Expectations were high for Mitch Ropelato (USA) to earn his own four-peat, but these hopes were dashed when Martin Soderstrom prevailed in a semi-final battle that kept fans on their toes throughout Whistler Olympic Plaza. The men’s event was won by the flawless Adrien Loron (FRA).
“This is just such a fun event,” says Jill Kintner. The Olympic Medallist in BMX had her work cut out for her tonight, however, as some of the finest dual slalom, fourcross and BMX champions showed up to challenge her three-year winning streak. “I had a little gate issue in the final but I had a smile on my face the whole time. It’s pretty special to win the four-peat [and as a result] I was pretty nervous. I’ll be real nervous next year.” Kintner took her win in the final round against Australian BMX and fourcross technician Caroline Buchanan, while British fourcross National Champion Katy Curd rounded out the podium in third place.
Adrien Loron of France is no stranger to the podium at Crankworx after winning the Les 2 Alpes Pumptrack Challenge, presented by Rockshox, at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes in earlier in July. After Ropelato had a bobble that put him out of the final, Martin Soderstrom ran into his own bad luck when he hit a soft patch of dirt in the second last corner of the final run. He couldn’t catch Loron after that point.
“It’s like a dream for me,” says Loron. “I came to Whistler just to have fun and to ride my bike; to win here is just so cool. For sure, Whistler is the best place to ride a bike.”
The course for the Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge, presented by Rockshox, was a thing of marvel and precision again in 2013. The same crew of Adam Billinghurst, Andrew Gunn and Kenny Smith was tasked with building an elite-level pumptrack in Whistler Olympic Plaza in only nine days from start to finish. Despite the tight timeline the crew still managed to design and perfect a track that was bigger, more technical and more impressive than ever. The Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge, presented by Rockshox, is becoming known as a Crankworx Whistler crowd favourite both because of the art of the track is raced on, and also because of the fast-paced, high-action racing that can be seen right from Whistler’s Village Stroll.
1. Jill Kintner - $1,300
2. Caroline Buchanan - $800
3. Katy Curd - $600
1. Adrien Loron - $2,500
2. Martin Soderstrom - $1,500
3. Mitch Ropelato - $1,000
Tomorrow the Official Whip-Off World Championships, an event inspired by moto-style whips on the renowned Crabapple Hits, will go down and will be followed by the GIANT Dual Slalom at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The Whip Off Worlds will happen at 11:30am PDT / UTC -7hrs and the Giant Dual Slalom will run from 3:15pm until 8:00pm. The Giant Dual Slalom can be viewed live on crankworx.com. For more information about the Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge, presented by Rockshox, and all other Crankworx Whistler events, visit www.crankworx.com.
Online Results: http://www.crankworx.com/whistler/results.php
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Live Streaming Webcast Schedule Crankworx Whistler – August 15-18, 2013
The webcasts are live streamed at www.crankworx.com and www.redbull.com/bike.
Google Hangouts featuring athletes and their perspectives and thoughts about the event will follow each event streaming live at www.crankworx.com or at https://plus.google.com/+Crankworx/.
Friday, August 16
GIANT Dual Slalom – 5:45pm-8pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 8:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Saturday, August 17
Red Bull Joyride – 4:00pm-7:00pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 7:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Sunday, August 18
Canadian Open DH – 2:30pm-5:00pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
Google Hangout – 5:15pm PDT / UTC -7 hours
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August 9-18, 2013, the world’s best downhill, slopestyle and enduro riders will migrate to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for the 10th Annual Crankworx Whistler. Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will take place July 6 – 14, 2013 and is the only Crankworx event to take place outside of North America. High-summer’s convergence of all things freeride, Crankworx is a 10-day festival of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. A time-tested stage for gravity-fed mountain biking, Crankworx has forged the future of freeride, launched careers and raised up a spectacle out of dirt, sweat and cheers. Feel the impact. Embrace the amplitude. Experience the awe that is Crankworx Whistler 2013.