Crankworx Whistler: Red Bull Joyride Results and Photos

Aug 18, 2012 at 15:57
by Tyler Maine  
  Thomas Genon - Your 2012 Joyride winner.

The Top Six

1. Thomas Genon 90.20
2. Martin Soderstrom 86.80
3. Cam McCaul 82.80
4. Brett Rheeder 80.60
5. Anthony Messere 79.40
6. Casey Groves 78.60

Thomas Genon - your 2012 Joyride winner.
  Thomas was the only rider to trick onto the Joyride Shack

Thomas Genon dropping into history.
  Thomas Genon dropping into history.

Given the wind the pressure and the sheer gnar factor of The Boneyard this year the run Genon through down was nothing short of sick. I m going to strongly suspect we see a Redbull lid on this kid s head within a week.
  Given the wind, the pressure and the sheer gnar factor of The Boneyard this year, the run Genon threw down was nothing short of sick. I strongly suspect we'll see a Red Bull lid on his head within a week.

  Martin Soderstrom, trucking off the boner log.

Soderstrom midway down a richly deserved second place run.
  Soderstrom midway down a richly deserved second place run.

Soderstrom should legally change his name to Whip-O-Matic .
  Soderstrom should legally change his name to "Whip-O-Matic". Double whips, triple whips, he has them all, on his last run he crashed out attempting a 360 double whip on the cabin gap. If he'd stuck it he may have won the whole thing...

  McCaul is back

Cam McCaul has been coming off on an injury for about a month Cam crashed out of the Claymore Challenge back on July 19 and until the first day of practice he had not been on a bike in what must have felt like a thousand years--recovering from an injury takes time and Cam s not at full gas right now so taking third was a fantastic ride for the Trek Fox Rockstar rider.
  Cam McCaul has been coming off an injury for about a month (Cam crashed out of the Claymore Challenge back on July 19), and until the first day of practice, he had not been on a bike in what must have felt like a thousand years-recovering from an injury takes time, and Cam's not at full gas right now, so taking third was a fantastic ride for the Trek/Fox/Rockstar rider.

  Cam, tailwhipping

  Brett Rheeder put together a great first run, but then ran into a bit of trouble on his second two. Huge tailwhip over the hip...

  ...and a truck out of the satellite.


  Casey Groves had a bit of a hard time today with some heavy emotional burden related to a death in the family. He still managed 6th. All the best to him and his family...his ride was dedicated to them.

  Semenuk taco'd his rear wheel on his first run, and then crashed out on his second. The winning streak is over...for now.

  Messere front flipping off the log.

  Anthony crashed out on his last run, but decided to just boost the hip anyway...

  Yannick Granieri with a giant tuck no handed flip over the 60 footer. On a hard tail no less...

  Cam Zink was having an awesome first run, but then overshot the 60 footer on this giant flip nac, ending his event.

  Sam Dueck is another of those riders that has a great bag of tricks, and just needs to put a clean run together.

Cam McCaul third Thoman Genon FIRST and Martin Soderstrom second
  Cam McCaul (third), Thoman Genon (FIRST!), and Martin Soderstrom (second)

Thomas welcome to the shower room.
  Thomas, welcome to the shower room.

Kinda sucks when you can t get the cork off your bottle and defend yourself...
  Kinda sucks when you can't get the cork off your bottle and defend yourself...

Sucks even more when you give up on popping that bottle set it down and Cam McCaul-a pro champagne bottle popper-gets ahold of your bottle...
  Sucks even more when you give up on popping that bottle, throw it down, and Cam McCaul - a pro champagne bottle popper - gets ahold of your bottle.

Sucks even more when Cam helps you drink down that freshly opened bottle...
  Sucks even more when Cam helps you drink down that freshly opened bottle.

And you get a cracked tooth.
  And you get a cracked tooth.

Cracked tooth Who cares--I just won Crankworx Joyride
  Cracked tooth? Who cares--I just won Crankworx Joyride!

Soderstrom signing off...
  Soderstrom signing off...



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227 Comments

  • 176 2
 â€¦Guessing that no one correctly predicted the top 6! Smile
  • 11 0
 man you're right
  • 13 4
 replace semenuk with groves and thats my list
  • 10 0
 right!? I got 4 of the 6, bummed because heart told me to pick mccaul but i didnt. Big ups to Casey!!
  • 4 0
 casey was going to be my next pick too. oh well. congrats to whomever won the $1500
  • 2 0
 Man, I don't think any of them were on my list...
  • 34 0
 Soderstorm had a winning run if he didn't crash the final run.
  • 8 1
 chyu.pinkbike.com i agree but im so happy that cam made the podium !!!!1
  • 16 0
 What I would like to see is a crash reel from all the crashes during practice, qualifying and finals. It's crazy to see what they get up and walk away from. So much respect Salute Beer
  • 6 0
 I have a huge amount of respect for groves after hearing about his cousin. I remember seeing a video about it years ago about him being diagnosed. Very moving stuff in my personal opinion.
  • 3 0
 @mnorris122: He crashed in practice on the trick jump mid course.
  • 3 0
 Not the trick jump though, it was the 60 footer.
  • 6 1
 A belgian guy on the top the box!!!! Finally!
  • 10 0
 did anyone notice that in the picture of messere front flipping off the log, kelly is in the background letting his luscious hair blow in the breeze
  • 2 0
 Good to see a few of the euros doing well at crankworx for once!
  • 2 0
 "On the top OF the box" would be better...
  • 1 0
 where has pilgrim been?
  • 1 0
 He was there, I think he crashed out though. He got hurt at Crankworx Les Deux Alps.
  • 85 7
 Possibly the most disappointing Crankworks SS i've seen... only because of the record number of crashes and flats... Those who made it to the bottom did awesome..!
  • 5 29
flag natalot (Aug 18, 2012 at 19:15) (Below Threshold)
 I agree, but Whistler has always been a bigger course so that's bound to happen. Also, Rheeder made me a believer today, he got robbed. Love McCaul till the end, but Rheeder deserved third.
  • 9 5
 coverage didnt really do it for me either. for such a big event i was disappointed they didnt step up their game
  • 24 0
 yeh the wind sucked too :/
  • 25 1
 Really? I thought it was the best contest of the year. Yeah, too many crashes where the course may be to blame, but at least the winner wasn't decided on run number one. Very entertaining. But my one wish was to see someone push Semenuk to throw down on a final run. Too bad Martin didn't land that last trick to force Genon to throw down.
  • 26 0
 true, for me the big disappointment was not getting to see what Semenuk, Messere, Zink, or Pilgram had planned for the last drop...
  • 5 1
 disappointing ? why? Grooves almost cries after an amazing, after that almost every pilot tried to step up his run.The Genon's runs were amazing . The wind was the same for everyone. This Joyride reminds me when Paul B snatched the win to all the big pros
  • 9 0
 Like I said, everyone who made it to the bottom did awesome..! but it's what we didn't get to see that was the downside...
  • 1 1
 Ur right. It was decided on run #2 haha
  • 1 3
 What happened with Brandon Semenuk? How it is possible he didnt get the first place? Somebody please tell me! I couldnt see the webcast.
  • 2 0
 There wasn't even really a competition, it was decided in the 2nd run and the winning score was a 90 last year it was high and mid 90's and people were stepping up and pushing it in their second runs.
  • 20 1
 That course was terribly built compared to bearclaw invitational. Im very disappointed at whoever made it because those landings where not packed and thats what screwed everyone over. Im sorry if you disagree but thats my opinion, i give props to whoever rode it and made it to the bottom.
  • 6 0
 didn't darren crash and injure some vertebrae because of an unpacked landing in practise? A course like this should be perfect IMO.
Congratulations to thomas genon, Martin, Cam! Cam always cracks me up xD
  • 5 0
 Yes he did. I was talking to his mom about it and he said when he called her, he was really ticked off. Darren made his course absolutely perfect, and then to come here and see this course was really disappointing seeing how it's a diamond event
  • 53 1
 25g's maybe thomas can buy a fullface. ahah cam mccaul getting it done! favorite rider out there and always will be !
  • 7 1
 he had one at bearclaws lol
  • 17 1
 stoked for mccaul! seeing him do the horn thing was awesome, its been a while since we seen that before droping in lol
  • 2 1
 he had one with him, nobody would have ever geussed for that to be the top 5!
  • 37 1
 If only Soderstrom had the speed for the drop! Congrats to Genon though, he's gonna have to learn some English for the interviews!
  • 15 0
 Genon killed it for sure! Watts had an awesome run too! Anyone else see that "Joyride this d!ck" sign? lol
  • 39 1
 So Happy for Mccaul he deserves it !
  • 3 0
 agreed, that dude has tryed sooo hard and he's made it!
  • 3 14
flag natalot (Aug 18, 2012 at 19:28) (Below Threshold)
 McCaul is a beaute but Rheeder's run was better. Maybe he should have crashed into the side as well after his last trick..
  • 3 0
 Especially after last year.
  • 2 0
 He seems to enjoy riding his bike so much! What an attitude!
  • 37 1
 congrats to casey, he did amazing given the circumstances. my heart goes out to him!
  • 13 3
 Casey got robbed!!!
  • 7 5
 Ya dude. Casey got robbed. It was only because he swore up at the top during his interview.
  • 35 2
 Am feeling sorry for Semenuk..
  • 8 1
 Ya, it's definitely a bummer. Super cool to see things get mixed up in the standings, Genon had an incredible run, but it was almost gut-wrenching to watch Semenuk go down again on his second run. Flipping off the flat drop was absolutely bonkers, he looked like he was on (but truthfully, when doesn't he ride smooth). Was also super stoked to see Groves back up there. I feel like he got a little robbed for points, but that is likely just me wanting him to do well. So many awesome riders, and always such a wicked event.
  • 1 1
 Groves had a solid run, but there weren't any super huge bangers. I feel the judging was fair. Still stoked for him though, and it's especially awesome given all that he had going on.
  • 2 0
 Agree 100%, there was great judging. I was just really hoping to see groves pull up there after getting totally burned on his last season. He's such a great rider, but was getting counted out way too often. They're all great riders, and I'm always so stoked on all of the riding.
  • 1 0
 Like Groves said I t that interview, last year was bullsh!t! Haha
  • 27 1
 Thomas on red bull for next year i reckon
  • 5 3
 I sure hope he resists the temptation... I love his care-free style, and it would suck for him to become part of such a huge conglomeration
  • 28 4
 poor semenuk
  • 10 2
 shocked Semenuk wasn't able to put together a run.
  • 16 2
 i feel sad becuase semenuks a cool guy, not that the otheres arent either though!
  • 21 0
 I just lost 1500
  • 9 0
 Let me guess, you bet Semenuk was going to take the gold? LMAO, you stay away from those gambling sharks.
  • 9 0
 i think alot of people did
  • 10 0
 I was pretty sure he was going to podium, but that just goes to show how gnarly slopestyle comps are.
  • 19 1
 So stoked that Cam McCaul took the bronze. Awecome comeback!
  • 3 0
 The guy gives such a show and seems to have the time of his life!
  • 15 0
 holy tits! i dont think anyone saw that coming! on another note, we're all f*cked for the clif fantasy team because 99.9% of us put semenuk on ours.
  • 3 0
 I thought my 6 were solid... Semenuck, Messere, Sorge, Soderstrom, Pilgrim, and Berrecloth. I guess I know nothing about freeride.
  • 4 0
 i think the conditions were a little to blame, all the landings were super dusty, if you didnt land perfect and hold on it slid you into the ground.
  • 16 1
 Would of really liked to see more Semenuk and Messere... too bad
  • 15 0
 Soderstrom soo closee!!
  • 13 0
 unlucky semenuk!, and Congrats to Thomas! But where was Mike Montgomery?? Smile
  • 2 0
 shattered thumb
  • 14 1
 So stoked for Casey!
  • 5 71
flag nouser (Aug 18, 2012 at 18:58) (Below Threshold)
 Too bad semenuk didn't get his 25 g's, its a real shame for the pale kid wonder because he is only in it for the money.
  • 53 2
 You sir, Mr. evan, are a douche.
  • 2 51
flag nouser (Aug 18, 2012 at 19:05) (Below Threshold)
 it was a joke hahahaha
  • 29 1
 Youre a joke buddy
  • 15 3
 Thomas better get sponsored now.
  • 6 13
flag mattboltz (Aug 18, 2012 at 18:57) (Below Threshold)
 he already is...
  • 7 6
 he is sponsored ..
  • 4 4
 I must have not heard then, he wasn't sponsored at Les 2 Alps or CFF.
  • 5 35
flag FreerideHero9 (Aug 18, 2012 at 18:59) (Below Threshold)
 THE COURSE MUST HAVE BEEN RIGGED! how did all the best riders manage to not make it? somethings up here....something fishy...
  • 2 2
 he was...
  • 9 1
 @FreerideHero9, pretty sure what was fishy was the wind gusts...
  • 9 0
 i wish brandon hadn't crashed both runs and we could of really seen what he had up his sleeve for tricking the last few jumps, i bet he would of gapped over the whole kokanee cabin while throwing a flip whip or some shit Razz
  • 6 14
flag brett236 (Aug 18, 2012 at 19:13) (Below Threshold)
 He wouldnt have won. If he somehow managed to top genon's run genon would have thrown it down even harder.
  • 3 1
 if semenuk had held on, i think he might have won. look at the tricks he was throwing before he crashed, he might of fronty-ed the 60footer, and flipwhipped the cabin. although genon was the only person to trick the stepup to the cabin.
  • 2 1
 there were acctually a handfull of guys that were tricking up.
  • 2 0
 are you f*cking with me? He did a super corked backflip off the drop in
  • 2 1
 semenuk would of won zink tooo flip nack off the 60 and probley frontty of the step down but that how it goes cant be perfect all the time
  • 2 1
 from brandon i wanted to see dialed backflip off the drop, corked 7 on trick jump, flip whip off the balcony for the win! crushed at the results but everyone did great, soderstrom was rad too Smile
  • 11 0
 C-C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!! Sorry Semenuk.
  • 10 0
 Stoked for Kelly Macgarry!
  • 11 1
 i feel semenuks pain!
  • 5 0
 yeah that run he wanted to pull seemed a winning one...
  • 10 0
 Genon is new monster!
  • 8 1
 Bummed that Semenuk couldn't finish a full run but also nice to see some new riders on the podium!
  • 7 0
 i missed most of it, can anybody explain what happened to semenuk and zink??
  • 2 0
 brandon crashed on runs 1 & 2 near the top both times, and Zink overshot a backflip over the 60 footer and didn't come back for run 2...
  • 3 0
 Semenuk never made a complete run. He was among the vast majority that crashed hard when going big.
  • 3 0
 I was traveling and tried to catch it on my phone, but my coverage dropped right before zink and semenuks runs. I'm wondering the same thing. Congrats to Genon though!
  • 5 0
 hi will
  • 9 2
 man that was a crash-fest, but stoked to see a different winner, these Frenchies can rip!
  • 5 0
 Genon is Belgian..
  • 6 0
 the wind here in Whistler was crazy. That takes the pucker factor to a whole other dimension. Big props to all the riders.
  • 3 0
 When do we get to see Filipe Perestrelo (the supermarket bike ridin' winner of the Giant Glory)?

Thread hijack I know, but we ALL want to see him ride a real bike.

If something has been posted, could someone let me know?
  • 4 0
 i cant decide wheter im dissapointed or just surprised wasnt expectingthis at all.dont hate on me but i personally think soderstrom should have won
  • 4 0
 I'm feeling sorry for Brandon,but happy for McCaul,finaly he got on the podium ! His ride was absolutely stylish and clear,except that RedBull baloon at the bottom Big Grin
  • 2 0
 To anyone dissapointed with the contest runs, the conditions todat were horrible for a slopestyle contest. give the riders some credit for even making it down to the bottom in one piece
  • 5 0
 Cant believe the winner didnt hit the 60 footer
  • 2 0
 i love semenuk just as much as the next guy but i mean finally some one else gets the top spot and soderstorm with second those guys have been chompn at his tale the whole season... great job!
  • 2 0
 Semenuk's just such a chill dude, I feel for him man. I had him on the top of my list and I'm sure most did. Losing is rough, but he'll be back for rampage and I can't wait! Smile congrats to all the Crankworx riders!
  • 3 1
 stoked for Casey, Stoked for fogel making it into the finals, Stoked for Cam, Stoked for Rheeder too. bummed for the swede and semi. rampage awaits boys!
  • 6 2
 So many crashes all the best riders crashed
  • 6 1
 hard luck Semunek!
  • 4 0
 Anyone know what happened to andreu? I thought he had qualified
  • 2 0
 He got injured in practice
  • 6 1
 strange competition..
  • 3 0
 Definitely one of the most exciting joyrides. I cant believe Semenuk didn't even make top 10.
  • 5 0
 One word. WIND!
  • 2 0
 Cam mccaul has always been my favorite since i started biking, but i really wanted to see pilgrim take the win congrats to everyone
  • 2 0
 The wind was crazy during the event today, our cable cam was surfing it but the shots were still great. Props to the riders for great show.
  • 3 0
 That's what I said to thomas a month ago: I know what you got after 26trix. Please f*ck them up at whistler!
  • 1 0
 Psyco track!! Make your bones yard!!! Congrats to the top 3 but we all know Sem puts up 90 + score runs in his sleep. Guess he human afterall and has those bad days on the mtn like every other rider.
  • 3 1
 Possibly the most disappointing Crankworks SS i've seen, genon deserved second, martin first, also too many crashes (wind) congrats if you made it down!
  • 1 0
 Any new information on Mr. Zink? That landing looked like it hurt, slow getting up? The way he landed I would have put him on a spine board. Sending positive vibes in his direction.
  • 3 0
 Big Congrats to Cam. 3rd is very impressive considering everything he has been through this year.
  • 4 0
 Who the hell is Thomas Genon
  • 4 0
 Holy crap how tall is soderstrom?
  • 3 0
 6 ft 5 i believe?
  • 3 0
 no one won the cliff bar contest i guess
  • 6 4
 Was the course poorly designed or what? Way too many crashes. It really ruined the show.
  • 8 1
 i think the wind was a main factor again in the crashes
  • 3 1
 Yea most guys mentioned wind as a major facor.
  • 6 5
 more like the shitty landings, they were way too loose and dusty
  • 1 0
 Landings were dry. Really dry. Really really really dry. hasnt rained in like 2 weeks. and theres no sprinklers.
  • 1 0
 would it be that hard to bring in some hose, or pour freaking water bottles on the landings one by one???? this is a FMB gold event sponsored by red bull for heavens sake!!!
  • 2 0
 I missed what happens to Pilgrim? He only seemed to do one run and then wasn't mentioned again?
  • 1 0
 He crashed out on the first run and didn't do a 2nd
  • 1 0
 He wasnt hurt but apparently he wrecked his bike.
  • 2 0
 So stoked for Thomas!! I've been rooting for him and Soderstrom the whole season!! Congrats guys!!
  • 3 1
 Anyone know if Zink is okay? His crash didn't look super bad, but he was slow getting up?
  • 8 2
 Didn't look super bad? He landed on his ass from a 60 foot gap jump.
He is lucky if he did not break his back.
I did on a similar jump gone bad.
  • 1 0
 Was wondering the same thing..
  • 2 0
 It still looked bad, just not catastrophically bad. Others crashed on the 60 footer. I'm just hoping he can still ride rampage.
  • 2 1
 The other guys were not as high in the air and their angle of approach was mellower allowing them to slide out farther and walk away. Zink bounced on his ass then slid. I cringed watching it.
  • 1 0
 Zink overshot and over rotated the 60 footer, landing way deep and directly on his tailbone. I hope he is ok. That type of crash could have paralyzed him by crushing vertebrae and severing the spinal cord. It wouldn't be surprising if he actually did fracture a couple vertebrae, despite being able to get up and walk away after a few minutes.
  • 1 1
 broke my bake and tail bone with a similar type of crash mine was not flipping a 60 foot gap but i did land the same way on one of the jumps on dirt murchent
  • 2 0
 Cams all good! He was riding around today walking fine probably just some bruises.
  • 3 0
 so stoked for mccaul hopefully next year!!
  • 3 0
 you know semenuk is pissed.
  • 1 0
 the way he walked off, he was sooo pissed
  • 3 0
 I was standing next to the gate he walked out of. Some media guy was asking him for an interview he just looked down and walked away. My buddy said hell probably go home build 20 more features and train even harder for next year. Anyway hes still my favourite rider. Congratz to Thomas martin and cam though. They threw down some pretty intense runs and deserved it.
  • 2 0
 these were some fucking sick pictures. hands down the most enjoyable event of the year. nothing but bangers
  • 2 0
 that sucks for Semenuk but at the same its nice to see someone else win for a change.
  • 2 0
 I have yet to find a picture of Cam McCaul NOT smiling ... Loved how he finished both his runs Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Messere's foot came off on that front flip off the ladder? How sketch no wonder he crashed after..props to the McCauls!
  • 3 0
 Did not expect that wow
  • 3 1
 what happened to Tyler McCaul..? he never did his last run...
  • 1 0
 machinical
  • 11 0
 Super lame, you'd think GT would have his back..!
  • 3 0
 GT doesnt have a soul.
  • 6 6
 That coverage was almost nothing but lagg towards the end, can't wait for NBC to take over the coverage of Redbull events full time.
  • 9 2
 worked perfect for me
  • 5 2
 still hot from the Olympic will say CBS can do it better than 'em, RedBull issue is the commentators not the coverage
  • 7 5
 mine was perfect the whole way through. get rid of brad ewann the other guys arent that bad. brad litteraly makes it unbearable to listen to.
  • 12 1
 but brad gets everyone jacked.
  • 2 2
 worked fine for me too but I just can't fathom why they keep those announcers. I sit there the whole time thinking, am I really the only one who can't stand to listen to these guys?
  • 6 5
 Get in Rob Warner
  • 5 16
flag larryssman7 (Aug 18, 2012 at 20:25) (Below Threshold)
 tippie makes it unbearable
  • 10 0
 Tippie and brad are both legends. They're commentating is unique, but if you learn to appreciate it, its priceless
  • 17 2
 How does Tippie make it unbearable? He is a legend. And so entertaining. Too much energy for you?
  • 2 4
 Brad makes the commentary..
  • 1 0
 In a couple of years it will be Cam McCaul
  • 3 0
 Pilgs?
  • 2 0
 something was up with him! Was wearing a full face instead of a halfcut and a soda instead of a majesty! He messed up the 60 footer.
  • 2 0
 Pilgrim's fine, his bike, on the other hand, broke on the 60 footer so he couldn't ride the second run...
  • 3 0
 Soderstrom Salute
  • 2 0
 happened with Andreu Lacondeguy
  • 2 1
 For anyone that missed the live webcast, the replay is here: live.redbull.tv/events/105/rb-joyride
  • 1 0
 man just watchin it the wind was crazy as helll i dont even know how they ran that contest much respect for those guys . wow
  • 2 0
 in semenucks picture he looks pissed
  • 2 0
 Awesome to see Cam back in action!
  • 1 0
 Yaha knew genon was going to show everyone what he had ! Redbull lid forsuuuure
  • 1 1
 show good action and good for little brothers especially KELLY maccaul MACGARRY PENDEJO OF 16 .. THE ROCKET
  • 1 0
 Anyone know why Lacondeguy pulled out?
  • 1 0
 Nevermind. Just read that he hit hit head practicing and ended up in the hospital.
  • 1 0
 It's really good to see that there is talent all over the world now Smile
  • 1 0
 Casey's run deserved way more than what he got, he should be podiumed
  • 1 0
 Sickest riders on the planet!!!
  • 1 0
 where the hell was Laconedeguy?
  • 1 0
 got hurt in practice.
  • 2 1
 Why Semenuk don't started ?!!!! Frown
  • 2 1
 if semenuk finished his run he would have won no matter what tricks he did
  • 1 0
 i knew that thomas would get soon again 1st Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Man if semenuk got up there I wouldve had a bang on CLIF prize
  • 8 7
 Best joyride i have seen
  • 1 1
 ihad the top 5 on my list Big Grin
  • 1 0
 BAM!
  • 1 0
 wooooo genon!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 where is semenuk
  • 1 1
 lol did McCaul actually chip his Genon's tooth? Hopefully.
  • 3 3
 Martin Soderstrom 3
  • 1 0
 Same. Some unexpecting results too
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