Doyle kills the line in Peynier

Chris Doyle beats a field of the world's best BMX dirt riders to the Vans Kill the Line title

Rob Darden at Vans Kill the Line 2012
© Vince Perraud

Vans Kill the Line took place yesterday at the legendary Peynier Trails in France with US participants dominating the finals day contest of 16 riders.

US riders filled the top three positions with trails rider Chris Doyle taking the overall win.

Doyle turned in a supreme performance on the nine jump course with some smooth tricks including 360 turndowns and inverts.

Californian Michael “Hucker“ Clark took second place and received praise for being the only rider to use flips on the stepdown.

Last year’s winner TJ Ellis completed the US top three by pulling loads of flip trick variations, especially in the middle of the set.

Anthony Napolitan at Vans Kill the Line 2012
Anthony Napolitan at Vans Kill The Line 2012© Syo Van Vliet

This year, Peynier master builder Bérenger “Guilb” Cordier introduced massive new jumps and rebuilt the line on the course.

Sixteen riders contested finals day from an overall entry of 55 riders. Among riders lining up over the weekend were Anthony Napolitan (USA), Rob Darden (USA), Kye Forte (UK), Paul Langlands (NZ) and Dave Dillewaard (AUS). A near 6,000 crowd caught the action throughout the weekend.

Changeable weather on the Saturday caused the cancellation of the Best Trick contest but it did take place on Sunday with Germany’s Simon Moratz taking the award and the €1,000 prize money.

A full final result list from Vans Kill the Line can be found on our Vans Kill the Lines event page.

The 16 riders contesting Vans Kill the Line 2012
The Finalists at 2012 Vans Kill The Line© Vince Perraud