The Crankworx Air DH race has once again lived up to its reputation as a perennial crowd pleaser, with some of the world’s fastest and most stylish racers putting on a show for the hundreds of fans lining the famed A-Line jump track. The party-loving spectators were again treated to quite a show, with trains of freeriders setting the stage for the pro race down a dusty, sun-baked course.
There was high drama in the men’s race, with the stylish Bas van Steenbergen sweating it out in the hot seat through 30 other racer’s runs—none of which were fast enough to oust him from the uncomfortable spot in front of the television cameras. This was van Steenbergen’s first Crankworx victory, after competing in several Crankworx Whistler events over the past six years. His previous top finishes were a fourth in the Crankworx Whistler Speed & Style competition and a fourth in the Crankworx Les Gets Speed & Style.
In the women’s race, Jill Kintner proved her continued domination of the Air DH, winning the contest for the fourth time. The victory furthered her overall lead in the race for the Queen of Crankworx title.