Amazing tricks, top-notch riding and an electrifying atmosphere – the world's 24 best slopestyle athletes put the ancient city of Nuremberg at the pinnacle of action sports during Red Bull District Ride earlier today. Over the course of two days, 84,000 fans filled the weaving alleyways in historic city. On Saturday alone, more than 62,000 spectators lined the streets around the hand crafted parcours, designed to push the best riders to their limits. Flowing through the cobbled streets, Canadian Brandon Semenuk linked up the perfect run to seal the victory. Following closely behind, was his fellow countryman Brett Rheeder, third spot went to Belgian Thomas Genon.
On Saturday morning the full pack of 24 riders was slimmed down to 12 in the qualifying rounds. Toward the end of the finals, it became apparent that the battle for victory would be a head-to-head battle between two Canadians, Brett Rheeder and Brandon Semenuk. The atmosphere was tense, but nonetheless, spectators kept shouting and cheering to show their support. Rheeder took the lead by a tiny margin after the first run, but his head start was short lived as Semenuk put together an unbeatable run, gaining an advantage of just 00.84 points. The 23-year-old Canadian dropped in with a backflip one foot can and completed the first district with a technical 540 barspin. A blind flipwhip and a backflip through the open loop linked the second district together nicely. An oppo-double tailwhip and a 720 barspin sealed district three. In district four, Brandon rocked a clean 360 x-up over the Street Cannon. His incredible run was finally over with a stylish backflip barspin to one-foot can on the massive Big Air District. His efforts resulted in a score of 92.87 and rewarded him with the victory.
"I am so stoked that I made it to the top of the podium", said Brandon Semenuk. "With such an amazing number of spectators Red Bull District Ride is totally different from all other events. I am overwhelmed that I could deliver such a run." By grabbing the win, Brandon Semenuk overtook Anthony Messere in the FMB Diamond Series ranking and is now the hottest contender for the FMB World Tour champion title.
1. Brandon Semenuk (CAN), 92.87
2. Brett Rheeder (CAN), 92.04
3. Thomas Genon (BEL), 86.58
4. Anthony Messere (CAN), 80.86
5. Szymon Godziek (POL), 78.75
6. Sam Reynolds (GBR), 77.98
7. Louis Reboul (FRA), 77.88
8. Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), 75.83
9. Carson Storch (USA), 75.21
10. Yannick Granieri (FRA), 73.79
11. Tomas Lemoine (FRA), 62.62
12. Logan Peat (CAN), 0