Nissan Qashqai Challenge bigger and better for 2008

Freeride tour of Europe with new locations and more riders

The Nissan Qashqai Challenge takes place again this year across five different European countries, and the courses look set to take urban riding to a new level as the world’s top 25 freeriders style it up to secure the $250,000 prize purse on offer.


The Challenge locations will be Milan, Madrid, Munich, Paris and London and will take place in late April and the whole of May. Taking on a fresh format, this year’s series will consist of a mix of Open and Challenge events – therefore opening the contest up to a wider range of riders.

During the first two stops in Milan (Italy) and Madrid (Spain), ten riders will be given the opportunity to qualify for the final three Challenge events in Munich (Germany), Paris (France) and London (United Kingdom). In addition to those 10 riders, the top 15 of the last year’s Qashqai overall ranking will join them in the final three Challenge events.

Here are the dates to put in your diary:

  • Saturday 25-26 April – Nissan Qashqai Challenge Open: Milan, Italy
  • Saturday 2-3 May – Nissan Qashqai Challenge Open: Madrid, Spain
  • Sunday 11 May – Nissan Qashqai Challenge: Munich, Germany, 1 day event
  • Saturday 17 May – Nissan Qashqai Challenge: Paris, France, 1 day event
  • Saturday 24 May – Nissan Qashqai Challenge Grand Final: London, UK, 1 day event

The following riders gained automatic entry into this year’s Challenge through their ranking in the Qashqai Challenge 2007:

  • Darren Pokoj (AUS)
  • Ben Boyko (CAN)
  • Brandon Semenuk (CAN)
  • Darren Berrecloth (CAN)
  • Benny Korthaus (GER)
  • Amir Kabbani (GER)
  • Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP)
  • Lance McDermott (UK)
  • Grant Fielder (UK)
  • Paul Basagoitia (USA)
  • Cameron McCaul (USA)
  • Greg Watts (USA)
  • KyleStrait (USA)
  • Adam Hauck (USA)
  • Jamie Goldman (USA)