By Brice Minnigh
As one of the world’s definitive mountain-bike festivals, Crankworx Whistler’s competitions run the gamut of disciplines. But the biggest draw is the Red Bull Joyride slopestyle contest. The event consistently pushes the progression envelope, with the world’s most talented riders pulling their newest moves on a monstrous course of man-made features. Big air. Big tricks. Big crowds. Big crashes. The 2013 Crankworx Red Bull Joyride delivered all of the above.
Despite intermittent rain throughout the day, Joyride went ahead as scheduled, and conditions proved just dry enough for competitors to truly lay it on the line.
Whistler local, Brandon Semenuk, reclaimed his title after winning the event in 2011, but the victory was not without a valiant challenge by Martin Söderström, whose horrific crash on the final jump left him lying on the ground with a broken leg. As the awards ceremony took place, Semenuk and third-place finalist Sam Pilgrim continually looked on as the medics tended to an immobilized Söderström.
Above are some highlights from Saturday’s finals.