QUEENS OF GNAR: The Women’s Debut Edit – Audi Nines 2021 Presented by Falken

They came, they saw, they slayed. Audi Nines 2021 was proud to welcome a new group of riders into the family and to witness these women pushing mountain biking to new heights.

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By Alba Pardo

From teenagers to veterans, the moment they rolled into the course, it was clear that Audi Nines is exactly where they belong. 

This non-competitive environment brings together an incomparable crew of mountain bikers to ride their bikes and push each other. Liken it to watching the greatest soccer teams playing for fun on the street or great musicians jamming spontaneously together in a studio. This is Audi Nines.

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By Alba Pardo

When the competitive element is removed, it allows space for magic to happen, and that’s exactly what went down on every part of the course. From Freeride to Slopestyle, in only a few short days, these women not only raised the roof, they smashed through it, and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down. Sit back, hit play, and prepare to witness the start of a new era in mountain biking:

Audi Nines is an intersection between athletic prowess and creative minds. ‘Queens of Gnar’ is led by women and collaborations with editor Anjuna Hartmann, colourist Matilda Schön, director Sophie Acworth, and music producer Something Something. From those in front of the camera to those behind the scenes, this video highlights the passion and skills of these women on a multitude of levels.

Action Sports photographer & journalist Alba Pardo gives insight into what it was like to be present at the women’s debut at Audi Nines 2021: 

“Progression and evolution of a sport can be tricky concepts to grasp. Evolution from what, progression to where and compared to whom? However, without them, we would still be in the era of the wooden wheel.  

The most relevant example of taking a sport to the next level, at this moment in time, is women’s MTB slopestyle and freeride. These Queens of Gnar showed up at Audi Nines and embodied how passion, talent, skill, and just enough insanity can shatter everyone’s expectations.

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“The setup was filled with huge, technical, and high consequence features that intimidated many riders, including the most experienced, let alone those who had never dropped into these infamous lines.”
– Alba Pardo

To begin with, nobody quite knew what to expect. Progression, yes, but how much and in what setting? Would women ride the whole quarry or just a little part of it? Did they have the skills and the confidence to approach these big and technical features? These were questions uttered from lips.

Take a moment to reflect on the fact that most have never had the opportunity to approach a setup of this scale, or to session and progress alongside the best riders in the world. Then they dropped in, and any preconceptions were left in the dust.

The amount of camaraderie, energy, determination, and utter willingness to get out of their comfort zones and face uncharted territory was staggering. Their actions truly embodied the word ‘Gnar’. The debut of these riders at Audi Nines showcased the unstoppable, limitless force of women’s Freeride and Slopestyle mountain biking that is currently rippling across the globe. This is just the beginning.”

Riders: Veronique Sandler, Joey Gough, Kathi Kuypers, Caroline Buchanan, Casey Brown, Robin Goomes, Patricia Druwen, Alma Wiggberg, Gemma Corbera.


The Audi Nines in its essence aims to celebrate sports and the athletes who write history through their dedication, talent, and passion. Each year the event series has continually evolved and adapted in collaboration with their athletes and partners. Yet despite the changing face of the Nine Knights throughout the years, the fundamental elements of camaraderie and excellence have never changed, their philosophy continues to shine through making each event outstanding in its is own unique way.

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