Munich, March 29, 2011 – The secret is out: today, the organizing committee made the final decision which riders will be allowed on course at the legendary Red Bull District Ride. The very elite of the freeride scene is expected in Nuremberg; apart from the 20 currently best riders in the world, athletes who did not make it to the top of the world ranking last year also get a chance. They can qualify with one of the wild cards at five selected events of the current season for the Red Bull District Ride.
Of course, a contest of such distinction as the Red Bull District Ride tickles the ambition of many athletes to be one of the lucky few taking part in the most legendary of all freeride events. Tarek Rasouli, vice president of the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) knows: “Any rider with the faintest spark of ambition dreams of starting from the “Kaiserburg” castle into the challenging course. Obviously, at such a world class contest only the scene’s very best will make it onto the starting tower at the Red Bull District Ride.” The only riders who have so far proven to be worthy are the top ten of the 2010 FMB World Tour ranking; they will soon find an invitation in their mailbox. Riders who did not make it into this pre-selection with last year’s ranking should put their back into it and secure a starting spot by making it into the top ten of the 2011 FMB World Tour ranking. These riders will receive their invitation in August, after the penultimate event of the World Tour. Following riders area already set (FMB World Tour Ranking 2010): Cameron Zink (USA), Brandon Semenuk (CAN), Darren Berrecloth (CAN), Yannick Granieri (FRA), Martin Söderström (SWE), Sam Pilgrim (GBR), Greg Watts (USA), Cameron McCaul (USA), Casey Groves (CAN), Amir Kabbani (GER).
Athletes who want nothing more than to be part of the Red Bull District Ride and cannot wait until August should try their utmost to qualify for a wild card by winning at one of the five selected events during the ongoing season. Should the winner already be invited thanks to his top ten ranking in the FMB World Tour 2010, the wild card goes to the best rider at the event who has not yet been invited to Nuremberg.
One wild card for the Red Bull District Ride 2011 can be won at the following contests respectively:
April 2nd to 3rd: Vienna Air King (AUT)
June 2nd to 5th: SKS Slopestyle at iXS Dirtmasters in Winterberg (GER)
June 25th: Claymore Challenge at Highland Mountain (USA)
July 1st to 3rd: Chatel Mountain Style (FRA)
July 23rd: Whistler Crankworx (CAN)
So far, more than half the rider’s list still needs to be filled and it will definitely be an exciting competition for the remaining 15 spots. After all, it is not only the dream of every freerider to make it to the top of the podium at the Red Bull District Ride; in Nuremberg, the podium of the FMB World Tour is also waiting for the 2011 World Tour champion to be crowned. www.redbull.com