Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
Aaron Gwin, he of world championship fame and ridiculous downhill speed, joined the rest of Mammoth’s ODI development Team for a skills camp at Mammoth Mountain last weekend. Aaron and the crew threw down all weekend. Gwin, for his part, imparting his Yoda-like wisdom of the Way of the Roost upon the lucky grooms. Here’s some footage of the resulting radness.
Wanting to do something different (and pay respects to Crankworx’s 10th Anniversary) at this year’s Deep Summer Photography Competition, Bruno Long decided to go back in time with a retro theme that poked a bit of fun at out Instagram-fueled world. Here’s his slideshow, “Instant Radification”.
Following on from his acclaimed first installment, Peoplegrapher’s Lukas Tielke is back again to produce one of the best short films of the year so far. Amir Kabbani’s skills on a bike are pushed to the next level aboard his all mountain machine and Belgian wonder kid, Thomas Genon, also makes an appearance to stamp some new school slopestyle riding on the proceedings.
The Smith Bike Team came together in Whistler, BC for the annual Crankworx event. From Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, and Mike Hopkins doing laps in the park, to the crew sending it at the Whip off World Championships, and the Grand Finale where Brandon Semenuk took home the win, the Smith Bike Team was on the scene.
Every contest has a dark horse–a rookie that could shake things up, but, frankly, did pretty well just to be included in the big show. Duncan Philpott was that guy in this year’s Deep Summer Challenge photo competition. Well, he was supposed to be that guy…right up until the time he kicked off the show and impressed everyone in sight.
Downieville is a great place to ride, but it didn’t get that way by accident. It took work to make this place stellar–and it still does. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is working daily to add and improve trails to the area and they deserve your help. Donate five bucks (until August 21st) to the cause and you’ll earn a shot at winning any Ibis bike of your choice. Do the math–it’s a hell of a deal. And if you don’t win the bike? Well, the trails around Downieville will be better because of your charity. It’s a win-win all the away around.
Giant Bicycle racers, Josh Carlson, Adam Craig and Kelli Emmett, talk about enduro racing and how it’s shaping both next year’s bikes and their own experiences as riders this season.
Welcome to the greatest show on earth about racing. Tristan Merrick and Seb Kemp are joined today by Mad Dog Boris, ace photographer Sven Martin and Enduro World Series Director, Chris Ball. Today’s topics? Mont-Sainte Anne and Crankworx. Check it out.
Nine days. That’s how long Crankworx runs now. Nine long–exhilarating, yes–but seriously long days of riding, working, partying, cheering, crashing and groggily getting up to repeat it all over again. By the time you eventually pack up your muddy bike and limp back down the Sea-to-Sky corridor for home, you are officially shattered. This gallery by Reuben Krabbe is an ode to that feeling.
Simply being selected to compete in Crankworx’s annual Deep Summer Challenge is a sign that you’ve officially arrived as a professional photographer. Making it onto the podium at the end of the night? That takes skill, vision and a lot of hard work. Here’s a great example–this time, from Harookz Noguchi.