Volvo X Over Ride

When: Sat 7th of April 2007

Where: Kitzsteinhorn, Austria

Riders from Central Europe dominated the Volvo X Over Ride 2007 at Kitzsteinhorn on April 7 and 8. At the Europa-Sportregion Zell am See-Kaprun, 110 participants from eight nations battled for an €9000 overall prize money at the Freeride Cross on Saturday and the Slopestyle Challenge on Sunday. Local Bernd Wallner (AUT) took home the honourable title of the ‘Ruler of the Hill’.

For contestants and spectators alike, Kitzsteinhorn offered perfect conditions for the 4th Volvo X Over Ride at Easter weekend. In brilliant sunshine, the thrilling duels of the Freeride Cross took place on Saturday at the Langwied freeride area. On Sunday, the spectators at the Volvo C30 Ice Camp watched the riders showing their freestyle skills at the Central Park. The perfect beginning of the Glacier spring at Kitzsteinhorn!

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Perfect conditions at the Freeride Cross

On Saturday, 60 riders took part in the demanding Freeride Cross at the Open Field Langwied. They needed technical skills and endurance to cope with the 1.3 km course and 800 metres difference in altitude. At the freeskiers’ contest, Manfred Deisenberger from Maishofen (AUT) won over Phil Anker (AUT) and Martin Pistonik (AUT).

Swiss freerider Ralph Castelberg won the snowboarders’ contest. “That was a super thrilling duel!”, he said. “Mario Fuchs and me lead the field alternately. But I risked everything at the open field and took first place in the end.” Mario Fuchs (AUT) got second, while Roli Hofer (AUT) took third place.

Czechs Jana Hoffmannová and Pavla Vostretzoua won the female freeskiers’ race, Austrian Kornelia Kocher went third. German Pepsi Zeller won the female snowboarders’ contest and was most surprised of her win – she only had done slopestyle contests before and hadn’t expected to win the race. Sabine Enzinger (AUT) took second, Liz Kristoferitsch (AUT) third.

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High level riding at the Central Park

On Easter Sunday, it was the freestylers’ turn. After a qualification jam session, 22 riders on skis and snowboards took part in the finals. As a warm-up, the freeskiers showed their best tricks and original outfits at the Almdudler Ride with Style Contest. Its motto: “How would a freeskier have looked 50 years ago?” Patrick Hollaus (AUT) won another €100, Ambros ‘Brosei’ Fürstaller and Tom Egger (AUT) shared second place and €700, whilst Robert Gruber (AUT) on third was pleased with €300.

To present the best park possible for the expected high-level tricks at the Slopestyle Challenge, Mellow Constructions CEO Tommy Marsh had re-shaped the obstacles of the Central Park. Head Judge Tobi Hammer said: “The level at the park was really high, a perfect and well shaped combination of boxes, kickers and the Volvo Wallride!“

Spectators at the Volvo C30 Ice Camp had the opportunity to watch fine tricks. At the freeskiers’, Patrick Hollaus impressed the judges with clean spins on and off the boxes as well as Cork 900s and massive Switch Cab 540 Double Nose Grabs. Germans Thadde Joas and David Kittlinger on second and third left favourites like Lukas Brucic, Harry Richter or Christoph Soellner behind.

At the snowboarders’ comp, winner Stefan Wimmer (AUT) showed nice spins on and off the boxes as well as a Cab 900 at the Technical Run and Backside 540 Japan at the Style Run. Friedl May (GER) and Wolfgang Hillberg (AUT) took second and third.

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Ruler of the Hill: Bernd Wallner

Reigning champion Bernd Wallner (AUT) was able to defend his title as the “Ruler of the Hill” combining the best results in Freeride Cross and Slopestyle. After a solid 7th place at the Cross, he showed fine Frontside 700s and Backside Rodeos at the Central Park and was crowned the most versatile rider of the weekend. As a reward, he won a one-week trip to Nalu Surfcamp in Portugal. Gustl Schoberleitner (AUT) was second and Manfred Oberkofler (AUT) third.


Party showdown at the Castle Kaprun

With X Over Ride’s new partner Volvo, the party vibes also reached new heights. The Castle Kaprun was the new and bigger setting of the After Contest Parties. Cheered by the live gigs of punk rock bands Multiball and Slimboy as well as Boston’s ska punk reggae set-up Jaya the Cat, riders and visitors celebrated on Saturday and Sunday nights drinking Almdudler and Heineken to prevent thirsty throats. At the Almdudler Riders Lounge, the riders had an extra floor and the best place to watch the hustle and bustle.

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Volvo X Over Ride 2007

The Volvo X Over Ride 2007: a Freeride Cross and Slopestyle Contest will be taking place at Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun over Easter weekend, with €9,000 overall prize-money up for grabs!

The Kitzsteinhorn offers perfect conditions for the Volvo X Over Ride 07 from April 6 to 9, 2007. Over Easter weekend, all freeriders and slopestyle artists will have the opportunity to show their skills at the off-piste terrain at Langwied and at the new Central Park. Their rewards will be fat prizes and extensive after contest parties at the Castle Kaprun.

From Good Friday to Easter Monday, freeriders, slopestylers, ski and snowboard crossers will gather at the Volvo X Over Ride to spend some fine days together, to test next season’s snowboards and to compete in the Freeride Cross and at the Slopestyle Contest.

The winners will get a whole bunch of Easter presents like precious non-cash prizes and €9,000 overall prize-money. Riders who start in both categories will have the chance to be crowned the ‘Ruler of the Hill’ who will travel to Nalu Surf Camp in Portugal for one week. In addition, style and outfit will also be rewarded: At the ‘Almdudler Ride with Style’ contest, the best trick and the most original retro outfit will be awarded lavishly.

Freeride Cross and Slopestyle Contest

Two days, two contests: Easter Saturday will see the Freeride Cross with four contestants riding the unprepared slope at the Langwied chairlift at the same time. The two fastest riders will enter the next round until the finalists are fixed. On Sunday, the best freestylers will compete at the Slopestyle Contest at the Central Park. The organizers look for the best skiers and snowboarders, female and male alike.

Almdudler Ride with Style

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Almdudler thought out a special kind of competition: on Easter Sunday, the Almdudler Ride with Style Contest will take place. Along the lines of, ‘How would a freeskier have looked 50 years ago?’ both the best historic outfit and the best trick will be rewarded in combination. Every freeskier outfitted in retro style may start at the 30-minute box session. The judges will evaluate on the basis of 50% tricks and 50% outfit. The substantial prize money of €2,000 will be divided up among the winners (1st place receives € 1000, 2nd place € 700 and 3rd place € 300).

Party showdown at Kaprun Castle

At night, the Volvo X Over Ride will celebrate down in the valley. Parties with live gigs, Heineken beer and good music will take place at Kaprun’s Castle. On Saturday, the Slovenian band Multiball will mark the beginning with their fast punk rock. After the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday night, Swiss punk rockers Slimboy and Boston’s ska punk reggae combo will turn the heating right up. DJs Vale, Chris Rock, Paddauz and Tom Tom will round the mixture off.

Packages from €133

Bargain packages for the contest at Kitzsteinhorn may be booked starting as low as €133. Packages include lodging, lift pass, extensive ski and snowboard tests, entry fee, access to party and many other additional events. For booking and more information please see www.x-over.at

Schedule Volvo X Over Ride 2007

Friday, April 6, 2007

Whole day: Arrival & Check-in, Tourist information Kaprun

14:30-16:00: Training Freeride Cross, Langwied/Kitzsteinhorn

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Whole day: Arrival & Check-in, Tourist information Kaprun

08:30-16:30: Freeride Cross, Langwied/Kitzsteinhorn

09:00-15:00: New School Ski & Snowboard test season 07/08

10:00-15:00: Ortovox avalanche rescue field

20:00: After Contest Party, Castle Kaprun

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Whole day: 50 years Almdudler Style Contest

08:30-16:30: Slopestyle Contest, Central Park Kitzsteinhorn

09:00-15:00: New School Ski & Snowboard test season 07/08

10:00-15:00: Ortovox avalanche rescue field

20:00: After Contest Party, Castle Kaprun

Monday, April 9 2007

Bad weather day

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