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Red Bull Joyride action

A handful of winner’s rings for Semenuk as he returns to competition at the top for win number five.

Photos: Laurence Crossman-Emms

Everytime you see Semenuk compete it’s like watching the reformation of a great band after years away from touring, there’s an equal chance he could pull something special out of the bag or implode entirely. Yesterday he did the former with gusto.

As impressive as video parts are, there’s no escaping that events like the Joyride are the ultimate slopestyle test – no re-takes, no editing tricks and no waiting for the conditions. Semenuk rose to the challenge in the most difficult conditions, first down the hill, his score was pretty much untroubled all day. While Rogatkin and Rheeder have been sharing the Crankworx spoils all year they both failed to put down a full run in Whistler.

Second place went to young Swede Emil Johansson, if he hasn’t already had his breakthrough ride, this was it. Finally, Ryan Nyquist bagged third – 37 years old and no sign of slowing down.

In truth, it wasn’t a vintage Joyride, windy conditions kept everyone’s scores below 90, but the history books will show that once again it was the Semenuk show.

After 'that run' in Innsbruck, the ball was on the penalty spot for Rogatkin, all he had to do was knock it in
Old enough to be the dad of some of his fellow competitors, it's so great to see Nyquist still sending on mtb
Rheeder readies for the first hit
Josh Hult! Another rider making the transition from BMX with ease onto the bigger jumps and bigger bikes
Matt Jones letting everyone read his shirt
Where it all went wrong for Rheeder in run 1 after failing to catch a tailwhip
Szymon Godziek came and slayed with massive extensions
Thomas Lemoine put on a great show on and off the bike
Second run contemplation
It's spooky how far this boy could go
Torquato Testa bringing ski style to slopestyle but two crashes saw him heading back to Italy massively disapointed
Nyquist with another bar spin on lock
Half cabs seemed to be the fashionable way to hit this drop but Johanssen was happy to throw down a classic 360 turndown
Style.
Reed Boggs was called in last minute to replace Max Fredericksson. He smashed it.
Tommy G was also a victim of the difficult conditions
Rogatkin's tube just couldn't cope with the battering he gave it on run 2
Godziek is enjoying his best season ever
Emil Johanssen more corked than a cricket ball
The fateful second push up for Semenuk
All eyes on the king
Smiles for Semenuk but it was far from the victory lap he wanted
The perfect day only slightly tarnished
So great to see this legend thriving in mtb
Well earned

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