The Dual Speed & Style, the first event webcast from Crankworx Whistler, saw Sweden's Martin Soderstrom take his momentum from a win at the GT Dual Speed & Style at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes last month and put it to good use today to take gold in Whistler as well. He edged out Cam Zink (USA) in the finals while Kyle Strait (USA) beat out Tom Van Steenbergen (CAD) in the small final to take third. The tricks were big and technical and Soderstrom played his cards right with strategy and speed.
"The course is really fast and loose in the berms so staying on the bike was important," says Soderstrom. "The game plan was always changing; you needed to see who you are going against. If it was a slope rider I knew it would require bigger tricks and if it was a racer I knew it would require a smaller trick and more speed."
Soderstrom's Cork 440 on his first run in the final was impressive, but in the end it all came down his speed to take the win away from Zink who was also throwing impressive tricks, including a high consequence front flip on the stepdown. However, Zink wasn't able to dial in his speed and had a couple of pedal slips.
Dual Speed & Style is proving to be a very popular event with both racers and slopestyle specialists. The athletes race through a dual course head-to-head for time and today earned .68 second time advantages for the most stylish tricks pulled on two mid-course booters. This year the Dual Speed & Style course integrated some of the features to be used in the new slopestyle course for the Red Bull Joyride event on Saturday, August 17. The Dual Speed & Style is in its second year in Whistler, and has become a highlight of Crankworx's first weekend of action.