Red Bull Joyride?
Red Bull Joyride is a Freeride Mountain Bike event that will demand competitors to incorporate all facets of the sport including Slopestyle, Dirt Jump and North Shore. The course has been designed by professional riders in cooperation with the best builders in the business and promises to be the first of it’s kind. By ensuring maximum inclusion of natural terrain combined with gigantic man made features, Red Bull Joyride will challenge the possibilities and boundaries of Freeride Mountain Biking as we know them.
“The opportunity for us riders to provide our ideas for Red Bull Joyride is phenomenal, with this kind of input it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser and a rider favourite.”
– Darren Berrecloth: Professional Mountain Bike Rider
From the beginning this event was designed to be a game changer in the world of Mountain Biking so there was only one place to showcase it. Red Bull Joyride will take place at Whistler-Blackcomb, on the final weekend of Kokanee Crankworx on July 23rd, 2011 with the course situated at the base of Whistler Mountain for all to see. The quality of both the course and competition will be second to none, so much that the Freeride Mountain Bike Association recognized the event as a Diamond Stop, one of only two worldwide.
Berrecloth, Montgomery, Semenuk racking their minds for ideas.
In early February a ‘Meeting of the Minds’ was organized to design the Red Bull Joyride course. The concept was simple, put together something that will progress Freeride Mountain biking while staying true to what the riders want and need in a competition of this level. Together with the help of Red Bull and Kokanee Crankworx professional riders Darren Berrecloth, Brandon Semenuk, Mike Montgomery, Thomas Vanderham and Cam Zink joined forces with world-class course builder Paddy Kaye of Joyride Bike Parks to create a series of features that would allow for maximum expression and flow from start to finish. All of the features were brought to life by artist Scott Dickson who carefully drew the course as the riders provided key feedback and design ideas. Ironically Scott also designed one of the first posters for the Whistler Bike Park in 2000.
Artist Scott Dickson’s rendering of the top part of the course. Can you tell what’s going on?
Berrecloth, as a long time competitor, was especially excited about this, “the opportunity for us riders to provide our ideas for Red Bull Joyride is phenomenal, with this kind of input it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser and a rider favourite.” There will be a number of different options available to the competitors with the over arcing principal that all lines are in play.
Red Bull Joyride, in essence, will offer up the biggest mountain bike playground ever seen in competition within the biggest mountain bike festival in the world, Kokanee Crankworx.
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