Over 25,000 spectators at Crankworx Whistler witnessed the world’s top slopestyle riders in fierce battle for the title.
The level of difficulty of the Red Bull Joyride course, designed by the athletes for the athletes, and the high level of talent that competed tonight blew away the judges and the crowd all night long. Over 27,000 wide-eyed fans were on-hand to witness 19-year-old Thomas Genon of Belgium claim the top step of the podium at Red Bull Joyride, the anchor event of Crankworx Whistler 2012. In second place was Red Bull athlete Martin Söderström of Sweden and in third was American Cam McCaul.
Wind was a factor today but the riders chose to battle it out and threw down an impressive array of tricks on multiple lines of the highly trickable, rider-designed course built just for Red Bull Joyride in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. "This might be my favourite slopestyle course at Crankworx, ever," says third place finisher McCaul. "I love the big jumps, huge drops and technical features."
Thomas Genon, a relatively unknown rider from Belgium, rode extremely clean and strong; executing high-risk tricks including the only backflip onto the Bud Light Cabin the entire night. "I was fixing my music at the top of the run and someone came over to tell me that I won the comp," says Genon, who seemed to still be processing his win at the press conference following the event.
Some tough breaks for crowd favourite Brandon Semenuk took him out of contention for a podium at Red Bull Joyride. Martin Söderström knew this would be his night to get back in the driver's seat. "I had so much pressure to be first in the world and with only one event left, the Red Bull Rampage, I am ready to jump on my DH bike and get the title," says Söderström. Although Genon had a super strong run that earned him the win, everyone on the podium agreed if Söderström could have cleanly executed the 360 double tail whip off the cabin, first place and the Red Bull Joyride title would have been in his hands.
Red Bull Joyride Results
First Place: Thomas Genon (Belgium) $25,000
Second Place: Martin Söderström (Sweden) $10,000
Third Place: Cam McCaul (USA) $5,000