Brandon Semenuk – Interview Châtel Mountain Style

Brandon Semenuk needs very little introduction. He is one of the hardest core slope style riders out there.

TLD lid….nice.

Despite a difficult start to the season he was at the Châtel Mountain Style and he managed to take time out from his busy mountain style preparation to talk to us and tell us what he is up to and how he was finding the course. He also was able to talk to us about his injuries and what he is doing next.

Semenuk – look at the eyes! On the final stepdown at Châtel.

Hey Brandon so weren’t you injured badly this year?

Was I? Ha! Yer I broke my collar bone, then 8 weeks into healing I started riding then I did my AC, on the same shoulder…

Shit, did you have metal plates put on it? 

No, I just let it heal.

You just came from a win last week didnt you?

Yer, The Jump Ship contest…

Not bad for a return from injury…

Yer, it is a smaller event, but obviously it is nice to come back and do some cool stuff.

So how is the shoulder feeling now then here?

It’s pretty good, it’s not amazing i’m still like maybe 11 weeks in to the healing process, so it’s weak compared what it used to be, it’s healing though.

It’s a pretty tough course here no?

It will be ok here on a big bike, obviously not good to crash here.

Are you going to hold back at all here?

No, just ride how I feel, I don’t feel too bad, so I will do what I can, I’m not going to pussy foot around the course. That is not why I came here.

You got 4th last year?

Yer 4th, I was a bit gutted about it, It was a long event last year and who knows. I picked a different line which was a risk. I was hoping it would pay off but I guess it didnt. I took a smaller line but I tricked everything, I dont know…

What’s the plan this year? 

Amplitude maybe just… the course is hard to separate yourself from everyone else as it is just basically one line, and it is hard to tell how fast you are going down the hill, so I think judging that is really hard basically I will try to separate myself from everyone else and try not to copy anyone and do stuff the same way.

What’s after this?

Yer crankworks Europe then Colorado, Highlands and Bearclaws. Then Crankworks again in whistler.

Is it uphill from here after loosing so much this season?

Errr yer it is. It sucks to injure yourself at that time of the year, especially I lost a bit of my winter with having lots of stuff to do.

Can you get the overall FMB title this year?

It’s a possibility, but I don’t know how it is going to work out, I don’t have any throw away events, so I have to do good at every event I do.

What about Rampage? Having two diamond events in one year does it make it easier?

Yer it is nice to have two diamond events at the end of the year, for points, see how that goes!

Thanks Dude!

No problem.

Update – Winning run video added.

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