Escape from dismal and depressing weather related conversation has been nigh-on impossible to avoid all week here in the French Alps, and for good reason. Big, black, thunder clouds have wreaked havoc on the good times and with yet more on the radar, today the running of the jewel in the Crankworx crown - the slopestyle event was brought forwards to make the most of a forecast clear spell. The acres of black tarpaulin were peeled back at 8am to expose the perfectly manicured, albeit overly fresh track underneath; a track that until the Friday of this week, had never been ridden.
A deluge the day prior had left the track a little damp, and despite the crews’ best efforts to fix the issues on track, the riders' tires were filling with dirt, slowing them down and compromising their grip on the huge obstacles facing them. Besides anything else, track time before the big show was at an all-time low before a diamond FMB event and everybody knew it. After 2 hours of delays it was put to a rider vote, and a majority decision determined the competition cancelled in the name of safety and concerns the best runs would be impossible to throw down.
Not wanting to disappoint the expectant crowds in attendance or at home, the riders put on a best trick competition on the bottom hit of the slopestyle course. A huge buzz built around the action and there were rumours that Semenuk might be about to unveil his whip-to-tailwhip that he premiered in his latest edit. While those hopes never materialised, we were treated to some wild maneuvers, not least Thomas Genon’s flat-spin tables, oppo cork 7s from Brett Rheeder, oppo cash rolls from Bizet and the one and only 'twister' by Nicolai Rogatkin.