Legends Kaj Zackrisson of Europe and Mark Abma of the US will captain their respective teams. Each week, new team members will be revealed through Facebook and the event website.
“We’ve been working on this idea for a number of years, so it’s super cool that Swatch has now made it happen,” Zackrisson said. “We’re going have a lot of fun and hopefully, after the competition, 12 months of bragging rights!”
“Who wouldn’t be up for this?” Abma said. “Pow, Chile in September and the coolest riders around, let me know if it gets any better?”
In the event’s competition format, riders will go head-to-head in a series of heats with one point awarded per heat. Two rounds of eight heats per discipline will result a total of four rounds and 32 points available over the two days of competition. Every rider must take part in all four rounds. A draw will take place to decide which team captain chooses a rider for the first heat. The opposing team captain then tactically decides which of his riders will go head-to-head. The other team then strategically decides which opponent they will propose, and for the second heat, the draw and choice of riders is switched. The team with the most points keeps the cup for a year.
A long-term partner of the Freeride World Tour, Swatch has played an active role in the development of the freeriding and this most recent innovation.
“I am extremely impressed to see the total professionalism of these young men,” Swatch President Arlette-Elsa Emch said. “They’re so full of joy and happiness, you can’t help but share their emotion.”