Day 1: The Riders Have Arrived

When we looked out the window this morning to get a view of the beautiful Reschenpass valley in South Tyrol, Italy and saw a fresh dusting of snow in the mountains, we suddenly couldn’t remember what event we were working on- Suzuki Nine Knights MTB or Suzuki Nine Knights Ski and Snowboard?
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Photo: Diego Caverzasi discussing the course with event founder Nico Zacek

Once the weather cleared, the sun came out, and the wind mellowed slightly by early afternoon, we were quickly reminded of the insanity that was about to go down in the MTB world this week. The athletes that had already begun to trickle in last night came in full force on course this afternoon, ready to ride.
9k social day 1---2Photo: Lukas Knopf getting to the course in style

Led by the British duo Sam Reynolds and Sam Pilgrim, the riders began working the flow trail, as the wind was still too strong for the other features. All shared their awe of the size of the features and the infinite possibilities the course has to offer.

9k social saturday---2Photo: Sam Reynolds on the trick hit

What began as mellow sessions on the trail quickly picked up in pace with back-to-back trains, some including up to 5 athletes. Seeing how comfortable the riders were on-course in such a short period of time, we’re bound to see some crazy action go down as early as tomorrow morning. Let the craziness begin!
Full Riders’ List:

Max Fredriksson (SWE)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Ethan Nell (USA)
Reilly Horan (CAN)
Clemens Kaudela (AUT)
Lukas Knopf (GER)
Sam Pilgrim (GBR)
Timo Pritzel (GER)
Sam Reynolds (GBR)
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
Adolf Silva (ESP)
Torquato Testa (ITA)
Anton Thelander (SWE)
Olly Wilkins (GBR)
Blake Samson (GBR)
Diego Caverzasi (ITA)
Patrick Schweika (GER)

Contest Day Rider: Daryl Brown (GBR)

Big thanks to Four Seasons Travel Transferservice for bringing the boys up here safe and sound!!
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