Kelly McGarry

Latest From Around the Bike Parks

Nine Knights

It's been a busy few weeks of major events at some of the biggest bike parks in the world, so we thought it would be cool to do a little round-up of the goings-on and put some of the good stuff all in the same place.

Of course first of all it was Crankwox at Whistler, which seems to get bigger every year - record breaking crowds yet again. If you didn't follow it on pinkbike then here's a little taste of what you missed - the Red Bull Joyride event relived...

And then there was Nine Knights; something new to the mountain bike world. Wildkogel in Austria is not a big name in bike parks, but hosting an event like this has brought it to the mountain bike world’s attention. Just check out the building work that went in to the course... sure, too much for mere mortals but there’s plenty of similar effort going in to developing trails for the rest of us so it’s a location on the up. Here's the full highlight clip of some serious freestyle action...

And finally, it was the World Champs again last week, hosted by Leogang in Austria. Can't believe it's already a year since we were in Champery watching Danny Hart throw down one of the most amazing final runs that we're ever likely to see in any race event! A real shame that injury prevented him from defending his title this year. The honours went to Greg Minnaar, winning his second world title 9 YEARS after his first in 2003! Impressive with all the young guns out there pushing the limits - good to see the old guys keeping up (Peaty was on a good run too before a crash)! If you want to watch the whole thing you can do on the Red Bull website by clicking here. And check out the pre-race GoPro Course Preview with Brook MacDonald to give you an idea of what they were dealing with. Pretty much goes steep-flat-steep, so you need some lungs for the middle section. Was a great week of action in Leogang...

Feels like things are winding down now for the season, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Still one World Cup to go - first time the Worlds visit Hafjell Bike Park in Norway. And then the snow's on the way for the alpine resorts, and least the rain and cold for the others. Lots going on south of the Equator though so we'll look to cover that here. Until then, happy trails!

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