Press Release: Third Time’s a Charm
Brandon Semenuk takes his third RedBull Joyride title | Anthony Messere takes home the bronze.
Defiance is the name of the game in the constant pursuit of progression – Amongst a crowd of thousands and watching eyes from around the world, Brandon Semenuk laughed in the face of “can’t” to claim his third Crankworx RedBull Joyride title. – Photo by Sven Martin
The Crankworx Whistler RedBull Joyride title is one of the most highly coveted results any freeride Mountain Bike athlete could ever dream of. Just earning a spot in the finals would be an accomplishment for a majority of the world’s elite competitors, but not for Semenuk.
The competition was fierce with riders like Brett Rheeder setting an early tone taking the lead on his first run down the hill. Knowing the stakes were high and risks would have to be made, Anthony Messere would spin, flip and boost his way down the course into third place using SRAM X0 drivetrain, RockShox Pike DJ, RockShox Monarch DebonAir and Avid XX brakes. – Photo by Adrian Marcoux
As the returning two time Joyride Champion, Semenuk would be last on course in the first of two runs the competitors would take. Riding with unwavering confidence and poise on the intimidating course, throwing down mind-blowing trick after trick, Semenuk would put down a run that no other could match. – Photo by Sven Martin
Landing into the finish corral after sticking the final jump, surrounded by and electric crowd and elated fans and friends, Semenuk would take his SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain, SRAM X0 Hubs, RockShox Pike DJ, RockShox Monarch DebonAir and Avid X0 trail brakes to the top step for the third time in the RedBull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler. Photo by Adrian Marcoux