|Photo by Mason Mashon|
Whistler's Red Bull Joyride course was new this year, a design that combined elements of dirt jumping, slopestyle and classic North Shore mountain biking. It included a dozen "trickable" features, which Semenuk described as "good size, but not so big that you couldn't do your biggest tricks." The course catered more to technical riders than speed demons, which allowed more time for the riders to set up their tricks and complete numerous runs from top to bottom. Eighteen athletes competed in front of more than 25,000 spectators, one of the largest turnouts for any single event in Whistler's history.