The FMB World Tour is now in its sixth season. Riders have already put points on the board at Bronze, Silver and Diamond events. Brett Rheeder most recently took the win at Round 1 of the FMB Diamond Series at Crankworx Rotorua. And Nicholi Rogatkin, together with Martin Soderstrom have put Specialized on top of the FMB Factory Team ranking. Now, back from New Zealand the athletes will be competing in more events as the tour builds up for round 2 of the Diamond Series: Swatch Prime Line Munich on June 27th.
Since 2010 the FMB World Tour has been the platform for young riders to become professional athletes and smaller events to become globally renowned. Let's break it down – more than 45 events across 15 nations, that is how many events are planned for this season compared to 18 events across 8 nations in 2010. Over 150 athletes are registered for 2015 compared to approximately 50 in the first year. After getting a taste for the action at grassroots events, the ambition kicks in and every year we see AM athletes upgrade to a PRO license. New to 2015, the FMBA has incorporated several national series, under the FMB umbrella so that aspiring riders can gain points at these Bronze level sanctioned events. With the 2015 season now in full swing, the FMB World Tour will once again be prepared to lay the groundwork for more progression.
At the top of the 2015 FMB World Tour Event Calendar are five Diamond Events, two in North America, two in Europe and one in New Zealand, which make up the FMB Diamond Series. More information can be found here. This year will host three Gold events, including well-established contests like 26TRIX, FISE Montpellier and the Maxxis slopestyle, formally known as Colorado Freeride Festival. No less than eight Silver events are also on the schedule this year. So far the season-opener White Style, the big urban dirt jump contest Vienna Air King and the Swiss indoor event Swatch Rocket Air Slopestyle have attracted some of the biggest names out there. New Bronze events are on the calendar with the inclusion of national series in the UK, Germany and Poland. We hope to see them bring new riders to the scene.