At its core, freestyle mountain biking is an expression of creativity. The same lines can be ridden by hundreds of riders, but only those with the mark of greatness can bring a distinct style to the biggest terrain. Relive all your favourite C3 freestyle moments from 2017 here.
Behind every cloud is a silver lining, and despite a one day rain delay which forced the postponement of the most highly anticipated event of the week-long Crankworx Whistler festival, Red Bull Joyride hit the mountain on August 16th showcasing slopestyle mountain biking under near perfect weather conditions.
The Red Bull Signature Series event featured 18 of the world’s top athletes in a season-defining showdown that marked the final stop of the Crankworx World Tour and the last required win for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle.
It was Squamish local Brandon Semenuk who took fist place, making this his third consecutive Red Bull Joyride victory. Flawless back to back runs that featured his signature technicality quickly put him in the lead in what was by far the most confident performance of his season, delivering big tricks including two cork 720’s, an opposite truckdriver and backflip tailwhip to one foot can. “The earlier part of the year was tough for me, and to finally get a good run down the hill felt so good after two events where I wasn’t riding my best. But I so badly wanted to put this one together and it kept unfolding the way I was hoping for”, said Semenuk.
For Brett Rheeder, it was an opportunity to potentially make history as the first ever athlete to win all three stops of the Triple Crown series after a stellar season that saw him take the podium wins in both Crankworx Rotorua and Les 2 Alpes. Despite being the odds-on favourite to win the third stop in Whistler, falls on both his first and second runs unfortunately put him out of reach of the podium.
Following hot on Semenuk’s heels was Nicholi Rogatkin of the US with a second place that saw him take the podium at Red Bull Joyride for the first time in his career. With two strong runs, he was within site of gold with a score of 93.80, only 3.04 points behind Brandon Semenuk. Third place went to Thomas Genon of Germany. A full summary of results can be found here.
Saturday’s rain was a blessing in disguise, arriving at a time when Whistler has seen some of the driest conditions so far this season. Although the wet conditions were deemed unsafe at the time of competition, the water helped to dampen the dusty course making the dirt much takier by Sunday, giving riders the extra traction they hope for. “The course was about the same speed as yesterday, but the wind really mellowed out today making it pretty much perfect. It was a little exhausting coming at this on a second day after getting so ready yesterday (Saturday), but it’s turned out really well” said Semenuk.
Much of the crowd returned to the Whistler Plaza on Sunday with over 25,000 hardcore mountain bike fans cheering from the sidelines of the Whistler Bike Bike.
Whips, flips and plenty of tricks. Watch the highlights from the slopestyle finals.
It was stop two of the Crankworx World Tour, as the competition moved to Europe and the stunning mountain setting of Les Deux Alpes, France. The battle was on as riders fought to deny 22-year-old Canadian Brett Rheeder from taking the new Triple Crown of Slopestyletitle.
With the bar set so high from the start, there was no room for filler tricks and riders were clearly feeling the pressure to pull out banger moves in the less than ideal gusty weather.
Who put together the perfect run and claimed victory?
The world’s best 24 riders performed an incredible array of mind-blowing tricks to amp up the 62,000 live spectators. For 2 days, Nuremberg’s historic city centre turned into a boiling pot for extreme mountain biking. The crowds witnessed the first ever Tsunami Flip in a MTB contest as well as a head-to-head battle until the last minute.
But what’s behind bringing a massive freeride course to the streets of a European metropolis? Who are the people that work so hard to ensure the athletes can throw down those breathtaking tricks? And what do the pros get up to when they are not practicing or competing?
Over several weeks, Lukas Tielke (a.k.a Peoplegrapher) took his RED EPIC DRAGON behind the scenes to portray the Red Bull District Ride. In this 10 minute documentary you’ll witness amazing cinematography surrounding the course that sprung from 100km of wood enough screws to circle the city. Epic shots with great tunes, sit back and enjoy the show:
The Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler is the pinnacle of freeride mountain biking. Unlike the world’s other big slopestyle contests, Joyride embodies so much more and transcends into the focal point of global mountain biking.
Heading into the 2014 event, the rider who has really made the event his own, Brandon Semenuk, was staring down the barrel of perhaps the biggest ever threat to his monopoly of the spoils. Brett Rheeder had already defeated him at the X Games and was having the season of his life.
Rheeder’s run at Red Bull Joyride was nothing short of incredible and in any other contest would surely have secured victory. But there was no accounting for his Trek teammate, Semenuk…
1. Brandon Semenuk
2. Brett Rheeder
3. Anthony Messere
4. Logan Peat
5. Louis Reboul
After watching Rad Company here at Flow, we’re not entirely convinced Brandon Semenuk is human. Sure, after watching Life Behind Bars we generally come to the same conclusion, but Rad Company is on a whole other level. Teaming up with almost all of the best freeriders on the planet, Semenuk has created an epic tribute to just how far freeride mountain biking has come in its relatively short existence.
Before we go on, if you haven’t heard of Brandon Semenuk, here’s a brief run-down that pretty much sums up his talent: A Rampage win at 17, winning the FMB (Freeride Mountain Bike tour) back to back In 2011 and 2012, his own Red Bull series running three seasons and counting. Yes this young guy has pretty much done it all, at 22.
In order to get the time to create Rad Company, Brandon stopped competing in the Freeride world tour. This was time well spent in our opinion, as he has managed to create what could possibly be the most ‘progressive’ freeride film to date. Now we here at Flow don’t like to bandy around terms like that, so we thought we’d throw in some reasons why this is the case, and why you should be buying this film as fast as your little fingers can click on the link http://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/stories/1331653380730/brandon-semenuk-rad-company-buy-film!
Why we love this film.
These days in a freeride film athletes don’t just survive the craziest of lines, they make things even crazier by tricking the most technical of features. Brandon’s nose-bonk to no hander on a steep and loose line in Utah is a work of art.
The massive nature of this terrain is seen in the opening shots of the film, with Semenuk, Graham Agassiz and Matty Miles shredding an absolutely huge line!
The Soundtrack is killer. You’re going to have to watch the film for just how well the music has been decided upon to suit the riding, it’s a rocking soundtrack!
We’d never heard of riding in Fiji before this film- because there wasn’t any we knew of. Brandon had trails purpose built for this film after seeing the landscape and deciding it was a good setting for filming.
No matter what style of riding you’re into, when riders like Stevie Smith and Brendan Fairclough are absolutely pinning down trails, but also throwing in dialled whips and roosting everywhere, you’re going to get stoked
Everyone loves a crash (well when there’s no injury), and if there’s one thing this film isn’t short on, its crashes that make you wonder how the rider walked away not only injury free, but still living and breathing
In summary, Rad Company is a more than satisfactory way to spend 49 minutes with your jaw dropped to the floor, so get amongst it!