There’s not much to say when Brandon Semenuk puts out a new cut with his partner-in-crime, Rupert Walker. So here’s what we’ll say: from the riding to the editing, you’re seeing Semenuk as the master architect of his own aura. Just as he pilots his bike, he coordinates all aspects of his projects ensuring everything comes correct off the factory floor. That’s why you already know the product is worthy of a replay before you even hit play for the first time.
If you’re like us, Semenuk’s riding usually opens the door for some questions — questions like “What…how?” There aren’t usually accessible answers to those questions, but then, of course, there are some simpler questions that do have accessible answers. We’ll pass the mic to Semenuk to answer those.
When did you find time in your hectic schedule to film Inertia?
This was shot in the few weeks leading up to Red Bull Rampage. I wanted to ride some big features leading up to the event, so I guess this location doubled as my practice.
What was the impetus for this project?
The impetus behind creating this video was a few simple reasons: I wanted a high-action DH edit to round off my year, I wanted some creative relief between contests and Rupert and I wanted to take advantage of the fall colours.
And lastly, were there any unique highs and lows that came along with putting Inertia together?
Each shoot contains its own pace/feeling. We just try to accentuate those moments to create a dynamic piece front to back.
Then along came Aaron Gwin to drag his nation proudly back to the top of the time sheets of World Cup downhill races.
To think that US downhill is a one man bandwagon would be a mistake however. Luca Shaw hails from San Francisco, California and has just signed with one of the sport’s most highly regarded race teams: Santa Cruz Syndicate.
The 20-year-old recorded some impressive results in 2016, including a fifth place at the legendary Mont-Sainte-Anne UCI World Cup. Blessed with an extremely level headed approach to racing, will 2017 be the big breakthrough year Shaw seems to be building towards?
We don’t have a crystal ball so we don’t know yet, all we asked him to do was to go as fast as possible for our latest Sound of Speed episode. Enjoy.
Brakes? Don’t need ’em. Finn Illes is 16 years of pure speed.
The Red Bull RAW 100 series of videos has really captured us. Each episode sees a different Red Bull athlete paired up with a videographer, with a very simple brief: 100 seconds long, no music, no slow motion.
It’s an awesome recipe for drawing out all the talents of the film makers and showcasing the riders’ talents too – you feel yourself being more and more focused as you watch the vids, infinitely more engaged with what the rider must be feeling.
In the latest release, 16 year old Finn Illes shows us some crazy commitment with an amazing BC wilderness back drop, shot by TOPO Films.
Mike ‘Hucker’ Clark and BMX racer Leanna Curtis team up for the ultimate tribute to 1984’s BMX Bandits,Bicycle Motocross.
The brainchild of Corey Bohan, Bicycle Motocross comes after a lifetime of religious viewing of the original film which saw Nicole Kidman grace the silver screen for the first time, two years of planning and a hectic two weeks of filming across Sydney to create something that truly paid tribute to the original, with Corey’s unique twist.
Unless you’re driving a taxi or going out dancing, we wouldn’t advise you to have anything to do with Redbull late in the arvo ordinarily. But we can make an exception for the Redbull Sundown Shootout, a cool event-within-an-event that has become a real highlight of Cape to Cape MTB.
The Shootout takes the fastest riders at Cape to Cape and throws them round a punchy two-minute course (including one massive huck thrown in for good measure), with big time bonuses up for grabs. It’s serious on one level because the time bonuses can have a real effect on the overall standings, but one the other hand it’s a chance for riders to have a razz and put on a show for the huge crowds that come out to the pines to spectate.
This year the Shootout was bigger than ever, and rowdier too. After Peta Mullens and Paul Van Der Ploeg took out the racing (and a cool $1000 each in the process), the jump was thrown open for a freestyle contest. After a local Dunsborough lad upped the ante with a 360, chants of ‘backflip, backflip’ got freeride legend Ricky Compton sufficienly gee’d up to give a flip a crack, despite the jump being far from ideal. The end result wasn’t pretty, but the dislocated shoulder went back in smoothly and Ricky lived to ride another day.
Will 2015 see another World Cup duel between perennial favourites Julian Absalon and Nino Schurter?
It was fitting that the two men that have dominated the men’s cross-country circuit in the last decade, France’s Julien Absalon and Switzerland’s Nino Schurter, fought out an epic 2014 edition of the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup.
Absalon and Schurter went into the seventh and round of last season, at Méribel, locked on three race wins each following a World Cup series dominated by the pair. Schurter finished the French race in first but behind him in second was Absalon, and with that finish the Frenchman secured the overall World Cup title for a sixth time.
There is no doubt that these two will continue to be right in front of the competition for the 2015 edition of World Cup. Younger by six years, Nino Schurter remains the hot favourite for the overall but given last season’s form you can’t rule out the 34-year-old Absalon springing more surprises.
The rest of the field has very much been left in the shadow of these two greats in recent years with no one really emerging as a consistent challenger. Australia’s Daniel McConnell, a winner in Albstadt in 2013 and a man who has finished second and third in the overall in 2013 and 2014 respectively, could be the one to break the Absalon-Schurter hegemony, while other names worth looking out for with an eye to a World Cup win are Germany’s Manuel Fumicand his Cannondale team-mate Marco Fontana.
Check the video above for a quick recap of the 2014 season as a teaser for this year’s World Cup.
Masterclass moments from Aaron Gwin on a race day that took its toll on bodies and bikes.
The downhill elite sure won’t be forgetting the Lourdes World Cup in a hurry. The carnage was there for all to see throughout the weekend and on race day there was no let up. The French hill continued to claim its share of mechanicals, punctures, crashes and face plants, with the dry and dusty track full of holes from the continuous use over the weekend.
Catch the thrills, spills and excitement from Lourdes with our finals highlights in the player below.
There was only one rider whose pace truly mastered the Lourdes track, Aaron Gwin. He produced yet another memorable run, combining sheer speed with some creative lines. The winning margin of just under four seconds from home favourite Loïc Bruni was a testament of how good his ride was on a course that was steep, rough and technical.
In the women’s race, no one quite got to grips with the track. Leading qualifier Tracey Hannah suffered a crash and even the winner, Emmeline Ragot, admitted she made mistakes on her way down to recording the fastest time.
One of the must-see events of any UCI World Cup weekend is the inimitable GoPro Course previews from the Gstaad-Scott manager and veteran downhill speed demon Claudio Caluori.
Anyone who has watched one of Claudio’s course previews over the past three years will understand why the bubbly Swiss national is our go to man for such clips. Claudio is just pure box office when he gets motoring on that downhill bike. You just don’t know what comments or sounds are going to come out of his mouth next as he describes his ride down World Cup courses.
You always tell us you want more Claudio so we’ve put together some of Claudio’s funnier moments from last season’s GoPro runs for your enjoyment. Sit back and be prepared to laugh like you’ve never done before.
The road back to not only riding, but winning after a horrific leg break at Red Bull Joyride has been a long one for Martin Söderström.
His mettle has truly been tested in both his ability to handle pain and the psychological demons that go with a bad injury. The 360 tailwhip is the trick that landed him in hospital and into such a struggle. At FISE Montpelier, Martin’s first contest back on the bike, he has to battle it face-to-face. But fate isn’t finished with Martin just yet and events take a turn for the unexpected, just when he thinks he’s getting back to his best
Urban DH races may be nothing new these days but it’s hard to argue with the kind of impact they have at bringing mountain biking straight to the streets of towns and cities across the globe.
Marcelo Gutierrez of Giant Factory Off-Road sealed the win at his home event, the Urbano DH in Manizales, Colombia, ahead of a stacked local entry list. The Manizales course was littered with brutal stairs, jumps and drops to put the Colombian and his Giant Glory through their paces. Watch the video above to see how the two got on against the seemingly endless sea of concrete.
Take 396 steps, tight corners and slick stone and you’ve got the perfect combination for a crash-filled urban downhill race. When you add to that a four-cross style set-up there’s only one outcome. Crashes. Lots of crashes.
Red Bull Holy Ride takes place in Kyoto, Japan, and is held on the historic Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine, which was built to enshrine Hachiman, the God of War. A fitting location, especially when you see the carnage that ensues… Let battle commence!
The UCI Downhill World Cup treated us to one of its classic seasons this year and following it every step along the way for us, bringing you all the best action from trackside were the Parkin Brothers of Orpheus Productions.
They were baked, drowned, scorched and soaked intermittently all year hauling cameras all over the world’s fastest DH tracks. When it came to an end of season package then we decided to ask for the ultimate; no filler, all thriller!
We decided to ask for the ultimate; no filler, all thriller!
There are always one or two shots that come out of a race weekend that get everyone excited to go out and ride. Shots that demonstrate the kind of sublime skill needed to make a big bike dance on the very edge of adhesion. Whips, scrubs, gaps… It had to be the very best.
The above video clip doesn’t tell the story of a timed session or feature blow-by-blow tracking of one of 2014’s epic battles, it’s simply about all those best shots being tied together in just one place. The best of the best, the best of the Wildmen. Enjoy!
Szymon and Dawid Godziek are athletes who can already boast some impressive achievements on the international bike scene. However, for the first time ever fans can now explore another side to them. Thanks to a unique production, the skills of the boys are presented in a completely different light. “The Bike Brothers” is an engaging story with the bike siblings playing the leading roles and impersonating legendary movie characters. In spite of their experience, the Godziek brothers confessed that the new challenge evoked some stage fright.
“I was involved in such production for the first time in my life. Knowing that you’re the centre of attention was quite stressful. I was trying to do my tricks as good as I can and, of course, face the acting challenge,” said Dawid Godziek about his preparations for the film. Older brother, Szymon, added: “Working on a professional set is much different than making clips with your buddies. Just setting up the cameras and obstacles required a lot of effort. We were on the set 16 hours per day. It wasn’t easy – the days started at 4am and finished after dark.”
The film features a guest appearance by Alan Andersz, who played the role of a detective chasing the main characters. The Godziek brothers are already successful in their sport but thanks to this production they got the chance to show off their skills to a wider audience and it was the perfect excuse to present freestyle at its best. The footage captured is bound to be well received – the final scene alone sees Szymon lands the world’s first Backflip Stripper! There are many exceptional moments in the history of extreme films, but the Polish production “The Bike Brothers” is breaking new ground. Jen Sheroky was the person behind writing the script as well as shooting director for “The Bike Brothers”. Production was carried out by Graffiti Films in collaboration with Jen Sheroky and Adam Tunikowski. Post-production was supervised by Juice with support from the Dashdot team. Music was composed by Filip Kuncewicz and costume design by Angelika Paszek. The whole production process lasted a year and involved over 100 people.
Tom van Steenbergen was one of the most exciting and hyped riders coming into Red Bull Rampage 2014. After a disappointing result in 2013 and a shoulder injury earlier this year, Trek’s 19-year-old Dutch native, who now resides in Canada, was hungry to show the world his true capabilities on a mountain bike.
It wasn’t really calculated. I just kinda went for it not knowing the exact speed and rotation, which was pretty scary.
Unfortunately, Steenbergen’s frontflip attempt on the huge gap came up just one foot short, and he took a hard fall. Although he walked away with his head held high, it was visibly one of the roughest falls taken in Rampage finals.
“I knew it wasn’t going to work as soon as my back tire hit the ground. It was just a bit earlier than I expected,” said Steenbergen. “It wasn’t really calculated. I just kinda went for it not knowing the exact speed and rotation, which was pretty scary.”
TVS sprained his sacoriliac joint in the crash, causing him huge pain. “I usually try to get up and start walking after I crash,” he admitted. “But I was in quite a bit of pain – I almost passed out when I got up.”
I mostly spend my time building new stuff to ride when I’m fully healed . . . I can’t wait to get back at it
“The recovery is going pretty good,” he says. “I’ve been seeing my chiropractor two times a week, and I’ve mostly spent my time building new stuff to ride when I’m fully healed.”
“I can’t wait to get back at it and hopefully stay healthy for a little while now,” added Steenbergen. “Injuries suck, but it’s part of what we do, we’re gonna have to live with it!”
Watch the VOD replay of Red Bull Rampage finals, including on-demand replays of specific runs, on the Red Bull Rampage site.
Join Danny MacAskill, Duncan Shaw, and Fabio Wibmer as the Drop and Roll Tour travels to perform at the biggest bike expo in the World, Eurobike, before stopping by Rotterdam on the way home to ride some of its world famous street spots.
They called it “Crankzilla”: the longest, toughest, hottest and some would say most technically demanding race of the Enduro World Series this season. 60 KM of riding, 2500 Meters of elevation gain and more than 7 hours of riding through five stages that would test amateurs and Pros both physically and technically.
After a sea on of close calls and almosts, Curtis is finally able to put it all together and have the right race on the right day.
Watch Curtis as he take one step further his overall season goal of making the top 10 during this 6th stop of the Enduro World Series.
Danny MacAskill’s new video project took the trial rider well and truly out of his comfort zone. Swapping his familiar trials bike for a full suspension mountain bike, Danny travelled to the Isle of Skye, the place where he was born and grew up, to ride the epic trail on the Cuillin Ridge.
The rocky terrain, huge cliff drops and unforgiving lines really put Danny’s famous bike handling skills to the limit, but it was well worth the effort to showcase the Isle of Skye’s beautiful landscape.
Riding the Cuillin Ridge also fulfilled a life-long dream of Danny’s and with the help of filmmaker Stu Thompson and his colleague’s at Cut Media we’re all able to share that joy.
The 2014 edition of Red Bull Rampage will be remembered as the most competitive in the event’s history. Watch the video above to see the action highlights from finals day, as riders attempted to successfully navigate burly natural terrain, down sheer cliffs and natural mesas that included a 76-foot vertical drop and 72-foot canyon gap.
“Everybody killed it as diggers and riders,” said two-time Rampage champ Kyle Strait at the end of Monday’s finals, where he placed fourth. “That’s Rampage number nine for me; let’s keep going.”
Andreau’s winning run.
Cam Zink’s second place run.
Brandon Semenuk’s third place run.
Andreau’s POV chest cam winning run.
Cam Zink’s monster 360 drop scores him the best trick award, no waaaaay why?
Some competitors can’t handle pressure. When they’re down to their last chance, focus disintegrates and mistakes happen. Today, in the final moments of the Red Bull Rampage qualifier,Graham Agassiz turned pressure into performance, nailing a unique and difficult line (watch it in the video above) to land at the top of the results.
Agassiz used his first competition run on Friday to go for a huge drop early in his line for the first time, and the results were disastrous. He learned what he needed to know about his approach to it, however, so he waited for run two for another chance.
Unfortunately, rain forced event organizers to put the qualifier on hold, and several athletes, including Agassiz, had to wait until Sunday to complete their second run. That’s a lot of time to think about the risks he’d be taking, but when it came time for Aggy to drop in, he aced his line and the venue erupted with cheers.
This marks the second year in a row Agassiz has qualified in the top position. Find out how he fares in the final by watching the webcast on the official Red Bull Rampage site on Monday, September 29, starting at 1:00 p.m. MT.
The enhanced webcast will feature live voting during each run, so you can vote for your favorites to help determine which rider will receive the Army National Guard People’s Choice award. Get involved in the action via live chat with fans around the world, and watch your favorite moments over and over with nearly instant online replays for each run.
Watch the finals live here tomorrow morning. http://rampage.redbull.tv
When Graham Agassiz and Andreu Lacondeguy began building a lip-heavy line at Red Bull Rampage with heavy drops on each end, the rest of the field wondered how they would pull it off. Yesterday, they answered part of the question by sending a gigantic step-down, and they did it by pushing each other out of their comfort zones – watch it happen in the video above.
“Aggy is crazy!” says Lacondeguy about the Kamloops freerider after he sailed his bike 76 foot off the drop. High praise from a man who is world-renowned for going absolutely massive.
Sporadic wind and pre-game nerves played a big part in holding back the two marquee riders from hitting the drop, which leads into another step-down, and then to the Polaris RZR Moto Booter. While Lacondeguy is pre-qualified for finals on Sunday, Agassiz – who qualified in first place in 2013 but finished outside of the top 10 in the final – is required to ride in 2014 qualifiers today.
With uncharacteristic reserve, Lacondeguy took at least a dozen dry runs at the drop before committing, landing more or less where Agassiz did. For today’s qualifier, he’ll cheer Aggy on from the sidelines.
Watch Red Bull Rampage live on here: http://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/events/1331676062973/red-bull-rampage-2014
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:
Our tamed test pilot, Claudio Caluori, has pretty much had it all his own way this season. His companion riders on the GoPro course previews have either bitten the dust or eaten his… So, with the World Champs looming, we decided to up the stakes a little.
We invited his own Gstaad Scott rider, Brendan Fairclough, along to join him. Would Claudio be able to beat him down the Hafjell course or would flat pedals and whips prevail?!
Also, keep your eyes pealed for a spot of celebrity nudity on the side of the track…
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
We wheeled out our Phantom camera to capture the agony and ecstasy of the riders at the recent Crankworx Les Deux Alpes Slopestyle contest.
The Phantom cam slows the action right down to 1,000 frames per second and so offers a unique perspective on the movements the riders have to go through when they lay down a trick.
Anthony Messere took a career defining first major win at Les Deux Alpes. Watch part of his winning run in super slo-mo above and enjoy the rest of the thrills and spills from what was a memorable contest weekend in France.
The battle for the Women’s UCI World Cup overall title really heated up in Leogang when Madison Saracen’s Manon Carpenter became the first and only rider this year to win her second race.
Defeating compatriot, Rachel Atherton, in Leogang made up for her flat tyre disappointment in Fort William and cemented control of the leaders jersey.
It’s interesting to see despite being comfortably ahead at the half way point how she slips back behind Carpenter on the lower half of the track
But Atherton, the reigning World Cup overall and World champ, remains beset by illness. Her usually incredible energy levels and physical fitness seem low; it’s interesting to see despite being comfortably ahead at the half way point how she slips back behind Carpenter on the lower half of the track.
There’s a mid-season break now as we prepare to head to the two North American rounds. Can Atherton fully recover or will Carpenter keep things neat and tidy for the remainder?
Watch as Danny MacAskill brings a forgotten city back to life with his latest street trials film. Following on from 2013’s mind-blowing ‘MacAskill’s Imaginate’, Epecuén is the latest film from Danny MacAskill.
Directed by long time collaborator Dave Sowerby, we’ll see Danny take his riding back to the roots of trials riding, exploring the forgotten town of Epecuén in Argentina, a location that has been submerged for the majority of the past 25 years.
Pablo Novac, Epecuén’s only resident throughout the troubled times, gives a brief history of the location culminating with his thoughts that he ‘…can no longer see what use this place has for us now,’ MacAskill however has other ideas.
Danny MacAskill is renowned for pushing the levels of both his riding and filming with previous releases ‘Way Back Home’ and ‘Imaginate’ accumulating over 50 million views between them; Epecuén is set to raise the bar once again.
Virgin, Utah is the golden land for MTB zones with huge canyon gaps and step downs.
Brandon Semenuk and Cam Zink get their hands dirty to create epic lines to shred for their film, but find some obstacles along the way. They finish off their motorhome trip by visiting Exotics Racing in Las Vegas to take a spin in a McLaren and Lamborghini for the ultimate rush.
The weatherbeaten slopes of Slieve Martin, County Down teem with hundreds of scarlet clad figures. 400 mountain bikers think they can outfox Gee Atherton in the 2013 Redbull Foxhunt which turns the fear and ecstasy of a hunt in on itself, making prey of the hunters.
From decorated pros to weekend warriors, the pack will tear down the three and a half miles of unforgiving downhill course encompassing wind bleached moorland, mud-spattered forests and hair-raising sprints, each adrenaline pumped biker tirelessly battling to cross the finish line before the advancing fox.
Here are the top three moments of the 2013 Red Bull Rampage (in no particular order).
McGarry’s Canyon Gap Backflip
It’s a big deal to even clear the canyon gap, but apparently not big enough — Kelly had to flip it. New Zealand’s finest freerider delivers a big surprise in his first run of the Red Bull Rampage final, stepping up to trick the massive canyon gap with a floaty backflip.
Kyle Strait’s Sender No-hander
Watch Rampage winner Kyle Strait stretch a suicide no-hander off the Oakley Icon Sender. Strait was the first to ride out of the drop from the top of the Oakley Icon Sender, and he took it up a notch in the final by letting go of the bars.
Cam Zink’s Sender Backflip
Get straight to the 2013 highlights — watch Cam Zink’s massive backflip off the Oakley Icon Sender.
Free up some time in your busy day — if you’re only going to watch one thing from Red Bull Rampage 2013, it’s gotta be this: Third-place finisher Cam Zink’s absolutely mental backflip off the penthouse level of the Oakley Icon Sender.
Brandon Semenuk and Cam Zink set out on a motorhome trip to Utah for some ultimate freeride mountain biking sessions.
The boys search the land for new zones and seek out the gnarliest lines before dropping in. But before they get on their bikes, the snow sets in and creates some downtime for the boys which calls for explosions in the desert.
Red Bull Foxhunt went off with a bang in Rostrevor with 400 hounds (mountain bikers) being chased hard by World Cup Downhill legend, Gee Atherton.
Last year only one rider managed it but this year 30 out foxed the Fox. First place went to Colin Ross who thundered into the finish line arena with a good lead ahead of last years winner Greg Callaghan of Dirt Norco with Joe Barnes of the Dudes of Hazzard in third.
Watch as Mountain Bike legend Rickie Schley goes through what it means to be a mountain biker and to him there is one rule…you need to earn your descent!
In its second year, the GoPro Dirt Diaries is a video contest between six mountain bike athletes. Each rider partners with a videographer to create a 4 to 6-minute video. Teams had seven weeks to prepare their moving image story before each entry was screened in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza during Crankworx.
Take a look at the full story of Red Bull Joyride 2013.
Pushing the boundaries of slopestyle mountain biking once again, Red Bull Joyride descended the Whistler Mountain Bike Park at the exhilarating, gravity-defying anchor event of the Crankworx Whistler Festival.
Big tricks and plenty of clean runs blew the judges away, but it was 23 year-old Brandon Semenuk of Whistler, BC who reclaimed the podium’s top step after his first win in 2011 with the highest score ever recorded at this event and a cool $25,000. Martin Söderström of Sweden took second place, followed in third by Sam Pilgrim of the UK.
Pushing the boundaries of slopestyle mountain biking once again, Red Bull Joyride descended the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today as the exhilarating, gravity-defying anchor event of the Crankworx Whistler Festival.
Big tricks and plenty of clean runs blew the judges away, but it was 22 year-old Brandon Semenuk of Whistler, BC who reclaimed the podium’s top step after his first win in 2011 with the highest score ever recorded at this event and a cool $25,000. Martin Söderström of Sweden took second place, followed in third by Sam Pilgrim of the UK.
“After the fall on my first run, it was a bit of a flashback to 2011 and 2010 having bailed on the same trick. I was able to regroup and shake the nerves going into my second run and that really paid off. Being back in my hometown in front of my friends and family, I wanted to put together the best run I could possibly think of and get the win at home.” – Brandon Semenuk
This year’s brand new course design fused together elements of dirt jumping, slopestyle and classic North Shore mountain biking. Eighteen of the world’s best athletes held nothing back in front of a high energy crowd of more than 25,000 spectators, one of the largest turnouts for a single event in Whistler’s history. As the sun broke through the clouds, it was a rider’s slopestyle paradise as competitors threw down massive tricks and some unique lines on one of the longest slopestyle courses ever built, with twelve trickable features. “This year was definitely the best Joyride course yet, flowing really well and was lots of fun to ride” said Semenuk. “The features were a good size but not so big that you couldn’t do your biggest tricks”. The course catered more to technical riders than speed demons, allowing more time to set up for tricks and complete plenty of runs from top to bottom.
Would you ride a bike down one of the world’s most active volcanoes? These guys would.
Towards the end of this year’s harsh winter a small band of brothers went in search of warmer slopes upon which to let loose on their big bikes.
And warmer slopes they found in the form of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the infamous Mount Etna. Now listed as a world heritage site, Mount Etna has shaped the lives of those who live in its shadow, not to mention the terrain that team InFocus took as their home for a week.