UK dirt jumper Sam Pilgrim (Diamondback) has won the 26TRIX slopestyle competition at the Out of Bounds Weekend in Austria.
American Greg Watts (Gary Fisher) finished second ahead of Swede Martin Söderström (NS Bikes) – who won a wildcard entry to Whistler’s Crankworx in the process.
Organisers improved the course and supersized the jumps for 2009, with a massive line dubbed the Suzuki Air Time Line, a huge concrete berm and a 40ft gap.
Pilgrim grabbed the lead early on with an amazing run on the small line featuring 360 tables, backflip no-hands, frontflips and double whips.
Watts then snatched the top spot with a huge backflip and X-up one-foot on the two big-hitters along with a few barspins at the little jumps before finishing big with a flip whip at the final jump.
Canadian Darren Berrecloth showed clean 360s on the Suzuki Airtime Line as well as impressive opposite 360 tabletop one-foots at the last jump, taking him into fourth place.
Söderström hit the regular line with a huge 360 and a superman seat grab, followed by a sick 360 tailwhip, then a tailwhip at the step-down, a 360 at the hip and a double whip at the last jump.
He said: “I still can’t believe it – I’m going to Crankworx! Man, it’s like a dream come true. I mean, two years ago I would have never thought I could ever make it there, and now here I am, I’m going to Crankworx. Yes!”
Pilgrim threw everything at the course to grab the win. The British young gun decided to hit the Suzuki Air Time Line, throwing down a tailwhip at the step up and an X-up directly afterwards, he flipped the first huge double and tailwhipped the second before ending his run with a tuck no-hand at the hip and a clean frontflip at the last jump. The crowd went wild, and Pilgrim won the comp.
Spanish rider Andreu Lacondeguy crashed in his first two runs but recovered for the third, winning the Oakley Sick O Award after pulling a huge flatspin 360. Even though he lost speed and was not able to end his run, it was clear from the crowd’s reaction that it was the trick of the day.