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RIDE FREESPORT - January 2008 Event News
Posted: 16 January 2008 03:35 PM  
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· VERBIER RIDE 08 - European Open Qualifier, 18-20 January

· LONDON RIDE 07 - 24 Minute TV Programme available to view online

· URBAN RIDE 07 - Competition winner announced

VERBIER RIDE 08 - European Open Qualifier, 18-20 January

The Verbier Ride 08 is running this year from the 18th - 20th January.  The event kicks off on Friday 18th with top athletes and aspiring pro’s arriving in the resort of Verbier, Switzerland.  Thereafter the event schedule is:

- Friday 18th:  Rider Inscription, Slope Style practice day in the La Chaux Snowpark

- Saturday 19th:  Slope Style Qualification Day

- Sunday 20th:  Slope Style Finals Day

The Verbier Ride 08 is a European level pro/am Slope Style event offering athletes over 500 hours of TV airtime and the chance to qualify for the ‘Orage European Open by Swatch’.  The 1st placed male and 1st placed female athletes will automatically gain a spot in one of the world’s top Freestyle ski events in March 2008.  The Verbier Ride 08 is the first stage in the newly formed ‘Road to the Open’ and will showcase pro riders and up and coming grass roots talent.

All information on the event can be found at  On the site you will find inscription details, event timings and the chance to watch in real time last year’s Verbier Ride 07 full 24 minute TV programme.  Ride Freesport would like to thank event sponsors Verbier Sport Plus, Verbier, Snow + Rock, Ski Service and Hotel Farinet for making the event possible and giving the athletes the chance to qualify for the European Open.

LONDON RIDE 07 - 24 Minute TV Programme available to view online

The London Ride 07, presented by Snow + Rock, turned out to be an amazing event with record breaking crowds at the Metro Ski + Snowboard Show.  Riders from the UK and across Europe battled it out to finish in an amazing final with Henrik Harlaut, Paddy Graham and Mike Wakefield throwing it down for the thousands of spectators.  You can now watch the whole event in real time on the website.  Just click on the TV screen on the left of the homepage.  There you can choose to watch the full 24 minute TV programme in Windows Media Video or Quicktime.  Please note that the Quicktime will take a few minutes to load.  Enjoy the action.

URBAN RIDE 07 - Competition winner announced

The first ever Urban Ride series was created in the Autumn as part of the British National Snowsports Tour 2007.  The event took place from the 30th October to 6th November 2007.  The tour travelled around the UK’s premiere skiing venues offering free to the public taster lessons for beginners, freestyle and freeride coaching, equipment advice, film premiere’s, fitness talks, mountain safety and a freestyle shows from the British World Cup half pipe riders. The addition of the Urban Ride 07 event series generated great interest from a youth audience and a massive amount of UK freestyle ski talent presented itself.

The overall winner of the Urban Ride 07 was Chris Benner from Norfolk.  He won a holiday for 2 to Switzerland worth £1500.  The 2007 tour was funded with the continual support of Snow + Rock and Switzerland Tourism.  Due to the success of the Urban Ride 07, Ride Freesport will be expanding the Urban Ride 08 series in the UK to run through the month of October and qualify riders for the London Ride 08.  More news to follow on this tour in the spring.  For all tour photos and news visit