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Red Bull Joyride aims to reinvent the Slopestyle contest by constructing a rider-designed course that puts the freeride back into Slopestyle.
Anthony Messere, a 15-year-old from Surrey, B.C. and alternate for the Red Bull Joyride, gets the call-up and places third to Brandon Semenuk and Cam Zink. Messere is the youngest rider ever to hit the podium.
Australian newcomer Benny Phillips and veteran Cam Zink each take home $4000 for the Teva Best Trick. Phillips, who has spent the season practically living in the Whistler Bike Park’s Airdome is discovered by Bike Park Manager Brian Finestone. His 360 double downside tail-whip wins the first session. Zink follows through with a gutsy frontflip in the second session.
Twenty-year-old Whistler kid, Brandon Semenuk, who grew up in parallel with the Whistler Bike Park, wins the Red Bull Joyride Slopestyle event at Crankworx before a hometown crowd. He goes on to take the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour.
Fat Tire Crit is re-introduced into the event roster, moving to the new Whistler Olympic Plaza.
The five-year reign of Brian Lopes, as the king of the Air DH, comes to an end when Andrew Neethling takes top spot by a margin of just over a second (the entire length of A-Line).
“The real beauty of Crankworx, the glue that holds the event together, and the thing that makes it very different from most mountain bike events, is that the people who come out are not just spectators, they are participants. From the first days of Joyride to the modern day event, it is not just about coming out to see your favourite rider, but about coming out and riding the trails in the Whistler Bike Park, pedalling some of the great XC stuff in the valley and signing up to race on the same course that the best in the world will be racing on as well.”
– Matthew Mallory, Pinkbike