Photos by Anthony Smith and Bruno Long
Words by Brice Minnigh
With thousands of frothing fans lining the lower hill of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for the Crankworx Joyride practice on Saturday afternoon, Mother Nature rained on their parade. Literally.
But even though the main event was postponed until 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 16, the fans who showed up early to watch the world’s best slopestyle riders practice their runs were treated to quite a spectacle.
Here are some of the afternoon’s most brilliant moments:
The fans were gassed up and ready to shred, but a combination of ill-timed rain and the inability of the organizers to lay down tarps on the course before the sun returned caused them to settle for a rain check. Photo by Bruno Long.
Perhaps the only person in Whistler who was happy that Joyride was postponed was Brett Rheeder, who has been battling with an untimely stomach illness that rendered him bed-ridden for the 24 hours leading up to the event. This, the third Crankworx slopestyle contest of the series, would earn him the Triple Crown of Slopestyle and a $75,000 check if he were to win. Photo by Anthony Smith.
With the Crankworx Whistler Joyride competition delayed due to rain, the riders had little to do but think about their lines. And for the always-focused Brandon Semenuk, this is an integral part of his pre-run ritual. Photo by Anthony Smith.
Sacre Bleu! This is what it looks like when two Frenchmen and a Belgian realize that the spoils of the day belong to Mother Nature. Thomas Genon, Gani Mehdi and Louis Reboul share a quintessentially French existential moment. Photo by Anthony Smith.