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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!

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.

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.

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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