Known for his love of big air and big tricks, Bienvenido Aguado rocked up at The Audi Nines 2019, landed the first ever Frontflip Tsunami on a Downhill bike, put together an insane full run and walked away with the Best Freeride Line title.
We caught up with Bienve to get his thoughts on the event and more…
Take us through your week at Audi Nines?
It was actually a short week for me because I arrived on the Wednesday but I tried to improve my riding quick enough to be at the same level as the other riders. I really pushed myself. It was super good, I mean the vibes at Audi Nines are the best, you don’t have the pressure of anyone just the pressure that you put on yourself. That’s when you give the best of yourself. It was hell of a dream week, that’s for sure.
What were you impressions of this year’s course?
Obviously the course is similar to last year but they made it a bit steeper, and I loved it. More air time means more fun, and the hip was one of the best things I’ve ever ridden. It’s like next level, big size, new feature, I loved it so much. Audi Nines is always trying to progress and they do well.
Which was your favourite feature, and why?
To be honest, it has to be the hip. Even though it’s not the one I rode the best cause I was quite late on it and only had like one session, but I really did feel good on it. The Big Air is where I felt most comfortable cause it’s my style, best trick is what I do a lot of in the shows and events. It’s something that really identifies me, doing big tricks. I did the Frontflip Tsunami (off the big air jump) and that’s a jump that I really wanted to send it on. It’s the first one I hit and the first one I felt comfortable on, and it’s a dream jump.
Take us through your bike and setup for this year’s event?
My setup of the bike is harder of course. Slow rebound to make it harder, high pressure tyres and suspension so you don’t loose speed anywhere.
How would you compare this year’s Audi Nines event to last year’s?
The crowd was the big difference. Of course the hip, it was the new feature. The vibes of the event with the crowd, three or four thousand people that were screaming and were understanding what was happening. That was the big difference and we need to do it like this again.
Explain your dream Audi Nines run?
I could have done better but the wind was blowing pretty hard. I really wanted to to do a Flatspin Table on the first one. Flip Indy on the second one, which I did but not in the full line. Then a Flip on the step-down and a Front Tuck on the last one. But, it was super windy and I was like “just chill”. I’m that kind of guy who always, always wants to go one step higher, even if I did well.
What tricks impressed you the most?
As always, the Tsunami Flip from Nico (Scholze). My own Frontflip Tsunami impressed me a lot, It’s something I’ve not really been working on and it worked pretty quick. And, the style of the boys impressed me – Erik Fedko was riding so solid, Tom Isted was riding insanely solid as well, going hammer time on the hip, and going with so many spins on the Slopestyle course as well.
How would you best sum up Audi Nines 2019 in one sentence?
Photos by Audi Nines /Markus Fischer, Klaus Polzer, Syo van Vliet and Ryan Franklin.