Red Bull Joyride Announced2

May 3, 2011 at 0:10
May 3, 2011
by Karl Burkat  
 
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RED BULL JOYRIDE BRINGING DIRT, DESIGN & EVOLUTION TO KOKANEE CRANKWORX

Red Bull Joyride will anchor the final weekend of the Kokanee Crankworx Festival in Whistler B.C. delivering a slopestyle event designed for the athletes, by the athletes.

When handed the keys to the mountain, you best deliver the goods. Or go big trying. Prepare for Red Bull Joyride, the newly minted anchor event of the 2011 Kokanee Crankworx Festival, on Saturday, July 23, in Whistler, BC. Fusing elements of slopestyle, dirt jump and North Shore mountain biking, Red Bull Joyride will culminate into one gravity-fed, season-defining freeride mountain bike competition, the likes of which Whistler Mountain has never seen.

Construction will begin at the base on May 1, on a course 100 percent inspired and designed by professional mountain bike athletes. While incorporating as much of the natural terrain as possible, the athletes conceived their ultimate playground, lined with gargantuan manmade features to showcase their skill and imagination. With so much talent in the room and passion on the table, we decided to capture the collaboration and design process. Watch the first of an exclusive video series here:



bigquotesThe opportunity for us riders to provide our ideas for Red Bull Joyride is phenomenal, with this kind of input it's sure to be a crowd pleaser and a rider favourite. - Darren Berrecloth: Professional Mountain Bike Rider


Professional mountain bike athlete Darren Berrecloth, a long-time competitor at Kokanee Crankworx, championed the process: “The opportunity for us riders to provide our ideas to Red Bull Joyride is phenomenal. With this kind of input it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser and a rider favourite.” Anticipating the quality of both course and competition, the Freeride Mountain Bike Association will once again recognize the slopestyle event at Kokanee Crankworx as a Diamond Stop, one of only two worldwide.

“Kokanee Crankworx is stoked to work with Red Bull to present the next generation of slopestyle competition,” says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “We have been pushing the limits of competition in the arena of gravity-fueled mountain biking with this festival for seven years and having Red Bull on board to present Joyride in our eighth year is a very big indication of our commitment to the sport’s evolution.”

Having incubated the course design, Red Bull is now entrusting the build to Joyride, a long-time event production, course design and construction company. Joyride started its life cycle in 1997 when their team designed a Whistler Bike Park trail called, yup, Joyride, which is still in operation today. Owner Paddy Kaye can’t wait to get started on the new course build: “The vision of what I’m doing, a rider-created and rider-built course, is the same vision the Red Bull team has, so it seems like the stars have definitely aligned.”


Top section of the Red Bull Joyride Slopestyle Course revealed


For more info, articles and a continuing behind-the-scenes video series on the course build and athlete profiles, please visit www.redbull.ca/Joyride

About Kokanee Crankworx
The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.
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72 Comments

  • + 63
 Question: Can you please put a "loop dee loop" in the course?
  • + 4
 thatd be so sick
  • + 45
 WHY DOESNT THIS VIDEO PLAY?
  • + 28
 Red Bull obviously has either the worst servers around or the most traffic on their vids, every time I've tried to watch a vid hosted on Red Bull's media player it has 1) not played, 2) played horribly slow, 3)taken 10yrs to load
  • + 3
 Maybe its time for a new computer. some computers cant keep up with the bit rate of the video even though you have the right codec to play it.
  • + 2
 Man. is there an action sport that red bull isn't involved in?
  • - 1
 @shadow11, Im using an almos brand new macbook pro. I think its redbulls fault.
  • + 1
 Devinallan000x: Macromey dancing
  • + 1
 no its not because it played like a boss for me!
  • + 2
 funny that because I find redbulls vids to be the smoothest playing and fastest loading of most sites Razz
  • + 2
 The red bull player works amazing for me better then pinkbikes...lol...
  • + 0
 maybe they delibratley did it just to annoy us Confused
  • + 7
 the top part of the course already looks awesome. I like the fact there are heaps of different lines. last year there was only one line with slight variations. i hope they make another pumptrack though, that competition was sweet.
  • + 2
 Looks like a great idea. Stoked to see it!
  • + 9
 fantastic news... super stoked... was time for cowan to retire
  • + 10
 Wouldn't this be more a sponsorship thing with VW rather than related to Cowan building the course? Also does that date seem really early for Crankworx or is it just me?
  • + 4
 Crankworx moved to July this year.
  • + 1
 no because in years past cowan has been designing and building the courses... now the riders are building it.
  • + 1
 Ahh of course. Got ya! Smile
  • + 6
 What a welcome change. Red bull is all about putting a real quality event. To me monster seems much more about image.
  • + 4
 too bad canadian nationals is on the same date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 If you're referring to the Canadian Open DH it's on the Tuesday, the Enduro is on Saturday/Sunday this year...
  • + 2
 yea and that why they moved "Red bull joyride" to this date
  • + 2
 He is referring to the Canadian National DH Championship in Invermere...
  • + 3
 oh...shat im going to be racing in invermere to. dammit
  • + 4
 Seeing that this is only 1/3ish of the course, I can't even imagine the massive amount of lines that are going to be available.
  • + 4
 Would be sweet to see Red Bull get it's hand into the Colorado/Winterpark side of Crankworx too. Either way I'm stoked and can't wait to see what comes of this.
  • + 2
 hahaha.. Video was "Loading" when I went to bed.. 8 hour later, still Loading!
It must be some amazing Hi-Def 3D holographic virtual reality sh*t!
  • + 1
 yeah it's not.
  • + 3
 Red Bull is gonna make this event great!
  • + 2
 Hope TV will ride this course. We miss his pop and style on the slopestyle scene.
  • + 3
 looks sick! glad red bull is doing it instead of stupid monster
  • + 3
 Stoked to see what's to come!
  • + 3
 What's a Diamond Stop?
And where's the other one?
  • + 2
 highest grade of gnar, the other one is rampage
  • + 2
 dayum then this one must be good
  • + 6
 The other is red bull district ride in nurberg germany. No rampage this year
  • + 2
 It's actually the RedBull District Ride in Nuremberg Germany. Should be good. fmbworldtour.com/events
  • + 1
 holy shit this is definatly gona be the best slopestyle event ever, im so siked!!!
  • + 2
 so who is building the crankworx course in Colorado
  • + 3
 looks sweet
  • + 6
 SOOO stoked to see things in real life for the 1st time. Just got done with reserving my hotel room and my plane tickets. In whistler for 3 weeks with two of my buddies. SWEEEET LIFE!
  • + 5
 I thought this was Joyride 150 and I got really excited.
  • + 1
 omg same lol! ^^^
  • + 1
 sounds crazy, I can't wait to make my slopestyle edit this year!
  • + 1
 Great to see the course building going back to Joyride Prod. the originators of Crankworx! Congrats Paddy!
  • + 2
 yes! and is it just me, or is that the whistler road gap in that picture?
  • + 2
 What does it mean? There's a new event, or a moderated slopestyle event?
  • + 6
 no "new" event, Red Bull has taken over the Slopestyle comp, no more Monster Slopestyle, the slopestyle is now called "Red Bull Joyride" still slopestyle, new name....new course....
  • + 2
 I thinks that will a good thing. Hopefully the course will be a lot sicker!
  • + 2
 Hopefully they will find a balance between giant and gnarly, and actually hitable. Half the pro's last year didn't bother tricking the bigger stuff like the judges booth drop... Then mike t-whipped it on a hardtail.
  • + 3
 cant see the video Frown
  • + 3
 me too
  • + 1
 are they gona play it online or on tv?
  • + 1
 Please bring back at least a bit of hucking!!
  • + 1
 Yeah Yeah!!! the vid is working for me!!! i love macs Smile
  • + 1
 well this is looking good Smile
  • + 1
 Should be interesting, Red Bull always have well planned events!!!
  • + 1
 This is going to be one hell of an event
  • + 1
 Nice work Paddy and co. Looking forward to seeing you let loose!
  • + 2
 Can't wait!!!
  • + 2
 Cannot wait for this!
  • + 2
 too bad it's not working
  • + 1
 cant wait...gonna be front row ;-)
  • + 1
 This contest was made for Tyler Durden
  • + 1
 wait, does this mean no rampage!? WTF! Facepalm Really Mad
  • + 1
 Rampage is after every 2 years. So next year there will be.
  • + 1
 I can't wait!tup
  • + 1
 vid won't work
  • + 1
 Im stoked to see this!
  • + 1
 where is mironovic?

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