants return for another shot at the title!

 
Vienna, March 7th 2014 – Only one month to go until the top dirt jumpers will be coming back to Vienna’s Rathausplatz for this year’s VIENNA AIR KING. Last year we witnessed astonishing mountain bike action as riders took the discipline to a higher level. Take a look at the new teaser to catch a taste of what is coming up this April.
 
Love mountain biking? Love dirt? Of course you do! VIENNA AIR KING 2014 is locked and loaded with another world-class rider line up. Situated between Vienna’s Rathausplatz and the Burgtheater, this FMB World Tour Event has one of the most picturesque urban backdrops on the tour. This year, 20 riders from 10 nations will demonstrate their greatest tricks in the heart of this historic city on April 6th. Even athletes from the far away lands of Northern America will be attending. The defending Canadian champion, Brett Rheeder is flying across the pond to defend his title. He might even sit next to Anthony Messere on the plane, who is also confirmed! Brayden Barret Hay will make his major contest debut after his injury at Crankworx Whistler in 2013. Mitch Chubey and Tom van Steenbergen will also be riding for the maple leaf flag. From the US we will see Carson Storch and young gun Nicholi Rogatkin, who has risen from BMXing, but has also been turning heads with his MTB skills since last season.
 
For all the fans eagerly awaiting Martin Soderstrom’s comeback after his long injury break, VIENNA AIR KING is the place to be! The Swedish tailwhip-giant will be out on course, determined to prove why he is still one of the FMB World Tour’s top-dogs. Martin will be joined by his buddy Anton Thelander who has his eyes set on the top spot. Naturally, the well established Sam-pack (Reynolds and Pilgrim) will be coming out to put on a good show with their technical tricks. Peter Henke will represent Germany and local shredder Patrick Leitner will be Austria’s hopes for glory. But also big names like Genon, Godziek and Bizet want to rock Vienna’s Rathausplatz next month. Put in a nutshell: whoever is crowned the new VIENNA AIR KING will have to pull out all the stops to get inaugurated!
 
The finals are certain to provide us with amazing action but let’s not forget about the fierce battles during VIENNA AIR KING’s prequalification. Roughly 40 young talents have applied for their chance to compete with the 20 invited riders on Sunday. 10 of these grass root rippers will make it to the qualification round. Last year, we saw riders like UK’s Matt Jones come up through the pre qualifications to finish 10th overall. These guys mean business!
 
This is the 2014 VIENNA AIR KING preliminary rider line-up:
 
Patrick Leitner, Louis Reboul, Thomas Genon, Matt Jones, Brayden Barret Hay, Sam Pilgrim, Mitch Chubey, Sam Reynolds, Anthony Messere, Peter Henke, Brett Rheeder, Szymon Godziek, Tom van Steenbergen, Martin Söderström, Jakub Vencl, Anton Thelander, Tomas Zejda, Nicholi Rogatkin, Antoine Bizet and Carson Storch.
 

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