Thomas Genon conquers all at Red Bull Joyride!

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Thomas Genon conquers all at Red Bull Joyride during Crankworx Whistler to take first place at the first Diamond event of the 2012 season! An amazing variety of technical tricks and big air stunts gave the 19-year-old TSG rider from Belgium the biggest victory of his career!

Thomas became a Slopestyle superstar in front of the 25,000 spectators attending the Slopestyle finals at Red Bull Joyride, along with the wide global audience who tuned in via the live webcast. This young rider from Belgium has shown true potential as a top class competitor amongst Slopestyle athletes, achieving a massive score of 90.2. Thomas absolutely shredded the course, putting down the biggest front flips, impressive tail whips and stylish technical combos. Thomas now moves into third place in the overall FMB World Tour ranking behind Martin Soderstrom.

Martin Soderstrom who was hot on Thomas’s tail, was highly motivated to come out and regain the lead of the FMB World Tour by beating Brandon Semenuk, who for the first time this year failed to take away overall ranking points. Martin was putting down amazing runs and attempted a killer 360 double whip from the cabin kicker but didn’t carry enough speed into the trick and crashed at the top of the landing.

Keeping your bike underneath you when gravity brings you back down is not always easy – but Thomas made clear that Red Bull Joyride 2012 was his for the taking. Whether you were there or watching it live online, the atmosphere was incredible and the suspense was unbearable! To re-live all the action click here to watch the live replay! We can’t wait to head to Red Bull Rampage for the season finale on October 7th and thanks to the Red Bull Media House you won’t miss any action as you can check out the live webcast of this event on www.fmbworldtour.com.

Bike Parks Rule!

A lot of the 2012 FMB World Tour events are held at some of best bike parks in the world! But instead of just watching from the sidelines why not use your exclusive FMBA member benefits to be a pro-rider for the weekend!

As a member of the FMBA you are entitled to special member discounts at our selected bike parks, which will give the opportunity to feel like a pro-rider for the weekend at every weekend of the season! Your members card entitles you to a 10% discount on your day passes at some of the biggest parks in the world.

Even better, to make sure you can take advantage of everything bike parks have to offer before the end of the season, we have arranged two special member deals at Highland Mountain Bike Park (USA) and Saalbach Hinterglemm (AUT)  - These offers are exclusive for FMBA members and will guarantee you a wicked deal including discounts on your bike pass, accommodation and other treats. Visit fmbworldtour.com to take a look at what these offers include and find out how you can book your spot at one of these amazing bike parks.

A good bike park is distinguished by being open throughout the season and by offering a range of trails and jumps for all levels of riding. It should be able to provide a rental service to kit you up with the latest gear and safety equipment as well as shops, restaurants, bars and accommodation all nearby.

Overall a bike park be a place where you are able to relax with friends, have some fun shredding the mountains and develop new skills to progress your riding all at the same time. Bike parks are becoming more and more popular with a growing number of people visitng them each year.

Top class bike parks offer a range of camps or packages as well which offer good value for money and let you swap the normal boring routine of everyday life for an exciting, thrilling time on two wheels!

Take a look at our selection of bike parks and see which one you could head off to for an exciting holiday before the season ends!

If you want to bring a friend who doesn’t have a FMBA membership, don’t worry just visit fmbworldtour.com and see how easy it is to sign up. On our website you will also find details about all the other member benefits.

FMBA Partner Bike Parks

Whistler Mountain Bikepark
Open:             April – October
Trails:             115*
Gently banked cruisers through the Coastal forest and tight, twisty single tracks – perfect for all levels. For the advance adrenaline seekers there are steep rock faces, gnarly root strewn lines, drop offs of all descriptions and more. Explore 4,946 feet or 1,507 metres of lift-serviced descending mountain bike trails.
Website: www.whistlerbike.com

Bikepark Leogang
Open:             May – October
Trails:             8*
Bikepark Leogang is located in Salzburger Land, the heart of Austria’s mountain biking community. It is one of Europe’s leading bike parks and offers a diverse selection of trails for gravity bikes as well as a bike park for advanced and rookie riders.
Website: www.bikepark-leogang.com

Highland Mountain Bike Park
Open:             May – November
Trails:             15*
The Claymore Challenge at the Highland Mountain Bike Park has quickly become a staple event in Freeride Mountain Biking across the globe.  As part of the FMB World Tour, Highland Mountain Bike Park draws in top riders from all over the world and offers a wide range of camps and packages.
Website: www. highlandmountain.com

Colorado Winter Park
Open:             June – September
Trails:             31*
Trestle Bike Park offers 3 lifts and over 40 miles of freeride trails during the summer season.
In 2012, Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park continued the long tradition of hosting some of the best mountain biking events in the USA along with the Colorado Freeride Festival.
Website: www.winterparkresort.com

Freeride Saalbach Hinterglemm
Open:           June – September
Trails:           11*
Pure freeriding with over 400 km of paths and trails. Saalbach Hinterglemm offers a wide selection of exciting options for all riding skills. From broad forest paths with gentle slopes, to flowing singletrails and natural freeride trails. Berms, wall rides, Northshore elements, doubles, drops of various heights, etc. are ready and waiting for all bikers to enjoy. The BIG-5-BIKE Challenge will push the freeride experience to the max.
Website: www.freeride.bike-circus.at

Mountain Bike Park Chatel
Open:         (please visit website)
Trails:          17*
Located in the French Alpes, Mountain Bike Park Chatel offers a unique biking experience, riding through an adventurous technical bike obstacle course, which includes gaps, drops and many other exciting challenges you will definitely enjoy.
Website: www.mountainbikeparkchatel.com

*number of trails is aproximate

Happy Ride Weekend

September 22nd – 23rd , 2012
La Poma Bikepark, (ESP)

BRONZE EVENT

As the only FMB World Tour event in Spain, Happy Ride Weekend at the La Poma Bikepark, north of Barcelona represents one of the biggest dirt jump events in the country. Happy Ride Weekend is more like a MTB festival with live entertainment feeding the atmosphere alongside this great competition.

Red Bull Rampage

October 5th -7th , 2012
Utah, Virgina (USA)

DIAMOND EVENT

On September 1st a lucky 1,800 spectators will get the opportunity to buy their ticket and witness in person the throwdown between a deep list of riders hailing from 10 nations. Three riders are coming to the desert with the chance to be crowned 2012 FMB World Tour Champion. Semenuk, Soderstrom and Genon all have the chance to take home the title at this year’s final event of the FMB World Tour.

Source: Todd Barber

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