Following a standout first year at Reschenpass, Italy, the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB returns to South Tyrol with a fresh take on last year’s impressive course. The “FOCUS Become a Knight” video contest launches a search for new talent to join Sam Reynolds (GBR) Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (POL), Antoine Bizet (FRA), Martin Söderström (SWE) and many more for the week-long super session, running from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017.

Extended Course With New Elements

Brit Sam Reynolds yet again teamed up with Austrians Andi Brewi and Clemens Kaudela from Balzamico Trail Design to continue building on last year’s success. The versatile course for 2017 combines flowy lines with progressive freestyle elements offering multiple opportunities to link together longer runs with bigger tricks. Built along the avalanche mound at Haideralm in the Venosta Valley, the course includes a longer flow line, a new big bike jump line, and four different kicker options to take mountainbiking to new heights.

“The Reschenpass venue was incredible for the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2016,” course designer Sam Reynolds says. “Now that we have a solid foundation to build on, our massive new set-up will open the door to some world first tricks and even more creative lines. I can’t wait to get building!”

Freeride Sponsorship & Wild Cards

Two amateur or pro riders can win wildcards to join invited athletes thanks to the FOCUS “Become a Knight” online video contest. In addition to the wildcard, FOCUS Bikes is offering a one-year sponsorship for their favourite "Freeride" category submission featuring a talented “non-bike sponsored rider” with killer freeride and big bike skills. Meanwhile, the “Open” category entries can highlight dirt jumps, slopestyle tricks, as well as freeride skills.