Battle Royale: Slopestyle Finals Photo Epic - Crankworx Innsbruck 2017

Jun 24, 2017 at 20:09
by Nathan Hughes  



The format often goes the same way at a slopestyle final; the favorite stomps an insane first run that nobody can touch, the competition fizzles hard on second runs and all we see is a victory lap with a token trick on the last jump for the crowds. Well nope, not this time. This time we were treated to a quite the showdown, a real face-off... a battle royale if you will. It was Nicholi Rogatkin versus Brett Rheeder and the gloves were off.

Having laid down a 94.33 in run 1, it seemed Rheeder had the green light to push on to Whistler ready to fight for the triple crown and the $25,000 bounty, but Rogatkin turned out to have other ideas, like taking it for himself, and threw down one of the most downright aggressive and mind-blowingly technical runs in the history of mountain biking, to end with a cashroll tail whip.

Great, combo-rich rides from Tomas Lemoine, sheer trick madness from Szymon Godziek and dialled, technical brilliance from Emil Johansson were among the other highlights that made the freshman year at Crankworx Innsbruck truly one to remember. With every rider dropping in pulling out all the stops to impress on a well-shaped course in front of the magnificent Austrian Alps, we had one unmissable summer's day on our hands.


Logan Peat visualising his run jst before he drops in
Logan Peat visualizing his run just before he drops in.

Rogatkin easing into an afternoon of heavy spins.
Nicholi Rogatkin easing into an afternoon of heavy spins.

The Brit Matt Jones spinned some of the most steeziest 360 of the week
Matt Jones spun some of the steeziest 360s of the week no doubt about it.

Matt Jones brought all the right moves once again but could not stick his double backflip and put a big score on the board.
The Brit brought all the right moves once again but could not stick his double backflip and put a big score on the board.

Mehdi Gani seems to be riding on another level this year but was unable to stomp the run he d dreamed of.
Mehdi Gani seems to be riding on another level this year, but was unable to stomp the run he'd dreamed of.

Casual warm up exercises with Rogatkin.
Casual warm up exercises on the opening drop with Rogatkin.

Tomas Lemoine had combos for days which earned him a great third place
Lemoine had combos for days which would earn him an incredible third place.

Crankworx Innsbruck slopestyle
Scholze ready to send.

Reed Boggs started his run with a fastplant 360 off the Sram drop
Reed Boggs started his run with a fastplant 360 off the SRAM drop.

Fronty no-hander for the Canadian who simply can t avoid going massive.
Fronty no-hander for the Canadian who simply can't avoid going massive.

Anthony Messere with flip bar out of the whale tale
Anthony Messere with flip bar out of the whale tale.

Jakub Vencl soaring like some kinda giant Czech eagle.
Jakub Vencl soaring like some kinda giant Czech eagle.

Nico Scholze showcased crazy backflip combos just like this heelclicker flip on the first set
Nico Scholze showcased crazy backflip combos like this heelclicker flip on the first set.

Nico Scholze s back looks like a slab of well seasoned grilled beef following his crash in Les Gets but you better believe he sent his runs here in Austria anyway.
Scholze's back was looking like a slab of well-seasoned, grilled beef following his crash in Les Gets, but you better believe he sent his runs here in Austria anyway.

Scholze s insane back flip tsunami... because he can.
Scholze's signature back flip tsunami madness... because he can.

Ryan Nyquist with a truckdriver down the boner log
Ryan Nyquist with a truckdriver down the boner log.

Logan Peat laid down an impressive second run this afternoon to break into the 80s.
Logan Peat laid down an impressive second run this afternoon to break into the 80s.

Torquato Testa got third in Rotorua but was not able to lay it down once again here in Innsbruck
Torquato Testa got third in Rotorua but was not able to lay it down once again here in Innsbruck.

Crankworx Innsbruck slopestyle
Camera goals.

Thomas Genon checking out the wind as he was going for a cashroll which took him out badly a few weeks back
Thomas Genon concerned on the wind after getting wiped out just a couple of weeks back..

Tommy G ridin free.
Tommy G ridin' free. 82 points and 6th for the ex-Joyride winner.

Luckily there weren t any big crashed during the competition but quite a few riders were blowing their tyres
Luckily there weren't any serious crashes during the competition, but quite a few riders were blowing their tires.

Spinning his bars not once not twice but three times seems to be just Emils thing
Spinning his bars not once, not twice but three times seems to be just Emil's thing.

Emil Johansson tailwhips upside down on the second hip jump
Emil Johansson tailwhips upside down on the second hip jump.

Emil Johansson s double down whips are pretty special.
Johansson's double down whips are pretty special.

Szymon Godziek put together a crazy run starting things off with a truckdriver
Szymon Godziek put together a crazy run starting things off with a truckdriver.

My oh my does Godziek have some moves... After setting the bar high with an 86 on run 1 he wanted more but came unstuck at the final hurdle settling for 4th place.
My, oh my, does Godziek have some moves... After setting the bar high with an 86 on run 1 he wanted more, but came unstuck at the final hurdle, settling for 4th place.

Emil Johansson did a 360 triple bar to downside tailwhip but unluckily slipped a pedal
Emil Johansson did a 360 triple bar to downside tail-whip, but unfortunately slipped a pedal.

The speed and style number one waits for the all clear to drop.
The speed and style number one waits for the all clear to drop.

Things started off with a big drop just right next to the crowd and in front of an epic scenery
Tomas Lemoine spins of the big drop in front of the epic mountain scenery.

Lemoine wrapped an amazing week in Austria nailing the bronze medal with all kinds of combos.
Lemoine wrapped an amazing week in Austria nailing third place with all kinds of combos.

Bronze for Lemoine and the stoke was high.
Bronze for Lemoine and the stoke was high.

Rogatkin about to drop bombs... serious ones.
Rogatkin about to drop bombs... serious ones.

We wonder if Nicholi Rogatkin got electrified by the power cables above the starting drop as his trick level was an absolutely shocker
We wonder if Nicholi Rogatkin got electrified by the power cables above the starting drop as his run was an absolutely shocker.

One of the most ferocious runs the World has seen on a slopestyle course no bones about it.
One of the most ferocious runs the world has seen on a slopestyle course, no bones about it.

Nicholi Rogatkins famous and dreaded Twister
Nicholi Rogatkin's famous and formidable Twister.

Who needs doubles when you can have triples 3 times a charm on the tail whip for Rogatkin...
Who needs doubles when you can have triples? Three times a charm on the tail whip for Rogatkin...

Rogatkin busting his double tail whip off the whale tail.
Rogatkin busting his double tail whip off the whale tail, before the ultimate icing on the cake; a cashroll tailwhip.

Sheer disbelief. What a final...
Sheer disbelief. What a final...

To everyone s disbelief not least Brett Rheeders the stakes had just been upped and there would be no victory lap.
To everyone's amazement, not least Brett Rheeder's, the stakes had just been upped and there would be no victory lap today.

Rheeders final attempt to wrestle down Nicholi Rogatkin was not enough what put him into second place respectively
Rheeder's valiant attempt to take down Rogatkin bumped him more than one point, but it was still not enough to take gold.

Rheeder spinned like a hurricane
Rheeder 720 bar-spinning like a hurricane.

The double bar 360 off the step down.
The double bar 360 off the step down.

With a triple crown on the line Rheeder gave i absolutely everything he had in the tank finishing on a flip double whip.
With a triple crown on the line, Rheeder gave it absolutely everything he had in the tank, finishing on a flip double whip.

Crazy crazier craziest. Nicolai Rogatkin is one of a kind.
Crazy, crazier, craziest. Nicholi Rogatkin is one of a kind.

This head-to-head battle could not have been any more thrilling
A head-to-head battle that could not have been more thrilling.

Rogatkin took his second win of the season followed by Rheeder and Lemoine
Rogatkin took his second win of the season setting him up to claim the triple crown and the massive prize purse.

Rogatkin Rheeder and Lemoine hit the showers after a hard day in the sun.
Rogatkin, Rheeder and Lemoine hit the showers after a hard day in the sun.

Shippin up to Boston. Job done for the East coast prodigy.
Shippin' up to Boston. Job done for the East Coast prodigy.



21 Comments

  • + 38
 Is it just me or did nicholi's cashroll tailwhip look like just a reg 720 whip. I am not saying his run wasn't insane, because even a 720 tailwhip is still insane, but i didnt see the cashroll itself.
  • + 1
 Did Rogatkin say it was a cashroll? I know the commentator did so was it just him getting confused...
  • - 10
flag philipmcm (Jun 25, 2017 at 1:33) (Below Threshold)
 Holy shit, you're right! Quick, someone tell the judges!
  • + 5
 @DC1988: actually he did.
"It's hard for me to put into words. I was already super stoked about the first run. I saw all the people here, so stoked for us, and Rheeder threw down an insane run, so I knew I had to give it everything I had. It was a last second decision to add the cash roll-tailwhip. I have never done that one before. It worked for me and I hope the people liked it!"
  • + 4
 In my opinion it wasn't a real cashroll, but hands down: The run was insane!!
  • + 3
 Rum was insane, but cashroll it was not
  • - 1
 [YT=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMTcPPXfifs]

I understand tricks evolve. But cmon.
  • + 22
 Are we all just going to ignore the fact that that was in no way a Cash Roll on Rogatkin's last jump?
  • + 1
 Apparently.
  • + 28
 You should show him how to do one.
  • + 1
 Yeah, It was more like a 720 tailwhip version of his twister. No cashroll but still pretty rad.
  • + 18
 It doesn't looked like a cashroll (but it really is) because of the tailwhip. If you notice when he catches the whip, his head is in cashroll position but his bike not. Why? Because at the moment his feet weren't on his pedals, so that sets the bike in a different and more lower angle that makes it look like it is a regular or corked out 720. Almost the same thing that happens on the "flip whips" You say it is a Flipwhip but the rider never goes like a flip form. Wink
  • + 6
 Where is the photo of Godzieks double grab superman? I Szymon, jakbyś zlądował tego frontwhipa to nie wiem czy by nie było 2nd placea Big Grin Takie przejazdy sadzisz że kopara w glebie! Ale poziom już jest taki że trzeba być androidem a nie człowiekiek żeby stanąć na pudle...POLISH MAYHEM!
  • + 8
 I can't beat their scores in MTB Mayhem.
  • + 5
 I haven't been following crankworx that much this year, so maybe this question has been answered a bunch of times... but where is Semenuk?
  • + 6
 He is not competing in the European Crankworx events.
  • + 7
 Rogatkin is a total animal!
  • + 3
 @natedh9 love the reference to Mobb Deeps Prodigy at the very end
RIP 3
  • + 1
 Im listening to Shook Ones on repeat =(
  • + 1
 What an insane event it was! Finally an epic showdown and the most awesome tricks out of everyone. I would never ever want to be a judge on these diverse competitions...
  • - 1
 Why not?

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