“I’m unbelievably stoked,” said Iles. “I don’t even know what to say. It’s so awesome.”
It’s been a whirlwind week for Iles after receiving the go-ahead on Monday to compete in today’s event..
“It’s been pretty exciting...when I found out I was in I was so stoked,” said Iles. “People were telling me that my whips were good enough to win, so I just tried to throw down as best I could and I ended up winning. I’m super happy.”
“Finn took it in stride when he was told he couldn’t get in but then everyone rallied behind him,” says mom Alison Iles. “We’re just so proud of him, it’s great”
Catch the story of the 2014 Crankworx Whip Off World Champion and local favorite in the SRAM | Mind Spark edit at the end of the page.
Coming in close behind Iles was last year’s winner Bernardo Cruz (BRA), with Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP) taking the third podium spot. Fourth and fifth spots went to Ryan Howard (USA) and Graham Agassiz (CAN).
A top female whip was also named - Casey Brown (CAN) earned the distinction, one she say’s she’s proud to have earned even though the field was small, with only two competing.
Crankworx's photog Clint Trahan captures Casey Brown's whip better than anyone.
“I think a lot of people have this ‘women can’t jump’ kind of mindset,” said Brown. “But I’ve been doing it for such a long time, it’s probably my favourite thing to do. You just show up and ride with a bunch of friends all day. You couldn’t ask for a better day really.”
A panel of five judges, including Tyler McCaul, Sven Martin, Duncan Riffle, Alan Cooke and Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell had the tough task of evaluating the whips. Glaspell said three things were a part of the final decision.
“The beginning of the whip, the actual whip and how they land - there’s some guys that are doing really sick whips but the take-off’s a little sketchy and the landing’s a little sketchy. So kind of hitting all three is what we’re looking for.”
When asked why riders and fans get so stoked about the event, Glaspell said it’s a simple formula: “It’s not about perfection, it’s just about having the sickest whip.”
A crowd of more than 3000 took in all the action on the seventh day of Crankworx comptition. That number will soon see a big boost, as a video of the top five whips will be making its way to the world will be released tonight. The video will be posted on www.crankworx.com with voting open for the fan-favourite whip, with the winner receiving $500.
1. Finn Iles
2. Bernardo Cruz
3. Andreu Lacondeguy
1. Casey Brown
2. Lorraine Blancher
#winning #caseybrowntown #finn_iles
Tomorrow, the GIANT Dual Slalom hits the dirt, with riders racing side-by-side down a sculpted track of jumps, berms, rhythm sections and drops. Each lap through the track raises the stakes and works up everyone's appetite to win.
Crankworx Schedule of Events
(Please note all times listed are PDT / UTC -7 hours)
Thursday, August 14
Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
7:30-9:00pm | Race (live webcast)
Friday, August 15
Canadian Open XC
10-10:30am: Kidsworx Categories (ages 7-12)
10:45am-12:45pm: Amateur Categories (all categories except Junior Expert M/W and Elite M/W)
1:15-3:15pm: Elite M/W and Junior M/W
Giant Dual Slalom
3:30–5:30pm | Amateurs
6:00–8:00pm | Pros (live webcast)
Saturday, August 16
Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival
Red Bull Joyride
4:30pm | Webcast Preshow
5:00–7:00pm | Finals (live webcast)
Sunday, August 17
Canadian Open DH
11:30am–2:30pm | Amateurs
3:00–5:00pm | Pros (live webcast)
For more information about all other Crankworx Whistler events, visit www.crankworx.com.
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