After a drizzle that started mid-morning, the dirt in the Whistler Bike Park was in prime condition for the 2015 Crankworx Whistler Dual Speed and Style contest.
I had barely even had a chance to catch my breath from a contest trip in the U.S. when I got back to the Sunshine Coast and met up with my good friends from the Coastal Crew. They were getting ready to leave for Narrows Inlet that same evening, on a trip that would be one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. Here's the story of what went down.
Kyle Strait won the 2013 Red Bull Rampage today, prevailing over a stacked field of the world's most progressive riders to become the first person to ever win the iconic contest more than once.
Twelve riders advanced today from the Red Bull Rampage qualifying round and will join the 13 riders who are prequalified for tomorrow's big event. Graham Agassiz, who was unable to compete in 2012 due to an ankle injury, returned this year with an inspired vengeance, pulling together a phenomenal run with a grace and ease that unquestionably guaranteed his place in the finals.
Stage Two of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge took the racers 78.3 miles (126 kilometers) through an increasingly remote area of Mongolia with 8,005 feet (2,440 meters) of climbing. The route followed the Tuul River, traversing the majestic forests of the Zamt Hills and ended at Jalman Camp.
Stage One of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea was a 120-kilometer (74.5-mile) loop from the Genghis Khan Statue in Tuv Province with a groan-inducing 3,000 meters (9.842 feet) of climbing. The heat of the Mongolian sun combined with the seemingly endless short steep climbing sections made for a hell of a first day. Here's a race report and photo gallery from the steppes of Mongolia.
Erik Peterson is a photographer who spends summers at home in Canada and lives the rest of each year in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Erik is currently documenting the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea and is sharing the story with us this week. Today’s gallery documents the simple challenge of getting to the race itself—no small feat when you’re traveling from Uzbekistan to China and into the heart of Mongolia.
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.
When it comes to the spectacle of mountain biking, we are the die-hard, the devoted. We show up to places like Whistler with bikes on our brains... But what about all the other people--the citizens, who arrived at Whistler with nothing more in mind than a cold beer, a foot massage or a Sunday stroll? What do "ordinary" people think of all this? We spent an afternoon finding out. Check out the slideshow.
Though Crankworx Whistler is home to a dizzying number of competitions, the biggest draw is always Saturday's Red Bull Joyride contest. The slopestyle event consistently showcases the best talent in the game with a monstrous course of man-made features. Big air, big tricks, big crowds, big crashes--Joy Ride 2013 delivered all of the above.
The third-annual Crankworx Official Whip-Off World Championships again proved to be one of the mountain-bike festival's most crowd-pleasing contests, with several hundred spectators ditching their bikes to watch the event's biggest-ever field of riders get sideways on Whistler Bike Park's massive Crabapple Hits.
We are not party planners here at Bike magazine. Probably because it’s not often we play the role of hosts, preferring to concentrate on what we’re good at—having fun— and leave the actual planning to those far better suited to sweating the small details. Thus, as we headed into Thursday night’s party at Crankworx to celebrate Bike magazine’s 20th anniversary we had the nerves typical for a first-time hosts: Will anyone show up? What if everyone hates the music? What if no one has fun?
What makes the Crankworx Air DH race one of the Whistler mountain bike festival's most exciting and popular events? For starters, it's a fantastic opportunity to see some of the world's fastest and most stylish downhillers ripping (and whipping) down one of the world's most legendary trails.
The Garbanzo DH has been described as a "vertical marathon"--an absolute suffer fest of a downhill course that requires not only tremendous skill, but nearly super-human levels of endurance . Covering some of the best terrain in the Whistler Bike Park, the Garbanzo DH is, as Reuben Krabbe's gallery above shows, always ground zero for some riveting action.
Tristan Merrick and Seb Kemp are joined today by Enduro World Series Director Chris Ball, as well as a who's who of Enduro racing stars: Fabien Barel, Anka Martin and Enduro World Series points leaders Jerome Clementz and Tracey Mosley are all in studio talking about Crankworx, the coming Enduro, and, of course, Whistler.