Winners of the Week at the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014

Teaming up to produce photos and a short clip, the invited freeride mountain bikers were on a quest at the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 in Livigno, Italy. In addition to heli, sunset and sunrise shoots, riders explored the backcountry and freeride trails on Mottolino Fun Mountain. Strong winds during the Contest Day led to it being called off, however, the same evening saw a stunning sunset session, ending the week on a high. The Award Show evening presented photos and video packed with creativity, progressive riding and fun. Here is a first snippet of the action from “Ruler of the Week” Geoff “Gully” Gulevich (CAN).

Geoff “Gully” Gulevich (CAN) was a man on a mission to take over the castle, stomping a gnarly backflip over the step up, huge airs on the hip and flipping from the drop tower on a downhill bike. Super motivated, he was up at the crack of dawn for the freeride sessions and was more than happy when he earned himself a Nine Knights ring and the “Ruler of the Week” title.
(pic: Gully)
Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 – Day 3 Trail Session

Martin Söderström made a great comeback this year collecting top votes from his peers taking home the “Best Trick” and “Top GoPro Shot” awards with his double tail whip on the quarter. The stoke was visible in his riding, “I think the video and photo part was the best part of the week, as the teams could go out shooting at anytime, and we had a really good time.” Söderström explains.Fellow Swede Anton Thelander earned himself a much deserved “Best Whip” of the week, also receiving a coveted ring. Another award was handed out to German duo Tobi Wrobel and Jonas Janssen who relentlessly defied the winds and kept hitting the course despite the competition being on hold, hence becoming “Contest day Rulers”.
(pic: Martin Söderström, SWE)
Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 – Day 2 Heli Session
(pic: Jonas Janssen, GER)
(pic: Peter Henke, GER)
Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 – Day 2 Hip Session
Event host Andi Wittmann (GER) was thrilled on the results of the week despite the difficult weather conditions, “I’m stoked that the teams were so motivated! The content is quite different this year because of the new team concept and all the different riding styles, like enduro, big bike and freeriding.”The outcome seen at the award night was a true testament to the skill of the people behind the lenses, as well as, the riders.
(pics: Andi Wittmann (GER))
Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 – Day 6 No Contest SessionSuzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 – Day 3 Trail Riding

Best Trick
Martin Söderström tail whip
Ruler of the week Geoff Gulevich
Contest Day Rulers Tobi Wrobel and Jonas Janssen
Best Whip Anton Thelander
Best GoPro Shot Martin Söderström

(Pic: Ben Byers, CAN)
(pic: Diego Caverzasi, ITA) Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 – Day 4 Windy Session

Loaded with creativity, it was Team Sweden who took the coveted “Best Film” title with a production involving fire and a unicorn. The main man behind the project Simon Malmberg Duse was working closely together with the riders and photographer Daniel Rönnbäck who won “Best Group” photo. All teams put significant thought into their work, with Team France exploring the idea of our inner child longing to play, and Team Global II took inspiration from the smuggling history of Livigno telling the story behind the hidden away bike trails. The photographers had let their creativity loose and the magnificent results speak for themselves. “Best Lifestyle” photo went to Markus Greber (GER), while “Best Action” and “Best Illumination” categories were awarded to the Christoph Laue and “Best Freeride” shot was snapped by Stef Candé.

The winning photos can be viewed exclusively on and the film makers masterpieces will be released in a few weeks time, so stay tuned for more breathtaking action from the week at Livigno bike mecca.

Best Movie – Simon Malmberg Duse
Best Action – Christoph Laue
Best Illumination – Christoph Laue
Best Freeride – Stef Candé
Best Lifestyle -Markus Greber
Best Group – Daniel Rönnbäck


Team Sweden:
Martin Söderström (SWE)
Anton Thelander (SWE)
Linus Sjöholm (SWE)
film maker: Simon Malmberg Duse
photographer: Daniel Rönnbäck

Team France:
Yannick Granieri (FRA)
Pierre Edouard Ferry (FRA)
Antoni Villoni (FRA)
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
film maker: Hadrien Picard
photographer: Stef Candé

Team Global 1
Tobi Wrobel (GER)
Peter Henke (GER)
Klemens Kaudela (AUT)
Sam Pilgrim (GBR)
Sam Reynolds (GBR)
film maker: El Flamingo
photographer: Christoph Laue

Team Global 2
Andi Wittmann (GER)
Geoff Gulevich (CAN)
Ben Byers (CAN)
Timo Pritzel (GER)
Andi Brewi (AUT)
Photographer: Markus Greber (GER)
Film maker: Mario Feil (GER)