Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle Final Recap

Jul 31, 2010 at 21:15
Jul 31, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
 
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It was an amazing day at Winter Park, Colorado for the finals of the Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle. Brandon Semenuk took home his 3rd slopestyle win and also won the best trick contest, with Yannick Granieri coming second and Martin Soderstrom taking third. Today had a sad side as well with Cam McCaul crashing and breaking his leg, heal up quick Cam!

Photos and words inside

After the heavy rain on Wednesday night and Thursday's continued rain and postponed qualifying it was really nice to wake up to sunny skies this morning. The day started out with perfect conditions, but it slowly got windier throughout the day. Tyler McCaul started out with a sick run, finally getting everything together. 1 foot x-up off the drop followed by a tailwhip over the hip, and a tailwhip off the whale tail. Sam Dueck had troubles on his first run.

Yannick Granieri, super flat 360 over the trick jump
Yannick Granieri, super flat 360 over the trick jump

Brendan Howey started with a good run but crashed on a tailwhip over the last jump.
Brendan Howey started with a good run but crashed on a tailwhip over the last jump.

Colin Westeinde had impressive first run with a super sick no foot can over the trestle, followed by a stylish tuck no hander off the whale tail, and a superman over the jump.
Colin Westeinde had impressive first run with a super sick no foot can over the trestle, followed by a stylish tuck no hander off the whale tail, and a superman over the jump.

Jack Fogelquist messed up his first run, slipping a pedal on the drop and then overshooting the hip.

Graham Agassiz had a great first run taking the lead with a 360 off the drop followed by a tailwhip over the hip and a corked flip off the whale tail and then a moto looking cliffhanger over the jump.
Graham Agassiz had a great first run taking the lead with a 360 off the drop followed by a tailwhip over the hip and a corked flip off the whale tail and then a moto looking cliffhanger over the jump.

Aggy's lead was short lived however as Brandon Semenuk threw down a sick first run. 360 x-up off the drop, tailwhip over the hip, truckdriver off the whale tail, and a flipwhip on the trick jump.
Semenuk, Truck driver
Semenuk, Truck driver
Semenuk, flipwhip
Semenuk, flipwhip

Brett Rheeder, sick tailwhip!
Brett Rheeder, sick tailwhip!

Amir Kabbani had a solid run, here he does a 360 x-up off the whale tail.
Amir Kabbani had a solid run, here he does a 360 x-up off the whale tail.

Martin Soderstrom had a sick first run that put into 3rd place for the rest of the event, check out this 360 table off the whale tail. He followed it up with a double whip off the trick jump.
Martin Soderstrom had a sick first run that put into 3rd place for the rest of the event, check out this 360 table off the whale tail. He followed it up with a double whip off the trick jump.

Mitch Chubey had probably the best run I've ever seen him do, for some reason his score didn't seem to match his run though.
Chubey, tailwhip off the whale tail
Chubey, tailwhip off the whale tail
Chubey, flip table
Chubey, flip table

I talked to Cam McCaul before his first run and he said he wanted to front flip either the whale tail or the trick jump. As he came up onto the whale tail he went for it and threw a sick looking front flip. Unfortunately he came up a little short, casing the landing and getting tossed. In the process he broke his leg. We're all wishing Cam the best and hoping he heals up quick.
I talked to Cam McCaul before his first run and he said he wanted to front flip either the whale tail or the trick jump. As he came up onto the whale tail he went for it and threw a sick looking front flip. Unfortunately he came up a little short, casing the landing and getting tossed. In the process he broke his leg. We're all wishing Cam the best and hoping he heals up quick.

The wind had been coming up a bit as the day went on and as Cam was treated by the Patrol it started to really pick up. Greg Watts was next up, but after the wait and with the wind he did a pretty simple run, with no big tricks.
Greg Watts, truckdriver off the whale tail earlier in the day in practice
Greg Watts, truckdriver off the whale tail earlier in the day in practice

Darren Berrecloth pulled off a pretty sick run in spite of the wind with a big 360 off the drop and a trick off every obstacle including a lookback out of the wall ride and a halfway decent switch 360 lookback off the trick jump. Here he 360's off of the whale tail.
Darren Berrecloth pulled off a pretty sick run in spite of the wind with a big 360 off the drop and a trick off every obstacle including a lookback out of the wall ride and a halfway decent switch 360 lookback off the trick jump. Here he 360's off of the whale tail.

With Cam Zink's top qualifying run from yesterday expectations were high however he didn't manage to finish his first run, probably due in part to the wind.

Tyler McCaul gave up his second run to be with Cam, leaving Sam Dueck with the first run of the second round. Sam had troubles in qualifying and crashed on his first run, but made up for it on his second run in the final, 360 off the drop, tailwhip over the hip, barspin over the trestle, 360 off the whale tail, tailwhip over the jump, and tailwhip on the quarter.
Here's his 360 off the whale tail...
Here's his 360 off the whale tail...

After Sam's run the wind played a huge factor and the next group of riders couldn't make it over the whale tails with the headwind. Everyone decided to quit until the wind died and the event was put on a one hour hold.

As the event started up again everyone was allowed to take a second run. Sam declined, keeping his run from before.

Yannick Granieri was first up for the post break second run and he made the most of it, putting himself into 2nd place. Here he tailwhips off the drop at the top
Yannick Granieri was first up for the post break second run and he made the most of it, putting himself into 2nd place. Here he tailwhips off the drop at the top

Here are some highlights from most of the second run...

Jack Fogelquist's run put him into 6th place
Jack Fogelquist's run put him into 6th place

Brandon Semenuk did his second ever front flip over the trick jump
Brandon Semenuk did his second ever front flip over the trick jump

Andrew Taylor had a solid run, here he does a superman off the whale
Andrew Taylor had a solid run, here he does a superman off the whale

Paul Basagoitia, 360 one foot x-up
Paul Basagoitia, 360 one foot x-up

Geoff Gulevitch, corked flip
Geoff Gulevitch, corked flip

Amir Kabbani, super stretched tuck no handed flip
Amir Kabbani, super stretched tuck no handed flip

As the afternoon progressed the wind really started to come up again, making it more difficult for riders to ride well.

Sam Pilgrim, flip table
Sam Pilgrim, flip table

Greg Watts, flip whip
Greg Watts, flip whip

Darren Berrecloth started his second run incredibly strong, but as he came over the trestle jump the wind hit him, almost stopping him. He barely made it onto the whale tail/fruit bowls and he cased hard coming off. He didn't crash but it took all of his speed, run over.

Cam Zink was last to go, flip table off the whale tail. He tried to do his new trick, an indian air seatgrab flip over the trick jump but missed grabbing his seat, and the event was over.
Cam Zink was last to go, flip table off the whale tail. He tried to do his new trick, an indian air seatgrab flip over the trick jump but missed grabbing his seat, and the event was over.

The top 6 riders had the option of doing a 3rd Superfinal run if they wanted but all but Watts turned it down. Greg took the opportunity to try for best trick, going for the double truck he had stuck more than a few times in practice but once again the wind struck and he cased fairly hard getting tossed off his bike. Contest over...

Podium shot
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47 Comments

  • + 13
 too bad zinc missed that last indian air flip. The riding was great to watch thank you very much PB!
  • + 2
 I wanna see jack's run, i missed the end ...
  • + 8
 That sucks so much for Cam
  • + 1
 that means cams not gonna be in crankworx whistler Frown
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  • + 12
 looks like some crazy photos! get well Cam! all the riders out here in bike land wish you the best.
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  • + 11
 I hope brian miller gets well soon. he broke two vertabrae in his back and one in his neck during practice.... rough riding in this comp. GET WELL EVERYBODY!!
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  • + 12
 i feel so bad for cam, wishing him all the best in his recovery!
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  • + 7
 Hard course, many crashes - even from the top guys. Get well Cameron and think positive like Fabien Barel did after he broke his femur earlier this year! And of cause healing vibes to Brian Miller, hope he gets on his bike again like Chase did it afer he broke his back!
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  • + 6
 Ian Hylands is a ridiculously good photographer- these shots are amazing
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  • + 7
 worst commentators ever
  • + 8
 SHHUUTT THE FRONT DOOOR!!!
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  • + 2
 That's so sick! Shots are amazing, makes the obstacle look huuuge. Props to B for the win
  • + 3
 You should see them in person...
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  • + 3
 sick Semenuk is going to win whistler to i no it
  • + 10
 i think that semenuk should have his own category for riding
  • + 1
 yeah semenuk will win whistler, mccaul was the only one who could give him a hard time
  • + 4
 no your are forgetting pilgrim and sonderstrom as soon as they get used to the absolutely huge slope style stuff they will give semenuk a run for his money.
  • + 2
 soderstrom maybe but pilgrim no. he has the tricks but its not like semenuk where he can throw any of his tricks where he wants and lands it alomost every try. greg watts and soderstorm are the only that could beat semenuk unless semenuk some how eats shit on all his runs or something
  • + 1
 mikecrosby44 yea cam mccaul may be my favourite rider and he is amazing but you gotta remember the best hes ever done in whistler was 2nd most of the time though he gets 4th there
  • + 1
 yeah, but this could have been the year he finished first haha, oh well who knows now!
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  • + 2
 I've got one word for it - "incomprehensible"

props for Brendon, once again.
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  • + 2
 great job on the photos and the recap!
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  • + 2
 YEA SEMENUK, hope he takes whistler to
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  • + 1
 every one is sad about cam, me too, but what about the other 2 guys that crashed..they were show stoppers! lol litteraly..
  • + 2
 yes they were, but they both crashed before I got there and I don't have any photos of them. Brian Miller fractured a few vertebrae in his neck and his back and luckily decided to go to the hospital and get X-Rays. He was walking around on the course on Saturday, but I didn't get a chance to talk to him. Logan Peat suffered a compound fracture of his tib/fib. Cam spoke with him in the hospital and told me that they had to wait to do his surgery because of all the dirt and denim and other stuff in his leg. Yesterday (I think) he had his cast removed and had another surgery to straighten things out a bit. If all goes well he should be able to go home in the next few days hopefully. I'll let you know if I find out more...
  • + 2
 alright, cool.
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  • + 2
 did anyone ride a hardtail there?
  • + 2
 Nobody that made finals
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  • + 1
 damn, these guys are so freaking good, i would do aything to learn skills like that.
  • + 3
 Hardest part is growing the balls to go super big.
  • - 1
 It's all learnt into the foam pit :/
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  • + 2
 why is martin still riding that hooker!? when is he gonna grab a soda?
  • + 0
 Ns doesnt have any slop, and hartail would have been tight he will have a ns slop for whistler
  • + 1
 They had a Soda prototype like a year ago, they should hurry up because Martin doesnt deserve to be riding such an outdated frame haha.
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  • + 0
 If Martin wouldnt of crashed he couldve easily gotten 2nd.. But 3rd is still sick
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  • + 1
 every single one of these pics are pod;s nuts
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  • + 0
 Loving the pictures! I want to start Dirt and slopestyle now Razz
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  • - 1
 No crash shots? Not even any crash replays ),:
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  • - 2
 i want to see cam's crash, i missed it
  • + 10
 no you don't, he cased, that's all...
  • + 5
 He face planted a front flip HARD. I was standing 10ft away when it happened.
  • + 6
 hardcore fallings when HARDCORE RIDDING.(no fall is good to watch).....!!!! I hope all injuried warriors recover very well !!!!!
  • - 4
 ok, that sounds pretty dam bad
  • + 3
 hope he's ok
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