Not long now until the first Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship takes place in New Zealand this weekend. In the meantime, the rider roster for Saturday’s event has been locked into place. You can see all the action LIVE on Red Bull TV on Saturday March 24th @ 12:00 pm NZDT, Friday March 23rd @ 4:00 pm PDT, Saturday March 24th @ 00:00 am CET.
Noticeably absent from the start gate in Rotorua will be Emil Johansson, 2017’s Crankworx Slopestyle World Champion, currently sidelined with a back injury. The final pair to launch from the start drop will be two riders who were engaged in some of most epic battles in Slopestyle history last season. Rogatkin, who topped both the Rotorua and Innsbruck podiums last year, will drop in last, preceded by Rheeder, who missed Rotorua in 2017 with a knee injury but stormed the Slopestyle scene when he returned to competition in Europe, winning in Les Gets.
“The McGazza Slopestyle course in Rotorua is literally one of best courses of the year,” says Rheeder. “After seeing the changes in person I'm stoked on what the boys have done. I'm fired up to be back and see what I can do on this course this year.”
Below is the full list of invited riders in the order they will be dropping in.
BOGGS Reed (USA)
PEAT Logan (CAN)
PAGES Simon (FRA)
FEDKO Eric (GER)
MESSERE Anthony (CAN)
FREDRIKSSON Max (SWE)
TESTA Torquato (ITA)
GENON Thomas (BEL)
CAVERZASI Diego (ITA)
LEMOINE Tomas (FRA)
NYQUIST Ryan (USA)
GODZIEK Szymon (POL)
RHEEDER Brett (CAN)
ROGATKIN Nicholi (USA)
Hopes, dreams, bikes, and the heroes behind them - they’ve all touched down in New Zealand as the best mountain bikers on the planet begin their season-long pilgrimage for glory and good times on the Crankworx World Tour. It’s all about to go down, live from Rotorua to the world.
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