Need to know: Simple Session 2017

All the important info ahead of a big weekend for BMX.
Drew Bezanson riding at the Simple Session in Tallinn, Estonia on April  19th 2015
Drew Bezanson at Simple Session 2015 © Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
By Ric McLaughlin

Every year Simple Session seems to arrive earlier and earlier, which is no bad thing given that it's one of the biggest BMX comps in the world. Tallinn, Estonia is as ever its willing host and the rider list for 2017 is even more stacked that usual for this, the event's seventeenth running.

Join in yourself and upload your best videos to the Simple Session Clashem Challenge and battle it out.

For the second year in a row, Simple Session is back at the Saku Arena. Here's all you need to know:

There are a LOT of good riders going

 

Bruno Hoffman performs at Simple Session 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia during the qualification round on April 30, 2016
Bruno Hoffman at Simple Session 2016 qualis © Vincent Perraud/Red Bull Content Pool

The talent pool at this year's Simple Session is deep like never before. In no particular order (deep breath): Dawid Godziek, Victor Peraza, Tom Dugan, Daniel Dhers, Ryan Nyquist, Dan Foley, Pat Casey, Reed Stark, Ben Lewis Bruno Hoffmann, Simone Barraco, Garrett Reynolds, Anthony Perrin, Alex Kennedy, Courage Adams, Alex Donnachie...

And that is really to name just a few. There are very few contests in the world where you get to see that much talent in one place.

It's a split event

The 2017 Simple Session will be a little different from before in that it will be split into two disciplines; park and street. This will allow the riders to really attack the course how they want to in front of the thousands of screaming fans.

Whereas before everyone was lumped together, irrespective of riding styles or backgrounds, this format ensures that each competition will go off as big as the entry lists suggest.

The all-important course

GoPro Course Build-up 0-100%

GoPro Course Build-up 0-100% The park is finished! Here's the build-up of the Simple Session 17 course, designed by Nate Wessel, built by Mind Work Ramps! Shot 100% on GoPro Hero5 by GoPro Eesti 📹 – Mart

Posted by Simple Session on Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Once again renowned ramp builder Nate Wessel is in charge of the course design with the build being completed by Mind Work Ramps. Check out the GoPro clip of the final design and build up of the course in the video above.

You can watch all the action LIVE

Kevin Peraza competes during Simple Session finals in Tallinn, Estonia, on May 1, 2016
Kevin Peraza © Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

All the action will be brought to you by Red Bull TV and can be seen right here at the following times:

London, UK 11:00 Feb 5
Barcelona, Spain 12:00 Feb 5
Tallinn, Estonia 13:00 Feb 5
New York, USA 06:00 Feb 5
Sydney, Australia 20:00 Feb 6

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