PHOTOGRAPHER: D. CARLIER
”The Best Riders on the Best Mountains in the Ultimate Freeride Competition”
In 2010, the Freeride World Tour (FWT) will in its third year continue to align with iconic mountain resorts around the world, feature the world’s top riders and partner with two of the world’s most recognised brands.
The main tour will have stops in:
• Sochi (Russia) - host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
• Squaw Valley (USA) - host of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games
• Chamonix (France) – host of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924 and home of the world famous Mont Blanc
• Verbier (Switzerland) - home of the now legendary Bec des Rosses
In addition, there will be no less than 17 Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) events taking place around the world – in Europe, North America and Oceania. The growth in the number of FWQ events has been rapid and this will continue as resorts look to capitalise upon the explosion of interest in freeriding, and the next generation of freeriders seek the opportunity to compete with the current elite.
Big name European riders such as Xavier de le Rue, Henrik Windstedt and Aurélien Ducroz will once again be at the fore. Snapping at their heels will be Americans Cody Townsend and exciting newcomer Tim Dutton. On the female side FWT welcomes US Olympic Gold medalist Julia Mancuso.
The 2010 tour will continue to gain the support of founding sponsor Nissan whose unwavering commitment to the sport now encompasses FWT, FWQ, a stable of riders and Freeride Spirit – the new weekly TV magazine featured on Eurosport. Swatch is also strongly committed to the tour, as are major ski industry players Scott, Snowpulse, DaKine and Dynastar.
Three Winter Olympic Games resorts plus the mythical Bec des Rosses in Verbier, untracked powder, heart-stopping cliff jumps, bone-shaking stomps and world-class brands – the 2010 edition of the Freeride World Tour really will be a case of ”the best riders on the best mountains in the ultimate freeride competition.”