Public Day, More Riders Confirmed and a Perfect Hip.
The 2019 edition of The Audi Nines MTB is right around the corner! Here are some exciting new details on the upcoming event in the bike region Hunsrück-Hochwald, Germany. In collaboration with Bikepark Idarkopf, The Audi Nines will once again turn the otherworldly landscape of an old stone quarry near the town of Birkenfeld into a mountain-bike paradise from the 9th to 14th of September, 2019, culminating with a Public Contest Day on the 14th of September.
Public Contest Day & Prize Giving
For the very first time, The Audi Nines will welcome the public to the launching grounds in the quarry on Saturday, the 14th of September. This will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to watch the world’s best mountain bikers in action, for free! Please note, there will be no public car access or parking at the venue. There will be a park-and-ride shuttle service running from 9:30am to 4:30pm starting at Neubrücke (Nahe) in Hoppstädten-Weiersbach, with a second pick up point at Umwelt Campus Birkenfeld. There will be Audi Nines signposts and staff in this area to help direct public to the parking lots available. In the spirit of climate awareness, visitors are encouraged to carpool and use public transportation where possible. Bike parking will be available onsite for those who choose to arrive with pedal power.
The riders’ list is quickly stacking up an impressive collection of mountain biking’s best and brightest talent from around the globe. Top riders like Emil Johansson (SWE), Matt Jones (GBR), Max Fredriksson (SWE) and Lukas Knopf (GER) have also now confirmed their attendance, while new faces to The Audi Nines this year include young gun Jackson Goldstone from Canada, and the German rising star Erik Fedko. In all, The Audi Nines roster presents a Who’s Who of top talent from both the freeride and slopestyle mountain bike fields.
The Perfect Hip
The Audi Nines already has some experience with massive hip jumps: in 2016, a hip at the winter event helped athletes to set new highest-air records in both skiing and snowboarding. Now the mountain bikers will get a Perfect Hip of their own, with a single goal in mind: sending riders into orbit on a huge, perfectly shaped ramp. Right in front of the spectators’ viewing zone, this monstrous feature is sure to be a memorable highlight of this year’s event, with potential world-record airs on display.
Course designers and builders Sam Reynolds, Clemens Kaudela and former Audi Nines rider Andi Brewi, with additional input from riders Patrick Schweika, Nico Scholze and Peter Kaiser, are already hard at work on this year’s course — making this venue 100-percent rider-designed and constructed! Last year’s innovative design, featuring a slopestyle line and freeride line threading their way down the grades of the quarry, will return in a reimagined form in 2019. Much of the original setup will return in improved fashion, supplemented with brand-new special features like the Perfect Hip and, in the slopestyle course, the Space Station: a street-style pavilion featuring rideable solar panels, planted in the middle of the slopestyle run.
“Not only are we building on and improving last year’s course massively, but we also have a few new features to reveal , so keep your eyes peeled for some surprises! Think atmosphere busting airtime and an all new space station feature…” – Sam Reynolds
“I can hardly wait until it starts again. Nico Scholze, another buddy and me will build the new quarterpipe obstacle with a London Gap this year which will make the course even more playful! So, we can expect some unbelievable sessions with all the other guys.” – Patrick Schweika
This week-long film and photo session will provide an absolutely unique exhibition of human talent and ambition, from stunning course design and athletic prowess to the creation of unforgettable action-sports moments. Built around the event’s nine guiding tenets—Sports, Arts, Humans, Heroes, Architecture, Progression, Collaboration, Camaraderie and Sustainability—the latest instalment of The Audi Nines is sure to quicken hearts and enflame passion in the mountain bike community and beyond.