Penultimate day of this 26th edition of FISE Montpellier. If the public is even more numerous and warm at the end of the week, the weather was a bit capricious and forced the organization to slightly revise the weekend program. But the motivation of the athletes, more than ever palpable in these days of finals, has thwarted the vagaries of weather to bring the intensity of the sports show that the public comes to seek each season during the weekend of the Ascension on the banks of the Lez.
The UCI BMX Freestyle Flat Men's World Cup qualifiers were split between late afternoon yesterday and this morning to avoid the showers. 33 riders were at the start and the overexcited atmosphere contrasted with the sky, for the "darlings" of the FISE operating for the most part in this discipline.
The talent and the support of the public allowed the French riders to get no less than 6 of the 16 places available for the semi-final! Among them, the very young Norman Julien Baran who, at 17 years old, created the surprise by finishing 5th of this qualifying phase, 1st Frenchman in front of the nonuple world champion, Matthias Dandois, who finished 9th. Alex Jumelin, Joris Bretagnolles, Anatole Rahain and Jérémy Brosset completed the group, leaving behind big names in the discipline such as Germany's Dustin Alt and England's Lee Musselwhite.
The 16 qualifiers will meet at the end of the afternoon on the Flat area for the semi-finals which will see 8 of them going to the final tomorrow.
Unleash the Beast in France! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Anthony Jeanjean on taking second place in the BMX Freestyle Park competition at the FISE Montpellier 2023 festival in France. In front of a stoked crowd, the 24-year-old Olympic athlete from Béziers, France, secured his podium spot in the competition sanctioned as a UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup on Saturday.
In Sunday’s BMX Park Best Trick contest, 28-year-old Kevin Peraza from Tucson, Arizona, stomped a massive technical trick to claim second place in an elite field.
From May 17-21, FISE (Le Festival International des Sports Extrêmes) returned to Montpellier by the River Lez with a stacked roster of action sports events. Started in 1997, every year, the competition attracts close to 2000 athletes competing in BMX Freestyle Park, BMX Flatland, Skateboarding, Scooter, Parkours, Breakdance, and more disciplines.
In Saturday’s BMX Park Final, an elite roster of 24 riders competed on the obstacle course designed and built by expert park creators Hurricane. The stakes were high: Riders not only had a chance to score points for the FISE World Series but also the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup, as well as Olympic qualifiers for Paris 2024.
Hosting the world's largest urban sports gathering for 25 years, the City of Montpellier, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and the Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée Region will once again beat to the festival rhythm from May 25 to 29, 2022. After two years of adaptation, this comeback prompted a dedicated teaser video to celebrate the values at the heart of this iconic event.
Its unique program, renewed for each edition according to the evolution of these disciplines and alternative universes, brings together a selection of competitions, events and activities for all generations.
What an incredible week it is at Fise, if you have been you will understand that it is non stop 5 days of absolute mayhem! There is allot of stuff I cant show and to be honest didn't film but here is a compilation of what I have found on my camera roll.
Monster Energy’s BMX athletes dominate at FISE in Montpellier, France. Monster Army’s Justin Dowell had an incredible weekend at FISE with a win in the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup, and third place in the Spine Ramp the night before. Rounding out the podium spots are Jose Torres who earned the top spot in Spine Ramp, and Pat Casey with first place in Dirt finals. Teammates Moto Sasaki took third place in UCI BMX Flatland World Cup, and Leandro Moreira took second in Dirt. After qualifying in 10th after the Park Semi Finals, Dowell was one of the first people to ride in the Finals and he set the bar with a score of 91.20. Afterward he anxiously watched as the rest of the heats went down.
The Spine Mini is a classic FISE event that is guaranteed high energy and to bring in the hugest crowd, and this year was no different. Jose Torres blasted to moon, while Mark Webb and Justin Dowell got crazy tech, and that's the beginning...