Châtel Mountain Style 2012 – Report

As the weather is not great the organisers unfortunately have canceled sunday’s event. Leaving Semenuk as the winner and a lot of good memories from the event.

We managed to book a place by the track and see for ourselves what is going down there. Châtel is a unique European event and the riders have to choose the best line they can down the mountain hitting jumps and pulling tricks all the way. The track is seriously hard, and only those with the balls to jump very high and very far should try it. Shooting such an event is not easy and seeing whats going on around the event is the best thing to do. We managed to compile a selection of photos we took there this weekend and share the stoke of a seriously tough extreme event.

Local Swiss rider Julien, eyeing the smaller start drop. Drops tend to be the norm, how big they are is another thing!

Semenuk, errr, lord knows what he’s doing

Clouds lying in the valley in the morning…

Mitch Chubey had the pimpest goggle lenses.

A random European rider hanging on…

More cool jumps… another European rider.

Aggy fist-pumping the final stepdown after a mechanical and a big crash on his run.

Zink ballriding out his wild corkflip over the final jump. He was lucky to walk away from this.

Andreu, all round big jumper and MOD rider…need we say more.

Semenuk – look at the eyes! On the final stepdown. It’s so good we just had to use it again he is like a great white shark rolling back his eyes just before he bites his prey.

In case it wasn’t clear this is Sam Pilgrim, flipping the final jump in the finish area. How high is that!

All in all then an interesting event and due to it being cut short it seems Semenuk is on a roll and as accumulated vital points to put him forward towards the FMB world championships. Let’s hope his shoulder heals well and at Crankworx he throws it down.

8 July 2012  ~  Written by

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