Monday Apr 28, 2014

Extreme Weekend Roundup

All the most important news and results from the world of Extreme Sports - including a wet and muddy UCI World Cup, fast and furious AMA Supercross and high-flying Night of the Jumps from Munich.

UCI Downhill World Cup – Atherton siblings win Rumble in the Jungle

      

The Downhill World Cup returned to Cairns for the first time in 18 years this weekend and many riders were left ruing the trip Down Under after heavy rain left the track in terrible condition.

However, super-siblings Gee and Rachel Atherton didn’t let the tropical weather phase them as they powered to victory - while many of their closest rivals failed to get down without a trip over the handle bars.

Both were delighted to return to the top of the podium after Rachel came 2nd in round one, despite suffering from illness, and Gee was well off the pace in 10th.

The former is now tied with Manon Carpenter for the women’s overall lead while Gee is just behind American Aaron Gwin. However with Fort William, where they did the double last year, next on the tour the British duo are in prime position after a rocky start to the season.

For a full race report and reaction from both the winners click here.

Night of the Jumps – Bizouard leaps to top of European Champs

Recent Night of the Jumps have been dominated by Czech rider Libor Podmol who’s Surfer Tsunami flips have fired him to three straight wins.

However, with Podmol missing through injury, at the penultimate event of the European Champs in Munich, there was a chance for someone to steal his spot at the top of the standings.

Remi Bizouard was the man to take advantage. Despite being beaten on the night by Maikel Melero the Frenchman’s second place was enough to give him a two-point lead over the Spaniard at the top of the leader board.

Podmol has been pushed back into fourth but is expected to return for the final event of the championships and it is still anyone’s title to win.

For a full report from Night of the Jumps, Munich click here.

    

Supercross 2014 – Ryan Villopoto seals place in Supercross history with 4th straight title

Ryan Villopoto became the first rider to win four back-to-back AMA Supercross Titles since ‘King of Supercross’ Jeremy McGrath with victory in Seattle on Saturday.

The American rode to his sixth season victory, and the 40th of his career, with ease and now has an unassailable 61-point lead over Ryan Dungey with one race remaining.

And the 25-year-old was almost speechless after the race, which places him three titles behind seven-time winner McGrath.

“It’ll settle in eventually I’m sure,” he said. “It’s definitely a big accomplishment.”

“It’s been a long, hard season and I’m just glad we were able to finish it off this way.”

Click here for full highlights from the AMA Supercross in Seattle.

Kia World Extreme Games – 8th annual event ready to go in Shanghai

The World Extreme Games kicks off on Wednesday 30th April and welcomes stars of BMX, Skateboard, Speed Climbing, Inline Skating and Motocross to China.

The event, formerly known as X Games Asia will consist of four days of competition and will award titles in all five sports with a total prize purse of US $250,000.

Athletes like Canadian skate superstar Pierre-Luc Gagnon and BMX legend Mat Hoffman will be on show and over 25 different countries will be represented.

Stay tuned on Extreme.com for news, photos and highlights as the event progresses this week. 

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