Audi Nines mountain bike event is underway in Birkenfeld, Germany, and riders are already setting records.
Polands Dawid Godziek took advantage of a massive jump built for Audi Nines to land a world first quadruple tail whip. The trick which, for those not familiar with that side of mountain biking, involves spinning his bike around the handlebars four times while airborne, had never before been landed on a mountain bike.
“I landed the triple whip pretty easy, so I decided to try for one more,” said the 24-year-old professional mountain biker from the village of Suszec in southern Poland. “I hadn’t been thinking about this trick at all, but the jump here at Audi Nines turned out to be the perfect jump for it. It’s huge and there’s a lot of airtime to do it.”
While a triple tail whip might be a walk in the park for the Polish pro, our didn’t come as easy. It took four runs at the five-metre-high takeoff ramp of the Audi Nines Progression Big Air jump for Godziek to land the quadruple tail whip. The massive jump sends riders over 10m into the air, giving them more time to attempt never before done tricks.
Godziek attributes part of his success in landing the trick to Audi Nine’s non-competitive format. “The special thing about this event is that we don’t have any pressure to put our run together in three or five tries,” said Godziek. “We have a few days to do our best, which is really cool.”
The Audi Nines mountain bike event is an invite-only contest and media event for professional mountain bikers. This is hte first year the event will be held in a stone quarry in the Hunsrüsk mountains in Germainy’s Rhineland-Palatinate region. Riders have one week to land their best tricks and runs for the cameras. The course features a big air jumps, freeride and slopestyle mountain bike lines.