The 5th edition of Suzuki Nine Knights MTB will see the world’s best freeride mountain bikers take on one of the most innovative and creative courses from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017 at Reschenpass in South Tyrol, Italy.
As the Balzamico Trail Designs crew wraps up the construction of the massive course, have a look and see what event host and course designer Sam Reynolds had to say on what we can expect from this year’s edition.
Sam Reynolds - "Like last year, I am helping with the design of the course, working closely with Clemens Kaudela and Andi Brewi from Balzamico Trail Designs to create the most innovative MTB course possible. I’m really excited to optimize last year’s features while adding some pretty epic new ones.
We have doubled the size of the entire course by extending it all the way to the Gondola station which gives us much longer lines, more room to play and increases the audience’s viewing options on the contest day. We made sure to improve the Flow line, the Big Bertha kicker, the 7m tall quarter pipe and the last one by including a higher and steeper landing for even bigger and badder tricks. Probably the biggest improvement for this year is that we have a lot more room to build our big bike line snaking down the hill and with 4 big hits, we’ll be getting some serious air time down there!
I’m excited to see what goes down on the ‘Sendolf’ kicker, a safe but massive step up jump named after Adolf Silva - which he and Anti Rissonnen helped conceptualise. We wanted to create the perfect trick jump suitable for dirt and downhill bikes to push our progression even further. To make that happen in the safest way possible, Masters of Dirt are lending us their landing airbag so that the riders can ease into new tricks. I think some big tricks will get thrown down."
We don't know about you, but we're really excited to see what unfolds at this years event. One thing for sure is that we'll be once again be treated to nothing short of epic imagery and massive tricks again at one of the worlds most scenic locations to shred on two wheels! Stay locked for more from our boys Sam Reynolds, Sam Pilgrim and Adolf Silva at Nine Knights MTB 2017 as the event officially starts next week.