Kirill Benderoni

All out, do or die: Watch a video of Kirill and you’ll see what I mean. Not many people have Front-flipped off a cliff or jumped over and off stuff as big as Kirill has. I can’t believe it wasn’t until 2012 that he got hooked up with a major company. Hopefully we’ll see Kirill at Rampage soon, I know he’s keen and it would be damn exciting to watch. MTB needs more riders who are constantly pushing the boundaries like this guy. Kirill is freeride.

Who is Kirill Benderoni?

A mountain bike freerider from Russia who became more or less notable for a few web-videos.

How did you get into riding?
It happened many years ago, I don't remember the details. I believe I just watched some videos from the 1990s DH comps on TV then started riding bikes myself. I was about 12 years old when I started.

How's the scene in Russia?
Dirt jumping and street scene is strong enough, but freeriding and DH scene is relatively weak.

Best thing about MTB?
You can ride almost any ground and terrain you can imagine.

Worst thing about MTB?

Age: 25

Living in: Moscow, Russia

Occupation: Translator

Years riding: 13


DMR bikes, Manitou, Fox Head Russia,

Style or tricks? Style, that's for sure.

Music: Country, bluegrass

Local riding spot: Dirt jumps near my home

Best riding spot: Big mountains and natural terrain

Favourite rider(s): Robbie Bourdon maybe

Favourite quote/advice/motto: Never thought about it

Interesting fact about yourself/the world:

When I was six or seven years old I wrote a book named 'How to catch fishes who live in the snow'.

Do you ride BMX as well or just MTB?

Yes. I have a BMX bike but I don't ride it too often. Maybe once in a month or two.

2012 highlight(s):
Probably a photo trip to Orenburg with Lars Scharl. We managed to shoot some material about freeriding in Russia for FREERIDE Mag.

Firsts of 2013

Ride (date) 02.01.2013

Ride (spot) Local dirt jumps

People you rode with: Some of my riding mates

Trick: 360

Case: Can't remember any

Overshoot/flat-landing: Hardly

Slam: Crashed Front-flipping a small jump

Injury/wound: Dislocated my shoulder while learning Flatspins

Bike fail/break: Nothing like that

New trick/line: Flip Tuck no-hander

Thing that scared you: In 2013? Nothing yet.

Funny moment:

Spending my first hours of 2013 in a freight train wagon

Best edit you’ve seen this year (link)
I think it was some BMX vid. Maybe this one. (see left)

Plans/goals for 2013:
It would be cool to travel more and explore some new riding areas.

Any wild trips planned? Yes. I hope they will happen.

Shout outs:
A big thanks to all the people who support me: my mum, friends and sponsors.

Photo by Alexey Ivanov