Crankworx World Tour

logo-sponsor-sram
logo-sponsor-maxxis
logo-sponsor-clif
logo-sponsor-rockshox
specialized

BEST TRICK PROVES BEST MOVE IN RAINY LES GETS

For immediate release
June 18, 2016 Les Gets, France— Continued rain opened a sweet opportunity for the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle where the athletes opted in for one epic best trick jam in lieu of a full competition.

From an oppo-cashroll to an oppo-Cork 720 to ‘The Twister’, the winning runs saw some of the top athletes in the world throw down before a sincerely grateful crowd of fans who braved a sloppy hillside to see their heroes in action—and the athletes truly showed their appreciation.

“I think it was like a blessing in disguise because someone would have gone down. You can see both the riders who came first and second on one of their runs went down, so I’m happy that we cancelled it,” said Brett RHEEDER (CAN), author of an oppo-cork 720 that put him in third place.

Long the key rival of the man who is arguably the top Slopestyle rider of all time, Brandon Semenuk, Rheeder said he wanted to compete and he wanted the points the competition offered—but it wasn’t worth the risk. He opted instead to show off the new oppo-trick he honed for the last Crankworx stop, Rotorua, New Zealand, which anchored an impressive run just shy of being clean enough for the win.

Nicholi ROGATKIN (USA), meanwhile, went all in on his impressive new trick of the year: The Twister.

In a moment totally unrelated to weather, he misjudged the speed needed to execute the epic 1080 rotation on the final booter heading into the finish coral and found himself standing atop the jump staring down at the crowd, unscathed, though crashed out.

“I kind of stood there after I just landed on top because I was kind of in disbelief. I couldn’t believe it had just happened. My shoulder should have gotten ripped out or something because it was such a harsh landing, but it was so crazy that I just stood up there like that,” he said.

Watching the crowd roar from the top, Rogatkin seized the energy of the surreal moment and delivered on the final run, landing the final Twist and leaping into the air.

As the announcers put it, Rogatkin is the poster child for progression in Slopestyle right now, but he does have an Achilles heel: his athleticism outstrips his style. Heading into Red Bull Joyride, at Crankworx Whistler, he will be working as hard as he can to improve the whole package.

“It’s not just about the tricks. It’s about being on my bike as much as I can and handling the pressure. When you’re standing at the top of the biggest contest in the world and you have to do all your biggest tricks in the same run, it has to be about the whole thing. So I’m definitely going to be working some secret tricks,” he said.

Szymone Godzeik proved the sleeper performer of the contest. While he didn’t podium, he certainly impressed with a backflip cliff-hanger.

The biggest event of the festival begins tomorrow, the Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS. It will air live on Crankworx.com and Pinkbike.com at 2 p.m. CEST on Sunday, June 19 in Les Gets, 5:00 a.m. PST on Sunday, June 19 in Whistler and 12:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20 in Rotorua, New Zealand

Crankworx Les Gets Slopstyle Best Trick:
1. Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) – The Twister
2. Antoine Bizet (FRA)—Oppo-Cash Roll
3.  Brett Rheeder (CAN)—Oppo Cork-720

For images of Crankworx Les Gets: Flickr

Photo: Brett Rheeder hangs over the valley in Les Gets, France, midway through an oppo-cash roll.

Media contact:

Jennifer Smith
Communicaitons Manager
Jennifer@Crankworx.com

Katy Winton on the ups and downs of the pro rider hustle, getting vulnerable, and charging forward

April 15, 2021

ATHLETE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK 2021

April 15, 2021

Riders, ready? Athlete registration is now open for Crankworx Innsbruck 2021

April 15, 2021

Allan Cooke on big whips, announcing the Specialized Dual Slalom in Innsbruck, the Levo Turbo, and the new Sea to Sky community hub

March 31, 2021

Vali Höll on staying sane through injury, Red Bull’s APC, her new team, and getting ready to defend her Crankworx win

March 15, 2021

CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK TO LAUNCH 2021 CRANKWORX WORLD TOUR IN JUNE

March 10, 2021

Crankworx Innsbruck is back! June 16-20, 2021

March 10, 2021

Celebrating the women of Crankworx

March 8, 2021

Sam Blenkinsop on pandemic life in NZ, charging into 2021, and riding the new Shorty

February 22, 2021

Tegan Cruz on Kidsworx, his new spot on the RockShox Trek Race Team, and what it’s like growing up with Crankworx in your backyard

February 17, 2021

Kialani Hines talks 2020, “Validation” and the road ahead

January 25, 2021

2021 CRANKWORX WORLD TOUR IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE

October 29, 2020

DOUBLE AUSTRIAN WIN WRAPS FIVE DAYS OF ACTION AT CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK

October 4, 2020

TOMAS LEMOINE EARNS THIRD MEDAL IN 24 HOURS, WITH FIRST PLACE FINISH IN CLIF SPEED & STYLE PRESENTED BY GOPRO

October 3, 2020

EMIL JOHANSSON MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW WITH WIN AT CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK SLOPESTYLE

October 3, 2020

FRENCH RIDERS SWEEP DAY 1 OF CRANKWORX COMPETITION, AS LORON TAKES SECOND WIN AND BERNARD PUSHES TO TOP STEP

October 3, 2020
More Crankworx News