In front of 25,000 screaming fans, Whistler-born mountain biker Brandon Semenuk made slopestyle history at the Red Bull Joyride 2015.
Semenuk’s win makes him the first rider to take the top spot at the Joyride three separate times.
“The earlier part of the year was tough for me,” he said, following the competition. “To finally get a good run down the hill felt so good after two events where I wasn’t riding my best. But I so badly wanted to put this one together and it kept unfolding the way I was hoping for.”
The event marked the last day of the week-long Crankworx Whistler Festival, and the final stop on the Crankworx World Tour. Heavy rains on Saturday, August 15 created unsafe riding conditions, causing the event to be postponed until the following morning. While postponing was a disappointment, Semenuk said it actually helped race conditions.
“The course was about the same speed as yesterday, but the wind really mellowed out today making it pretty much perfect,” he said. “It was a little exhausting coming at this on a second day after getting so ready [Saturday], but it’s turned out really well.”
Semenuk took home first place – and a prize of $25,000 – with a final score of 93.80 out of 100. In second place was U.S. rider Nicholi Rogatkin at 90.40. Thomas Genon, riding out of Belgium, came third with a score of 88.00.
Red Bull will be airing the Joyride October 3, 2015 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on NBC.
Watch Brandon Semenuk’s winning run: