The Crankworx Whistler Whip-Off World Championships continue to be a crowd favorite, drawing the biggest-ever crowd in the event’s history. Almost as impressive as the crowd, however, was the 120-some field of riders on hand for the fun. With so many punters eager to join the train down the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s Crabapple Hits, the judges were forced to start eliminating riders shortly after the first runs. After 45 minutes of big whips, flips and antics, the judges managed to narrow the competition down to the 30 riders who got the most sideways.
But with a worrying wind picking up through the afternoon, many riders were concerned for their safety and were slightly reigning it in as random gusts cramped their style. “This wind is pretty gnarly,” said Belgian style king Nico Vink. “I’m not having too much fun.”
In addition to the wind factor, many riders were disappointed that the huge number of competitors forced the judges to continually eliminate riders while they were still warming up. “I’m a little bummed on this format,” Vancouver’s Geoff ‘Gully’ Gulevich commented to Darren ‘Bearclaw’ Berrecloth. “Yep, they just keep whittlin’ ’em down,” said Bearclaw. To which Gully quipped: “Yep, it’s a ‘whittle’ annoying.”
Here are some photo highlights of the day’s shenanigans: