Crankworx Colorado is done and dusted. The unstoppable Brandon Semenuk (Trek/Redbull) walked away with the win for the third time in as many years and picked up $8,000 for his efforts, winning Best Trick as well. Relative unknown—this side of the pond anyway—Yannick Granieri (Commencal), followed in second and Swedish phenom Martin Soderstrom (NS Bikes/Redbull) claimed third.
Poor weather had canceled Thursday's qualifying and loomed throughout the weekend, only clearing long enough for a few hours of practice and an abbreviated qualifying session on Friday afternoon. Potent wind gusts and rain held off for most of Saturday's Superfinal and most riders were able to pull off at least one solid top-to-bottom run without being too affected. The wind eventually picked up to menacing strength and riders began dropping like flies.
Semenuk's winning run was among the first in the final round, and he threw down big, pulling out all the stops and throwing his second-ever front flip in textbook fashion. Shortly after the young Canadian's near-flawless run, the wind picked up and riders were quite obviously just trying to hold-on, let alone throw any wicked tricks. Freeride superstar, Cam McCaul, had an amazing run going and went for a front-flip off of the "whale-tail" wooden feature with disastrous results, suffering a broken femur and concussion. That incident set a sour mood for the remainder of the competition as big tricks became few and far between. English chap Sam Pilgrim pleased the crowd with aggressive runs all weekend including a flip-on and flip-off of the wooden "fruit-bowl". He was chief among a few other newcomer-standouts at the event that turned some heads.
Billed as the world's biggest gravity-fueled mountain bike event, Crankworx Whistler begins this coming weekend and runs through the week. Crankworx Colorado surely provided just a glimpse of the insanity slated for Whistler's Slopestyle on August 14.