The urban freeriding series known as the Qashqai Challenge will return for its second year in 2008. The Qashqai will visit five European cities in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the United Kingdom over five consecutive weekends in late April and May.
A few format changes are on deck for the new year including splitting the series into 2 Open and 3 Challenge events. Last year's top 15 riders are invited back and will focus on the final three events, but during the first two rounds in Milan and Madrid, ten riders will get the chance to qualify for final rounds in Munich, Paris and London.
In 2007, the series was won by Darren Berrecloth. Other invited riders include: Darren Pokoj (Aus), Ben Boyko (Can), Brandon Semenuk (Can), Benny Korthaus (Ger), Amir Kabbani (Ger), Andreu Lacondeguy (Spa), Lance McDermott (GBr), Grant Fielder (GBr), Paul Basagoitia (USA), Cameron McCaul (USA), Greg Watts (USA), Kyle Strait (USA), Adam Hauck (USA), and Jamie Goldman (USA).
2008 Qashqai Challenge
April 25-26: Open - Milan, Italy
May 2-3: Open - Madrid, Spain
May 11: Challenge - Munich, Germany
May 17: Challenge - Paris, France
May 24: Challenge Grand Final - London, United Kingdom