As of yesterday, the southern hemisphere’s premier freeride mountain biking event; Teva Slopestyle, has officially received accreditation as a Silver status Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour event.
Teva Slopestyle, part of the Queenstown Bike Festival, launched for the first time in 2012 making an immediate impact on the international mountain bike scene. In its inaugural year, crowds of thousands gathered at the event to watch the international field of riders contest the $10,000 cash prize pool on offer.
The FMB World Tour event categorisation system incorporates an array of different criteria that determines the level of each single event. The main criteria are: the type and demands of the course, the line-up of riders, the level of prize money, the professionalism of judging, the media output and the service in general. Silver events are top events with high demands for participants and are the point at which professional and amateur athletes meet on a competitive level.
Teva Marketing Manager, Stephen Winnacott on the news:
“We’re stoked on the announcement! It’s a massive development for the event. It is also great news for the competitors and the sport of Freeride Mountain Biking in general, something Teva is committed to supporting. Now that the event is Silver status we expect more of the world’s top riders to make the trip down to Queenstown to compete, which means spectators won’t be disappointed either with a higher level of competition.”
The 2013 Slopestyle course will again be situated in downtown Queenstown in the Ballarat Street car park, designed and built by Teva Global Freeride Team Athlete Kelly McGarry and Tom Hey, who has previously worked on prestigious Slopestyle courses including the infamous Crankworx in Whistler and Colorado.
This news will no-doubt attract more riders from around the world to get involved in 2013’s event. This is sure to be another awesome FMB World Tour season, filled with suspense as the riders’ battle for the FMB World Tour 2013 title.