Photo Epic: Slopestyle - Crankworx Whistler 2019

Aug 18, 2019
by Trevor Lyden  


They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I'll keep this brief. The Red Bull Joyride 2019 took place on a freshly redesigned course filled with new features and challenging jumps. After an amazing battle by all the riders, Emil Johansson found his way to the top spot. The crowd favourite for the win, Brett Rheeder had a slight wobble which affected his score and put him in the silver medal spot. Recent X-Games BMX medalist Dawid Godziek threw down some impressive tricks and took the bronze here in Whistler.

After yesterdays competition, Emil Johansson gave his opinion on this year's Red Bull Joyride course:

bigquotesThe whole course is just really fun to ride. I would love to just be here to ride the course and not need to focus on doing something gnarly. It was a difficult course to start tricking on, but it flowed very nice and it was a lot of fun just cruising it.Emil Johansson



Back flip tail whip off the drop for Rheeder.
Backflip tailwhip off the drop for Rheeder.

Rheeder with a flat drop front flip. Only a hand full of people around doing this one.
Rheeder with a flat drop frontflip. Only a handful of people around doing this one.

Brett Rheeder has been the most dominant force in slopestyle recently however he couldn t quite put down a fully clean run and ended up in third.
Brett Rheeder has been the most dominant force in slopestyle recently, however, he couldn't quite put down a fully clean run and ended up in second.

Rheeder with a massive front flip off the first flap drop.
Rheeder with a massive frontflip off the first flap drop.

Brett bringing it home.
Brett bringing it home.

Joyride first-timer Lucas Huppert put on a great show for the crowd.
Joyride first-timer Lucas Huppert put on a great show for the crowd.

Erick Fedko was on fire
Erick Fedko was on fire!

Tippie was on hand to keep the crowd stoked.
Tippie was on hand to keep the crowd stoked.

David Godziek just won an X-Games bronze medal and repeated his victory here in Whistler.
Dawid Godziek just won an X-Games bronze medal and repeated his result here in Whistler.

David Godziek landing himself in 3rd place.
Dawid Godziek landing himself in 3rd place.

Jakub Vencl on the finishing whale tail.
Jakub Vencl on the finishing whale tail.

Jakub Vencl
Jakub Vencl


Fedko with a stylish 360 indian air.
Fedko with a stylish 360 indian air.

Fedko starting it off strong.
Fedko starting it off strong.

Huppert with a downside whip.
Huppert with a downside whip.

Paul Couderc couldn t get a full run finished but his big flat drop 360 looked pretty good.
Paul Couderc couldn't get a full run finished, but his big flat drop 360 looked pretty good.

Paul Couderc back flip tail whip off the cannon.
Paul Couderc backflip tailwhip off the cannon.

Vencl off the flat drop.
Vencl off the flat drop.

Fully corked.
Fully corked.

Tomas Lemoine finished in an unfortunate 13th place however he was still a crowd favorite.
Tomas Lemoine finished in an unfortunate 13th place, however, he was still a crowd favorite.

Rogatkin flying high over the crowd.
Rogatkin flying high over the crowd.

STYLE.
STYLE.

Crowd shenanigans.
Crowd shenanigans.

Torquato Testa finished strong with an 86.75
Torquato Testa finished strong with an 86.75


Lemoine dropping in.
Lemoine dropping in.

Rheeder s signature style is always a treat. x
Rheeder's signature style is always a treat.

Testa on the big flat drop.
Testa on the big flat drop.

Corking it out for the crowd.
Corking it out for the crowd.

Rogatikin threw down some serious tricks but couldn t quite make it on the podium this year.
Rogatkin threw down some serious tricks, but couldn't quite make it on the podium this year.

Rogatkin truck driver off the big drop.
Rogatkin truck driver off the big drop.

Rogatkin had a bit of a tough time but always so positive.
Rogatkin had a bit of a tough time but always so positive.

Erik Fedko truck driver off the drop.
Erik Fedko truck driver off the drop.

Rheeder back flip tail whip on his second run.
Rheeder backflip tailwhip on his second run.

Lukas Knopf looking disapointed after a crash.
Lukas Knopf looking disappointed after a crash.

You can only imagine what rolling into a massive drop with 30000 people below is like.
You can only imagine what rolling into a massive drop with 30000 people below is like.


Max Fredriksson double tailwhip.
Max Fredriksson double tailwhip.

The shark fin was one of the most interesting and technical features on course.
The shark fin was one of the most interesting and technical features on course.

The weather was next to ideal for today.
The weather was next to ideal for today.

Making friends
Making friends

A massive crowd again for joyride.
A massive crowd again for Joyride.

Love a good chainsaw. But the poor kid behind him does not.
Love a good chainsaw. But the poor kid behind him does not.


An emotional win for Emil.
An emotional win for Emil.


bigquotesGetting all the tricks together was really hard. We were standing for my second run and I was so nervous. If anybody would have beat my run, I would have needed to improve the run that I already did and I don’t even know if I could have got all of those combos again in a row since it was so hard just to get them together. I’m pretty stoked on the last three whip to unturndown. I had never done that before off of a big step down.

It’s been a rough past few years. If you had told me two years ago that this was going to happen, I probably wouldn’t have trusted you.
Emil Johansson


Joyride 2019 podium.
Joyride 2019 podium.

Time to celebrate
Time to celebrate

Your Slopestyle World Championship podium.
Your Slopestyle World Championship podium.


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20 Comments

  • 23 1
 Looks like Emil snuck into Lemoines closet....
  • 1 0
 When they were panning up on the live feed I though it was Lemoine at first! haha
  • 15 0
 the two photos of Torquato are actually of Diego Caverzasi, boys. Torquato is the guy on the overall podium as third.
  • 4 0
 I'm glad somebody said this! I literally skipped half the pictures to comment about this.
  • 8 0
 And the one “Vencl off the flat drop” ain’t Jakub, think it’s Alex ????
  • 10 1
 "Erik Fedko truck driver off the drop." Def should be coined the Fedco Express
  • 3 0
 Love Fedko's 360 indian air! Great show and happy for Emil with his extra steeze he was putting on his tricks!
  • 3 0
 By the way........ I think Matt Jones did a stellar job with the mic........
  • 6 4
 Those payouts are massive! I had no idea they were getting that much at a competition.
  • 15 1
 HAH!, ever imagined the costs of flying, hotel, etc? With this one you will probably get an all-in hotel deal from Crankworkx, but I sincerely doubt that is also true for the rest of the FMB. Knowing other marginal pro sports it's probably all on you on the smaller venues.

You need a very good sponsor contract to make a living... and one big crash and you're 1-2 years out of competition, losing sponsors and then what?

Rheeder, Rogatkin they are pretty secure. Johanson really dodged a sponsorship bullet by recovering, but of that had taken a year longer it would have been a financial squeeze to return. But he is now set for years.

But the others? I bet it's pretty thin pickings. That's why Knopp, Fredrikson, Jones emulate Pilgrim in setting up a youtube channel and merchandize.
  • 17 0
 15K for the world championship is sad, American "football" players make that much to wipe their arse
  • 4 0
 @Ronkol: Action sports, in general, have crap for pay out ! These guys put alot on the line for $s you can hardly survive on. Don't get me wrong, the top athletes do very well, but outside of them it is pathetic.
  • 4 1
 No worries, Swedish tax office will rob him
  • 2 0
 @Ronkol: just look at Messere. He was rolling around Whistler all week, without his Red Bull lid. They pulled sponsorship from him. It's crazy too, because Berreclaw, Lacondeguay, etc are still rocking the Red Bull lids.
  • 3 2
 Rheeder and Emil, the only two on full suspension slope bikes?? rest all on hard tails damn
  • 1 0
 They're running high pressures in the shocks though.
  • 4 2
 Anyone catch Gee's run? Must have missed it
  • 2 0
 Lemoine is bad mother trucker.
  • 1 0
 The level is insane.....!
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