Monster Energy Whitestyle 2012 - Sam Reynolds wins!

Jan 27, 2012 at 13:12
Jan 27, 2012
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Sam Reynolds has won, sticking a double back over the last jump!

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Sam Reynolds winning double flip, animated...

Results Top 5

1. Sam Reynolds 95.33
2. Martin Soderstrom 93.67
3. Antoine Bizet 91.00
4. Jakub Vencl 87.67
5. Teo Gustavson 76.00

Sam Reynolds, the winner. He was shocked... "I was angry after a low mark on my first run, so I did the double back, I thought I wouldn't make it, but I did..."

Conditions were cold, Icy, and yet the 4000 strong crowd were there to witness it go down, everyone thought it was Sam Pilgrim who would do it again, after some confident runs in practice and qualifying, but it wasn't, he cased a front flip on the first jump, Pilgrim commented "...I dont normally do front flips on the first jump...I'm glad Sam won it, I was pleased with 7th...(jokingly)." Sam proved to be a confident strong rider for the last few days, he has shown he is one of the ones to beat.

The conditions were tough, the extreme nature of the ice was mentioned by Mike Montgomery, "This is an extreme track, the conditions make it tough. I will be back next year though and I will be bring a few buddies with me."

Overall Ice, cold, very dark conditions and huge jumps made this a memorable event that probably will continue to set a few standards for other courses and comps to be judged by.

Masters of dirt GoPro Sam Reynolds shot.

Big crowd waiting for the action to begin.

The crowd waits for the start...


Sam signs for a few fans on the way to the start.

Sam signs for a few fans on the way to the start.


Pilgrim flipping the first jump

Sam Pilgrim flipping out of the Jaws of a Monster!




Tail whip

Sam Reynolds



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83 Comments

  • + 139
 I want video recap!!!!
  • + 58
 A gopro run would look really cool!
  • + 3
 Ha ha ! I was nos so far with Söderstrom, Reynolds, Bizet ! Stoked
  • + 0
 ya where are all the vids. the first one was edited very poorly, and i haven't seen one since.
  • - 102
 what gay pictures and a gay place to be biking. #boob
  • + 18
 @Lumpy12, just because no canadians got in, doesn't mean you should start trolling. And well done Sam!
  • + 5
 Damn, chill out! The comp finished out only a couple of hrs ago, give ppl some time to at least put some clips together
  • + 6
 He got angry and did a double back, seems like we need to make him angrier to get ourselves stoked.
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 "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

**double back**

Crowd goes wild: \o/ \o/ \o/
  • + 1
 @studers- thanks for the link! great highlight reel ^
  • - 1
 Just like u then u paper
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  • + 36
 " *Official Sam Pilgrim Page* "
" You win some you lose some! Today I lost! I crashed an got 7th or something! Haha damn "
  • + 39
 Was just wondering what happened to Pilgrim! Cheers.
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  • + 13
 Photos where really bad..
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 Low light = slow shutter speed = blurred motion in pictures.
  • + 1
 I know... but some really just look bad! Sometimes they look cool with that effect, but not today Big Grin
  • + 1
 Yea I agree. They don't look great but at least they got something in the dark.
  • + 2
 Hey guys, I think you got the picture....it was dark....really dark,

the lower part of the course was not lit well, and too many flash guns (around 30 divide over 2 or 4 channels) so using remote flash in the actual competition was a nightmare as either you fired someone else's or they fired yours. Often meaning for the right moment you had no flash power as someone had just used your flash! Or when you fired you set a few other flashes off that over exposed the picture! Nightmare!!! Had to adapt a bit, so we got something. Looking around at other sites you can see no one actually seemed to show any photos from the actual final comp part of the top riders. It was a really difficult situation. If you look in some dragged shutter shots there are more than 10 exposures in .5 of a second, showing how many flashes were going off!

There was one guy with some mega flashes when he was blasting we were not, unless you want an over exposed pic. In my experience one of the hardest things i have shot. I think most MTB picture viewers don't realise that most of what the see day to day has been set up, bar UCI DH pics, you cant have top quality amazing artistic pictures in a comp with only 2 runs per rider at night. Night shooting is hard, no matter if you are the best or the worst shooter there. Looking at the situation I deemed it better to go for another approach, I was not there to please everyone, you cant. Overall though the few days shooting taking all shots together we got a good lot of shots that gives you all a good impression of the place.
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  • + 12
 waiting for video and photos!
Congrats Sam Reynolds!)) Want to know what happened with Pilgrim(
  • + 5
 me too me too.
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  • + 10
 What happened to montgomery?
  • + 5
 i wanna no what happend to him to
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  • + 8
 Pilgrim must have crashed Frown
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 Front flip the first and cased with his front
  • + 2
 awwww sh!t
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  • + 7
 Need video. Right now!
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  • + 6
 Shame pilgrim crashed but it's nice to see Ren back up there!
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  • + 2
 Congrats! Too bad for Sammy P, I'm really rooting for him this year, had he not flatted(twice) at Crankworx last year he would've gotten second overall on the tour for sure!
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  • + 3
 Well done Sam !! The bike looks awesome from "Polygon" its made in Indonesia...love it!!
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  • + 2
 Polygon bikes is smiling, will gonna be their best (seller) year since so much people here (in Indonesia) wanted their frames. Congrats, Sam!
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  • + 2
 Nice one man! from all back in F town!

Check out sam's New 2012 vid!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hJIi83Wj5c&sns=em
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  • + 0
 Bang yeah, good work Mr. Reynolds! Great news for Polygon, you guys just wait, STP's and Glorys will all be replaced by Polygon when they get more recognition for their value and durability. Just wait......
  • + 1
 Poly what? Poly who? Dirt jump frames are essentially all the same, so they'll have to do a little more to catch up with Giant, maybe win a World Championship or something like that....
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 CONGRAT SAM. POLYGON BIKE HAS GIVEN SAM A WON FOR HIS FIRST VICTORY IN 2012. POLYGON BIKE HAS SHOWN THEIR QUALITY. MADE IN INDONESIA
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  • + 2
 I was really hoping Pilgrim with get top 3 but Sam Reynolds has improved so much over the year so congrats!
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  • + 3
 Good on him, a win with his new ride, Polygon. Hope to see more of those.
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  • + 3
 what happenned to pilgrim
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  • + 3
 Doubleflip last set yewwwww
  • + 2
 Someone did it ? Reynolds ?
  • + 3
 Ye, Reynolds did it
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  • + 1
 i was there! Reynolds did great job ! but Genon and Kirchmann were also amazing
pour Bartek obukowicz couldn`t jump so well becourse of his shoulder ;(
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  • + 1
 So its a contest with snow jumps, but there is carpet on the takeoff and landings? Whats the point of that?
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  • + 1
 it was so amazing! can´t wait till the world tour starts with vienna air king!
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  • + 1
 some pictures from white style 2012, especially SAM REYNOLDS and his BIKE ! www.pinkbike.com/photo/7650107
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  • + 2
 its like i have beer goggles on looking at these pictures...
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  • + 1
 Damn such crappy shots! i know someone who would do better with a camera at whitestyle! D? ; )
  • + 0
 Thanks bro! Big Grin felt bad not to be there.
I'm curious for more photos for sure. I know some good photographers were there... so let's wait and see.
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  • - 1
 worst photo collection i've ever seen. ever. i would have rather read about the details, rather than get nausea from those photos. even the podium shot was a mess! wtf
  • + 3
 Dude the podium was no podium..... there was about 50 cm of space around him....totally disorganised....you want a podium shot get a podium first, then make everyone stand back, bun fight is what i would call it....
  • + 0
 looks like the worst of it was taken off. someone was in a real hurry there at first lol
  • + 2
 I must say youre a bounch of wieners, why complain about those small things? It looks like an awesome event and who cares about the podium and these first photos, in a couple of hours when people have woken up from the party they will put up some good photos for you on pinkbike. Im just happy to see Sam Reynolds happy on the last picture, didnt think it was a mess at all!
  • - 2
 you must have missed it. when the article was first released there were 6-8 nighttime action shots that looked like they were shot with a 2nd generation iphone. they were the blurriest, darkest, and most worthless pics i have ever seen for an event as large as this. it was like looking at blurred vomit., even the indoor ones. now its been fixed with better pics, so, cancel orange alert. dont get your panties in a bounch, i mean bunch. lol
  • + 3
 The first pics weren't even that bad. Don't get your panties in a bunch? You should listen to your own advice.
  • + 0
 the new race face crotchless panties that i got don't get bunchy. smooth as silk
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  • + 1
 Saw the name Sam i was oh pilgrim won no surprises there.....how wrong i was
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  • + 2
 Go Martin! Good to see him second after crashing last year.
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 Photos are coming peeps.....
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  • + 0
 what happened to pilgrim i was looking forward to seeing how he did after that video on the news board a couple of days ago??
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  • + 3
 Go go go Reynolds!
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  • + 3
 Yeah Reynolds !!!!
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  • + 1
 what's wrong with pants of the boy where the sam giving the signs?
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  • + 1
 STOP bitchin about the pictures
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  • + 1
 well done to sam reynolds!!
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  • + 1
 Sam Ren rocks, great to see him taking the win! Awesome!!
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  • + 2
 hoh yeahh awesome SR !
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  • + 0
 that "Jaws of a Monster" reminds me of the movie Teeth
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  • + 0
 Congrats Sam. Btw his bike still Polygon Cozmic?
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  • + 0
 Yeah sam and martin! sam has my goggles too Smile
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  • - 1
 Images need improvement, but thanks for the update.
  • + 1
 Just like them Troy Lee ones on Dirt and Vital Wink
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  • + 0
 Get in there Sam lad!
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 Those pictures were bad
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