Photo retrospective: FMB World Tour 2013

A pictorial review of the 2013 FMB World Tour season.
By Rajiv Desai

2013 was an outstanding year for the FMB World Tour. The Tour grew to 33 events worldwide this year taking the sport to new global audiences. The level of riding and trick progression has also never been higher with new emerging talented riders aiding the quality of competition as never before.

North America’s domination of the sport ended this year with Sam Pilgrim becoming the first European to win the FMB World Tour title. Sam got on the podium at almost every event he competed in and it was this consistency that gave him enough points to claim the FMB World Tour title before the season finale at Red Bull Rampage.

Brandon Semenuk might have ducked out of a few competitions this year to focus on other interests but he still showed ultimately he is the man to beat with wins at Joyride and the Bearclaw Invitational.

Another Canadian, Brett Rheeder, is the man to watch out for in 2014. Victories at Berg Line and at the X Games showed him as a rider that can now perform with ease in the big pressure contests.

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Snow fun
Pavel Alekhin in action at White Style 2013
Snow fun The traditional season start for the FMB World Tour is on the snow at White Style in February. Bad weather caused the postponement of White Style as a full contest this year but there was still a Best Trick contest. Pavel Alekhin won with this flip double whip. © Christoph Laue
Slopestyle is Thun indoors
Thomas Genon during finals at Rocket Air 2013
Slopestyle is Thun indoors Rocket Air is one of the very few indoor events on the FMB World Tour. Thomas Genon, like the other riders that took part, appreciated the noise and cheers generated by the crowd at the Thun arena in Switzerland. © Bartek Wolinski
Berg Line success for Rheeder
Brett Rheeder performs at the Red Bull Berg Line Final in Winterberg, Germany on May 19th, 2013
Berg Line success for Rheeder Canada's Brett Rheeder captured his first Gold event FMB World Tour win in May at Red Bull Berg Line. © Flo Hagena/Red Bull Content Pool
Slopestyle comes to the X Games
Andreu Lacondeguy performs during the Mountainbike Slopestyle Finals at the X Games in Munich, Germany on June 30th, 2013.
Slopestyle comes to the X Games Andreu Lacondeguy rocks it at the Summer X Games in Munich. The X Games featured a mountain bike discipline for the first time, a sign of freeride’s growing popularity. Given the worldwide reputation of the X Games, the FMB World Tour gave the Munich contest Diamond event status. © Lukas Pilz/Red Bull Content Pool
Söderström at the triple
Martin Soderstrom performing at 2013's Crankworx Les Deux Alpes
Söderström at the triple Martin Söderström pulls off a triple tailwhip at Crankworx Les Deux Alpes in France in July. The Swede suffered a season ending leg break at Red Bull Joyride a month later. © Ale Di Lullo/FMB World Tour
McGarry style
McGarry style New Zealander Kelly McGarry is a firm crowd favourite, wherever he competes. McGazza certainly thrilled the watching fans at the Colorado Freeride Festival in August. © Toby Cowley/Red Bull Content Pool
The Bearclaw is flying high
Darren Berrecloth performs at Red Bull Joyride in Whistler, BC, Canada on August 17th, 2013.
The Bearclaw is flying high Red Bull Joyride continues to be the Slopestyle contest they all want to win. Darren Berrecloth could only come 14th this time but showed over the season that he can still mix it with the new breed of young riders coming through. © Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Pilgrim is the champ
Sam Pilgrim in action at the 2013 Bearclaw Invitational
Pilgrim is the champ Sam Pilgrim upped his game this year and is a worthy FMB World Tour champ for 2013. Sam was a consistent performer throughout the Tour and pulled off some stunning results in high ranking contests, including a second place here at the Bearclaw Invitational, and a third at Red Bull Joyride. © Toby Cowley/FMB World Tour
Zink gives Rampage the flip
Mountain biker Cam Zink throws a backflip off the Oakley Icon Sender at Red Bull Rampage 2013
Zink gives Rampage the flip The level of competition at Red Bull Rampage went up a notch in 2013 with riders performing moves thought to be too dangerous to do previously. Cam Zink's backflip at the Oakley Icon Sender, seen here, as well Kelly McGarry's backflip over the Canyon Gap, blew the minds of riders & spectators alike. © John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool
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