Emil Johansson performs during Crankworx in Whistler, Canada on August 13, 2022 // Robin O'Neill / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202208140125 // Usage for editorial use only //
Emil Johansson crowned king of slopestyle (again!) at Red Bull Joyride
Emil Johansson solidified his status as the undisputed king of mountain bike slopestyle as he stomped run after run at Red Bull Joyride in Whistler, Canada.
On the closing weekend of the Crankworx Whistler festival, the 10th anniversary of Red Bull Joyride saw 15 of the world’s top slopestyle athletes gather for a celebration of dirt, chains and progression. Johansson was the clear favourite going into the event, having triumphed at Red Bull Joyride 2019 and gone on to win a succession of Crankworx slopestyle titles. The Swede then once again proved untouchable as he unleashed an arsenal of textbook combination tricks on Saturday night to secure an early victory with a score of 94.6.
Watched on by 38,000 enthusiastic fans, Johansson’s run consisted of an early half cab bar-spin down the opening step down, a 360 double tail whip into an opposite 360 windshield-wiper on the four pack, as well as a double downside whip of the log jam. Hot on the heels of Johansson was newcomer Timothé Bringer, who placed second with a strong score of 91.00. The French rider threw down a double backflip off the opening step down into a huge double tailwhip backflip into a Cash Roll on the four pack and backed it up with a bar spin into the coveted ‘Sphere’ feature and tail whip out.
Of course the unsung hero of the day was Tomas Lemoine, aside securing third place with a score of 90.00 was , he also scored the people’s champ title. Opening his run with a double backflip to an effortless Cash Roll on the four-pack, the Frenchman saved the best for last by one-upping the competition and jumping over the entire finishing feature in a Timo Pritzel approved super boost that got the crowd on their feet. Boom!