Kona Team riders Antoine Bizet and leo delfour barsaq invited to Crankworx Les Deux Alpes

WHISTLER, BC – June 11, 2012 – The rider invites for the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, presented by iXS have been sent to 28 of the world’s best freeride mountain bikers. The Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, presented by iXS will take place for its second year and is a gold-level stop on the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour. This year’s event in France will feature the top 24 athletes on the 52 week FMBA seeding list as well as four additional athletes who have been extended special invites for the event.

“So far this spring we’ve seen some amazing performances on the FMB World Tour. Sam Pilgrim and Brett Rheeder have been battling for the top spot on the podium for most of the season. It will be great to see how they match up against last year’s Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle Champion, Brandon Semenuk, come July 13,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx General Manager. “The Yannick Granieri designed course was definitely an athlete favourite last year, and with a few tweaks, we expect performances worthy of a Crankworx Slopestyle champion during the event.”

Invited athletes, based on current FMB standings, for the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle:

• Martin Soderstrom
• Brett Rheeder
• Thomas Genon
• Kurt Sorge
• Tyler McCaul
• Anthony Messere
• Sam Pilgrim
• Cam Zink
• Yannick Granieri
Antoine Bizet
• Cam McCaul
• Kelly McGarry
• Geoff Gulevich
• Greg Watts
• Szymon Godziek
• Darren Berrecloth
• Anton Thelander
• Jakob Vencl
Leo Delfour Barsacq
• Tomas Zedja
• Linus Sjoholm
• Jack Fogelquist
• Paul Genovese
• Sam Reynolds

Special Invites:

• Brandon Semenuk
• Mike Montgomery
• Andreu Lacondeguy
• Kyle Strait

Ten pre-qualified athletes (top three riders from 2012 plus the seven highest ranked FMBA athletes) will be joined by eight riders from a July 12 qualification event for the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, presented by iXS Finals. Riders pre-qualified for the July 13 Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, presented by iXS are:

• Brandon Semenuk
• Martin Soderstrom
• Leo Delfour Barsacq
• Brett Rheeder
• Thomas Genon
• Kurt Sorge
• Tyler McCaul
• Anthony Messere
• Sam Pilgrim
• Cam Zink