Must Watch: 5 World Firsts from Red Bull District Ride Best Trick

Sep 2, 2022 at 23:14
by rasoulution  

Words: Rasoulution

The Red Bull District Ride is back with impressive results! Five years after the last Urban Slopestyle Festival in Nuremberg, the best riders in the world showed that they too are ready for the big show. Today, much like the rest of the season, Emil Johansson (SWE) stood out in particular. Emil deservedly secured victory in the Best Trick Contest with a 360 tailwhip to barspin to opposite downside tailwhip. Among the women competing for the first time ever in Big Air at Redbull District Ride, Gemma Corbera (ESP) crowned herself champion with a nice big backflip.

In addition to the usual suspects of Dawid Godziek (POL), Emil Johansson (SWE) and Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), all of the riders were charging for the top spot. Nico Scholze (GER) and Alejandro Bonafe (ESP) were throwing down crazy combinations. Alejandro Bonafe pulled off a world’s first when he landed a perfect cash roll tailwhip to barspin while Nico Scholze (GER) was laying out super extended backflip supermans.

Unfortunately for them, it was not enough as Dawid Godziek, Diego Caverzasi (ITA), and Emil Johansson would also be putting down world’s firsts. While Rogatkin didn't do a world’s first, he did pull off a 1440, a trick only he has ever done before.

Godziek held onto the lead for a long time with his twister-tuck no hander to barspin until Emil bumped him out of the top spot with his own world’s first with the 360 tailwhip to barspin to opposite downside tailwhip. This would secure the lead for Emil giving him a first place in Best Trick while also currently sitting in the top spot with one run of slopestyle complete.

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World firsts

Emil Johansson: 360 tailwhip to barspin to opposite downside tailwhip

Dawid Godziek: Twister no hander to barspin

Alejandro Bonafe: Cash roll tailwhip to barspin

Diego Caverzasi: Backflip cliffhanger to tailwhip &Backflip barspin to double tailwhip

Final Ranking

Emil Johansson (360 tailwhip to barspin to opposite downside tailwhip)

Dawid Godziek (Twister no hander to barspin)

Nicholi Rogatkin (1440)

“I didn’t even think of doing my best trick today, but I thought it was going to be good training for tomorrow. I enjoyed it and I had this trick in mind for some time. I didn’t plan to do it, but it all came together and I’m so stoked.” said an elated Emil after securing the lead in Best Trick and currently sitting first in Slopestyle.

World First: Women’s Best Trick Contest at Red Bull District Ride

For the first time ever, five female athletes competed next to their male colleagues in Best Trick on the Red Bull District Ride course as part of the Women's Progression Session.

Caroline Buchanan (AUS) was going for it, but unfortunately took a really hard crash attempting to frontflip the massive trick jump, while Ellie Chew (NZL) also took a hard fall going for a backflip nac nac. Germany’s 15yr old Patricia Druwen showed stylish suicide nohanders while Gemma Corbera (ESP) and Ellie Chew (NZL) gave the crowd a great show with massive backflips with Gemma taking the top spot with a little bit more style and amplitude on her flip. It's very exciting to see where the sport of women's Best Trick was at, is at and where it will end up with nothing, but progression predicted for the future.


Gemma Corbera (ESP)

Ellie Chew (NZL)

Patricia Druwen (GER)

“It’s insane I don’t even have words!” - Gemma Corbera when asked how it felt to win the Best Trick contest.

Red Bull District Ride Slopestyle: 1st Run

Due to the difficult weather forecast for tomorrow, an additional first official and judged run was carried out today at the Red Bull District Ride. This means that there are no longer two runs but three runs, of which the best one will count. Already today, the riders threw a lot into the balance – in the provisional ranking after the first run, Emil Johansson is at the top, followed by Nicholi Rogatkin and Max Fredriksson.

The Red Bull District Ride 2022 will be broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV.

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  • 43 1
 If i could do these tricks in video game, say 10 years ago, I would have laughed about how unrealistic it was....
  • 31 0
 Everything was insane! But damn that back flip cliffhanger to tailwhip hits different. Feel like that's gotta be up there for most unique tricks in a slopestyle comp.
  • 12 1
 I bet their mothers didn't teach them to throw their bikes on the ground.
  • 4 0
 Considering I'm Italian I may be a little biased, but personally I would have put Diego slightly higher in the ranking for best trick... He pulled off TWO world firsts and the cliffhanger-tailwhip-backflip combo was both breathtaking and extremely well executed! But I can see why other more tricks with higher technical difficulty (but less consequences) have been appreciated more by the jury
  • 6 0
 It takes a full line to describe the combos! This is nuts!!
  • 14 0
 Yo, bro did you see that *looks at notes* "360 tailwhip to barspin to opposite downside tailwhip" that was sick bro.
  • 1 0
 @HardtailHerold: oppositie downside tailwhip isn’t a regular tail whip?
  • 3 0
 @transitter: A downside whip is one where the bike is kicked "into" the rotation. For example, if you're airing a quarter, the bike goes toward the down side - hence the name.

This is separate from it being an opposite or regular whip.
  • 6 0
 Someone sponsor Diego!!
  • 5 0
 Diego is a legend for doin this trick! Left me speechless....
  • 12 12
 I think of this in the same way I now look at snowboarding contests: there's too much flippy spinny shite, with everything being done so quickly (grabs being held very very briefly in snowboarding) that there isn't much style or beauty to appreciate.

Proper old fart behaviour but Nico Müller pulling a method (nosethod for the old school internet BB forum pedants) remains a thing of art, and I'd take that over huckfests.
  • 12 0
 This is best trick, not best style. What do you expect?
  • 5 15
flag NeilMackie (Sep 3, 2022 at 14:24) (Below Threshold)
 @hayden: a trick without style is pointless.
  • 5 0
 @NeilMackie: nah man, they’re damn impressive. All these are insane.
  • 1 0
 This is what real mountain bike slopestyle looks like. Big tricks, technical riding, and huge extensions.
  • 1 0
 @NeilMackie: there is still definitely merit to the best trick and these are all super impressive but I get what you mean. Weirdly some of my favourite slopestyle runs are the throwaway runs as you get a better sense of the air/hang time without having to try and count the spins or spot a barspin.
  • 1 0
 @daugherd: they're definitely impressive yet I'm unmoved by them. They seem too busy and don't let individual tricks breathe.

But I'm an old man with old man views, and who can't do anything that these lot can do.
  • 2 0
 @NeilMackie: I’m old too (40) so I understand crotchety old views.
  • 2 1
 "Emil Johansson (SWE) stood out in particular. Emil deservedly secured victory in the Best Trick Contest". Not so sure about that.
  • 1 0
 He 100% deserved it 360 tailwhip to bar is insane but then to throw a downside tailwhip into it was mind-blowing you couldn't just do this in any old competition it would require a huge jump like this.
  • 4 0
 @Rafmiller: I am not saying the trick wasn't mind-blowing or insane but in my opinion Godziek's Twister no hander to bar, Bonafe's Cashroll tailwhip to bar, and Caverzasi's Backflip cliffhanger to tailwhip were ALSO mind-blowing and insane. All of them were triple combos that "you couldn't just do in any old competition" and required a huge jump like this. So, to me, all those riders stood out (not just Emil "in particular") and ALL would have been deserved winners.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: Yea I 100% agree with you but Emil definitely deserved the win.
  • 2 0
 incredible athletes, eat your heart out AGT...
  • 2 0
 Looks like all these people have BMX backgrounds.
  • 2 0
 5 world firsts and the crowd goes mild. Pretty much sums it up for me.
  • 1 2
 Could that crowd be anymore vanilla 72 degree un-pumped about what just happened? Did they ship them in from the local tennis match?
  • 10 0
 they shipped them in from the pinkbike comments
  • 1 0
 Crazy shit
  • 1 0
 Wow, incredible riding.
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