Qashqai: Milan

Bron: North Shore Mountain Biking

Milan, Italy - April 26, 2008: Trond Hansen wins first stop of the 2008 Nissan Qashqai Challenge! Mischa Breitenstein, Sam Pilgrim, Kurt Sorge, Damjan Siriski, and Trond Hansen qualify for the Challenge events in Munich and London.

Trond Hansen front flipping his way to victory. Photo ~ Markus Greber

The crowd in Parco Sempione was treated to an amazing final under sunny skies in downtown Milan today. The qualifier was extremely tight, and many new faces were making their presence known. Young American Tyler McCaul put together impressive runs, but was just shy of making the cut into the finals. He will be one of the many riders making the trip down to the infamous Estadio Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain next week for another shot at qualifying for the final Nissan Qashqai Challenge Events.

Team's Mitch Chubey flip whipping. We're stoked that Mitch nailed down 11th place in such a competitive field. Photo ~ David Ulrich

The fifteen finalists ran in reverse order, ending with the top qualifier Martin Soederstrom from Sweden. In the finals the wind picked up and riders had to be strategic with their three runs, as their two best scores were combined. Some of the riders like Norway’s Trond Hansen and Switzerland’s Mischa Breitenstein played their cards well and earned their spots in the final challenge events.

Darren Pokoj with his version of a dumped three. Photo ~ Markus Greber

In the first round of the finals, Trond uncorked a clean front flip over the final jump for a good first round score. In his next round he earned the highest score of the day as the first rider to pull a clean 360 over the first jump, straight into a one-footed 360 invert, followed by a tire grab to set up for an opposite 360 over the last double. “The last two hours went just perfect, being qualified for the Nissan Qashqai Challenge competition feels just great!” beamed Trond after the award ceremony.

Congratulations to Trond Hansen, Mischa Breitenstein, Sam Pilgrim, Kurt Sorge, and Damjan Siriski for earning spots in the final Qashqai Challenge Events in Munich and London. Some of the other highlights of the day were Adam Hauck’s 720, Kurt Sorge’s superman to pendulum air, Alex Reveles’s Indian airs, Mitch Chubey's flipwhips and Tyler McCaul’s no footed can can x-ups.

The Podium. Left to right - Sam Pilgrim, Trond Hansen and Mischa Breitenstein. Photo ~ Chris Blecher

2 Mischa Breitenstein KONA EUROPE SUI
4 Darren Pokoj FELT AUS
7 Damjan Siriski AUTHOR CZE
9 Phil Sundbaum HARO, GRAVITY USA
10 Hoppensack ADIDAS GER
11 Mitchell Chubey NSMB.COM CAN
12 Alex Reveles ADIDAS USA
13 Linus Sjöholm SCOTT SWE
14 Martin Söderström COLORBIKES SWE
15 Andrew Taylor VERSUS CYCLES USA

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Statement on new Nissan Challenge venue line-up:
“Nissan confirms that its Qashqai Challenge tour will now take place across four European capitals this year. Paris has not been included this time, but we hope to have it back in next year’s line-up. This development will not affect any of the competitors and the Nissan Qashqai Challenge remains Europe’s only urban freeride series with an overall tour prize fund of $250,000 US Dollars.”

Directly below you can check out Trond Hansen's best three runs.