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?
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.
Kenny Smith, Robbie Bourdon, Thomas Genon, and Yannick Granieri join Semenuk as they resurrect a section from NWD 10 with the help of Intern despite being a bit preoccupied. The dirt in Retallack helps form some of the best single track trails that the boys have ridden.
Brandon Semenuk, Graham Agassiz and Matt Miles go out to Kamloops, BC, a legendary area for mountain biking to build a high speed, big air line for the film.
The guys also ride a prime trail in the woods before they kill some time with pellet guns where Intern is in for a little bit of pain.
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.