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Images from the 2018 Audi Nines in Birkenfeld, Germany


Sep 122018

Like something from a sci-fi film, the Audi Nines have sent an interstellar team of MTB heroes on a lunar shred mission! Carved out of the side of a stone quarry in Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany, this little town has become a Freeride MTB rider’s paradise!

Sam Reynolds and Clemens Kaudela were on hand for over a month of intense building and turned the blank canvas of the quarry into a mind-blowing playground, featuring a raw 6-meter drop and a floaty 18-meter hip jump, as well as a huge trick jump.  Sam was so hyped to welcome the best riders in the world to come and ride their creation:


“It’s such a unique location this year! Once we put shovels to dirt, we realised this was going to be something special. The first hits felt like riding in a level on a Playstation game! It is like a Playstation game, this whole place!”

Alongside Sam, some of the biggest names on the planet are here to explore this epic playground, including Adolf Silva, Sam Pilgrim, Ethan Nell, Max Fredriksson and a special drop in from DH legend Brendan Fairclough. When we asked Reynolds, who was likely to bring the noise this week, he was pretty stoked to see all the boys ride:


“I think there’s going to be multiple Never-Been-Dones. the Big Air is the biggest and safest trick jump I’ve ever seen. Adolf is always one to watch- he might try something that’s never been done before. Ethan Nell is always a smooth one to watch. Max F- it’s great to see him back on his bike”

Having Brendog on site has also been a pretty big deal, not least for the Audi Nines crew, who love to mix up the style and approach to the course to see what’s possible. Brendan was excited to be on course for the first few days: 


“What a privilege to be invited to ride with all these crazy, insane Dirt jumpers! This is the best in the world and this is their playground! I just did a big backflip to Dirt for the first time in a while and I’ve got the biggest grin on my face.”

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