Semenuk victorious at last 

20,000-plus fans watch Whistler rider win Red Bull Joyride

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"The first to hit it was (Greg) Watts - and it's not huge but it's tricky," said Zink. "It's a big lip with a slow takeoff, and you're totally blind so when you come in you have to feel completely confident with how fast you're going. It's hard. (Front flips) are hard to trick off lips, so it was good one."

After the Teva Best Trick Showdown the action went up the mountain for the second annual Pump Track Challenge. The new course, dubbed Crystal Viper, is being raved about by locals and the pros. The riders got two timed runs to determine where they fit into the brackets, then faced off against other riders in a head-to-head format. They started on opposite ends of the track and the rider with the lowest combined time would advance.

 

Ropelato, Kintner defend pump track titles

This year's podium was similar to 2010 with Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner defending their titles. Ropelato got a bye in the first round then beat Michal Marosi, Eric Carter and Carney Blake to take the win. Kintner won battles against Neven Steinmetz, Danielle Beecroft and Melissa Buhl to win the women's contest.

 

Garbanzo DH - the rest of the riders

Due to Pique's print schedule we were not able to include all the junior and amateur category results for the Garbanzo DH in last week's coverage.

In Amateur Women 19-Plus, Genevieve Mckew of Australia was first in 19:31.62, followed by Lindsay Trimble in 19:42.21 and Alyssa Lyons in 19:48.43.

Whistler's Jack Iles won Boys 13 to 15 in 16:04.05, more than 11 seconds faster than Carter Faulkner's 16:15.40. Tom Van Steenbergen was third in 16:22.72.

Over the week Iles would win four events at Crankworx and place second in two others to win the Prince of Crankworx title. Iles, 14, also has another year in the 13 to 15 category.

Pablo Seewald of Argentina won the Junior Men 16 to 18 in 15:17.86, followed by American Kyle Warner in 15:21 and Thomas Crimmins of Australia in 15:29.93.

In Master Amateur Men 30-Plus, Kris Atkinson was first in 15:21.58, followed by American Tyler Earnheart in 15:23.19 and Craig Wilson in 15:35.66.

Santiago De Santiago of Argentina won Senior Amateur Men 19 to 29 in 14:37.29, followed by Nick Scott of Great Britain in 15:03.28 and Whistler's Denis Courchesne in 15:10.80.

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