Chatel Mountain Style 2011 - Photos

Jul 4, 2011 at 6:09
Jul 4, 2011
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Words by Nick Simcik
Photos by Devon Balet

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Chatel Mountain Style 2011 is official in the books. The riding was exciting and impressive. A few crashes, one injury and 5,000 euros goes to Cam Zink!

As you have seen from our coverage, Chatel Mountain Style was an amazing event. While a very unique event to the FMB, Chatel stands apart from the other big mountain event, Red Bull Rampage. It stands out because it is much more accessible, shares more familiar terrain with what mountain bikers are used to riding; black dirt, roots, rocks, steeps, and jumps. Chatel Mountain Style just so happens to be on a mountain face as steep as many world cup tracks. That is no coincidence as Chatel is only a few miles from Les Gets, Morizine, and Champery (home of the 2011 World Champs). As a result, some of the riders felt a bit overwhelmed looking at "the face" for the first time, but everyone ultimately manned up and shredded.

The event was judged a bit differently than most events, while tricks were important, they only accounted for 10% of the riders overall score, the rest was line choice, fluidity, and aggression. Several lines criss-crossed down the hill allowing riders to share some sections of lines, but show their style and diversity by linking up specific terrain.

While riders were not throwing 360-double downside tailwhips, there were 60 foot backflips, 25 foot 360 and flip drops, and plenty of flip combos to keep the crowd in awe.

The top guys on the podium made the gnarly course look like child's play and rode their downhill bikes like they were slope bikes, throwing big tricks over huge jumps, truly showing the progression of the sport, even since Rampage last fall. This event is a great opportunity for new riders to make a name for themselves and with his 2nd place finish, Antoine Bizet secured himself a place at Crankworx Whistler and District Ride later this fall.

At the end of the day, as always, I do not envy the job of the judges. Deciding between Zink, Sorge, Bizet, Claw, Strait, Gulevich, Semenuk, and the rest of the top 10 could not have been easy, but they did a great job. Head judge Ben Walker, knows his stuff. He has been building tracks for World Cups and other events in Europe for quite a few years and knows the level of difficulty for each line.

With Zink taking Chatel, he proved himself again to be one of the top riders at any event he attends. Kyle Strait showed his many talents on the bike and that he is a contender in any contest he attends. Sam Pilgrim showed that he can trick any jump he wants. Sorge and Gulevich proved themselves to be contenders for taking their first wins at a major contest. I, like you, cannot wait to see how Crankworx, Clawworx, and District ride pan out for these riders.

Chatel Mountain Style is definitely a big event, don't believe me? Check out these photos.

Videos of top three runs at bottom

Pierre Thevendard styling out the lowest hip during warm up for the finals.


If we only knew what was going through his head right here.
If only we knew what was going through his head... Cam Zink scoping the top drop before his finals run.


Geoff Gullevich with his classic table off the dirt step up step down.


Dropping it from the top. Kurt earned third place after killing his first finals run.
Kurt Sorge dropping it from the top. Sorge killed his first run which secured him a third place finish.


Getting ready to drop in for his second finals run.
Nick Simcik waiting to drop in for his second finals run. His glowing orange POC kit made it easy for judges to spot him 300 meters below.


Unfortunately Antoine crashed trying this superman seat grab and had to be taken off the mountain and treated for injuries.
Antoine Dubourgnon of France was riding strong and threw this awesome superman seat grab off the dirt step down. Unfortunately he didn't land it clean and had to be taken off the mountain and treated for injuries. He was the only one to get injured on finals day.


Amir Kabani throwing out a nice no hander. He finished up 13th overall.


Sebee Giraldi and Ben Walker thanking the riders and workers of Chatel Mountain style.


To the bone cut and all Sorge killed his first run to earn himself a third place finish.
To the bone cut and all, Sorge killed his first run to earn himself a third place finish.


A stoked Cam Zink holds his carbon Evil proud.
A stoked Cam Zink holding his carbon Evil dh bike tall and proud!


Sebee promised to jump in the pond at the bottom of The Face weather permitting.
Sebee promised to jump in the pond at the bottom of The Face, weather permitting.


After winning best event spirit Geoff had no choice but to join Sebee jumping into the pond.
After winning best event spirit award, Geoff Gulevich had no choice but to join Sebee in jumping into the pond.


A unique backdrop for the podium. Zink was quick to fix the misspelling.


Eric Lawrenuk with a stylish table off the dirt step down, one of the new lines for 2011.


Stepping it up on his second finals run. Antoine brought his A game.
Antoine Bizet brought his A game to Chatel Mountain Style this year. His clean riding earned him a second place finish. Antoine earned into the qualifications for Teva Best Trick & Red Bull Joyride qualifiers based on his results.


1. Cam Zink 2. Antoine Bizet 3. Kurt Sorge 4. Brandon Semenuk 5. Kyle Strait
1. Cam Zink 2. Antoine Bizet 3. Kurt Sorge 4. Brandon Semenuk 5. Kyle Strait


Time to party
Time to party, drinks are on Cam Zink!
bigquotesI have to spend my 10% quick, I've got a flight to catch! -Cam Zink


Winner of the best event spirit. Well deserved.
Geoff Gullevich, winner of the best event spirit. Well deserved.


An excited Cam Zink after winning the 2011 Chatel Mountain Style. He brought home 5,000 euros and big ol' wheel of cheese!


Cam Zink - Best Run from Châtel Mountain Style on Vimeo.


Antoine Bizet - 2nd from Châtel Mountain Style on Vimeo.


Kurt Sorge - 3rd from Châtel Mountain Style on Vimeo.



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82 Comments

  • + 33
 Zink's run was sick, Bizet's flip over the long and low 60ft jump at the end was insane, especially for someone the majority of us have never heard of.
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 for sure, I thought watching Zink then Bizet that Bizet's run was better. Better flips, more tricks.
  • + 11
 Talking about Bizet - check one of his videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ktGc2TBRc
He's just crazy Wink
  • + 5
 I wanted to see someone flip or spin the first drop!! You'd only see Bender hitting stuff like that 10years ago- now people are tricking it! The last section is HUGE- hats off to those who even hit the course.
  • + 9
 sure Bizet killed it, but he should of penalized for those gross boned out dog pissers...negative style points! Way to kill it Sorge, and Zink obviously!
  • + 4
 I like how they spelled zinks name wrong and carved a K at the end lol.
  • + 1
 Cam did that when he jumped onto the podium
  • + 3
 zinks run was definitely better but still for someone ive never heard of bizet was shredding
  • + 5
 After watching that video, Kurt should of got second in my opinion! way cleaner with more style. I'm sure that that Sorge and Zink are also capable of flipping that last jump. Both had already done 2 stylier flips each in there respective runs.
  • + 1
 i didnt even realize who this crazy bizet fella was untill buddy chucked on the youtube link, i have his oldd videos saved on my youtube for sometime and i remember saying he'll be going somewheres in one of the videos, guess he did! awesome man
  • + 1
 haha to add to spelling zink wrong.... they spelt it as the metal "zink" which in french is spelt "zinc"
  • + 2
 I feel the results should have been Bizet, Sorge and then zink.... feel the runs we're just way more commited and balls out than zincs.
  • + 1
 A tail whip from Kurt or Bizet would have been awesome to see!!!
  • + 1
 Although most of these photos are sick..

I'm annoyed how there are no photos from the side of the step up/step down/60ft double, because i know those jumps are huge but its difficult to tell how big they really are without a side angle, like this one from last year

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5653324
  • + 1
 @OliScale, I can't share everything here on pinkbike. Keep your eye on Decline Magazine. Thanks for the criticism.
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  • + 19
 Gotta say I was kind of expecting Cam Zink to 3 the big starting drop.
  • - 2
 are you joking ?
  • + 3
 the gap he 360ed at rampage was bigger than the big drop at the beginning i think
  • + 2
 But the Oakley sender was a kind of a step down,not just drop. The strat drop in Chatel is all about going down,and U gotta remember,that there's a berm right after the drop,not the free space like after the sender on Rampage. If Zink didn't do not even a table on that drop,I'm pretty sure that level of risk was def too high for the 360... Sick run from Cam and IMO opinion even sicker run from Antoine,U can say whatever U wish about flipping the step down and nac flip on the first jump,but flipping the final gap should def put Bizet on the top spot.
  • + 1
 it wasn't trickable drop here... it was very high, but very short with veeeery steep landing... i didn't see many tricks there, maybe Mcgarry threw some xups on trainings, but it was on smaler drop.. anyway every run watching it live was freakin awsome Big Grin
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  • + 12
 You guys realize zink deserved to win right. His first flip was not just a flip... it was a nac flip. The flip on the step down was all kinds of corked out and his superman puts clark kent to shame.
  • + 0
 Sick run from Cam and IMO opinion even sicker run from Antoine,U can say whatever U wish about flipping the step down and nac flip on the first jump,but flipping the final gap should def put Bizet on the top spot.
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  • + 10
 whoever edited those videos needs a slap for picking that music, had to watch them with sound off, and who uses the same music for qualifying and finals videos?!
  • + 0
 agree. muted it also. pretty bad job on the editing - the camera man couldn't find Zinc (haha) and then they kept it in the edit.
  • + 7
 Sex Pistols was fine, just sayin'
  • - 1
 anyone else notice how all the vids from Chatel are bad quality
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  • + 6
 gotta be a scary course to ride, but i agree with a lot of you guys, Bizet should have won, he even kept doing tricks after the finish line
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  • + 6
 Cam Zink is the master when it comes to big mountain style events these days.
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  • + 2
 Rad riding, but seems a little bit funny to me...The guy who got 2nd did two one footers and two back flips while going down the course, and I know judges like riders tricking as many features as possible, but shouldn't a small style tweak done by someone like Sorge score higher than a super lame one footer? If you're going to do filler tricks, follow Zink's example with t-bogs etc. Just my opininon...I think styling a feature should score much higher than busting a point grabbing one footer, it's kind of lame to sell out to bogus filler tricks, a lot more respect for keeping it steezy and original....That being said, video doesn't do justice to each riders' particular line choice, which accounts for most of the points.
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  • + 1
 I know these events would be VERY difficult to judge as there is so much ground between the start and finish and I believe they are not watching screens, BUT...... I would say Bizet's run was the winning run. Again, it's easy to say from watching top to bottom video of one rider then the other. Just saying.
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  • + 1
 I was there... and turned back home with a different idea about riding, this guys are amazing... many congrats for Zink but I have to say that my fave riders for this days are Sorge for seeing him sherding at maximum for two days and Bizet that has done and amazing run in the middle of all the best riders in the world.
Enjoy also this pics from the contest:
http://bh3x.pinkbike.com/album/MountainStyle-2011/
Have fun!!!
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  • + 4
 Zink and Sorge kindof had the same exact run...?
  • - 3
 Sorge should have gotten 2nd
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  • + 4
 that last jump was mental, props to bizet for flipping it.
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  • + 2
 they know where the musics at on kurt sorges run, Motley Crue for the win, Motley crue-kickstart my heart
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  • + 1
 f*cking terrible music! but THE SICKEST RIDING I HAVE EVER SEEN! Big Grin DDDDDDDD props to anyone who had the balls to do the coarse!
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  • + 2
 you would think they would throw some bar bends here and there just to finish off their run but pretty epic on the whole
  • + 2
 bar bends are def. better than those dog pissers!
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  • + 2
 anyone know how big the top opening drop was?

looked sick and well done to Zink! Big Grin
  • + 1
 11 meters to a steep steep landing
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  • + 2
 I'm not to sure about that judging I thought Sorge did better than the 2nd place finsisher but whatever. Sick contest
  • + 2
 I agree! No dog pissers on the podium!
  • + 1
 didn't mean that antoine was a dog pisser but yeah....
  • + 3
 no he did a bunch of dog pissers! That's a one footer like a peeing dog where the bike stays totally vertical with a kinked leg boning out. I'm sure he's a swell guy who is able to do a bunch a noteworthy shit! I just don't like seeing those in a contest run, I see them enough a the local bike park from 10 yr olds!
  • + 1
 Trickland,so what are U gonna say about Cam's pseudo one footer of the drop??
I know that this one foots are not crazy trick,but for me it really puts a perspective on how chilled and steezy Bizet is amd how crazy comfortable he felt during the run.
  • + 0
 ^that was an attempted nac nac by the looks of it
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  • + 3
 now I know why they are called winners Big Grin sick!
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  • + 2
 pretty sick runs, think that's proof kona have stepped up their game too.
  • + 2
 they still have brake jack, its all just the rider.
  • + 1
 Saw a brand new Kona at the bottom of the course half hidden under a coat with a sheared off head tube. They should step up their welds.
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  • + 1
 This contest is awesome. I like how the riders have to display some DH and Freeride skill to make it down the course.
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  • + 2
 yaaaa one footers.. obviously the best trick in the booooks
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  • + 2
 Nice Tip on the spray Kan , Letter Caps Looks Nice for result boarD
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  • + 2
 zinc's last flip didn't look remotely possible, he can't be human ...
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  • + 1
 Some of the stuff Zink was doing on a Dh bike was super impressive Smile
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  • + 1
 whats the song on the second video?
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  • + 1
 Sweet course, sweet photos !! Nice job guys !!
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  • + 1
 those dorps look mad fun to ride
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  • + 1
 What bike Antoine Bizet rides?
  • + 2
 kona operator, props to Antoine Bizet that's good to be french when we're seeing him riding
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  • + 0
 The only thing more gay than france is the song they decided to put on this video.
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  • + 0
 sweet, added as photo link to event write up on getabmx.blogspot.com/p/international-news.html
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  • + 1
 vids of the other riders anyone?
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  • + 1
 Also big props to Sorge. 11m drop on a single crown....
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  • + 1
 It's not Pierre Thévenard on the first photo but Pierre Edouard Ferry
  • + 1
 I'll be sure to fix that. Simply went off of the results provided by the event promoters.
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  • + 1
 lmao at the dude who spelled zink's name wrong.
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  • + 1
 That was monster!
  • + 6
 I was there and the reason why Andreu didn't perform as we all know he can is that he just went into disco at 2.30 am when we were going home Big Grin After second run comentator asked him what is he feeling after his run and he said a bit of hangover Big Grin He's the man
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  • + 1
 That's insanity!!!
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  • + 2
 and what happened to andreu? he was first after qualifyings...
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  • + 2
 He finished tenth overall. From the sounds of it he was not feeling the best during finals.
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  • + 1
 i think he was better when he didn't ride FMX... just my opinion
  • + 1
 He did the same high speed run as during quali while the others started throwing tricks in the middle!
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  • + 0
 maybe it was too much DH style for the judges...
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