Video: Red Bull Joyride Course Preview With Brandon Semenuk

Aug 6, 2014
by Red Bull Bike  
In only ten days, the most hotly anticipated slopestyle mountain bike competition of the year, Red Bull Joyride, will take over Whistler. Featuring one of the largest courses built in the four year history of the event, including three all-new features and an overall increase in height, the extra hang-time will allow athletes to push the limits of what is possible on two wheels. A Diamond stop on the FMB World Tour, the event will anchor the final weekend of the Crankworx Whistler festival on August 16.

With twenty top athletes vying for a first place win, action has been heating up on the FMB World Tour leading up to Red Bull Joyride. Whistler local hero Brandon Semenuk will look to defend his 2013 title while top condenders Brett Rheeder and Anthony Messere are looking for a spot on the podium after strong seasons.

Fans can catch all the gravity-defying action live online at on August 16. Red Bull Joyride, a headline event in the Red Bull Signature Series, will air Sunday, September 28 at 1 pm ET on NBC. The show is brought to a national NBC audience in partnership with Dodge Dart, GoPro and Polaris RZR.

With the competition and crowds only ten days away, professional athlete Brandon Semenuk under the guidance of Darren Berrecloth tested the course from top to bottom earlier this month to work out any kinks and ensure the courses’ safety. Darren Berrecloth was originally slated to test the track but a nagging toe injury prevented his ride. Filmed in one take on one run, both Brandon and Darren gave the course the seal of approval.

It (the course) worked properly right out of the gate this year, which is awesome. Usually we have to come in here and tweak a bunch of stuff, but the builders did a great job and got it all on the first try” – Darren Berrecloth

Experience the rush of slopestyle mountain biking and ride along with Brandon Semenuk here as he makes first decent on the 2014 Red Bull Joyride course.

Twenty of the top slopestyle riders from around the world will descend on Whistler for the season-defining competition. From a pack of talented athletes, a handful of riders have already emerged as top contenders for the title.

Whistler’s own Brandon Semenuk will look to defend his title following his first place victory at last years event in 2013. Since winning the first ever Red Bull Joyride event in 2011, the homecourt advantage has proved favorable for the 23 year old athlete who has racked up a total of 3 first place victories at the event. Coming off one of his biggest years yet which included the release of his first full-length ‘Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company’, Semenuk’s sights are now firmly set on competition.

Ontario’s Brett Rheeder is one of the premier stars on the mountain bike slopestyle scene. With signature big tricks and consistency in his riding, Rheeder finished 3rd in the 2013 overall FMB World standings and made history winning the first-ever mountain bike slopestyle event at the summer X-Games in Mucnich, Germany that same year. Coming off a major back injury that sidelined him for Red Bull Joyride 2013, Rheeder has won his last three contests so far this season and will be hungry for the win.

As one of the youngest riders on the professional circuit at 19 years old, BC’s Anthony Messere has quickly developed his skill and experience over the past years. On track to be a banner year in his career, Messere most recently took first place in the slopestyle competition at Crankworx France in July 2014. Catching a few veteran riders off guard, he will be one to watch this year.

Each year feedback is collected from athletes about the course to improve it in following years. The result is a design directly influenced by the riders themselves. In 2012, riders felt the track was too fast which ushered in a course redesign in 2013 that moved more laterally across the hill to improve flow and reduce speed.

The sentiment this year was a need to go even bigger than ever. Focusing on flow and amplitude, the supersized features are some of the biggest in the history of the event yet. Defying gravity for a few more seconds, athletes will make good use of the extra time as they push the limits of what is possible on two wheels with never before seen tricks.

Riders agree that while bigger, the new design is safer with more opportunity to check speed as they prepare for jumps. The 2014 Red Bull Joyride is sure to set a new standard for freeride mountain biking once again.

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  • 76 0
 Someone needs to dub Claudio's voice over that!
  • 6 0
 it wasnt life behind bars but it got me just as stoked to see him ride again!
  • 9 3
 Is there a chance Nico and Andreu could put a hand on the track too?
  • 8 1
 Then it wouldnt be a slopestyle course... Slopestyle courses need to be trickable. Also, nobody should be complaining about the course being too small coz those jumps are massive. Neg prop me all you want but i find it so annoying how everyone is comparing slopestyle events to the fest series. Its a different discipline.
  • 58 0
 He made it look so effortless and flowy.... like I could push my nan off the top in her wheelchair and she'd nail the whole course without even noticing.
  • 1 0
 The soil is much less rocky than les du alpes- lots of room for tricks with less fatigue, plus excellent runout. It is practically made around Semenuks style. Although steeper still could definitely be done... Grandma might get a little sick.
  • 57 1
 he's going to cork 7 the last whale tale
  • 4 1
 Why don't you have top comment?
  • 6 0
 and maybe flip bar in..? (Rad Co)
  • 1 0
 its gonna be soooo sick! can't wait!
  • 56 3
 That spiral berm is sick!
  • 4 6
 Euro catcher.
  • 5 6
 the last whale tale is so awkward, i prefer a big moto size kicker for the last jump though
  • 1 0
 I agree, The riders need something they can throw their best tricks on. No one wants to throw their hardest trick in the middle of a course.
  • 31 3
 I can't tell if the airs are slowed down or not. Anyway, those jumps are huge!
  • 17 1
 I thought they where for sure but looking again, the chairlift dosent look like it changes speed. lots of air time. Smile
  • 6 8
 I think the whole vid was slowed down slightly
  • 4 2
 I think it's just the perspective of how big everything is, including the berms. The sound was on point and it didn't look warped. Darren is a master.
  • 1 0
 very true!
  • 9 5
 oh cant wait for whistler next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gooona be a great time
  • 3 1
 I saw the course on monday, it is not slow mo, it's just that big!
  • 6 0
 Pinkbike! .comment2 {word-wrap: break-word;} will prevent the above ^^^^ from happening.
  • 26 2
 Really smooth course too, glad there's no mandatory loop flip in this one...
  • 12 1
 Props to Dustin Gilding for killing it with a shovel though.
  • 7 0
 I'm surprised that damn bear isn't roaming around there like he normally is.
  • 4 0
 intrawest doesnt pay the bear enough to be in videos, he just has to pound the pavement i.e. the biker cross course haha
  • 7 0
 Thats what a slope course should look like!
  • 9 2
 Ending with a whale tail? That's interesting
  • 9 7
 yeah, that's what I thought...kind of anti-climactic compared to the huge senders they've had in years past...
  • 10 2
 the legendary last sender was a huge feature on the course, seems a shame to see it go
  • 34 0
 like 75% of the riders ate it on the last massive feature over the last 2 years. I think this year the course is better, set up so riders can still go huge but actually land more tricks this time, which we all wanna see. I don't like watching riders get sent off in stretchers.
  • 3 12
flag frankwizza (Aug 6, 2014 at 14:50) (Below Threshold)
 Agreed man I think it looks pretty dull compared to previous years
  • 3 2
 I know this is more trickable, but having a huge feature is always nice to see, maybe they should put more line options, like in 2012 where they had the 60 footer. (I might be talking shit, since I really don't know the size of this jumps)
  • 3 3
 I too think that they should've made a big ol' sender for the ender, i think its kinda weird they have two whale tail style decks, although the first one is just flat.
  • 1 1
 Really? I'll restate my original point. The final sender in the last two joyrides were WAY TOO SKETCH for most riders to complete their solid runs. Not having those insanely ridiculous endings will really up the competition because you'll have more riders actually making it to the bottom with a huge trick and LANDING it and not racking their balls, eating dirt, or bending their wheels in half.
  • 2 1
 I don't think that step down was so "sketch". They may have been trying tricks on it, pushing their own envelope because it was the last hit, but I don't think it was worse than much of the other stuff. They did change it so I could be wrong......
  • 2 0
 Man I think by the number of crashes on it, it's pretty safe to say it was sketch. Half the riders were either eating shit or hanging on for dear life trying to stick it. I'm with anchoricex, big features are cool but I'd rather see an event where people are landing shit and not getting taken off on stretchers.
  • 2 0
 best course design yet, all the riders will be happy and comfortable with, we're going to see an insane level of riding on this entire course. And why not have a whale tail at the end of the course? It's far more technical to trick into and trick out of than just a step down. I saw a comment above saying we will see a cork 720 out of the whale tail, I definitely agree that with the way the course if laid out we may just see something gnarly in and out of the final feature, very stoked for this and the entire Crankworx festival
  • 3 0
 Is anyone else having issues with this page on an iphone 4? I've been trying to watch this video but after being on the page for a minute or less safari will crash... The only way I was able to post this comment was by typing it as a note and copying and pasting. I don't have any issues with any other apps or other pages, just the joyride preview page.
  • 6 0
 Have you tried turning it off and on again?..
  • 1 0
 I did yeah. It's really strange actually, anything joyride related boots me off of safari...
  • 6 1
 "If I did slopestyle I'd probably win that too..."
  • 3 0
 Gilding can dig!!!! Yeah boy! For once, the course looks pristine, neat and perfect!
  • 1 1
 Filmed in one take in one run?? - if this is one run where's the cameraman on the end of the top northshore section? You used a shot from that angle but there was no-one standing there.... You're telling us porkies Mr RedBull
  • 2 0
 anyone know how he got his gopro mount to stick on his visor? my D3 is not flat so doesn't stick?
  • 3 2
 A couple of small holes and cable ties?
  • 2 0
 a good idea. any way to do it without damaging visor?
  • 6 0
 I have a D3 and just cleaned it really well of dirt and pushed the mount hard and held it there for around 30 seconds
  • 4 0
 I don't think it's attached to the visor. I think it's attached to the front of the helmet just underneath the visor
  • 1 0
 I've had mine under my visor for a few years and you either use the flat mount, or you just push and hold a regular mount for a minute or so. Makes for a great perspective. I've seen friends use tape to build the visor up and then use a mount on the tape as well.
  • 3 0
 looks great unlike most slopestyle courses this year
  • 3 0
 Open berm rather than an open loop. Good choice
  • 5 3
 What are riders going to do on the open berm though? It's a trick competition, not a building nice berms comp.
  • 2 0
 Trust me, somebody will barspin this gap.
  • 1 0
 for sure
  • 1 0
 Sorry, I might be a bit behind times here, I also tried scrolling through, but with my dyslexia I was unable to find out why Bearclaw will not be riding. Anybody know?
  • 2 1
 He hurt his toe unfortunately.
  • 1 0
 Is he out for the contest next weekend or was he just unable to do the course preview?
  • 2 0
 Most likely just the preview
  • 1 0
 Course looks gadam amazing! Seems like the riders are gonna have lots of hang time. I really hope the 'CLAW' is one of the commentators!
  • 2 1
 I wish I had balls that big cuz that looks like sooooo much fun! Im just sayin!
  • 1 0
 omg i cant wait to get back on my bike, 6 more months. broken ankles eat ass.n
  • 2 0
 oh nooooooooo.. no loop....
  • 1 0
 Damn after watching them build that over a month its nice to see someone actually ride it!
  • 2 0
 So excited
  • 2 0
 Looks so sick!
  • 1 0
 Course looks sick! Can't wait to come and watch.
  • 1 0
 look so smooth. sick course.
  • 1 0
 Joyride only been around for 4 years?
  • 1 0
 this is the 11th year for "Crankworx"
  • 2 1
 Used to be run by Kokanee and Bud Light, not red bull as part of their series
  • 1 0
 Who`s this Brandon Semenuk?
Where`s Claudio?
  • 1 1
 Awesome, Redbull media player.
  • 6 6
 no mega drop, no boost hip - this looks like a DJ course. Boooo.
  • 2 1
 With all that wood? Nah
  • 1 2
 Every year the riders say best course ever.. Last years looked better i have to say
  • 3 4
 Seems simalar to last year, but I like it!
  • 1 2
 I've been running my camera like that for years.
  • 1 2
 the course looks so tiny on a gopro... oh and that boner log is siiiick
  • 1 2
 Is anyone else having issues with this
  • 1 2
 they've actually put effort into a slopestyle course????? I am amazed
  • 2 4
 Jumps are a bit small though.
  • 1 0
 cameras are very deceiving
  • 3 6
 Dat boner doe!
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