“the Super Bowl of the mountain biking world.” The season-defining conclusion of the Crankworx 2019 FMBA Slopestyle World Championship and the Triple Crown of Slopestyle MTB. Bringing together over 25,000 fans on the ground, and millions more around the world, Red Bull Joyride is the biggest stage in the sport. Steeped in 15+ years of tradition, this is the most challenging event on the circuit. Staged in the “Boneyard,” the dirt stadium at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Joyride offers the best slopestyle mountain bikers on the planet two runs – that’s two chances for glory, two opportunities to throw down high-scoring tricks and move up the leader board, and two moments in time to leave their mark on the history of the sport. The 14 best riders in the world bring their A-game to this invitational showcase, interpreting a custom-built course and giving it their all. Can Nicholi Rogatkin make a comeback or will Brett Rheeder secure the Triple Crown? It’s all on the line in Whistler!
How are you supposed to find a new bike trail? What about planning a ride somewhere new? Or finding the best way to navigate on your bike? There’s one incredibly simple answer to all of these questions: komoot. It’s a navigation app that goes above and beyond simply showing you the way. Here’s our guide. Starting to get bored of your local trails? You’ve got two options: build new ones, or see what’s cooking on komoot. No matter how great your own trails are, they are bound to get boring at some point in time. So instead of the same weekly loop, you’ve got two options: build something brand new, or have a scope around to see what’s in your area. When editor Christoph registered for komoot, he certainly wasn’t expecting what he found. Komoot isn’t just there to create routes; it inspires and creates a community too. Find inspiration or just DIY it At its core, komoot suggests great cycling and hiking routes (to name just two disciplines of the many on the app) using optimized OpenStreetMap technology and user-generated routes from its more than 8 million members. The suggested routes are determined by where the community rides and a number of clever algorithms that pinpoint which routes are actually worth riding. On the desktop version of komoot, you can scroll through the site’s Collections, which are essentially a curated selection of routes based on region or topic. If they pique your interest, you can easily alter the start and finish points to render them more suited to your specific ride. All it takes is a simple push of a button on the map to set a new starting position, or include a specific trail in the route. If you’re hankering for a more complicated route, you can create it on a turn-by-turn basis, just by clicking points on the map and letting komoot pick the way between them. It’s best to zoom in on the map and select precisely where you want to go, or use search bar to find a specific trail or mountain hut. Any mid-ride stops can be inserted onto the route and komoot can link them up. You can do the exact same route planning on your smartphone too, using the komoot app. Plan a route on the big screen … Or use the app on your smartphone. Great for spontaneous planning and mid-ride alterations. Komoot’s mapping technology relies on OpenStreetMap as a foundation, which means that you’re exposed to routes that are actually used or ones that tourist regions have uploaded to it. Don’t expect to find any of the most locally made trails– the truly tucked-away one that you know are probably illegal. When you’re planning a tour, you’ll also come across user-submitted highlights and tips – these can be anything from the best view point, to where to eat up on a mountain, or the history behind a certain pile of ruins. More and more tourist destinations are actively highlighting their trails on komoot to entice prospective riders to their area. Looking for inspiration for your next holiday, or just a quick fix for an immediate ride? Look no further than the Collections or komoot’s own highlights. While route planning you can pick between a host of disciplines – hiking, running, gravel riding or mountain biking. komoot tailors the route to your preferred mode. Over the hedge – komoot knows the way! Each ride we rode using komoot threw up surprises, including a mass of genuine trail highlights that we’d never come across before, as well as indicated turnings that, after the initial bout of disbelief, then won us over. Trail-blocking bracken and fern and river crossings over bridges that had long since ceased to exist. But once the obstacle was behind us, the route came good, spurting us out onto unspoiled trails. In a built-up country like Germany, this lends itself to a sense of intrepid adventure, albeit swathed in a calming security blanket that komoot knows where it’s taking you and how to return to your home or your car. Since komoot first launched it has become more and more reliable, especially because users can go directly to OpenStreetMap and signify usable or, in some cases, unusable trails. Once a tour is created you’ll see exactly what lies ahead of you – the climbing, the terrain, the gradients, and the descents. Leave your smartphone and map in your bag Is there anything more frustrating that having to stop to check your phone or, much worse, the giant foldable map at every junction? Fortunate then that komoot has options to counter this – either with its in-app audio navigation or by transferring the route to your bike computer. Navigation isn’t limited to Garmin or Wahoo either, you can also get it on your Apple watch and more and more eMTB computers are coming with a komoot platform too. Hands belong on the bars! Forget having to dig out your phone or map at every junction. Navigate with ease – be guided by the komoot navigation audio or transfer the route directly to your bike computer. Take your friends along for the adventure The Community side of komoot is a way to discover other people’s adventures as well as sharing your own. Save the most appealing Collections for a later day, peruse the recommended Highlights and see what other users think of the tours you’ve ridden. It also collates your stats relating to how much you’ve been out riding. Plus, for those non-komoot-using friends, you can still share a GPS route that you’ve made on komoot simply by emailing, whatsapping or facebooking it to them. Simple and intuitive route creation on the phone or your computer So, what’s the cost and is there any sort of package deal? It doesn’t cost anything to get komoot and have a look around, use the route planner, scroll through Collections, or browse the map. However, as soon as you want to save a Tour – a route that you’ve made or one you’ve found in a Collection – you’ll have to sign up. To save a route for offline usage, you have to have downloaded the map for the relevant, broader region – region maps start at €3.99. For €8.99, you can pick a bundle of regions or go for the whole world at €29.99 – a very fair price if you ask us! Our thoughts on using komoot Let’s cut to the chase: komoot totally won us over. It isn’t just blissfully stress-free to plan a route; we’ve also gathered a ton of inspiration for upcoming bike trips. Thanks to komoot we’ve re-fallen in love with our home spots, and uncovered some real gems and sick trails that we hadn’t known about. What we’d love to see next would be the option to insert new trails onto the map directly through the app – right now, the hidden ones can’t appear on a route if they don’t appear on the map. Keen to try komoot? Visit the komoot website and use the following gift code to get your hands on a free regional package of maps worth € 8.99: ENDUROMAGXKOMOOT Article supported by komoot
Carson Storch returns to the hills of Whistler, Canada to preview the 2019 Red Bull Joyride slopestyle course. The redesigned venue will challenge some of the world’s best bike handlers this Sunday for the final round of Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship. Red Bull Joyride, “…the Super Bowl of the mountain biking world.” The season-defining conclusion of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship and the Triple Crown of Slopestyle. Bringing together over 25,000 fans on the ground, and millions more around the world, Red Bull Joyride is the biggest stage in the sport. Steeped in 15+ years of tradition, this is the most challenging event on the circuit. Staged in the “Boneyard,” the dirt stadium at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Joyride offers the best slopestyle mountain bikers on the planet two runs – that’s two chances for glory, two opportunities to throw down high-scoring tricks and move up the leader board, and two moments in time to leave their mark on the history of the sport. The 14 best riders in the world bring their A-game to this invitational showcase, interpreting a custom-built course and giving it their all.
The sixth round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized, reached as dramatic a conclusion as you’d expect from the largest race in the history of the series. Complete rankings Nearly 700 riders took to the start line high above Whistler on the iconic Top of the World trail, before descending more than 1500 feet and 11km of singletrack into the famous Crankworx finish corral. Saturday’s single race stage marked the first time the Whistler round had embraced a two day format – and stage one brought with it added pressure as it served as the Queen Stage with extra series points on offer. Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Cycling) stated her intentions straight out of the start gate – winning her sixth Queen Stage of the season. The French rider didn’t have the easiest of races, with crashes and an injured leg seeing her win just two of the six stages – but it was enough to clinch the overall and her unbeaten record this season remains intact. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) put down an amazingly consistent performance, winning one stage and finishing within the top three on the other five to earn the second spot on the podium. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) delivered a strong performance in front of her home crowd to take third. In the men’s race Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Race Team) also took the Queen Stage and the win – putting the hammer down on his rivals from the get go and leading the race throughout. Reining Champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) clawed back time on Sunday to finish up in second place, whilst Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) won stage two and finished the race in third. “I think it was my hardest day of the season so far,” said the 25-year-old who currently leads the overall series. “I really struggled since the first stage this morning. I went off track, had to get back up, get back on the bike. Then on the very last one I really crashed super hard and lost a lot of time, so I really thought, ‘Ok, it’s done. You’re not going to win this one. But you have to make it down anyway so just keep pushing,’ and I was really surprised to win this one. I’m really, really happy.” In the U21 category it was the local talent that shone, with Canadians Lucy Shick and Jack Menzies taking the win in their respective categories. John Richardson and Evan Wall rounded out the men’s podium, whilst Isabella Naughton and Julia Long did the same in the women’s category. In the Master Category Louise Paulin once again took the win, with Alba Wunderlin in second and Kirsty Stormer in third. In the men’s race Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) held off series leader and reigning Champion Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) to take the top step of the podium, Amour had to settle for second place, with Spain’s Cesar Garain in third. A strong performance from Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro saw them named Team of the Day. The series now moves its attention to round seven and a brand new venue in the USA, for the Northstar California EWS.
Virgin, Utah (August 8, 2018) – Red Bull Rampage is mountain biking’s truest test of skill and mental toughness. Featuring the sport’s best athletes and set in one of the most demanding locations on the planet, the event has evolved over 18 years to become freeride mountain biking’s most coveted title. The 2019 edition promises to be the best spectator and athlete experience in the event’s history. Today, the near-complete lineup of those world-class athletes has been set, comprised of 10 pre-qualified and 8 invited Wild Card riders. Riders like Reece Wallace and Gee Atherton have competed in the past but haven’t been part of the mix for a few years will return and look to mix it up with veterans like Cam Zink, Carson Storch and Graham Agassiz. The pre-qualified riders earned their right to compete in 2019 by finishing in the top 10 in last year’s Red Bull Rampage. The remaining eight riders who make up the Wild Card athletes were chosen by a Red Bull Rampage Committee — consisting of pro riders Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, Nico Vink, Randy Spangler, Dave Smutok along with event organizer Todd Barber — and invited based on the following criteria: past results from similar big bike contests, proven skill, and current video segments. 2018 PRE-QUALIFIED ATHLETES (2018 Top 10) Brett Rheeder (CAN) Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA) Ethan Nell (USA) Tom van Steenbergen (CAN) Thomas Genon (BEL) Tyler McCaul (USA) Kyle Strait (USA) Szymon Godziek (POL) Kurt Sorge (CAN) Brendan Fairclough (UK) RED BULL RAMPAGE 2018 WILD CARD ENTRIES Brandon Semenuk Cam Zink Carson Storch Antoine Bizet Graham Agassiz Reece Wallace Vincent Tupin Gee Atherton With the edition of the Marzocchi Proving Grounds many of the still hopeful Wild Card athletes will receive a final chance to earn a spot to this year’s Rampage. This event will take place September 6-8 near Bend, OR., and will allow athletes like Emil Johansson, Jaxson Riddle, Max Fredriksson and for the first time a female Casey Brown the opportunity to compete on the world’s biggest freeride platform. The event will be on a totally new, custom-made course that will mimic Rampage-type features including huge drops, doubles and rhythm sections. For more details on athletes attending and ticketing information visit www.h5events.com Red Bull Rampage is supported by Kia Motors America, BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission and Red Hydrogen. ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv. Limited tickets will go on sale later this summer — find updates at redbull.com/rampage. ABOUT RED BULL TV Red Bull TV features beyond the ordinary live events and videos featuring inspirational stories covering sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. Anytime, anywhere. Red Bull TV is available on the web, connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more. Accessible via the web atwww.redbull.tv and its Android, iOS and Windows Phone applications, Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs and as a free, downloadable app on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku Players, Roku TV models and Xbox consoles. ABOUT THE MARZOCCHI PROVING GROUNDS The Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by Five Ten will be the first official athlete qualifier for Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR – go to www.h5events.com for more information. ABOUT UTAH SPORTS COMMISSION: The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com