Sept 7,2014(ISN) – NUREMBERG (Germany) – The twelve competitors who had qualified for the final each had two runs to impress the judges. As the final slowly drew to a close, the Canadians Brett Rheeder and Brandon Semenuk were fighting it out for top spot on the podium.
Rheeder, who had held a small lead after the first run, let his nerves get the better of him on his final run and fell in the third District. Sensing his chance, Semenuk capitalised on his compatriot’s mistake and nailed a sensational run to take the overall victory by just 00.84 points. Belgium’s Thomas Genon rounded off the podium in third place.
“I am so happy that I managed to grab top spot on the podium,” said Brandon Semenuk. “This huge crowd makes Red Bull District Ride different from all other events. I am blown away that I was able to pull out such a good run for them.” The victory in Nuremberg sees Brandon Semenuk overtake another Canadian, Anthony Messere, in the overall standings of the FMB Diamond Series, making him a hot favourite for the FMB World Tour Champion title.
The normally quiet streets of Nuremberg’s old town welcomed the international MTB elite this weekend for two days of freeride madness. Fans got the chance to experience their heros up close and personal as they sped past just metres from the barrier tape. The course began with an 8m drop-in from the ancient “Kaiserburgmauer” wall, before leading through the narrow cobblestone streets to the other Districts featuring obstacles challenging the creativity and courage of the riders.
The vertiginous open 360-degree loop at the GoPro Upside Down District was followed by the Amarok Four Pack District, a tricky section perfect for technical tricks. District four was the Pick Up! Street Cannon District, but it was in the final District – the Big Air with jumps up to 8m high and 15m long – that the event was won and lost. Indeed, the jump was so big that the riders dropped in from a window on the fourth floor of the city hall in order to get up enough speed before hitting the kicker.
1, Brandon Semenuk, CAN 92.87, 2. Brett Rheeder, CAN 92.04, 3. Thomas Genon, BEL 86.58, 4. Anthony Messere, CAN 80.86, 5. Szymon Godziek, POL 78.75, 6. Sam Reynolds, GBR 77.98, 7. Louis Reboul, FRA 77.88, 8. Nicholi Rogatkin, USA 75.83, 9. Carson Storch, USA 75.21, 10. Yannick Granieri, FRA 73.79, 11. Tomas Lemoine, FRA 62.62, 12. Logan Peat, CAN 0
About Red Bull District Ride:
Four editions of Red Bull District Ride (2005, 2006 and 2011 in Nuremberg and 2006 in Catania/Italy) have proved enough for the event to gain legendary status. The world’s best mountainbikers go head to head in front of a unique urban backdrop and thrill with daredevil freestyle tricks – in front of 84.000 spectators over the weekend.