Stuttgart/Schladming. Before the official start of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup End of April, Mercedes-Benz Vans is already giving cycling fans an insight into the year with their latest social media clip: professional mountain bikers Amir Kabbani and Patrick Schweika have set a new Guinness World Records™ title for the greatest vertical descent on a mountain bike in 24 hours – in the thick of things and not just standing on the sidelines was the pickup from Mercedes-Benz. The clip is now available online.
In the Bike Park in Schladming (Austria), the two sportsmen Amir Kabbani and Patrick Schweika, accompanied by a pickup with the three-pointed star took on the challenge: in 24 hours, they descended the 1,074.75 metres altitude as often as possible in order to cover the greatest altitude descent possible and thus smash the previous world record of 32,796 metres. Not only did the team manage this feat, they overshot the mark by a massive amount, covering a total of 40,840.5 metres altitude and thus establishing a new Guinness World Records™ title.
After each descent, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class awaited the sportsmen to bring them rapidly back up to the starting point. The pickup is pre-destined for this type of operation: the load bed offers plenty of space for the mountain bikes and makes rapid loading and unloading possible – especially important when every second counts. The route from the starting point leads down to the bottom over an asphalt-covered snaking road, before becoming a gravel track – here, thanks to its impressive driving dynamics and great off-roading characteristics, the X-Class was able to save the pair some valuable time.
About the professional mountain bikers
For this challenging project, Mercedes-Benz Vans was very pleased to be able to work with mountain bike pros Amir Kabbani (29) and Patrick Schweika (28). Kabbani has been mountain biking since 2003 and has dedicated himself to the slopestyle and freeriding disciplines. He was crowned Mountain Biker of the Year in 2009/2010 and also won the FISE Slopestyle Contest in Montpellier (France) in 2015. Schweika turned his hobby into a job in 2009 when he became a professional dirt jumper. Currently, he is concentrating on the slopestyle and freeriding disciplines. Among his most recent successes are sixth place at GlemmRide in Saalbach Hinterglemm (Austria) in 2015 and fourth place at the IXS Dirt Masters Slopestyle in 2014.
The social media clip was developed in a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Vans and the Berlin based agency M&C Saatchi Sport&Entertainment.
About the Mercedes-Benz X-Class
The X-Class combines the typical characteristics of a pickup with the classic strengths of a Mercedes: impressive robustness with a modern design, great off-road capabilities with high levels of driving dynamics and safety, as well as well-conceived functionality with stylish comfort. The X-Class features a comfortable chassis comprising ladder frames, a multi-link rear axle with rigid axle components, independent wheel suspension at the front and coil springs on both axles. The platform is available in various equipment lines and drive system variants, and offers a big choice of materials and colours in its segment. Mercedes-Benz also offers a comprehensive range of accessories for further personalising the vehicle. It is thus perfectly suited to sporty and active people and is ready to bring them to the most hard-to-reach outdoor locations.
About UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale)
The Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI for short, is the worldwide umbrella organisation for national cycling associations. Founded on 14 April 1900 in Paris, France, it set itself the aim of developing and guiding the sport of cycling in all its many facets; from competitive professional sports to cycling as a healthy leisure-time activity, from cycling as a means of transport to cycling for the mere pleasure of cycling. The UCI regulates eight cycling disciplines: road racing, track cycling, mountain biking, BMX, para-cycling, cyclo-cross, trials and indoor cycling. Since 2018, Mercedes-Benz Vans has been lending its support to the increasingly popular mountain biking discipline as the official partner of the UCI and is also the main sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup as well as being the Presenting Sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.