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DirtTV’s highlights of the Unofficial Whip Off World Championships.
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The event took place on the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s gigantic Crabapple Hits. There are no rules in this event; the biggest, most stylish whip takes home the $1,000 cash prize. This year, American Tyler McCaul was the man to do it.
“I learned how to do whips by watching Thomas Vanderham’s video parts in New World Disorder so it was cool that we were together in the finals,” says McCaul. “I was in my comfort zone all day and then on the last run I got out of my comfort zone, got real sideways and luckily it straightened out so I could ride away.”
Thomas Vanderham pulled the second best whip, MVP went to Brendan Fairclough and Cam Zink got an honourable mention. The “best whip not brought back” was Bernard Kerr and on the women’s side Lorraine Brancher came away with kudos. Other titles included in the grassroots event was “best AM whip” pulled by Chris Young, highest air to Jamie Goldman and “best scrub” to Ian Morrison.
Riders were inspired by the perfect line of Crabapple Hits booters and were pulling tricks beyond the whip including a flip by Nicola Pascetto and Andreu Lacondeguy’s huge superman.
The event was developed by Sven Martin, a mountain bike photographer who knows his whips. The whip is a revered move inspired by moto where the rider airs and throws the rear of the bike to one side; getting the bike flat, sideways and dragged out earns major style points.