Enjoying the Joyride
Setting the Table
Although Tyler McCaul fell earlier in this run, he rallied and sent this backflip off the final kicker to help fire up the thousands of Crankworx fans watching the Joyride at the base of Whistler Mountain.
The fans at Joyride are like no other and always represent. Sometimes they get a little carried away, like these guys and their bro who brought a chainsaw to heckle riders in the weekend's downhill race.
Brayden Barrett-Hay was the first rider on course. Unfortunately, he fell hard on this tailwhip and was taken from the venue on a spine board after suffering a concussion. Recent posts from Barrett-Hay on his Instagram account have the young rider already on the mend, thankfully.
Yannick Granieri is always a podium threat. Here the Frenchman lays down a backflip x-up over the first of two massive step-up jumps in the middle of the course.
Antoine Bizet with a 360 on a small drop over a sea of spectators on his way to fifth place. More than 30,000 fans turned out to watch this year's Joyride.
The Crowd Goes Bananas
During a lull in the action between the first and second runs, the course gets overrun by a pack of wild bananas. Yep, costumes welcome at Crankworx.
2012 Red Bull Joyride champion Thomas Genon couldn't quite put it together this year, but he still managed to land this massive tailwhip off the Joyride cabin.
British rider Sam Pilgrim stuck this 360 off the start ramp on his final run and ended up in third place at Joyride. That was enough to move him into first place in the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour overall season title standings.
Martin Söderström 360s a 20-foot drop off the cabin on his first run. The Swede was stringing together an amazing set of tricks on his final run, but crashed on the last jump and broke his leg. Söderström wound up in second place thanks to this first run and is already on the mend from his injury according to his Facebook fan page.
Sometimes you fall and just get back up. Tomas Zejda shakes one off and gives the crowd a big "what up?"
Local hero Brandon Semenuk finishes his winning run with a flip whip. Suffice to say that Whistler went wild after he rode out of this one for his second Joyride win.
Camaraderie among slopestyle riders is strong. Last year's third-place finisher at Joyride, Cam McCaul, and inaugural FMBWT overall winner, Cam Zink, were the first to congratulate Semenuk when he hit the finish corral.
Sam Pilgrim douses Brandon Semenuk atop the podium to close out another year at the Red Bull Joyride. The empty spot was for second-place Soderstrom, who was taken directly to the hospital after his last-run crash.