17 May 2019
On May 3rd and 4th, Swatch welcomed fans and slopestyle bikers from around the world to the 10th edition of the famous Swatch Rocket Air competition in Thun. Team North America took the cake in the team battle on the opening day and Dawid Godziek grabbed gold in the FMB event on Sunday.
The inaugural Rocket Air competition took place in 2010 and though the complexity of the tricks, the size of the crowd and the show have changed over the years, the location of the event and the high-flying energy have remained the same.
Flying Metal Crew has been coming up with the course designs of the Swatch Rocket Air competition for its entire decade-long history, transforming Thun’s Eishalle Grabengut into a junkyard, a forest, a disco party, and, this year, a rockin’ birthday bash complete with a swing set, remote control car and confetti canon. Swatch Rocket Air is considered one of the 10 most important events on the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour.
BMX-turned-slopestyle-rider Dawid Godziek put on a spectacular show for the crowd, scoring a 94.3 in the main event and beating two-time champ Nicholi Rogatkin and Swatch Proteam Athlete Sam Pilgrim. Sam placed sixth this year but he won the crowning event in 2011 and 2013 and he’s taken part in Swatch Rocket Air all ten years. Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Switzerland’s own Lucas Huppert, put on quite a show in his first run, landing in 8th place. A crash in his second run ended his chances of securing a spot on the podium, but that didn’t stop the crowd from giving him a well-deserved standing ovation!
The crowd, the competitors and the crew came to party and the celebration of Swatch Rocket Air’s 10th birthday was a major hit. Here’s to another 10!