Audi Nines MTB 2021
Three Interweaving Lines are Rising from the Earth.
Course construction and line modifications are underway for the most extensive and versatile Audi Nines set up to date, with each section culminating in an astounding 45-meter Big-Air-Multi-Feature. The best men’s and women’s Freeride and Slopestyle mountain bikers on the planet, in addition to six new rising stars, are frothing to get on course. The event will remain closed to the public, with all the action available for viewers on the Audi Nines channels.
From the 24th to the 28th of August 2021, the Audi Nines presented by Falken returns to the dynamic quarry in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state. This expansive location in the Hunsrück-Nahe bike region in partnership with Bikepark Idarkopf, has seen some of the most groundbreaking action in men’s mountain biking over recent years and is now proud to play host to the best women’s riders in the world.
Course designers and builders Sam Reynolds (GBR), Clemens Kaudela (AUT) Sam Hodgson (GBR), and Andi Brewi (AUT) have been grinding hard on the most complex and diverse course yet seen at Audi Nines, featuring more obstacles than ever before. Lively new sections are being added and the existing setup is being totally redefined, making a total of three interweaving lines that all come to a head in an extra special end-section.
All-new this year is the Jam Line, stuffed full of playful hits designed to enhance and enable progression for both the men and the women of the stacked rider field. The world-class Freeride Line hosts a series of giant and highly-trickable jumps alongside a huge new Sky Drop and Step Up. The Slopestyle Line has been refined even further for 2021, with modifications made to all kickers, the boner log and the quarter pipe to allow for maximum sending.
“It’s an honour to once again be working at a venue where we can realise mountain biker’s dreams. From giant jumps to more creative and fun features, we truly have something here for any and every type of rider. The whole is gang is fired up to get on course and unleash their tricks” says course builder Sam Reynolds.
The highlight for 2021 will be a Big-Air-Multi-Feature. All lines are set to converge on this new endpoint in the quarry, with the final hits of each line combining into one giant Multi-Feature that is guaranteed to facilitate heavy sessions.
“It will be the biggest mountain bike feature Audi Nines has ever built, a 45-meter mega-jump with four different takeoffs and the opportunity to get more than eight athletes in the air at the same time in true Audi-Nines style,” says event founder Nico Zacek.
BECOME A NINE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Alongside the already stellar list of international riders, the final spots have now been confirmed. Only 2 Become A Nines wild card video entry spots were originally planned, but after so many mind-blowing submissions, the judges couldn’t resist and ended up choosing a total of 3 men and 3 women to join the Audi Nines 2021 family, culminating in a total of 35 world-class mountain bikers and rising stars alike.
The first-ever Become A Nine winners for the women are the exciting new talents of Alma Wiggberg (SWE) Gemma Corbera (SPA), Patricia Druwen (GER).
“Women’s mountain biking is set to ignite a whole lot of inspiration and world-firsts with 9 Freeride & Slopestyle women from across the globe to take on the Audi Nines course for the first time. I am honoured to share this experience and push our progression with these riders. The women’s line up, level of riding and support from the industry right now is so inspiring. Thanks Audi Nines for pushing the doors open for women’s MTB… It’s go time!!” says Caroline Buchanan.
Taking the winning spots for the men are emerging rippers Griffin Paulson (USA), Tim Bringer (FRA), Lukas Skiöld (SWE). That, ladies and gentlemen, concludes the final riders list for 2021, and the action kicks off in the quarry in a little over one week.
Audi Nines 2021 Riders List