Welcome to Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016
The Master Championship from Outer Space returns this year bigger and more challenging then ever. Organised by the BIGMOUNTAINSKATE crew, Sector 9 Almabtrieb IDF WCQ race will be held on one of the fastest tracks in the circuit, high up in the Austrian alps, from July 13th till 16th, 2016. Around 180 downhill skateboarders (stand-up only) will battle down the 3.8 km long track hitting the speeds over 100kph and the fastest will take home the unmatchable title of the “Almabtrieb Champion 2016”.
Keep this tab open and check back daily for video and photo recaps, published straight from the event by Mihael Zadravec, Nadia Hozić and Alex Ireton.
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Almabtrieb 2016 Track Preview with Nicola Nührig
The BigMountainSkate crew went to Almabtrieb track to film a raw run with the Austrian shredder Nicola Nührig. Watching him charging down got many a bit worried about the track’s speed, but we’re pretty sure everyone will manage to hit the finish line. Would you have the ballz to tuck those straights all the way through?
Almabtrieb 2016 / Practice Day #1
We woke up with our heads in the clouds, but that couldn’t stop us climbing up the mountain in full downhill gear and ready to rip.
The track was shortened as the upper section was covered in thick clouds and light raining conditions, but the revised track had a few cards up it’s sleeve and challenged riders definition of grip in the wet. Braking power improved when the track fully soaked with fresh rain and there were a few highsides indeed!
Then the storm approached, with thunder and heavy rain, so the riding was called off for safety reasons so we prepare properly for the next few days.
In the evening, the transponders were handed out to riders for the time qualification system and sprits were high in the party tent, albeit smoky.
We return tomorrow!
Almabtrieb 2016 / Practice Day #2
Even though it rained all night and into the morning, many riders were ready to rip down the track in the wet. Starting at 1pm, 6 runs took place on the 1.9 km track in increasingly colder conditions as the clouds moved around us. For those who were already wet from the skating it didn’t matter, they’d taken the plunge and were reaping the benefits. The amount of grip in the wet allowed riders to skate hard and even a few high sided, should have leaned more. We’re back on the hill tomorrow for the start of timed qualification runs.
Video and photo credits
Alex Ireton (Newton’s Shred Longboard Shop), Nadia Hozić & Mihael Zadravec
Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 IDF WQS Qualification Times
Today we were a bit more lucky with the weather, so the riders got the chance to push themselves very close to the limit at Almabtrieb track. Riley Irvine had the best qualification time (1:36.030), followed by Ian Freire (1:36.190) and Mauritz Armfelt (1:36.349).
Almabtrieb 2016 Day #3 Photo & Video Recap
Another day another cloud, but this one had a very silver lining. After two warm up runs, timed qualification began with riders going down 1 by 1 with approximately 20 seconds between them.
The faster riders usually went first during the run and all had to endure the patchy conditions present on the track after it had dried up a bit from earlier.
So foot braking like a damn G was the name of the game, if you wanted a clean run. But the sun would occasionally poke through and the track dried up well for the second timed run.
With both of these runs clocked by the IDF’s baller timing system the decision was made to resume open practice / freeride on the track.
Let’s just say the road was very grippy thanks to the recent cleaning by all the rain.
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Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 Day #4 – Race day & Results
We woke up into a fairly bright morning and everyone were excited to finally see the Almabtrieb track dry since the weather forecast for the Saturday was not so promising. Used to the track being wet and slippery, many got surprised by how grippy the track was and some them even got thrown of their boards right at the entrance into the (first) “Risch” corner.
The race track opened with two warmup runs, which seemed more like a race to me and the even more intense Open B-bracket heats followed. The B-bracket racing was dominated by the Italian riders Patrick Lombardi, Marcus Aldinucci and Tommaso Bohannon with an exception of the Austrian allaround shredder Juergen Gritzner. They all progressed into the A-Bracket. Juergen and Patrick made it through all the way to the Quarter-Final while Marcus was eliminated in the first and Tomasso the second round.
We blew through the B-bracket in no time and then it was time for the main event, A bracket open skateboarding. The first round gave us the first surprise, which was Erik Lundberg being eliminated in his first heat. Footbrake king Aleix Gallimo and Lilyhammer Masters winner Pete Connolly got knocked out in the second run, fastest qualifier Riley Irvine in third, Junior world champ Alex Charleson, Brazillian Ian Freire and German favourite Sebastian Hertler in the quarter finals.
Read the full report by Berry Plasman via the IDF website
As it was planned, our daily work on the track started with filming, taking photos and streaming the race live via Facebook, but we lost the 3G connection just before the B-Bracket finals, so that was off the table as well as the Live Sheets by IDF.
Interview with Emily Pross, Women category winner
Soon after it started raining again for a shorter time, just enough to make the track wet. Considering how the previous days were, today we were really lucky with the weather and the race finished successfully.
Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 Final Results
1. Mauritz Armfelt (SE)
2. Adam Persson (SE)
3. Thiago Gomes Lessa (BR)
4. Douglas ‘Dalua’ Silva (BR)
1. Nicolas Desmarais
2. Benjamin Hay
3. Pete Connolly
4. Remy Amsalem
1. Emily Pross
2. Jennifer Schauerte
3. Lisa Peters
4. Gloria Kupsch
1. Vojtech ZAcek
2. Edward Kiefer
3. Jesse Martin
4. Marc Rovellada Ballesteros
5. Knox Heslop
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