Slopestyle Finals Photo Epic - Crankworx Les Gets 2017

Jun 19, 2017
by Nathan Hughes  



Et voilà, c'est tout! The Crankworx week has come to end and ultimately the sophomore year here in Les Gets could not have been more different to last year's mudbath. After four days of almost uninterrupted sun, a fifth was probably asking too much, but once again Mother Nature served up an enormous slice of summer pie to accompany what is arguably the greatest spectacle of the whole show, the slopestyle finals.

With a couple of big names quite clearly missing from the start sheet, not least Brandon Semenuk, all eyes were on FMB series leader Nicholi Rogatkin to deliver the goods and take that giant check back to the East Coast. In the end we never saw his gargantuan twister landed and instead it was a spectacular return to the glory days for the Canadian, Brett Rheeder, following a tumultuous recent history with injury struggle. Huge frontflips, barspin 720s, and flip cans were just a few of the many jaw-dropping moments packed into his first run which proved untouchable to the very end. Indeed for many riders, it was a challenge simply to run the gauntlet clean and put any kind of a solid score on the board both on account of the swirling wind and a 'no frills' course design that was extremely speed sensitive.

With a familiar face staking claim to the gold, it was down to Rheeder's C3 newcomer team mate, 17-year-old Emil Johansson of Sweden, to boss his way into the 90s and take second place ahead of Polish super-talent, Szymon Godziek, who finally landed a long overdue virgin podium. The French crowds came out in force and were rewarded with another boat load of mad moments to fill the pages of the slopestyle history books, some of which we were lucky enough to capture on our very dusty, overworked cameras. Come with us now as we dive right into the fun…



Rheeder getting comfy 20 minutes out from go time.
Brett Rheeder getting comfy 20 minutes out from go time.

Cometh the hour cometh the contest pants.... Tomos Lemoine.
Cometh the hour, cometh the contest pants... Tomos Lemoine.

Mehdi Gani airwalkin .
Mehdi Gani airwalkin'.

Emil Johannson played out flat.
Emil Johannson laid out flat.

Emil Johansson was going huge in every training run and getting the crowd psyched up for the main event.
Emil Johansson was going huge in every training run and getting the crowd psyched up for the main event.

Szymon Godziek just getting things warmed up in practice.
Szymon Godziek just getting things warmed up in practice.

Rgatikin tail whips onto he whale tail.
Rogatkin tail whips onto the whale tail.

Nicholi Ragatkin about three seconds from blowing his tire off the rim during his warmup run.
Nicholi Rogatkin about three seconds from blowing his tire off the rim during his warm-up run.

Torquato Testa spins the first jump on course.
Torquato Testa spins the first jump on course.

Frenchman Paul Couderc kicking off his run with a double whip.
Frenchman, Paul Couderc, kicking off his run with a double whip.

Game over infront of home crowds... that really stings.
Game over in front of home crowds... that really stings.

Matt Jones enjoying the vibe o the hill as the crowd began to stream in.
Matt Jones enjoying the vibe on the hill as the crowd began to stream in.

Matt Jones looked to be in amazing form after coming back from injury just a couple of weeks ago but disaster struck on both his runs.
Jones looked to be in amazing form after coming back from injury just a couple of weeks ago, but disaster struck on both his runs.

Matt jones had the tricks and the sale but a tire blowout would end his hopes of a top result.
Matt Jones had the tricks and the sale, but a tire blowout would end his hopes of a top result.

Godziek with cork 720 tuck.
Godziek with cork 720 tuck.

German rider Nico Scholze has some huge moves it s surely just a matter of time before he crams them all into a clean run.
German rider, Nico Scholze, has some huge moves, it's surely just a matter of time before he crams them all into a clean run.

Nico Scholze tail whips the boner log.
Scholze tail whips the boner log.

Nico Scholze was going huge today but a massive crash on his first run put him out
Scholze was going HAM today, but a massive crash on his first run would put him out

Logan Peat had a rough day and would end up 12th.
Logan Peat had a rough day on the hill and would end up 12th.

Logan Peat was hoping for bigger and better and will be looking for some retribution in Austria.
Peat would have been hoping for far bigger and better and will be looking for some retribution in Austria.

Mountain yoga with Brett Rheeder.
A little mountain yoga with Brett Rheeder.

Brett Rheeder adding the barspin to his perfect corked 720.
Rheeder adding the barspin to his perfect corked 720.

Run 1 was a thing of beauty despite a couple of slips of the pedals.
Run one was a thing of beauty despite a couple of slips of the pedals.

A vert happy Brett Rheeder after throwing down an incredible first run.
Stoked through and through after throwing down an incredible first run.

Not one to let the crowd down despite crashing further up the course Nicholi Rogatkin threw his signature move off the final jump.
Not one to let the crowd down despite crashing further up the course, Nicholi Rogatkin threw his signature move off the final jump.

Rogatkin threw in a twister just for laughs on the final jump after his first run went wayward.
Why not throw in a twister just for laughs?

Tomas Lemon s day came to an abrupt end right off the opening drop.
Tomas Lemoine's first run came to an abrupt end right off the opening drop.

Tomas Lemoine mid flip-whip.
Tomas Lemoine mid flip-whip.

Tomas Lemoine spins the bonner log mid course that gave a lot of the riders a headache all day.
Spinning the mid-course boner log that gave a lot of the riders big headaches all day.

Just ballin . Canon ballin.
Just ballin'. Canon ballin'.

17 year old Johansson kicking asses.
17-year-old Johansson kicking asses. Will we see an 'all Trek C3' podium for Crankworx Whistler?

A big Crash in practice almost forced Anthony Messere out of the competition.
A big crash in practice almost forced Messere out of the competition but he would battle on for a top 10 result.

Who else but Anthony Messere
Who else but Anthony Messere?

Anthony Messere boosting into 9th today.
Anthony Messere boosting into 9th today.

A frustration day for last round s winner Nicholi Rogatkin.
A frustrating day for last round's winner Nicholi Rogatkin.

Rogatkin had the run that could really turn the screw on Rheeder.
Rogatkin had the run that could really turn the screw on Rheeder.

Front flips and cashrolls were all ticked off but the coming up a tiny bit short on the twister later in the run would be his undoing.
Front flips and Cashrolls were all ticked off, but the coming up a tiny bit short on the twister later in the run would be his undoing.

Diego Caverzasi dropping into the competition and taking 7th on the day.
Diego Caverzasi dropping into the competition and taking 7th on the day.

Mehdi Gani s hope going overboard.
Mehdi Gani's run one hopes going overboard on run one.

Textbook shapes from Mehdi Gani.
Textbook shapes and 6th place in the end for Gani at home in France.

Ryan Nyquist is always psyched to riding at Cranworx. After the airlines lost his bike earlier in the week it was even certain he would be in the lineup today.
Ryan Nyquist is always psyched to riding at Cranworx. After the airlines lost his bike earlier in the week, it was even certain he would be in the lineup today.

The legend Ryan Nyquist in the house.
The legend, Nyquist, in the house laying down his best ever Crankworx result of 5th place.

Deadliest catch Tommy G.
Deadliest catch, Tommy G for 4th place.

Thomas Genon signature table 3.
Thomas Genon signature table 3.

Szymon Godziek killed it today to take 3rd with an 86.66.
Szymon Godziek about to have the Crankworx run of his life...

Szymon Godziek stomped trick after trick with authority to take 3rd today.
Godziek stomped trick after trick with authority to take 3rd today.

The stars aligned at long last in a Crankworx run for Szymon Godziek and the 86.66 put him on the podium.
The stars aligned at long last in a Crankworx run for him and a flip super-seater and an 86.66 would seal his spot on the podium.

Long awaited glory for Godziek.
Long awaited glory for Poland's finest.

But would end in disaster. Luckily he stomps his seconds run to score a 90.33 and second place.
Johannson's first run started well but would end in disaster. Luckily he stomped his second run to score a 90.33 and second place.

360 double down-side whip with Emil Johansson.
That 360 double down-side whip.

The C3 team s newest addition Emil Johansson wowing the substantial crowds with a perfect second run.
The C3 team's newest addition wowing the substantial crowds with a perfect second run.

In a league of his own today Brett Rheeder raised the bar on his first run with a 92.33 and was never challenged.
In a league of his own today, Brett Rheeder raised the bar on his first run with a 92.33 and was never challenged.

Rheeder can can you
Rheeder can, can you?

Celebratory spins outta Rheeder on his victory lap.
Celebratory spins outta Rheeder on his victory lap.

Brett Rheeder mid corked 720.
Brett Rheeder, mid corked 720.

Rheeder back on top.
Rheeder back on top.

The other tried but no one could come close enough to top Brett Rheeder today.
The other tried but no one could come close enough to top Brett Rheeder today.

Deja vu headed back to the top step.
Deja vu headed back to the top step.

Bret Rheeder Emil Johannson and Szymon Godziek celebrate on the top step of the podium in Les Gets.
Brett Rheeder, Emil Johannson, and Szymon Godziek celebrate on the top step of the podium in Les Gets.

After an off season filled with injuries and knee surgery this victory was as sweet as it gets for Brett Rheeder.
After an off season filled with injuries and knee surgery this victory was as sweet as it gets for Brett Rheeder.

Number 1 homme taking down the competition with a deadly 92.33.
Number One homme taking down the competition with a deadly 92.33.

Just the ticket...
Just the ticket...

Practice for Innsbruck has already begun...
Practice for Innsbruck has already begun...

Andrien Loron looking to bring out the 4-wheeler for Austria.
Adrien Loron looking to bring out the 4-wheeler for Austria.



18 Comments

  • + 5
 I have a general question...we see slot of Slopestyle riders blowing tires of rims.
Are any of these riders running tubless tires with inserts - or is the option even considered in slopestyle?
Too heavy?
Seems like almost every mtb disipline is adapting)DH,Enduro and XC)...
Thanks for your guys insights?
  • + 6
 It's often from over rotation and blowing the tire bead right out of the rim, or from overshooting a landing a blowing up a wheel in the process.
  • + 1
 The riders are running tubes but at such high pressure that with enough force from an over rotation the tire bead might blow off
  • + 1
 What @davetrumpore said. When I saw a tire blown during the broadcast yesterday it was because of over-rotation sheering the tire bead out of the tire.
  • + 8
 Nyquist best result? Wasn't he 4th in Roturoa?
  • + 2
 Its a bit like the DH world cup these days. There are around 3-5 riders that can win these big comps with everyone else just trying to get solid results. Makes it anticlimactic. Ill still watch.
  • + 5
 why Semenuk did not ride?
  • + 116
 He slipped a step getting onto the plane and it wasn't perfect. So he couldn't go through with the rest of the journey.
  • - 10
flag George1220 (Jun 18, 2017 at 23:37) (Below Threshold)
 to busy slayin pussy
  • + 2
 @TopperharleyPT1: can't fault a man for striving for perfection!

... but yeah lol
  • + 1
 @TopperharleyPT1: haha so good!
  • + 3
 I am curious why Brandon didn't ride. Wonder if he has other things up his sleeve at the moment. BTW, Rheeder doesn't actually win unless Semenuk is in the contest.
  • + 2
 pfff, Joyride 2016 for example
  • + 2
 @roma12: I didn't imply he can't win. I'm just saying the big dog needs to be in play.
  • + 3
 Would love to see Nyquist win the series
  • + 3
 Gutted for matt. Expected szymon to blow minds rehdeer is a beast
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