Crankworx pre-qualified rider list announced, McGazza makes the cut!

KOKANEE CRANKWORX ANNOUNCES FINAL INVITED ATHLETES FOR TEVA BEST TRICK SHOWDOWN AND RED BULL JOYRIDE QUALIFIERS

Roster Determined Through Crankworx History, FMBA Rankings And Key Event Results

The Red Bull Joyride will be a game changer for the world of freeride mountain biking. With a whopping $25,000 on the line for first place, Kokanee Crankworx has confirmed the best mountain bikers in the world will compete at the Teva Best Trick Showdown July 21 and the inaugural Red Bull Joyride Qualifiers July 21 and Red Bull Joyride Finals on July 23, 2011.

Confirmed pre-qualified athletes for Red Bull Joyride Finals: 1. Cam Zink – Reno, NV 2. Mike Montgomery - San Diego, CA 3. Casey Groves – Kelowna, BC 4. Kelly McGarry – Nelson, NZL 5. Sam Dueck – Chilliwack, BC 6. Yannick Granieri – Craponne, FRA 7. Brandon Semenuk – Whistler, BC 8. Darren Berrecloth - Qualicum Beach, BC 9. Martin Soderstrom – Uppsala, SWE 10. Sam Pilgrim – Colchester, GBR

Confirmed for Teva Best Trick Showdown and Red Bull Joyride Qualifiers July 21: 11. Amir Kabbani – Munich, GER 12. Andreu Lacondeguy – Barcelona, ESP 13. Antoine Bizet - FRA - qualified through Chatel Mountain Style 2011 14. Greg Watts - Santa Cruz, CA 15. Jack Fogelquist - Santa Cruz, CA 16. Kyle Strait - Huntington Beach, CA - qualified through Claymore Challenge 2011 17. Lance McDermott – Manchester, GBR 18. Medhi Gani – Lannilis, FRA – qualified through 26 Trix 2011 19. Mitch Chubey – Langley, BC - qualified by top six 2011 FMBA ranking 20. Paul Basagoita – Minden, NV – qualified through Teva Mountain Games Slopestyle 2011

Wildcard Athletes: 1. Cam McCaul 2. Graham Agassiz 3. Kurt Sorge 4. Tyler McCaul 5. Geoff Gulevich

For more information on this year’s invitation format click here.

Six athletes will be qualified based on the results of two full-course runs on July 21, limited to the 15 athletes that are not pre-qualified for Red Bull Joyride. Red Bull Joyride judges will observe both the Teva Best Trick Showdown contest and the two full-course qualifying runs. Riders will be ranked based on overall performance of both Teva Best Trick Showdown and the qualifying runs to select six athletes to advance and join the ten pre-qualified riders for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, July 23.

First place will take home $25,000, second $10,000, third $5,000, fourth $3,500 and fifth $1,500. Watch the first of an exclusive video series from Red Bull detailing the conception of the Joyride course design here.

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The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.