Slopestyle Athlete Invites For Crankworx Whistler & Crankworx Les 2 Alpes

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World’s Best Slopestyle Athlete Invites for Crankworx Les 2 Alpes and Crankworx Whistler Unveiled
Slopestyle presented by iXS at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes And Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler Will Showcase The Next Level

Whistler, BC June 1, 2012 – Crankworx’s invites for the inaugural Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle presented by iXS on July 14 and Red Bull Joyride on August 18 are signed, sealed, and delivered.

The best slopestyle athletes in the world will show everyone what next level riding looks like. With Gold Level FMB points and a 15,000 Euro prize purse on the line for the top slope riders at Les 2 Alpes and $25,000 for first place alone in Whistler at the Red Bull Joyride, the best of the best will be on course.

Crankworx’s slopestyle event has long been considered the most prestigious event of its kind in the world and Red Bull Joyride is a Diamond Stop, one of only two worldwide. The Les 2 Alpes’ Slopestyle, presented by IXS, has a gold level ranking on the FMB World Tour.

“These are season-defining freeride mountain bike competitions and the invitation formats ensure the best athletes compete,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx General Manager. “For Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, the invites are based on the top 24 in the 52 week seeding list as of today, a few select special invites and there will be five Wild Card spots up for grabs through the Mondial du VTT event in Les 2 Alpes June 21 to 24. For Red Bull Joyride, invitations go out to athletes based on their performance at previous Crankworx Slopestyles and their results in the FMB World Tour.”

Invited athletes for Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle presented by iXS
Brandon Semenuk
Cam Zink
Sam Pilgrim
Martin Soderstrom
Tomas Genon
Yannick Granieri
Anthony Messere
Sam Reynolds
Cam McCaul
Greg Watts
Kurt Sorge
Darren Berrecloth
Geoff Gulevich
Amir Kabbani
Mitch Chubey
Antoine Bizet
Teo Gustavson
Szymon Godziek
Niki Leitner
Tyler McCaul
Tomas Zejda
Peter Henke
Brett Rheeder
Andrew Taylor
Andreu Lacondeguy
Kyle Strait
Paul Basagoitia
Antoni Villoni
+ 5 Wildcards

Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler
Brandon Semenuk
Cam Zink
Anthony Messere
Greg Watts
Geoff Gulevich
Cam McCaul
Mike Montgomery
Casey Groves
Martin Soderstrom
Tyler McCaul
Kurt Sorge
Jamie Goldman
Darren Berrecloth
Tomas Genon
Yannick Granieri
Sam Pilgrim
Sam Reynolds

Red Bull Joyride Invitation Format – Below is the criteria used to determine the 17 athlete invitations issued already and for the how the rest of the field will be filled out for participation in Red Bull Joyride :

  • The past winner of Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle receives a three-year automatic invite to Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler (C. McCaul, winner in 2011)
  • Top three athletes of the past three Crankworx Slopestyles receive a three-year automatic invitation to future Red Bull Joyride and Teva Best Trick Showdown events (2012 to 2014: Semenuk, Zink, Messere; 2011 to 2013: Zink, Montgomery, Groves; 2011 to 2012: Watts, Semenuk, Soderstrom;)
  • The fourth to tenth ranked athletes from the 2011 Red Bull Joyride (Watts, Gulevich, C. McCaul, T. McCaul, Sorge, Goldman, Berrecloth)
  • The winner of Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle presented by iXS will receive a three-year automatic invite to Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler
  • Winners (or highest placing previously unqualified athlete) of the following 2012 Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMB) Gold events: FISE Montpellier (Granieri, third place finish), 26Trix (Genon, first place finish), the Claymore Challenge, and the Bearclaw Invitational.
  • The top twelve athletes from the FMB 2012 52-week rankings after July 7 (Mathematically, Pilgrim and Reynolds can’t fall outside top 12 by July 7).
  • The field will be rounded out with wild card invites.

Red Bull Joyride Qualifying Format:
A total of ten athletes will be automatically qualified for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, August 18 and won’t have to participate in the two full course qualifying runs on August 16, based on the following criteria:

  • Top six ranking athletes from the 2011 Red Bull Joyride (Brandon Semenuk, Cam Zink, Anthony Messere, Greg Watts, Geoff Gulevich, Cam McCaul)
  • Top 4 from 2012 Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour’s 52 week ranking on July 7, 2012 (or highest previously unqualified athletes)

An additional eight athletes will be qualified based on the results of two full-course runs on August 16, limited to the 16 athletes that are not pre-qualified for Red Bull Joyride. Red Bull Joyride judges will observe the two full-course qualifying runs. Riders will be ranked based on the best score achieved of the qualifying runs to select eight athletes to advance and join the ten pre-qualified riders for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, August 18.

Stay tuned to www.crankworx.com for upcoming news and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx. With more announcements and exciting new partnerships to announce in the coming weeks, stay tuned to www.crankworx.com and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx. Watch the latest video for Crankworx 2012 here: http://crankworx.com/home.php

The ninth annual Crankworx Whistler is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Crankworx Whistler is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will take place for the first time July 9-15, 2012 and is the first Crankworx event to take place outside of North America. This new event will build on Crankworx’s legendary legacy in the arena of freeride mountain biking.
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