UK's Sam Pilgrim leads Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour after seven events
The Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour brings together riders and organisers from the big mountain freeride, slopestyle and dirt jump fraternities, and with seven events already completed this year, British rider Sam Pilgrim is in the lead with 1,588.75 points.
The global series aims to make freeride contests more professional and safe, with more consistent judging and ranking, and it will make its UK debut at BikeRadar Live on 10-11 July, where Pilgrim is hoping to further his lead in the global rankings.
Highlights so far in this year’s tour have included the Mongoose Slopestyle at the iXS Dirt Masters in Winterberg, Germany, where more than 50 riders hit the dirt and thousands of spectators turned up to watch. Sam Pilgrim took the win with Martin Söderström and Felix Rosendahl second and third, respectively.
The Teva Mountain Games Slopestyle in Vail, Colorado on 3-6 June attracted an impressive field of riders from the US and Canada on a varied course, where some epic tricks were unleashed. Vancouver local Eric Lawrenuk took the win, with Paul Basagoitia and Casey Groves in second and third.
Sam Pilgrim in high spirits during last year’s BikeRadar Live
There are now 11 events left in the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour including Chatel Mountain Style, Lublin Off The Track and Crankworx. The tour will make its UK debut at BikeRadar Live on July 10-11 as part of the Mountain Biking UK Dirt Jump Invitational contest.