Crankworx GS Recap

Michal Prokop and Emmeline Ragot were tops in a bit of a sleepy Giant Slalom event at Crankworx.

By: Colin Meagher

Giant Slalom went down in a rather unspectacular fashion on a scorching hot day in the Whistler Bike Park. The baking heat had most spectators hiding in the GLC or the Longhorn. The format was simple: two heats with the time difference dictating the winner. But after a long, hot day, rider and spectator interest was pretty beat down. Michal Prokop took time away from BMX and 4X training to rally the Whistler Bike Park and take the win in the men’s GS race over Danny Hart, while Emmeline Ragot took the win over Melissa Buhl in the women’s final.

Rob Williams begins his day with a safety check on the 130+ chairs of the Fitzsimmons Express, making sure that the ride up is safer than the ride down.

Rob Williams begins his day with a safety check on the 130+ chairs of the Fitzsimmons Express, making sure that the ride up is safer than the ride down.


Want good beans to start the day? Look no further than the Lift Coffee Company for your fix.

Want good beans to start the day? Look no further than the Lift Coffee Company for your fix.


''If I can't ride it, I may as well get it fixed.'' The line for the tech support at SRAM had more than one broken rider with broken gear, patiently waiting for service.

''If I can't ride it, I may as well get it fixed.'' The line for the tech support at SRAM had more than one broken rider with broken gear, patiently waiting for service.


Mark Wood tearing into a freshly grilled brat in a hidden corner of lot 4. ''I haven't gotten in as many days this year as I did last year; that was epic. I think I got in 50 or so.''

Mark Wood tearing into a freshly grilled brat in a hidden corner of lot 4. ''I haven't gotten in as many days this year as I did last year; that was epic. I think I got in 50 or so.''


Brandon Semanuk getting loose during Kirt Voreis' Jump Jam.

Brandon Semenuk getting loose during Kirt Voreis' Jump Jam.


''You want something from the prize bag, you just have to sing some Karaoke.'' But the tune you pick may not be the one you want to sing.

''You want something from the prize bag, you just have to sing some Karaoke.'' But the tune they pick may not be the one you want to sing.


Taka, the Japanese Black Market rider, doing double duty with his sling during the Jump Jam.

Taka, the Japanese Black Market rider, doing double duty with his sling during the Jump Jam.


Not the typical shuttle rig, but it'll do.

Not the typical shuttle rig, but it'll do.


GS gate burn out in the dust.

GS gate burn out in the dust.


Duncan Riffle getting worked over by teammate Danny Hart.

Duncan Riffle getting worked over by teammate Danny Hart.


Melissa Buhl was looking to be a lock for the win for the Women's GS until the last stretch of the final when Emmeline Ragot pipped her.

Melissa Buhl was looking to be a lock for the win for the Women's GS until the last stretch of the final when Emmeline Ragot pipped her.


Michal Prokop only brought two bikes here to Whistler: his 4X hard tail, and a DH bike. A DH rig?  Yeah, I've been riding every day here. It's awesome."

Michal Prokop only brought two bikes here to Whistler: his 4X hard tail, and a DH bike. A DH rig? ''Yeah, I've been riding every day here. It's awesome.''


Tyler Morland's backyard ain't no bad place to be.

Tyler Morland's backyard ain't no bad place to be.


Amado 'Slackenfold' living the dream, and giving a hand at a complicated game that involves beer, hammers, nails, and a group of like minded idiots.

Amado 'Slackenfold' living the dream, and giving a hand at a complicated game that involves beer, hammers, nails, and a group of like minded idiots.


HB Rocking the stars and stripes kit.

HB Rocking the stars and stripes kit.


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