Red Bull Joyride might have gotten away this year, but there was no way British Columbia could let the summer go by without a world-class MTB Slopestyle event. As luck would have it, Brett Rheeder and Matt MacDuff have been keeping themselves very busy in SilverStar Bike Park lately. Over the last two years, they have built an absolute fire of a Slopestyle course with tons of potential to drive the evolution of the sport above and beyond.
When the world's finest riders showed up in BC for the Crankworx Title MTB Slopestyle presented by CLIF, this was exactly what happened. Watch the top 3 runs of the contest that will most likely go into MTB history books. In order of appearance:
3rd place: Dawid Godziek (POL) 89pt 2nd place: Erik Fedko (GER) 91.66pt 1st place: Emil Johansson (SWE) 95pt—Red Bull Bike
(...)these people deserve all of the praise for what they can do on a bike, it is absolutely insane.
but as a spectator, i could not be bothered to watch a whole event of people doing effectively the same 3 tricks in different rotations. It is also not what they shape slopestlye to be, but what is favoured by the judges and thus what will be presented by the riders in their runs.
what slopestyle needs to become more interesting and not be irrelevant in 3 years is interesting courses with more variety: why not build a sharkfin jump? some flat and long jumps, quarterpipes, courses with different line choices etc., there are literally infinite options, yet every course is this: jump -> berm -> step-up -> step-down -> berm -> jump.
Also get some judges who are able to judge flow and style, being able to land something without dying is not 'style', clean is not stylish per sé.
For comparison, go watch Larry Edgar ride BMX vs. Daniel Dhers, both have distinctly different ways of riding and utilizing parks, but both are able to win stuff because BMX judges at some point realized that a 20ft high invert air is just as amazing as a flair quadruple-flippy-spinny-barhump
references: chase hawk riding pretty much anything
Basically I just enjoy the show, tons of awesome stuff went down in this contest. Props to all the riders
This post is no different than someone on an NFL website saying, "I don't get it, they just line up and run into each other. There's no difference, its all the same".
That shit was insanely exciting to watch and its sad you didn't get to experience it.
Andrew Meier can do a quad tailwhip but can't manual. I love the kid, but hopefully it's not a sign of things to come. Looking at something like Nitro Circus BMX versus either Larry Edgar or Scotty Cranmer's crew.. I'll take the latter. It's still about fun.
This 4min recap was watchable - and there's a reason why the FEST series are so damn popular. Big jumps with loads of style are just nicer to watch than spinnyspinnyspinspin x50. Similarly, any fun sport that became Olympic became pretty boring since more spin = more points.
And to the 'haters': no, I cannot do any of the tricks they do, nor can anyone here except the guys in the video. After a week of practise I could - at best - clear all the jumps, but that's it. There is no doubt about how insanely hard it is what they do, and nobody is saying that they are bad at what they do. This is about the direction / concept of slopestyle.
Usually I think those combo tricks with extra bars tossed in last second can look a little messy but he really smooths them out and makes it look a lot more flowy than in the past. He’s got it dialed.