What is it?
Teva believes in supporting and showcasing the elite athletes in the disciplines where they produce products. It’s good to see baseball, basketball, golf athletes compete but wouldn’t it be refreshing to see the the mountain bikers, paddlers, climbers get some recognition too for their excellence in their sport. Well, that’s Teva’s view and they step up every year and invest in the Teva Mountain Games, held in Vail, CO every year. With their roots in watersports footwear, they’ve ventured into the world of cycling and have gone all in towards supporting Slopestyle athletes and competition.
The Teva Slopestyle is one of North America’s top freeride mountain bike events where athletes battle it out on a big air course loaded with gap jumps, berms, spines and creative man-made features that challenge the laws of gravity. The rules are simple; riders are judged on creativity, amplitude and technique. During the qualifying round, each rider takes two runs down the course, and his best score of the two is counted. The top 12 riders then advance to the finals. In the final round, all the riders take another two runs down the course, with their best of the two counting toward the overall total.
June 1st, 12 p.m. Qualifier Round & 6 p.m. Finals
Teva has been running the slopestyle event for the past four years but they’ve only had shoes in this market for the last two. Last year, they came out with the Teva Links to good reviews http://reviews.mtbr.com/teva-links-freeride-mountain-bike-shoe-review. Users wanted more support, more styles, more colors. So this year, Teva’s main product is the Links Mid and Links shoe both available in black. It is then complemented by a few more cycling shoes from trail, urban, commuting use. Details are here: http://reviews.mtbr.com/teva-shoes-fall-2012-bike-collection
The highly anticipated Teva Slopestyle event, now officially in its fifth year, is attracting the world’s best mountain bikers who are all gunning for an $8,000 cash purse and major media attention. Last year’s winner was Mike Montgomery, followed closely by Paul “Bass” Basagoitia, Anthony Messere, Sam Dueck and Kurt Sorge, who all threw down amazing runs. This year, Sam Pilgrim from the UK joins the elite crew. Meanwhile, last year’s winner Mike Montgomery received an automatic entry into the Teva Best Trick Showdown and Red Bull Joyride, both part of Crankworx Whistler, which is the largest freeride mountain bike event in the world.
Vail, CO in the Golden Peak/Adventure Village area
The Teva Slopestyle event at the 2012 Summer Teva Mountain Games definitely did not disappoint. We caught up with MTB riders Cam McCaul, Adam Hauck, Paul Basagoitia, Sam Pilgrim Kelly McGarry and Jeff Lenosky as they walk through the freeride MTB course.
Want to know what being a freeride mountain bike rider is all about? Meet one of the newer members to the Teva Freeride MTB team, Sam Pilgrim.
Sam Pilgrim, originally from Colchester, England, has broken onto the freeride MTB scene in the last two years taking the highest podium spot in 2011 at Vienna Air King, Monster Energy White Style, and he was the first European to make it onto the final Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour podium, taking victory at the season’s final event, the Red Bull District Ride.