Gallery: Crankworx Air DH race on A-Line

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Whistler local legend Stacy Kohut got the Air DH race off to a rowdy start on probably the world's most famous trail. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Whistler local legend Stacy Kohut got the Air DH race off to a rowdy start on probably the world’s most famous trail. Photo by Anthony Smith.

The Air DH is a race that brings riders of all disciplines together, and this year's contest was a Who's Who of DH racers and freeride legends. Jamie Goldman was stoked to get pitted deep in A-Line's massive berms. Photo by Anthony Smith.

The Air DH is a race that brings riders of all disciplines together, and this year’s contest was a Who’s Who of DH racers and freeride legends. Jamie Goldman was stoked to get pitted deep in A-Line’s massive berms. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Half of the spectacle in the Air DH is the rowdy throngs of spectators lining the course from top to bottom. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

Half of the spectacle in the Air DH is the rowdy throngs of spectators lining the course from top to bottom. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

BMX standout Barry Nobles seemed right at home on Whistler's legendary A-Line trail. This was his second event at Crankworx, following his fourth-place finish in the Speed and Style competition. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

BMX standout Barry Nobles seemed right at home on Whistler’s legendary A-Line trail. This was his second event at Crankworx, following his fourth-place finish in the Speed and Style competition. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

After a crash on a berm before one of A-Line's biggest jumps, Mitch Ropelato still gave the rabid fans one hell of a show. Photo by Anthony Douglas Smith.

After a crash on a berm before one of A-Line’s biggest jumps, Mitch Ropelato still gave the rabid fans one hell of a show. Photo by Anthony Douglas Smith.

Fans will always cheer for Nick Beer—especially when he's showing his signature racer style on the new-and-improved bottom section of A-Line. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Fans will always cheer for Nick Beer—especially when he’s showing his signature racer style on the new-and-improved bottom section of A-Line. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Some mid-afternoon showers gave the blown-out berms of A-Line a middle name. And that name wasn't mud. Photo by A. Smith.

Some mid-afternoon showers gave the blown-out berms of A-Line a middle name. And that name wasn’t mud. Photo by A. Smith.

Sick Mick Hannah keeps it low on A-Line's infamous rock drop on his way to victory in the Air DH race. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

Sick Mick Hannah keeps it low on A-Line’s infamous rock drop on his way to victory in the Air DH race. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

The Air DH isn't just another party train with the homies—you've got to pedal in the flats to stay in with a chance. Photo by Anthony Smith.

The Air DH isn’t just another party train with the homies—you’ve got to pedal in the flats to stay in with a chance. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Second-place finisher Chris Kovarik probably drew the most cheers from the crowd while slashing the high lines of the new lower section of A-Line. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Second-place finisher Chris Kovarik probably drew the most cheers from the crowd while slashing the high lines of the new lower section of A-Line. Photo by Anthony Smith.

The 2014 Crankworx Air DH champion Mick Hannah showed the fans why his nickname is 'Sick Mick'. Photo by Anthony Smith.

The 2014 Crankworx Air DH champion Mick Hannah showed the fans why his nickname is ‘Sick Mick’. Photo by Anthony Smith.

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