Martin Söderström wins Big in Bavaria dirt jump comp

Sam Pilgrim second

Swedish rider Martin Söderström took the win at the recent Big in Bavaria dirt jump comp – part of the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour – ahead of Sam Pilgrim and Frenchman Yannick Granieri.

For Söderström’s best run he pulled off a tailwhip at the start tower step down, a huge 360 table top, a double tailwhip, another 360 and a 360-double tailwhip.

It was a hard-fought battle between Söderström and Pilgrim, who unleashed 360s at the step-down, 360 x-ups, backflip no handers and as well as a 360 double tailwhip.

Frenchman Yannick Granieri took third place with tailwhips, high in the sky inverted 360s, backflips and perfectly executed flipwhips. Munich local Benny Korthaus finished fourth, and pulled the biggest backflip tabletops of the weekend, thanks largely to the support of the wild crowds.

The prizes for the top three had a distinctly Bavarian flavour – Söderström received a 30 litre beer keg, Pilgrim a spigot (keg tap) and Granieri a hammer to knock it in with.

Results

  1. Martin Söderström (SWE / NS Bikes) 
  2. Sam Pilgrim (GBR / Ashton Diamondback) 
  3. Yannick Granieri (FRA / Commencal) 
  4. Benny Korthaus (GER / Red Bull) 
  5. Amir Kabbani (GER / Mongoose)
  6. Jakub Vencl (CZE / Agang)
  7. Szymon Godziek (POL / Dartmoor
  8. Linus Sjölholm (SWE / Scott Bikes)
  9. Sam Reynolds (GBR / DMR Bikes)
  10. Thomas Genon (BEL / Canondale)

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