Vienna Air King 2014

Vienna, the what-was-capital of the historical, long lasting monarchy  crowned a new monarch on April 6th 2014: the VIENNA AIR KING! As the highlight of Austria’s biggest Bike Festival, the ARGUS BIKE FESTIVAL, this Silver Event is a prominent part of the FMB World Tour circuit.

Aside from the obvious sporting and FMB World Tour excitement, sudden weather forecasts added even more suspense to the 2014 VIENNA AIR KING. Victory literally came down to the last minute when all finalists managed to lay down their second runs before heavy rain hit the town hall square. After a two run format the top 8 riders each received their cut of the 10,000 Euro prize purse. The biggest share went to Brett Rheeder – his unbelievable performance shocked the crowd and left the judges no choice but to award him the victory. Polish rider Szymon Godiek jumped on the second podium spot, followed by Thomas Genon from Belgium. Here you can this year’s highlights: Hightlight Video

Sunday’s finals were actually not the only highlight of the VIENNA AIR KING weekend. From Saturday afternoon the crowds could enjoy spectacular bike action: it began with a unique demonstration when the entire rider line-up, including pre-qualifiers, dropped in consecutively to form a dynamic mega-train, which jumped over Vienna’s Rathausplatz. Such an extended rider train is something you will not see very often! You can watch the exciting edit here: Rider Train

Shortly after, a 45min open jam session gave the riders the chance to throw down their biggest tricks! The award was given to Szymon Godziek for his FMX inspired backflip cliffhanger. The Polish ripper took home an additional 1,000 Euro. Young gun and rising talent, Nicholi Rogatkin (second place) stuck a triple tailwhip and jaws hit the ground when Torquato Testa nailed a backflip pendelum to no-foot-can, which placed him third. You can watch the highlight of the Panasonic Best Trick Contest here: Best Trick Video  

VIENNA AIR KING event hosts would like to thank all the riders, spectators, media partners and sponsors for a great weekend, packed with action and is already looking forward to the next battle for the throne!