Today was the arrival day for riders and media. After accreditation and check in, all the riders headed to selections, where it was determined which riders would face up against each other in competition. Team captains Cody Townsend and Kaj Zackrisson played their cards and chose the best matchups they could, hoping to put their respective team in the lead. After the formalities were done, the riders were briefed by head guide Sam Anthamatten, and got a first look at the venue: a 1,200 foot spine face from end to end. Pretty impressive.
The spine face, Zermatt, Switzerland
Competition kicks off tomorrow on what could be the best venue that a big-mountain comp has ever seen. After the riders selection today, the talk among the competitors was the spine face. Everyone seems to be filled with excitement.
“For years, people have wanted to hold a big-mountain contest on a spine face, and this is the first time it is really coming together,” said Team Americas captain Cody Townsend.
Round 1 Matchups: Team Americas (L) vs. Team Europe (R)
Josh Daiek – Sverre Liliequist
Rory Bushfield – Fabio Studer
Cody Townsend – Richard Permin
Timy Dutton – Sam Favret
Greg Lindsey – Nicolas Vuignier
KC Deane – Paddy Graham
Logan Imlach – Markus Eder
Charley Ager – Kaj Zackrisson
Round 2 Matchups: Team Americas (L) vs. Team Europe (R)
Timy Dutton – Nicolas Vuignier
KC Deane – Fabio Studer
Greg Lindsey – Sam Favret
Rory Bushfield – Sverre Liliequest
Josh Daiek – Richard Permin
Cody Townsend – Kaj Zackrisson
Charley Ager – Markus Eder
Logan Imlach – Paddy Graham