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.
Here’s a glimpse at some of the day’s events:
This year has been a poignant one for the global mountain-bike community, with the loss of two of our finest: Kelly ‘McGazza’ McGarry and Stevie ‘The Canadian Chainsaw’ Smith, the latter of which won last year’s Air DH race. Many of this year’s racers had the #LongLiveChainsaw hashtag emblazoned on their jerseys—and this year’s third-place finisher, Mick Hannah, was no exception.
This sign means it’s time to put it all on the line…A-Line, that is.
For most mountain bikers, injury is actually probable on the legendary A-Line trail, but the pros and Whistler Mountain Bike Park regulars make it all look easy.
‘Downtown’ Casey Brown’s flair for style is always a real crowd-pleaser, and today she didn’t let the fans down—her steezy run got the crowd roaring and earned her fifth place in the pro women’s field.
After a hectic year of racing World Cup DH races and Enduro World Series stops, Miranda Miller showed her versatility back on one of her hometown trails.
Britain’s Manon Carpenter put her World Cup DH skills to work on her way to a fourth-place finish.
Tear-offs are usually associated with wet and muddy courses, but they certainly come in handy on a dusty day like today.
Jill Kintner killed two birds with one stone: Winning her fourth Crankworx Whistler Air DH race also put her almost out of reach for this year’s Queen of Crankworx title.
All signs point to danger.
As usual, Sam Blenkinsop took the gloves off for this race—and captured fourth place on the day.
The side banners on A-Line help keep the course rated G when the streakers roll through.
Another missed moment for Mongo….
With his girlfriend Caroline Buchanan competing in the Olympics for BMX, Barry Nobles had to fly the flag at Crankworx Whistler.
Australia’s Connor Fearon kept his head down, always looking for the best line—and this one took him all the way to sixth place.
What guy wouldn’t Git ‘Er Done?
And that’s exactly what Bas van Steenbergen did, for the biggest win of his racing career.