Teva-sponsored athlete Sam Dueck (19), of Cilliwack,
Canada, performs a tail whip during the Teva Slopestyle
competition during the Queenstown Bike Festival last April.
Big names have been announced for the competition this
year. Photo supplied.
After upping the ante with silver status accreditation,
Teva has lined up some of the biggest names in slopestyle and
freeride mountain biking for the Teva Slopestyle on March 28.
The sponsor confirmed the majority of the Teva International
bike roster will wing their way to Queenstown to meet New
Zealand team members Kelly McGarry and Conor MacFarlane for
the second slopestyle event on the Ballarat St car park.
There is a $10,000 prize pool. Competitors include Cam
McCaul, who filled third place at the Red Bull Joyride last
year, and Kurt Sorge, Red Bull Rampage winner last year. Both
are from the United States.
Among other notables are Great Britain's Sam Pilgrim, who
gained five first-place results in the 2012 season; Canada's
Sam Dueck, known for his hyper extended tricks and a crowd
favourite at last year's event; and Australia's Benny
Phillips, winner of last year's competition and on the
comeback from injury.
McGarry said in a statement the 2013 Teva Slopestyle in
Queenstown was shaping up well.
''We are beefing up the course, throwing some new elements in
and looking forward to having some big guns from the Teva
International team heading over for the comp,'' he said.
''The crowd will be able to look forward to world-class
riding and some pretty wild stuff going down under lights on
the night of the comp.''