Brandon Semenuk at Crankworx - Four Long Years

Aug 8, 2011 at 9:06
by SRAM  

Four Long Years for Semenuk to sit atop the podium at Kokanee Crankworx. 2011 was his year. Watch this video of Brandon before the big day.
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Adrian Marcoux gives a couple of button pushing pointers while they sit and game plan for the next day. Magic comes from working together and knowing what to expect. Keep an eye on Adrian out on course and it s a good chance the kid will throw down very close to him.
  Adrian Marcoux gives a couple of button pushing pointers, while they sit and game plan for the next day. Magic comes from working together and knowing what to expect. Keep an eye on Adrian out on course and it's a good chance the kid will throw down, very close to him.


Brandon is a true professional you ll notice in the Four Long Years edit he even stops after crashing out his first run to sign autographs despite the need to get back to the top of the hill. It s no different at the SRAM POP Up store. A true pro.
  Brandon is a true professional, you'll notice in the Four Long Years edit, he even stops after crashing out his first run to sign autographs, despite the need to get back to the top of the hill. It's no different at the SRAM POP Up store. A true pro.


Real fans so stoked and just wanted to be near the top three Semenuk Zink Messere. We need more kids like this. Who s your favorite rider
  Real fans, so stoked and just wanted to be near the top three, Semenuk, Zink, Messere. We need more kids like this. Who's your favorite rider?


Who doesn t want the current reigning FMB world champ to sign your jersey Zink is great at winning and knows how to cope with stress and pressure.
  Who doesn't want the current reigning FMB world champ to sign your jersey? Zink is great at winning, and knows how to cope with stress and pressure.


Danny Hart is one of our favorites and its reactions like this that make it I think he just realized how gnarly slopestyle is He s invested. Watch out for Mr. Hart stepping on to the box at the next real WC course.
  Danny Hart is one of our favorites and it's reactions like this that make it! I think he just realized how gnarly slopestyle is... He's invested. Watch out for Mr. Hart stepping on to the box at the next "real" WC course.


The SRAM viewing deck is one hell of a spot to scream cheer and have a drink Lucky.
  The SRAM viewing deck is one hell of a spot to scream, cheer and have a drink! Lucky.


Precision and attention to detail gets Semenuk to the top. He was back in the park on the Sunday after winning Crankworx practicing and training to win again. Most people would star fish and nurse the hang over but not this one. Here he takes a couple of seconds to work with Shawn on set up.
  Precision and attention to detail gets Semenuk to the top. He was back in the park on the Sunday after winning Crankworx, practicing and training to win again. Most people would star fish and nurse the hang over but not this one. Here, he takes a couple of seconds to work with Shawn on set up.


These two live different lives and it s sometimes not that obvious when they ride for some of the same sponsors and co-exist under the same SRAM tent but it s clearly Black and White.
  These two live different lives and it's sometimes not that obvious when they ride for some of the same sponsors and co-exist under the same SRAM tent but it's clearly Black and White.


Dawson ran Neutral support for all of the athletes during the slopestyle event but he was super fired up with Cameron. Dawson was one of the first to work with Cam when he was a nasty shred kid. Now they act like two old dogs.
  Dawson ran Neutral support for all of the athletes during the slopestyle event, but he was super fired up with Cameron. Dawson was one of the first to work with Cam when he was a nasty shred kid. Now they act like two old dogs.


A rare behind the scenes look at the proudest dad of them all Mr. Semenuk cheering so hard for his kid There were only two other nervous dads pacing around on the deck that day Shandro and Morland looked like two crazy people but thankfully it worked out. You could cut the tension in the air with a knife when the three were together.
  A rare behind the scenes look at the proudest dad of them all, Mr. Semenuk cheering so hard for his kid! There were only two other nervous dads pacing around on the deck that day... Shandro and Morland looked like two crazy people, but thankfully it worked out. You could cut the tension in the air with a knife when the three were together.


The Giant team is emotional at the World Cups and on the SRAM deck for the finals. This is their reaction to the young new threat Messere. The new kid on the block boosted and impressed us all.
  The Giant team is emotional at the World Cups and on the SRAM deck for the finals. This is their reaction to the young new threat, Messere. The new kid on the block boosted and impressed us all.


Four long years This was the one that Brandon wanted year after year Contest after contest. He stood on the top of everything except the biggest of them all in his hometown of Whistler Kokanee Crankworx. Congratulations and well done.
   Four long years... This was the one that Brandon wanted year after year, Contest after contest. He stood on the top of everything except the biggest of them all, in his hometown of Whistler, Kokanee Crankworx. Congratulations and well done.


Semenuk s roots run deep. Brandon has a couple of people that have helped him along the way. You could say emotions are high with nervous dad 2.
  Semenuk's roots run deep. Brandon has a couple of people that have helped him along the way. You could say, emotions are high with nervous dad #2.


Just part of the job Managing your big check helmet and a fat bottle of Champagne.
  Just part of the job... Managing your big check, helmet and a fat bottle of Champagne.


The SRAM family is one of the biggest and best when it comes to celebrating. It took four cases of beer to soak down the winner of the day. winning is the best Tyler Morland
  The SRAM family is one of the biggest and best when it comes to celebrating. It took four cases of beer to soak down the winner of the day. "winning is the best" Tyler Morland


These two old soles are all smiles. Shawn slaves over Semenuk s bikes and makes sure they feel perfect. The wizard works for SRAM but spends most of his time based out of the Tantalus Bike shop in Squamish. If you need the level of care that Semenuk does see the Wizard Shawn Cruickshanks
  These two old souls are all smiles. Shawn slaves over Semenuk's bikes and makes sure they feel perfect. The "wizard" works for SRAM, but spends most of his time based out of the Tantalus Bike shop in Squamish. If you need the level of care that Semenuk does, see the Wizard (Shawn Cruickshanks)


Looks tough with all those bones sticking out. Imagine what his body feels like when he hits 25 or even 30 years old.
  Looks tough with all those bones sticking out. Imagine what his body feels like when he hits 25 or even 30 years old.


Video by Taylor Sage
Photos by Morgan Meredith
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58 Comments

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 the secret of being the worlds best rider ....wearing fruit of the loom underwear
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 so sick!!!
  • + 20
 I wear Hanes...I must be doing it wrong
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 He deserved. Posted
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 fruit of the loom
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 shit i got nervous just watching his run up to Crankworxs, fianlly understand how he must feel Smile
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 jajajajajajaj.....
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 besides the fruit of the loom...he has a shit load of brains....the video shows bunch of stuff that any other mind weak guy could have easily turn it down and have him messed up the competition for him.....
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 whats up with semenuks old bike in that restaurant hahah ?
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 FOTL HYPE
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  • + 23
 Took me four years to Like Brandon. I hated that he was the face of mountain biking. BUT>>>>> It takes a pretty classy guy to stop during a competition, right after a crash, and sign an autograph. That changed my opinion of him instantly. He couldnt have deserved it more. Hats off to you Brandon... You are the Man.
  • + 8
 even under pressure, it shows that he's a nice guy.
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 Great to see a video that gives this kind of perspective. Brandon has way too many people who have a negative opinion of him simply based on what they perceive to be a bad attitude. They get this view from short interviews and podium pictures, but rarely do we see something more personal. If anything I hope that, like the guy above me, this video might change a few minds.
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  • + 18
 Loved it. More of this style reporting please.
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 agreed - it felt so down to earth and motivational. I have never known exactly how I felt about Brandon, but this article has really made me appreciate him and the sport so much more.
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 brandon deserves every bit of that win, just an overall sick rider!
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 that was freakin awesome. its cool to see what the riders are feeling like the day before there runs. and how they are feeling during, its a different side of competitions that we usualy dont get to see. VOD for this one for sure.
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 Whenever I go freeriding I always have to take a dump in the woods. I can't imagine what it would be like doing a Crankworx run busting to go to the toilet. They need a port-a-potty at the start line for sure. Adrenaline makes you go potty. Nothing worse than being full of shit when your scared shitless.
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 At the time i was pissed at him for just doing a glory lap on that final run, but this vid gave a real insight in to how much emotion he must have been feeling. It would have been so hard to concentrate on doing any tricks at that point, now i think the glory lap is fair. An amazing season, and career so far - truly amazes me that anyone can be that consistently great on a bike!
  • + 3
 He won, finally. Why would he risk injury on the way down...
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 Loved the pulling the subie out of the ditch...who hasn't been in that position? T-Sage and Morgan.....really well done. Seriously, you dudes have far more talent than one would think! ha! Cheers, EB
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 Props for signing autograph for kid when he was in a hurry to get his bike fixed for his next run.
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 That was an awesome edit..! I really dug seeing the runs & tricks I've seen a lot at different angles. Like Messere's front flip from the bird's eye...
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  • + 2
 Oh noes crashed the STI, I would be depressed, but then the win made up for it at the biggest FMB event of the year
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  • + 1
 I loved this style of journalism. Really showed the emotions of the rider down to the core.
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 Semenuk is such a sick rider but i think anthony messere would of won if he landed all his tricks
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 This is such a sick video. It reminds you of being nervous before a race and then after you feel relieved.
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 OMG.. Sick edit.. a real feeling of being there.. Thanks.
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 had to watch it twice because the first time i was so shocked he's just an amazing rider!
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 Much respect to this guy.
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  • + 1
 All that PlayStation really can pay off!!!
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  • + 1
 sucha good video!!! and at 7:10 i know that guy Big Grin
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 what saddle is he rocking on that slope bike?
  • + 1
 Chromag Semenuk
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 it's a chromag overture , with semenuk signature
  • + 1
 he has a chromag
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 Is it a Chromag?
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  • + 1
 sick! The Cup is awesome!
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  • + 1
 woonnnder why his car was sidaways in the ditch.... hahaha drifty drift
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  • + 1
 very cool perspective. nicely put together.
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  • + 1
 pro tip the best riders wear fruit of the loom thats there secret
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 And Remember"Breakfast Of Champions" only at The Cup.
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  • + 1
 Congrats Semenuk, you definitely earned it champ!
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  • + 0
 all round awesome guy, and brilliant rider, a true professional. nice video, too.
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  • + 1
 awesome documentary !!!!!!! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 i hear myself talking while he scratched that ticket...
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  • + 1
 That picture of Danny made my day. :')
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  • + 1
 hahahha i talked to the same pharmacy guy.
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  • + 1
 Way cool perspective
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  • + 1
 semenuk is a hero
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  • + 1
 Perfect write-up
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 look at the brakes , wow
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 Semenuks dad is a bro.
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