Red Bull Joyride Meeting of The Minds Part 2

May 18, 2011
by Tyler Maine  
Part One of the Meeting of the Minds video series revealed the top section of the Red Bull Joyride course and the sort of thinking the athletes were using to put it together. With construction of the course under way in Whistler BC, we bring you the second installment of the Meeting of the Minds series. Part three to follow on May 30th. In early February a ‘Meeting of the Minds’ was organized to design the Red Bull Joyride course. The concept was simple, put together something to progress freeride mountain biking while staying true to what the riders want and need in high-level competition. Red Bull and Kokanee Crankworx professional riders Darren Berrecloth, Brandon Semenuk, Mike Montgomery, Thomas Vanderham and Cam Zink joined forces with world-class course builder Paddy Kaye of Joyride Bike Parks to create a series of features that would allow for maximum expression and flow from start to finish. As they brainstormed their dream course, artist Scott Dickson brought their ideas to life and drew the course as the riders provided key feedback and design ideas.

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Kokanee Crankworx unveils new invite format for Red Bull Joyride and Teva Best Trick Showdown.

Roster Determined Through Crankworx History, FMBA Rankings And Key Event Results.

With a whopping $25,000 on the line for first place, Kokanee Crankworx will be ensuring the best of the best are on course for the inaugural Red Bull Joyride event July 23, 2011. Kokanee Crankworx’s slopestyle event has long been considered the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. A new partnership between Kokanee Crankworx and Red Bull will take the competition to the next level with a complete course redesign and the biggest prize purse in freeride mountain biking.

“We have developed a new invitation format that will ensure the best athletes are here in Whistler to compete in Red Bull Joyride,” says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “Invitations have gone out to athletes based on their performance at previous Crankworx Slopestyles, and how they fared in the FMBA World Tour 2010.”

Here are the invited athletes so far with another ten athletes to be determined by July 4:

* Brandon Semenuk
* Cameron Zink
* Mike Montgomery
* Casey Groves
* Greg Watts
* Martin Soderstrom
* Andreu Lacondeguy
* Lance McDermott
* Sam Dueck
* Kelly McGarry
* Yannick Granieri
* Jack Fogelquist
* Amir Kabbani
* Darren Berrecloth
* Sam Pilgrim

Teva Best Trick Showdown and Red Bull Joyride Invitation Format

Below is the criteria used to determine the 15 athlete invitations issued already, for participation in the Teva Best Trick Showdown and the Red Bull Joyride Qualifying event on July 21:

* The past winner of Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle will receive a three year automatic invite to Kokanee Crankworx (Brandon Semenuk, winner in 2009 and 2010)
* Top three athletes of the past three Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle receive a three year automatic invitation to future Red Bull Joyride and Teva Best Trick Showdown events (2011 to 2013: Cameron Zink, Mike Montgomery, Casey Groves; 2011 to 2012: Greg Watts, Brandon Semenuk, Martin Soderstrom; 2011: Andreu Lacondeguy, Lance McDermott, Brandon Semenuk)
* The fourth to tenth ranked athletes, or highest previous unqualified from the 2010 Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle (Sam Dueck, Kelly McGarry, Yannick Granieri, Jack Fogelquist, Amir Kabbani, Darren Berrecloth, Sam Pilgrim)

The following is the criteria that will be used to determine the remaining 10 athlete invitations, for participation in the Teva Best Trick Showdown and the Red Bull Joyride Qualifying event on July 21:

* Winners of a 2011 Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) Gold or higher ranked event (26 Trix, Claymore Challenge, Chatel Mountain Style) prior to Kokanee Crankworx (or highest placing previously unqualified athlete for total of three athletes)
* The top six ranked athletes from the FMBA 2011 rankings after July 3, 2011
* Winner of the Teva Mountain Games Slopestyle on June 2-5, 2011, or the highest previously unqualified athlete
* There is the potential to have two to four Wildcard spots available depending on results, to be announced by July 4, 2011.

Red Bull Joyride Qualifying Format:
A total of ten athletes will be automatically qualified for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday July 23 and won’t have to participate in the two full course qualifying runs July 21, based on the following criteria:

* Top six ranking athletes from the 2010 Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle (Zink, Montgomery, Groves, McGarry, Dueck, Granieri)
* Top four athletes from the 2010 FMBA overall ranking (or highest previously unqualified athletes - Semenuk, Berrecloth, Soderstrom, Pilgrim). In subsequent years, if Kokanee Crankworx takes place in August, this will be based on current year ranking).

An additional six athletes will be qualified based on the results of two full-course runs on July 21, limited to the 15 athletes that are not pre-qualified for Red Bull Joyride. Red Bull Joyride judges will observe both the Teva Best Trick Showdown contest and the two full-course qualifying runs. Riders will be ranked based on overall performance of both Teva Best Trick Showdown and the qualifying runs to select six athletes to advance and join the ten pre-qualified riders for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, July 23.

“With Red Bull on board and the stakes super high with $25,000 on the line for first place, Kokanee Crankworx will crown the best freeride mountain biker in the world on July 23, 2011,” says Kinnaird. “We are unbelievably pumped and are counting down the days to witness the next level of mountain biking here in Whistler.”

First place will take home $25,000, second $10,000, third $5,000, fourth $3,500 and fifth $1,500.

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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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 Probably wouldn't be very good for the riders, but could be a good showcase for the sport in general if implemented.
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 hey,i might get slammed for this, but where is Mr. McCaul for all of this? please tell me :p shoot me a message!
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 he isn't sponsored by red bull
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 Pilgrim too, huh? He's by Monster
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 oh if thats really the reason, thats GAY. I understand that sponsors need to show their image, but cam mccaul is an icon for the sport! please give him the wildcard.
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 if you read it it tells how they qualified Cam still has a chance to qualify you morons don't comment unless you read the entire article
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 alright, thanks for clearing that up man.
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 Coming in hot like a wolverine driving a garbage truck full of burning propane tanks!
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 Will Darren Barencloths back be healed by then?... (if someones says no ill be pissed of all day lol)
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 no he wont
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 Probably shouldnt be riding jumps then
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 no aggy on the list? he's one of my favorite riders to watch.
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 he better be there.
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 same with mccual id be rattled otherwise
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 what about the mccaul's are they gonna be there?
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 I still have no idea what the course will look like, this installment didnt give too many deetz...
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 yeah these are really awesome at not really telling me anything
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 That sure was a short vid... i know they're trying not to give too much away but i think i missed most of it by blinking... i'll be stoked on the event itself for sure..!
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 This event will be the highlight of my summer.
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 same, looking forward to it
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 wow the video works now, bout time......
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 Ive NEVER watched a single one of these Redbull vids. They never work, and I dont have the time to figure out why that is.
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 try pressing the HQ button....low quality..... but at least there's a video running!
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 thats gonna be sick! i wanna see someone pull another double backflip
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 Semenuk is going to WInnn
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 I wanna see Soderstroms SX.
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 screw redbull everyone go to monster
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 sickest course to date in my opinion so far
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flag moongose (May 18, 2011 at 0:25) (Below Threshold)
 "I like riding everything, so why not put everything in the course" makes Semenuk sound like some spoilt rich kid. He has a point though...
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 He's just giving an idea? And and I think it's awesome. He's suggesting the course should contribute slopestyle/dirt jump/big mountain will be amazing if its pulled off.
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 Anyone know why neither of the Mccauls are on the confirmed list yet?
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 you know they will be, its just the way they came with that list of riders they just werent included but garunteed they will be riding in it
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 @jaketinelly, yer dude I know, I think it was just another case of internet sarcasm gone wrong... You'd have though I might have learnt by now...

And garunteed the McCauls will be involved its just that Cam isnt a red bull athlete so he wont be included at the planning stage. Still seems a shame tho considering he would have some like mad input to make the course even better!
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 because over a pb comment, the tone of sarcasm is completely captured in the text.
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flag moongose (May 18, 2011 at 8:34) (Below Threshold)
 dude yo sarcasm was almost lost and I was like wtf, but now I see what you did there...
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 moongose like totally sound like a valley girl and stuff..but I can hear what your saying even though you like totally wrote it down.
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 Course should be sick!! Definitely a lot of snow right there now though.
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 Claassic Fooooogalllll
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 Paul Bas wins crankworks two years in a row and is not invited? WTF??!
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 Looks we'll be seeing semenuk there for awhile
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 Red Bull Joyride Meeting of the not so great minds.
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 broke again

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