Video and Gallery: Crankworx Whip-Off World Champs

Mountain biking's rowdiest contest draws biggest-ever crowd

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Words by Brice Minnigh
Video by Rupert Walker and Liam Mullany

The now-official Crankworx Whistler Whip-Off World Champs went off today, with around 100 of the world’s most stylish riders drawing the contest’s biggest-ever crowd of about 1,000 rabid fans. For safety reasons, the organizers implemented considerably more structure than previous years, when the event more resembled a high-profile jump jam than a formal competition. But though some longtime attendees lamented the loss of the wild-and-wooly feel of the previous years’ contests, the more regimented structure didn’t stop the crowd from going into a frenzy with each massive whip. Here’s a glimpse of some of the day’s highlights:

Swedish phenom Anton Thelander sends one of the first trains off the rails. Photo by David Reddick.

Swedish phenom Anton Thelander sends one of the first trains off the rails. Photo by David Reddick.

The crowd went wild over the inimitable style of Ryan 'R-Dog' Howard, so it was no surprise that he won the award for Best Overall Style in today's contest. Photo by Anthony Smith.

The crowd went wild over the inimitable style of Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard, so it was no surprise that he won the award for Best Overall Style in today’s contest. Photo by Anthony Smith.

And R-Dog's huge whips also earned him fifth place overall—some pretty stellar reppin' for the Aptos crew.

And R-Dog’s huge whips also earned him fifth place overall—some pretty stellar reppin’ for the Aptos crew. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Per his usual custom, Thomas Vanderham went above and beyond. Photo by David Reddick.

Per his usual custom, Thomas Vanderham went above and beyond. Photo by David Reddick.

When you're an OG like Whip-Off Worlds creator Sven Martin, you're never scared of a young whippersnapper like Brendan Fairclough. Photo by Anthony Smith.

When you’re an OG like Whip-Off Worlds creator Sven Martin, you’re never scared of a young whippersnapper like Brendan Fairclough. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Who's watching Lyle? Well, given that this was the Whip-Off Worlds' biggest-ever turnout, about 1,000 rabid fans were watching Kyle Strait send it. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Who’s watching Lyle? Well, given that this was the Whip-Off Worlds’ biggest-ever turnout, about 1,000 rabid fans were watching Kyle Strait send it. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Frenchman Remy Metailler spends much of his summers in Whistler, and it's clear that he's intimately acquainted with the legendary Crabapple Hits. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Frenchman Remy Metailler spends much of his summers in Whistler, and it’s clear that he’s intimately acquainted with the legendary Crabapple Hits. Photo by Anthony Smith.

No matter where you were standing at the Whip-Off Worlds, Remy Metailler seemed perpendicular to you. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

No matter where you were standing at the Whip-Off Worlds, Remy Metailler seemed perpendicular to you. Photo by Dylan H. Brown.

It took a social-media campaign to convince the Crankworx organizers to #LetFinnIn, and there was no stopping 14-year-old Finn Iles from winning the Whip-Off World Champs. Photo by David Reddick.

It took a social-media campaign to convince the Crankworx organizers to #LetFinnIn, and there was no stopping 14-year-old Finn Iles from winning the Whip-Off World Champs. Photo by David Reddick.

This is the baby face of the future. We're expecting to see a hell of a lot more from Finn Iles in the coming years. Photo by Anthony Smith.

This is the baby face of the future. We’re expecting to see a hell of a lot more from Finn Iles in the coming years. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Keepin' it old school. The judges of the Whip-Off Worlds still jot down the winners in a notebook. First: Finn Iles. Second: Bernardo Cruz. Third: Andreu Lacondeguy. Fourth: Graham Agassiz. Fifth: Ryan 'R-Dog' Howard. Best Whips Both Ways: Bas van Steenbergen. Best Overall Style: R-Dog. Photo by David Reddick.

Keepin’ it old school. The judges of the Whip-Off Worlds still jot down the winners in a notebook. First: Finn Iles. Second: Bernardo Cruz. Third: Andreu Lacondeguy. Fourth: Graham Agassiz. Fifth: Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard. Best Whips Both Ways: Bas van Steenbergen. Best Overall Style: R-Dog. Photo by David Reddick.

Takin' notes before droppin' the bills. Judge Duncan Riffle and contest creator Sven Martin prepare to announce the awards. Photo by David Reddick.

Takin’ notes before droppin’ the bills. Judge Duncan Riffle and contest creator Sven Martin prepare to announce the awards. Photo by David Reddick.

Finn Iles is only 14 and was stoked to jump with some of his heroes. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Finn Iles is only 14 and was stoked to jump with some of his heroes. Photo by Anthony Smith.

Mens Results:

First: Finn Iles
Second: Bernardo Cruz
Third: Andreu Lacondeguy
Fourth: Graham Agassiz
Fifth: Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard
Best Whips Both Ways: Bas van Steenbergen
Best Overall Style: Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard

Womens Results:

First: Casey Brown
Second: Lorraine Blancher

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