One of the biggest events that I have been looking forward to since I moved to Vancouver is Crankworx in Whistler. It is easily the biggest Mountain Bike Festival in the World. It has everything from Dirt Crits to Air Dh and Freeride to Pumptrack madness. Luckily I managed to attend a few days of the 2 week long event. On Tuesday night I headed up early with the Giant Bicycle Canada guys to prepare for the Trance X 29 launch which I will touch on in another post.
The first event we caught was the famous RedBull Joyride which is the headline of Crankworx and has the most spectators. The hype and crowd did not dissapoint.
We picked a spot beside the 60ft gap so we could catch all the action. The first few runs seen alot of mistakes from all the top contenders including Cam Zink, Brandon Semenuk and Sam Pilgrim.
What would a Canadian Bike event be without Brett Tippie? ……..Nothing. Its like Irish MTB without Richie Byrne 🙂
This is the move that won it from newcomer Thomas Genon who is just 19. Maybe he will buy a full face helmet with is $25,000.
Sunday saw the Canadian Open Dh Race take place and I was really looking forward to this. It had been over a year since I had seen the Worlds best riders at Fort William and could not wait to see them battle on a track I had ridden previously while in Whistler. I didnt manage to make it up to the famous ‘Hecklers Rock’ but did grab some shots down lower.
Irish rider Ben Reid managed another Top 15 at Crankworx to impress all attending including his bike sponsors Norco.
Hill hit the deck trying too hard. Will the Worlds be his race this year?
Steve Smith did the unthinkable and got a triple crown at Crankworx. Air Dh, Garbo and Open win.
The Irish had a great weekend with Dan Sheridan taking the Junior win by 4 seconds over the locals. Hopefully he can carry this form to Leogang this week.
Glyn O Brien decided to race last minute and took 2nd in the Masters race. His North Vancouver sponsors Sombrio Clothing must have been delighted.
The whole weekend was great fun and I cant wait til next year. Hopefully more Irish can make the trip over. Its well worth it.
More pictures here.