Pics from Fort WilliamThe Siemens mobile X Lake Jump, Scotland's first ever bicycle lake jump, took place on Friday, May 30th, on Loch Linnhe in Fort William, Scotland, with three MTB and BMX riders taking highest awards in front of a capacity crowd to celebrate the opening of the UCI World Cup races.
The Lake Jump also celebrated the launch of Siemens latest mobile phone, the M55.
Turning somersaults, doing double back flips, and performing cartwheels were part for the course as acrobatic cyclists launched into the air before hitting the 9øC cold, bracing loch waters. The riders were marked on criteria like best trick and highest jump. A panel of judges, made up of famous world cup riders Cedric Gracia and Steve Peat as well as lake jump specialist Mario Preining, voted on who won.
Three out of a dozen riders, five in BMX and six in MTB categories took the top prizes:
Roland Harrer from Austria, a past Siemens mobile X Lake Jump winner at the MTB Worlds 2002 in Zell am See, won the BMX category
Timo Pritzel of Germany, a multi-time Siemens mobile X Lake Jump champ and world record holder, won best trick in the MTB category.
Guido Tschugg from Germany, who also participated in the 4X World Cup at Fort William on Saturday, won the high jump category, with a jump of 4.9 metres.