Zink Wins First FMB Big Mountain Event

On the 3 July Cameron Zink brought home the bacon with 5000 euros from his win at Chatel Mountainstyle 2011, a gold event, and one of the few 'big mountain' courses on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. Relatively unknown local Antoine Bizet placed second flipping the 60 foot double at the bottom of the slope, and freeride veteran Kurtis Sorge ranked third.

Darren Berrecloth stormed back from a back injury sustained at the start of the year to finish 7th, an extremely impressive result considering the circumstances.

Chatel is one of the only courses on the FMB tour in 2011 that doesn't have a slopestyle or dirt jump layout, instead it consists of a series of large drops and huge jumps on the side of a very steep mountain. Just riding the course from top to bottom is an accomplishment in itself, so understandably riders didn't go all out on their trick repertoire. The competition was judged not only on tricks, but on line choice, speed and flow, the set of criteria used at Red Bull Rampage contests.

Brandon Semenuk currently leads the FMB World Tour, but with seven events left on the calender, he will be under increasing pressure to hold his place. Last year Cameron Zink won a series of high scoring events later in the season to take the overall win, however this coincided with Semenuk breaking his collarbone at Cokanee Crankworx. UK rider Sam Pilgram is currently second, so could he be the first Brit to win the world tour? Watch this space.

Cameron Zink's run - 1st

Antoine Bizet's run - 2nd

Kurt Sorge's run - 3nd

Chatel Mountainstyle video pre finals


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