Air to the Throne

The UK's biggest freestyle MTB competition

Returning in 2017

Demos: 16 - 17 Feb
Competition: 18 - 19 Feb

Air to the Throne is a two-day international invitational competition, featuring 40 of the world's best FMB (freestyle mountain bike) riders going up against each other in battle for a €10,000 prize pot.

The inaugural competition in 2016 was arguably the biggest FMB event the UK has ever seen, with American superstar Nicholi Rogatkin and current World Number 1 throwing down an incredible 2nd run to claim top spot and the €5,000 first prize.

British rider and current World Number 12 Matt Jones was the unlucky runner-up, and he will be hoping to put down a winning running in 2017. He was closely followed by Portuguese rider Nuno Pintas (3rd), British rider Daryl Brown (4th) and everyone's favourite school teacher, Norwegian rider Adrian Tell (5th), completing the top five.

Click here to view the full results or here to read PinkBike's photo review of the 2016 event.

Air to the Throne will return in 2017 with Nicholi Rogatkin confirmed to compete and attempt back-to-back wins. Can another rider step up and challenge him for the tile in 2017?

We've announced our first riders, with more to be confirmed over the coming months.

Photo @justsulivan @Specialized_uk. Rider Tom Reynolds, Specialized.

Interested in sponsorship? Please contact a member of our team - details can be found on the contact page.

2016 Highlights

Meet the Hosts

Seb Hejna - MC

Extreme sports presenter and editor of RideUK BMX

James Thorne - MC

Extreme sports presenter for Red Bull, Monster and the BBC

Kirsty Harper - DJ

Shoreditch Radio DJ. Plays anything from house and techno to old school rock ‘n’ roll, blues, funk, soul, disco and nu-disco.

Meet the Judges

Andrew “Sherman” Mills - Head Judge

FIS Qualified judge.
10 years experience.

24 years mountain biking.

Chris Smith - Assistant Judge 1

Pro rider and Legend of UK mountain biking.
Pioneer of UK Dirt Jump Riding.

Andrew Dodd “Doddy” - Assistant Judge 2

14 years as editor of MBUK. Head of Factory Jackson MTB Website.

Meet the Demo Riders

Scott Hamlin - BMX

1st Place Mega ramp - Nass 20010
3rd Place Mega ramp - Nass 2011

First Double Backflip in Poland - Baltic Games 2012

Inventor of the flair to fakie over a spine ramp

From: UK Age: 27

Nicholi Rogatkin

FMB Ranking: 1

Rides for: Specialized

From: USA Age: 20

Nuno Pintas

Rides for: NS Bikes

From: Portugal

Sandro Silva

Rides for: 284one

From: Portugal Age: 22

Daryl Brown

FMB Ranking: 33

Rides for: Bulls Bicycles

From: UK Age: 25

James Jones

Reed Boggs

Meet the AT3 Riders

Nicholi Rogatkin

FMB Ranking: 1

Rides for: Specialized

From: USA Age: 20

Diego Caverzasi

FMB Ranking: 14

Rides for: Formula

From: Italy Age: 22

Daryl Brown

FMB Ranking: 33

Rides for: Bulls Bicycles

From: UK Age: 26

Lukas Knopf

FMB Ranking: 29

Rides for: Rose Bikes

From: Germany Age: 20

Elof Lindh

FMB Ranking: 38

From: Sweden Age: 22

Alex Alanko

FMB Ranking: 46

From: Sweden Age: 21

Nuno Pintas

Rides for: NS Bikes

From: Portugal

Sandro Silva

Rides for: 284one

From: Portugal Age: 22

Matt Jones

FMB Ranking: 12

Rides for: Banshee Bikes

From: UK Age: 22

Frank Paulin

FMB Ranking: 66

Rides for: GT Bicycles

From: France Age: 23

Adrian Tell

School teacher. Rode Nine Knights.

From: Norway Age: 26

Nicolas Terrier

FMB Ranking: 37

Rides for: Banshee Bikes

From: France Age: 22

Dennis Kangasmaa

FMB Ranking: 104

From: Sweden Age: 23

Tom Cardy

FMB Ranking: 64

Rides for: Animal Clothing

From: UK Age: 23

David Viltok

FMB Ranking: 85

From: Sweden Age: 25

Reed Boggs

FMB Ranking: 24

Rides for: Morpheus Bicycles

From: USA Age: 19

DJ Brandt

FMB Ranking: 57

Rides for: Mongoose Bicycles

From: USA Age: 23

Nicholas Hilton

FMB Ranking: 77

Rides for: Morpheus Bicycles

From: USA Age: 22

Enzo Souza Haberl

FMB Ranking: 63

Rides for: Kona Bicycles

From: Austria Age: 21

Peter Kaiser

FMB Ranking: 75

Rides for: Morpheus Bicycles

From: Austria Age: 19