Swedish slopestyle stars Emil Johansson and Martin Söderström have joined up for a six-part video series called ‘Ride With the Swedes” to shine a light on their country’s booming mountain bike scene and global exploits.
To dig new mountain bike trails in Japan is no easy task, ultimately requiring approval from the government. Ryo Hazuma has spent the better half of a decade earning respect and permission to build trails in the Minami Alps, intersecting mountain biking with heritage and culture across generations.
As Emil Johansson (SWE) entered the finish corral after his second run in a victory train with fellow Red Bull athlete Erik Fedko (GER), his win secured, the on-site announcer coined a new term: it seems we’ve entered the “Era of Emil.”
As Jordy Scott (USA) crossed the finish line, her style points boosting her ahead of Vaea Verbeeck (CAN) in the women’s final of the CLIF Speed & Style presented by Mons Royale, it was a win for her and a win for women in the sport.
Through sweat and dust, two non-local Kiwis rose to the challenge to take the win in the first event of Crankworx Rotorua 2020. Wellington’s Rae Morrison accomplished total stage domination, while New Plymouth’s Eddie Masters took four out of six stages over the course of the day.