It's happening: on May 3 and 4, 2019, Swatch Rocket Air (as an FMB World Tour Gold Event) will take place for the 10th time at the Eishalle Grabengut in Thun. Reason enough for an enormous party!
It was 2010, the beards of the organizers a little bit lighter, the tricks on the World Tour of the freestyle mountain biking a little less demanding, but the ideas for the event sprouted like weeds. Quickly the competitors fell in love with the Slopestyle course that the Flying Metal Crew built in the ice rink of Thun.
Flying Metal, formerly a bike association, has long since become one of the leading builders of mountain bike infrastructure in Switzerland. The event, which started as Rocket Air Slopestyle, today belongs under the name Swatch Rocket Air. It has grown to earn a Gold status and is considered one of the top 10 most important events on the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour. Once again the organizers will put together a spectacular themed event to be broadcast the world over. The best of the freestyle mountain bike scene will fight for fame, honor and prize money – only obtainable by putting it all on the table with the biggest and best tricks.
Over the last ten years, the staging of the ice rink in Thun has become a trademark of the event. From junkyards, forests and time travel, to the end of the world and disco fever: everything has been celebrated.
Rumour has it the Flying Metal crew will deliver a spectacle of the most outrageous birthday party décor you can imagine.
Will we see you there?
Photos by Andre Maurer and Szymon Nieborak