22-10-2015, CANYON CFFT Rider Takes 2015 FMB World Title
Tommy G, We Salute You!
Thomas Genon’s journey to the top of the FMB World Tour rankings was anything but straightforward. Starting out the year in New Zealand and wrapping up the title in the middle of the Utah desert at Red Bull Rampage, Tommy G made it count where it mattered most.
Freeriding and slopestyle doesn’t get any bigger than the FMB Diamond Series. Seeing the world’s best riders go head-to-head at contests across the globe delivers action to bend the mind.
Tommy G kicked things off at Crankworx Rotorua with a performance that showed he meant business in 2015. At this level, nobody plays it safe; if you want to impress the judges and land on the podium, you have to go big or go down trying. It’s all or nothing. Nailing a clean run to finish 3rd can feel as good as winning, especially with scores at the top so tight.
Throughout the entire season, Thomas was always right in the mix: 2nd at Swatch Prime Line, 3rd at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Then came Red Bull Joyride in Whistler, the jewel in the slopestyle crown. Genon still had big ground to make up on a charging Brett Rheeder who was on for a clean sweep of the Diamond Series. But fortunes can change in a second. Rheeder crashed out, leaving door to the overall wide open to Genon. Turning on the style with the new Stitched 720, Tommy G notched up another 3rd place finish, catapulting him to the top of the FMB World Rankings with one event to go.
The final showdown would come at Red Bull Rampage. All Genon had to do was finish ahead of Rheeder and the FMB World Title would be his. Rampage is a contest unlike any other where riders have the freedom to go as extreme as they want to. There are times when rock climbing equipment, or even a parachute, would seem more appropriate than any DH bike.
While many expected Tommy G would trip up on the big mountain stage away from his slopestyle comfort zone, his ride on the Torque DHX proved otherwise. Laced with steep lines, one monster drop and trick combos straight out of the foam pit, Genon’s run was a fine cocktail of freeride and slopestyle that the judges greatly appreciated. 5th place was more than enough for him to finish in front of Rheeder and finally secure the 2015 FMB World Title.
Congratulations to the new 2015 FMB World Champion, Thomas Genon!