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Leogang joy for hotshot Hansen

Last weekend, 30 riders from 12 countries rocked the mega sized 26TRIX dirt line in Leogang, Austria.

With two stunning runs, Norwegian Trond Hansen took first place and earned himself 3,500 Euros in cash. Andi Wittmann from Germany showed technically very difficult combos on the trickiest parts of the track and won the Oakley Sick-O-Award.

The guys from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, CzechRepublic, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Australia and the US had to get used to the revised 26TRIX track: nine jumps consisting of big sized doubles, hips, step ups and downs.

It started with two qualifying runs on Friday afternoon, then the top 15 riders went straight to two final runs followed by two more final runs on Saturday in the early afternoon. The best two runs of all four were summed up to determine the winners.

The riders were fighting heavily against the wind in the main part of the dirt track on both days. It was hard to go really big, but most of the riders managed it and stepped up the level of last year’s event.

Trond Hansen shot some great tricks: superman seatgrabs, 360 one-foot tabletops, backflips, tailwhips, 360-opposites and frontflips. His runs were super clean and smooth.

He was happy with the win to say the least: “I’m just super stoked. I already had a great season, but winning the 26TRIX is some kind of special for me. Furthermore, the big air time here in Leogang is a good preparation for the upcoming Rampage!”

Amir Kabbani backflipped x-uped not only the first step up, but also showed tailwhips or superman backflips and got second place which was well-deserved.

Sam Pilgrim made his way onto the podium doing tuck no hands, tailwhips, 360-table tops, backflip x-up one footers, but crashed twice during the finals on two double tailwhip attempts.

The rider with the best skills and most props was to be crowned with the Oakley Sick-O-Award.

It was a tight battle between Andrew Taylor’s backflip on a step down jump that didn’t give him much time to rotate and Andi Wittmann’s jump in the finals at the first step-up: Andi pulled a nice and clean 360 x-up one foot at the first step up, followed by a backflip x-up one foot at the big double after the hip jump.

The judges were evidently delighted. Sebastian Grobholz, Alex Dropsy and Bibi, who are all former or active BMX pros, had no other chance to dedicate the Oakley Sick-O-Award to Andi.

The next big freeride event in Leogang is the White Style winter slopestyle competition on 30th January, 2009.

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