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Bearclaw Invitational 2012 - Day 1: Qualifying

Aug 4, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
While all the invited riders are prequalified for the main event, they still had to do a seeding run to determine their start order. But before any of that happened, the amateur riders got a chance to ride and take a run at qualifying for the main event.

The reigning king of slope style Brandon Semenuk lends a hand and picks up a rake Friday morning to help get the course dialed.
  The reigning king of slope style, Brandon Semenuk, lends a hand and picks up a rake Friday morning to help get the course dialed.

  Amateur winner Reece Wallace threw down a sick run that included this toboggan and flip barspin. He qualified for the main event along with second and third place finishers Paul Genovese and Jack Fogelquist.

Jamie Goldman decided to show up riding neverthless than a full DH Santa Cruz V10 and he made it great.. look at this bad ass V-10 Superseater. Sick
  Jamie Goldman showed up riding nothing less than a full DH Santa Cruz V10, and he made it great. Check out this bad ass V-10 Superseater. Sick!

  The Kiwi, Kelly McGazza, always there, always throwing down. One foot table over the hip...

Tyler McCaul made some solid runs today.. keeping some more trick for the finals
  Tyler McCaul made some solid runs today, and kept some tricks for the finals. No one was giving much away today...

Greg Watts one footer off the canon. Yes that gap is as big as it looks and isn t just because of the fisheye.
  Greg Watts one footer off the canon. Yes, that gap is as big as it looks and isn't just because of the fisheye.

  Watts was also one of only a few to trick off the drop today.

Yannick was on fire today and showed some of his finest tricks.
  Yannick Granieri was on fire today and showed off a few more tricks than most.

Claw gets his Can on during practice. Take a quick look at that bike under him...
  Darren Berrecloth has put a lot of time and effort into this course, and it's a great reward to be able to ride it. Especially on a new bike.

If one thing is consistent about Slope Style comps it s that Anthony Meserre will absolutely boost the hell out of something. Amplitude and then some.
  If one thing is consistent about Slope Style comps, it's that Anthony Meserre will absolutely boost the hell out of something. Amplitude, and then some.

Brett Rheeder was pulling trick in practice more than somebody else. solid.
  Brett Rheeder has been charging lately, on the podium at pretty much every event we can remember. From the way he rode today in practice and seeding it looks like he's planning to be on the podium here as well.

Semenuk Flares the finish quarter.
  Semenuk flairs the finish quarter.

  Sam Pilgrim wasn't riding today, so before the seeding runs started he decided to take on the roll of photographer. He even got a few good shots like this one of Brett Rheeder over the hip.

  And a few random ones, like this shot of Martin licking Yannick's helmet. Not sure what to think of that...

euro squad s Thomas Genon seemed pretty confident on the course. I think this is his first contest on the other side of the pond.. good job
  Euro squad's Thomas Genon seemed pretty confident on the course. I think this is his first trip to the other side of the pond.. good job!

  Semenuk and Rheeder were both happy with their first seeding runs, so they decided to just have fun and train the second one..

Graham Agassiz with a superman seat grab off of the canon. Everyone s thoughts are with Aggy as he is spending the evening at the hospital after over rotating a flare and breaking his leg today. Heal up soon
Aggy had a bad crash today on the last quarter doing a flair. the crash wasn t looking that bad but unfortunately seems there is something broken in his lower right leg. GET WELL SOON BUDDY
  Aggy had a bad crash today on the last quarter doing a flair. The crash didn't look that bad, but unfortunately it sounds like there is something broken in his lower right leg. GET WELL SOON BUDDY!



55 Comments

  • 27 0
 so stoked for the finals to go down tomorrow! it could be anyones contest, all the guys were looking good today. its cool see jamie goldman hitting the course on his big V10C, and healing vibes go out to Aggy! GET WELL SOON MAN!
  • 30 2
 Bearclaw is riding a prototype called the P slope.
  • 4 2
 videos?
  • 2 0
 To be perfectly honest it looks kinda funny but I guess I'll check it out today! Haha, hard to tell from the pic Razz
  • 1 0
 Cheers for that. Have just been searching like crazy.
  • 1 0
 Completely changed my mind. It's such a sick slope bike! Same geo as the P3!
  • 1 0
 It's nice, but it looks like a rip off of the le pink.
  • 12 1
 Thomas Genon competed at the Claymore Challenge and Colorado Freeride Festival making this his third contest on the other side of the pond. most underrated rider, hope he kills it here!
  • 4 3
 *edit, jut noticed @scaliwag beat me to it about Genon. still hope he kills and doesn't get robbed like most euro riders this year!
  • 6 15
flag konacowan7 (Aug 4, 2012 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 ^another complaining euro
  • 18 2
 NZ is not in Europe...
  • 13 1
 Australia and NZ are different countries....
  • 2 1
 Ian said first trip, not contest. He's been in North America since Claymore, so it's all one trip...
  • 1 0
 Thanks 'thepwnstar39' but I'm actually Australian.. and to clarify, I love it that Semenuk is destroying every comp he enters and believe he deserves all his wins. It'd just be nice to see guys like Genon be giving credit for doing much more technical runs that a lot of people that place higher.
  • 11 1
 Genon was at Claymore and Colorado Freeride Festival. Unless by "across the pond" you meant the Georgia Strait. Apparently no live feed for this one? Bummer.
  • 1 0
 It said first trip not contest maybe he hasn't gone back to Europe yet.
  • 11 0
 This new Spec SS bike looks so much like the Le Pink.
  • 6 0
 will this be live on the internet to watch?? i mean the actually runs not qualifying
  • 3 0
 Best description -   "If one thing is consistent about Slope Style comps, it's that Anthony Meserre will absolutely boost the hell out of something. Amplitude, and then some."
haha
  • 7 1
 Gazzaaaa
  • 6 2
 Yeah it looks like 8 weeks off the bike for Aggy. Cant wait to have him back and cant wait for more on this contest!
  • 5 1
 Casey Groves posted on his Facebook this afternoon saying "Stoked to hear @GrahamAgassiz will be okay & ridin in 8 weeks time! Wish you a fast recover homie!"
  • 6 0
 He should be back in time for rampage Smile
  • 2 0
 Why has Sam Pilgrim not been riding the last two comps? Is he injured? Saving himself for JoyRide? This was the first comp I saw him ride a squishy at last year.
  • 1 0
 He tore a ligament in his shoulder during the Colorado freeride fest
  • 3 0
 Yes exactly, he can ride but it's hard for him to pull up on the bars. He'll probably be competing at Crankworx if all goes well.
  • 3 2
 Cant understand why all Slopestylr riders wear jeans during comps? Surely shorts or dh pants are more comfortable and flexible?
Course looks sick though, finals shud be crazy!
  • 3 0
 What bike is bearclaw riding?
  • 3 0
 AGGY NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Frown Frown
  • 1 0
 bummer, hes the man
  • 2 0
 Graham Aggasiz injured himself last year too. Perehaps WashedUppinton is not "his spot"
  • 3 0
 I feel they all deserve haircuts and pats on the back! Top show old chap.
  • 2 0
 I second the hair cut suggestion. I cut my own hair and I'd be happy to help. Let's face it, it would be hard to make most of them look worse
  • 2 0
 I bet aggy is back for rampage to throw it down!
  • 1 0
 The canon is as big as it looks. Bloody hell I'm getting a cold sweat just looking at that great shot. HUUUGE!
  • 2 0
 what bike is darren riding? It doesnt look like a specialized
  • 2 0
 specialized proto type
  • 2 3
 It looks just like a www.pinkbike.com/photo/7904006
  • 1 2
 Doberman? It's not a hardtail though.
  • 1 0
 I'm up here right now. Woooooo The p slope loOks sick. Soderstrom is riding it too. Got a pic in my mobile.
  • 1 0
 POST IT, AND PUT A LINK HERE
  • 1 0
 You gotta love a sport where the top pro competitors are out grooming the course and the organizer is boosting the jumps.
  • 1 0
 That new Specialized slope bike looks soooo sweet.
  • 1 0
 where look new specialized bike slopestyle?
  • 2 1
 anyone know what bike aggy rides?? and this contest looks soo SICK!
  • 1 0
 Kona entourage
  • 1 0
 gutted for aggy!! i love watching him ride
  • 1 0
 sick tricksSmile
  • 1 0
 No webcast?
  • 1 0
 Webcast PleaseSmile
  • 1 0
 get well soon Aggy !
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