EVENT: Monster Energy’s Brett Rheeder Wins the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle
Monster Energy’s Brett Rheeder is one contest away from winning the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, which is a new title that was set as the ultimate challenge to see if one rider could take home all three Crankworx Slopestyle victories in a single year to establish the perfect season.
After winning the inaugural Crankworx Rotorua event in New Zealand, Reeder came to France confident and ready to dominate taking home his second win at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Battling loose dusty dirt and difficult wind conditions, the young Canadian took home his second win of the year and now leads the Crankworx Triple Crown series as well as the FMB Diamond series.
Rheeder's first run raised the bar to a level beyond what the international line up of riders could touch, scoring a 93.25, four points more than his nemesis and fellow Canadian friend Brandon Semenuk, earning him enough to take home the win.
Hailing from Ontario, Rheeder had to sit and watch as Semenuk dropped in as the only rider that could bump him off the top spot, but a mistake on his final run would hand Rheeder the win.
"I don’t know what to say. I’m so happy it’s crazy! I am still shaking; this all just seems so surreal. He just stopped for whatever reason, and that left me in first,” said Rheeder. “I missed a couple of things and had to improvise, but somehow it all just worked out.”
Rheeder was shocked as he crossed the line after his victory lap being hailed as the new 'Golden Boy' of slopestyle.
The course here in France featured 12 trickable features, including a skinny wooden roll in, an iconic whale tale and a freeride MTB style road gap for riders to throw down on.
Rheeder’s run was packed with style and progressive tricks on this wild course: a flat drop backflip off of the roll in, backflip tail-whip into the first box to truck driver out, opposite 450 on the hip, front flip bar spin on the first trick jump, opposite tail-whip on the road gap, his signature corked 720 on the second trick jump, backflip bar spin on the spine, tail whip into the whale tail and truck driver out, backflip bar spin to tuck no hander, and finally a backflip opposite tail-whip on the step down in front of a packed crowed of MTB fans.
Monster Energy’s Sam Pilgrim took home 5th place, while Sam Reynolds took 9th.
The Crankworx World Tour resumes in its birthplace of Whistler, Canada on August 15th where Rheeder will attempt to secure the crowning glory, a potential $75,000 and become the first athlete to win the Triple Crown of Slopestyle.
For more on Rheeder visit Monster Energy at http://www.monsterenergy.com.