Red Bull Joyride #Crankworx

Red Bull Joyride Whistler

All great things must come to an end, and now that Crankworx Whistler has joined that category I want to look back at five days of amazing energy and excitement and share them with you!

Day Six brought with it a charged vibe in the air, furthered by the erratic weather that had low-visibility conditions and wet, muddy terrain added to the already difficult Fox Air DH race course. The riders raced down the A-Line trail, one of the world’s most infamous with 39 jumps and 30 berms, and a 1200+ meter vertical descent – the reputation is well-earned.

Fox Air DH

Fox Air DH

The fans were whipped into a frenzy when spotting their favourite riders take to the course, and the mountain bikers certainly didn’t disappoint with their speed and style on the course. The winners of the race were Mick Hannah for the mens category, and Jill Kintner for the women’s category. Check out the official Crankworx Fox Air DH site for more info.

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Finn Isles at the Whip Offs | Photo Credit: Clint Trahan

The Official Whip Off World Championships brought excitement to Day 7, when Crankworx announced a day prior that 14-year old Finn Isles would be allowed to participate in the event. The young Whistler boy was being rooted on by his fans on twitter and other social media, and the hashtag #LetFinnIn quickly changed to #FinnIsIn. Finn Isles ended up winning the event and his victory was emotionally charged for all those involved. 

Later on that night, Crankworx hosted the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, one of my personal favourite events to watch. It was a fairytale night for the couple that won the top spot in each category, Barry Nobles and Caroline Buchanan, read more about their story on the official Crankworx website.

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Day 8 brought on the Giant Dual Slalom and the Canadian Open XC races. The cross-country Canadian Open XC is a tough race to complete, with many technical course challenges along the Whistler Lost Lake Trails. The Giant Dual Slalom was very exciting to watch as two racers battled to get to the bottom of the course first. The winners were Mitch Ropelato for the men’s category and Jill Kitner for the women’s category. For more information on the Giant Dual Slalom, check out the official Crankworx website and view the highlights video below!

The Red Bull Joyride event is one of the most anticipated events at Crankworx, and for the whole mountain biking community. It saw Brandon Semenuk, a celebrity of the sport, finish first place for the third time in the history of the event, a feat that had never before been accomplish. This year the top 3 riders were all from Canada, with Brett Rheeder coming in second, and Anthony Messere finishing off in third. The riders definitely proved their worth with a variety of strong performances, however there were also many falls, spills and trips to keep the crowd oohing and aahing in suspense.

Gulevich jumping onto the Red Bull Cabin

Gulevich jumping onto the Red Bull Cabin

How the family watches Joyride!

How the family watches Joyride!

Messere landing a back flip onto the Cabin

Messere landing a back flip onto the Cabin

My little man cheering on the riders

My little man cheering on the riders

Semenuk doing a 360 off of the Red Bull Cabin on his winning ride

Semenuk doing a 360 off of the Red Bull Cabin on his winning ride

View the highlights of the Red Bull Joyride below – the best 7 minutes of your day, guaranteed! Or watch the whole event on the official Red Bull website!

The last day of Crankworx brought out some of the fastest racers in the world to compete in the Canadian Open DH race. Straight down, no mercy – the Canadian open DH course is a ripper, a one-run takedown of Whistler’s rooty single-track, steep rock drops and big air features. This technical test-piece calls for blazing guns and laser focus from those who dare to drop in. 

Riders have to pass Heckler's Rock on their way down

Riders have to pass Heckler’s Rock on their way down

The King and Queen of Crankworx

The King and Queen of Crankworx

The winners of the Canadian Open DH were Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas, for the mens, and Tracey Hannah, for the women’s, who also won the King & Queen of Crankworx.

Day 10’s action wraps up another year of Crankworx Whistler, one that many people will look back on as the best year yet. Mountain biking fans won’t have to wait too long for their next dose of Crankworx, as it was announced that Crankworx Rotorua has just been added to the mountain biking’s festival roster for the 2015 season, kicking off down under from March 25th to 29th in New Zealand.

For more information on everything Crankworx, go to their official website. For more pictures of my time at Crankworx in Whistler, check out my Instagram feed.

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