Semenuk and Brosnan Win the Weekend Semenuk and Brosnan Win the Weekend

Semenuk and Brosnan Win the Weekend

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The roller coaster of emotions and drama that ensue surrounding the RedBull Joyride are unavoidable and surely guaranteed. The extensive preparation and training competitors endure in the days leading up to the main event could only be explained as unfathomable to most. To make matters even more complicated the Whistler mountain weather had a looming threat of a torrential downpour scheduled to arrive just in time for the start of the event. Not one to disappoint – mother nature decided to open up her sky’s providing a course hold and inevitable postponement to the following morning. - Photo by Sven Martin

Sunday morning brought blue sky’s and a fresh perspective on the day. As riders stated to take their first warm up runs on the hill the anticipation and excitement grew as the village started to re-fill with excited spectators. Returning Joyride champion Brandon Semenuk opened the year with a disappointing crash-out at Crankworx New Zealand, and followed that up with a 2nd place in Crankworx France. Hungry for redemption and on home soil the reigning Joyride champion put down one of – if not thee most impressive Slopestyle run ever. No other competitor would come close to matching Semenuk’s mind-blowing run leaving him at the top of the hill as the last man standing rolling in for a now familiar victory lap as a three-peat Joyride champion using SRAM X01, SRAM X0 Hubs, RockShox suspension and TRUVATIV bar and stem. - Photo Ale Di Llulo

The Canadian Open Downhill race is the final event of the action packed week here in Whistler for Crankworx. A mixed field of competitors ranging from World Cup racers to local shredders made up the elite list looking to unseat last years champion Marcelo Gutierrez of Giant Factory Off-Road Racing team. - Photo by Sven Martin

Having to leave Crankworx early last year for a World Cup, Troy Brosnan of Specialized Racing would miss out on the Canadian Open Downhill race. Brosnan proves to be in form and hungry for a win here on his summer training grounds currently sitting in 4th place in the overall World Cup standings. Using SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Brakes and RockShox suspension, Brosnan would charge down one of the most legendary courses in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park taking an unquestionable lead on the field. Mark Wallace of Devnici Global Racing would be forced to step off of the hot seat for Brosnan as the racing continued to heat up with his teammate and three time Canadian Open champion Steve Smith blasting out of the start gate – both on board SRAM X01 DH, SRAM brakes, RockShox suspension and TRUVATIV bar and stem. - Photo by Sven Martin

Smith came through through the first two splits in the lead but would devastatingly go off course in one of the final turns before the finish. There were only a few riders left that could challenge Brosnan’s time but none would be fit to accomplish the task leaving Brosnan with his first ever Canadian Open Downhill title just one week before World Cup finals in Val Di Sole, Italy. - Photo by Sven Martin

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