What a Final - Rogatkin Spins to Victory at Red Bull District Ride

Sep 2, 2017 at 13:15
by rasoulution  
The biggest urban slopestyle event of the year has found a deserving victor. Nicholi Rogatkin (USA, 92.05 score) showed the best run of the day in front of tens-of-thousands of spectators at Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg. It was an insanely hard fought final, the 21-year-old edged out Emil Johansson (SWE, 91.34) with his second run that included a 1440 on the final jump. However, in the fight for the FMB World Champion Title Johansson’s second place was enough for him to be crowned. The podium at Red Bull District Ride was completed by Szymon Godziek (POL, 89.66).

Missed the action? Fear not! You can re-watch the entire live-broadcast and all the highlights on-demand and anytime on Red Bull TV.

Nine world-class athletes rode through the historic town center of Nuremberg during the final of Red Bull District Ride. A lot was at stake on the day: the course designed by Martin Söderström was not only the setting for the legendary urban Slopestyle event but also the deciding event in the hunt for the FMB World Champion crown. Mehdi Gani (FRA) was the first rider to send the crowd wild and pass the 80-point mark. His time in the hot-seat was short lived though, as German rider Erik Fedko pushed aside the pressure of riding in his first-ever FMB Diamond Event and, cheered on by his home crowd, put down a strong run that saw him take over first place with a score of 83.34. Fedko’s lead lasted until the defending FMB World Champion dropped in.

Nicholi Rogatkin of the United States performs during the finals of the Red Bull District Ride 2017 in Nuremberg Germany on September 2nd 2017
Nicholi Rogatkin drops the 1440 hammer during the Red Bull District Ride Final. Image by Sebastian Marko / Red Bull Content Pool

After Rogatkin scratched at the 90-point mark with a strong run that was capped off with his signature ‘Twister’, the tens-of-thousands of fans lining the cobblestone streets of Nuremberg had three more riders to look forward to. Diego Caverzasi (ITA) and Szymon ‘Extension Man’ Godziek both showed exceptional style and huge tricks but it was not quite enough to push Rogatkin out of the hot-seat. Then came the time of the FMB Diamond Series leader and true to his style the ‘King of Combos’ made his way down the 700m-long course pulling technically demanding tricks and making them look effortless. The crowd’s roar after the final hit foreshadowed the judge's score; 90.23 points and the lead for the young Swede.

The contest was far from over though and rider after rider managed to step up the level with their second runs. Ryan Nyquist (USA), Jakub Vencl (CZE) and Anthony Messere (CAN) all improved on their first-run scores before Mehdi Gani had the unluckiest incident of the year. Briefly resting on the bridge between the Jeep the Rhythm District and the Tech District, his back tire blew ending his run out of nowhere and leaving him and the crowd scratching their heads. After a short break, the action was back on and the roar of the crowd could only mean one thing: German rider Erik Fedko was about to drop in once again. Fedko managed to step up his run, improved his score and celebrated with the now completely ecstatic crowd.

Emil Johansson of the Sweden performs during the finals of the Red Bull District Ride 2017 in Nuremberg Germany on September 2nd 2017
Mountain biking in Nuremberg. Emil shows the crowd why bikes are awesome. Image by Sebastin Marko / Red Bull Content Pool

Diego Caverzasi wasn’t done yet though and, dropping in straight after Fedko, stepped up his run as well and took his position back from the German rider. Szymon Godziek was up next and once he reached the elevator to the final run-in, it became apparent that the crowd was in for a treat. With help from Best-Trick rider Bienvenido Aguado Alba (ESP), he taped off his handlebar and stem in the elevator, sped down the 15m-high ramp and showed a picture-perfect version of the Backflip Superman One Handed Seatgrab he premiered at the Best-Trick Contest the day before.

With the two leading riders still at the top, the urban slopestyle event entered the next dimension of excitement. Nicholi Rogatkin conquered the first four districts in demanding fashion before stepping into the elevator of the town hall. Stepping out of the fourth story window, the crowd sensed that Rogatkin was about to show something special. True to his ‘go big or go home’ style. Rogatkin dropped in and dropped jaws with an insane 1440 that catapulted him into first place. At the top of the course, Emil Johansson shook his head and couldn’t help but smile. The young Swede gave it his best and threw a whole array of technically demanding combinations but in the end, it wasn’t enough to best Rogatkin.

As a result, Red Bull District Ride saw two winners: Nicholi Rogatkin secured himself the victory at his second showing at the legendary urban Slopestyle event, whereas Emil Johansson celebrated being crowned the youngest FMB World Champion in history in what was only his second year on the FMB World Tour.

bigquotesIt means the world to win this event. Red Bull District Ride is like no other. The feeling is incredible. The moments the crowd gave us were unforgettable. Thank you, Nuremberg for letting us take over your city this weekend.Nicholi Rogatkin

bigquotesI am over the moon. It was an indescribable event, so many spectators! I have dreamed of this weekend at Red Bull District Ride and was really nervous coming in but showed a really good first run. Now I am the FMB World Champion! I have worked towards this for so long and it was always my goal. It feels incredible!Emil Johansson

Nicholi Rogatkin of the United States C celebrates with Emil Johansson of Sweden L and Szymon Godziek of Poland R during the Award Ceremony at the Red Bull District Ride 2017 in Nuremberg Germany on September 2nd 2017
Three very stoked riders in front of a church. Image by Flo Hagena

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  • 45 13
 Good to see that slopestyle is going the way of skiing and snowboarding. No more style or creativity to win, just huck your shit into a million spins and no steeze everything for the gold.
  • 7 4
 I enjoy the difference in styles. Scoring these events is silly anyway, similar to scoring flatland freestyle or gymnastics. Just too subjective.
  • 10 3
 It's only really Nicholai is doing that though, on their respective days Brandon Brett and Emil are well and truly able to beat him with smooth techy riding.
  • 4 2
 There's no such thing as a steezometer though, and until there is they'll have to give points for the craziest moves. Kind of makes sense no?
  • 15 3
 im sure he could have done a 'slow rotation' 720 combo on that last jump for all the steeze heads, but we've seen it a million times before. He dropped all the normal slope tricks in his full run anyway, why not do a world first on the last jump?
  • 14 2
 The sarcasm is strong with you. But while we are all being sarcastic, why not just limit spins to 720. Limit all tailwhips to just 2 and no more double flips. Let's also limit bar spins to 2. Let's just see boring lazy stylish nacnacs and cancans, fully extended no handers and masturbate to it. Then we call it progression. How's that?
  • 7 3
  • 4 4
 Most would say he has style if he had his visor on.
  • 2 1
 @BenPea: This score out of 100 shit has to stop. The riders are asking for a defined points system for every trick. Extra points for oppo, clean landing, variety and style deductions for no trick, casing, slip one pedal, slip both, pedalling, repeated trick and bonuses for new tricks to the rider and the world. Paul Bas did this once at his own comp. At one point double back flips outscored 720s and they should there is way more consequence. Riders should know exactly how much a potential run is worth before they drop in.
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: Would be worth trying. Anything based on judging is flawed by definition, given the human element, but this would make the error margins finer.
That said, they're getting pretty good at it now I reckon. No big complaints recently. Norbs ain't getting robbed much anymore.
  • 12 3
 @gclarida please stop with this bs - Rogatkin does a footplant 360 and caveman drop in his run which has plenty of unique style, and a tailwhip to barspin as well as combo frontflips etc for technicality, he also landed everything perfectly smooth... is it just that being Canadian, you're all just die hard Semenuk and Rheeder fanboys? or you guys are just blind?

Doing a trick above and beyond what any other rider is doing on the big show jump is stylish and entertaining for the crowd, getting boners over 'oppo' tricks is all the Rogatkin haters are really about, and really they offer no additional visual benefit to the spectators, 95% likely can't tell which way is their regular, its also very subjective as to how difficult oppo tricks are, some people are much more naturally ambidextrous, especially left-handed people etc.
  • 4 2
 @ctd07: Thank you for this!
  • 3 10
flag gclarida (Sep 5, 2017 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 @ctd07: He actually has no steeze, me and many others the world over agree. Deal with it home slice
  • 3 8
flag jp-831 (Sep 5, 2017 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 @ctd07: I'm from America and I can assure you, Rogatkin is a hack. Sure he has balls, and obviously he has skills. But slopestyle is an art. Its not just a huck your shit to flat and miss 90% of the landing and blow out your tires but ride it out and win. And you can't be serious if you thought that footplant 3 and caveman had "style", Maybe thats just my opinion. Sure, we want to see new tricks, and I totally respect that he went for broke on the big trick jump at the bottom, but a lot of his run was choppy and looked like hell. I don't know. Maybe I just don't like his style. Maybe he should throw a visor on. Just sayin
  • 1 3
 @fatfingur: 2 tailwhips followed by a nacnac .. i'd call that progression.
what im pissed about this is that he won best trick with that while a double frontflip didnt
but if we're talking about his run .. i agree with the score he got since he managed to do different tricks. (personally i think he's too repetitive but this is not the case)
  • 2 1
 @JP199: again, slopestyle is about what the judges are going to award points for. You can't score art. Watchoo gonna do? This is a circular discussion. When's the god damn world champs?
  • 27 0
 So many clips and no extention man by Godziek?
Rogatkin = Mr Rotation
Johansson = Mr Combo
Godziek = Mr Extention....
Whereas first two are nice on video, Godziek's poster is what I would like to get the most!
  • 1 0
 On instagram there are some photos of it if you want to see it..
  • 18 0
 Anyone else watch that "highlights" video and think, "Man this is the shittiest f*cking edit of all time"?

Who do they hire to edit that footage? That was horrible.
  • 15 1
 The best moment of the contest for me was Godziek modding his bike on the elevator ride up... that was too cool
  • 4 0
 indeed, loved it
  • 9 1
 Did Emil think about adding a bar spin on his last jump? His hand twitched to that effect. Must have done when he realised how much time he had. Could have won it for him.
  • 5 0
 You didn't hear Rogatkin saying "The bar was there" like three times?
  • 2 1
 @choppertank3e: I had the sound off...
  • 10 2
 I am waiting for E-Slope. Surely it must be here soon. When are Trek gonna build an E-Ticket ? Dont they realise they are missing a great opportunity here
  • 2 0
 Thumbs up for E-slope. Riders can ride the course backwards now. And steeze an extra 25 pounds.
  • 2 0
 There is already a thing called freestyle motoX
  • 2 1
 @colincolin: When was the last time you saw a barspin, tail whip or any horizontal rotation trick in motor cross?
  • 2 0
 @choppertank3e: I was making a joke
  • 2 0
 @colincolin: I'm half serious. I think more progression could be had in moto on 125s and I think that powerful enough ebikes, not this overpriced pedal assist crap, could eventually be doing slope tricks on moto sized jumps. I miss Aggy, Sorge, Bas and Rheeder doing tailwhips on 7 and 8inch travel bikes. The fest guys usu. run dual crowns and the jumps aren't steep enough for more progressive tricks. I want Super slopestyle. Maybe nine knights will satisfy.
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: nice concept. but as long as batteries are as heavy as they are today there's no point in choosing an ebike over a moto for jumping I reckon.
  • 3 0
 I think this year has shown the limits of the current format of competition and judging. It would be cool to have different kind of events on the tour, like game of bike championship, and more best tricks. More fun and less pressure for the rider is the most important thing!
  • 2 1
 I wonder if Redbull & NBC are gonna steer their Signature Series TV program to cover this event instead of Joyride this year, because of the lack of full runs and anti-climatic nature of Joyride this year. This slopestyle event would be more TV friendly - at least this year.
  • 4 0
 Great event loved watching it, best of the year? But rampage is still to come, Although I did love Semenuk's run @joyride
  • 4 0
 Was looking forward to what Brett Rheeder was gonna pull out, it proper sucked that he was injured just b4 finals
  • 3 1
 I want a slopestyle vidya, bad. And not some stupid app-2D-crap, but a 'new' Dave Mirra BMX. I settle with ordinary console, I would just break shit if I would try to Rogatkin with VR-goggles.
  • 7 4
 Anyone else notice how Martin Soderstrom is always photo bombing at every contest?
  • 4 1
 Yeah, I get the sense that he still wants to be a part of it, even though he's no longer riding. I don't mind though, he was such a rad rider and he's still doing so much for the sport. Plus he seems like a real good dude.
  • 6 1
 Martin should start the "fest series" version of slopestyle where there's less pressure from competition
  • 12 0
 He designed the course.
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: Yeah and he rides with Emil all the time advising him
  • 4 1
 @rabcity: I would prefer to just watch a train of riders flowing down these courses. Judging is so subjective anyway, I don't care about scores I just want to see amazing riding.
  • 1 0
 @EndlessWheelie: yeah I'd also prefer to see a train of guys just plowing through..er.. I forget my point..
  • 1 0
 @Wincobankchef: Flowing! Not plowing Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @MOLDTRUTH He the event organizer & the course designer
  • 12 9
 I'd rather watch Brandon Semenuk stylishly scrub tables and doubles than watch a spin to win contest.
  • 6 2
 What's stopping you? Lmao
  • 6 0
 @noisette: ebike coverage is flooding my feed.
  • 4 0
 Messere got robbed. That boost deserved more
  • 4 1
 Spinner winner chicken dinner.
  • 3 0
 Would you look at that! Crazy event!
  • 3 0
 that highlights video is terrible. no vibe captured whatsoever
  • 3 2
 No way!!!!!!
Why am I just hearing about this?
  • 1 0
  • 6 0
 Because ebike coverage is more importanter....
  • 3 0
 Yeah, @onetrykid, made my day :-D
So maybe Caverzasi should ride an ebike instead, might get him some sponsors' attention...
  • 1 0
 sick dudes!! Wink
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