The Ingredients of Crankworx, a hump day retrospect
Awesome people, doing awesome things, in awesome places.
That’s the winning formula for Crankworx and they didn’t disappoint again in 2017.
After successful stops in New Zealand, France, and Austria, the festival rolled into Whistler hot ‘n fast.
No sooner did it kick off, did things get wild.
Cam Zink is all the proof one needs.
Yeah, that’s what happens when you miss a seat grab.
Don’t kid yourself, inches count.
On the back end of the event, things went awry for Mr Semenuk on his victory lap.
Imagine being the most decorated Slopestyle rider in history, on home ground, in front of 30,000 fans, and crashing out prior to collecting the trophy.
No doubt winning his 5th Joyride title helped ease the sting, but man, that jump didn’t go by design.
Anything can happen during Crankworx, and usually does.
Regardless, well done on another ring Brandon.
Is Crankworx all about crashes?
Naw, but they’ll happen when the envelope gets continually pushed.
If you go to the edge, sometimes you taco.
Ok, enough of the Crankworx fails. What about the successes?
How about the first repeat Queen of Crankworx?
Reigning Queen Jill Kintner ascended the throne in 2016, and left little doubt her eyes were on the prize again for ‘17.
Jill is just a rad woman, doing rad things, in, you guessed it, rad places. She’s earned the right to keep the Queen Plate.
Also a highlight was the Women in Action sports forum.
Maya Gabeira, Casey Brown, Kaya Turski to sit sit down and discuss their rise and challenges in front of the Whistler faithful.
We as a collective need to do everything we can to empower and encourage girls at the earliest ages to get involved in whatever they are passionate about.
Throw like a girl? No… Work like an athlete.
We all sweat, bleed, cry and cheer the same.
Who cares about the plumbing.
Crankworx has also branched out to being more inclusive for riders of all ages.
Kidsworx started in 2014 and has grown steadily each year.
2017 included a Crit, Time Trials, Run Bikes, Enduro, DH, and Pump Track.
Yeah, seriously. These groms look stylish and shred.
The kid is 10. Or 11. Whatever, he isn’t growing facial hair.
Style points for days there.
Crankworx brings out the best in everyone apparently.
If you aren’t there in person, you miss Lemoine sending it off wood.
Or 2016 King of Crankworx Tomáš Slavik whizzing by at warp speed.
From the earth to the stratosphere, Emil Johansson kept his head in the clouds, rose above the rest and finished first in the FMB standings.
Kid has steeze.
While the athletes get most of the accolades, none of this is possible without y’all.
Fans, volunteers, fellow riders;
To you, I raise my glass. Thank you for being such an integral part of these festivals. You provide the vibe and energy that set the stage for greatness.
ps: this isn’t meant to be an exhaustive summary of Crankworx, but rather things that stuck in my head and maybe didn’t get as much coverage.
Like like Ethan Nell and Reed Boggs sending it from Whistler’s ultra-cool Pangea Pod Hotel, opening in 2018.
If you happened to catch that one in person, it was quite the show. if not, go find the video. its worth the watch!
That’s it folks. I’m out. The sun has set for another season.
Keep calm, chive on and see you in Rotorua in 2018. In the meantime, flip with Rheeder.
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