WHISTLER, BC – It's all over. The crowds have dissipated. Careers, memories, mistakes, friends and history have all been made. It's back to business as usual for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. But if one thing stands out in the memory of those who were there or watched, it's Brandon Semenuk's winning Joyride run. Could this be the best slopestyle run ever?
WHISTLER, BC – Crankworx—the biggest mountain bike event of the year in Whistler, possibly the world—wrapped up 10 days of races, contests, camaraderie and celebration yesterday with two of its signature events—the Joyride and the Canadian Open DH. Culminating with two finales that embody both style and speed respectively. The latter, an all-out testament to downhill racing in its purest, concluded on the legendary course throught the wooded steeps that lie almost hidden beside the massive Joyride slopestyle lines of the Boneyard.
PARK CITY, UT – Utah is in many ways synonymous with mountain biking, and has some of the most well-known destinations for everything from cross-country to freeride. But none offer the variety, scale, acceessibility, amenities and chairlifts of Park City.
WHISTLER, BC – Rain arrived just in time for the start of Saturday's Red Bull Joyride event, causing organizers to postpone the slopestyle competition until Sunday morning. “With the wet conditions, it will be dark by the time we can dry the course and not be safe to ride at this time. We are calling the competition for today and will kick-off tomorrow morning with great weather predicted ahead,” said Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx World Tour GM.
WHISTLER, BC – You probably don't know his name yet, but chances are that's all going to change very soon. American rookie, Dakotah Norton, swept the dual slalom from the grasp of pros like Tyler McCaul, Kyle Strait and Brendan Howey. It was Jill Kintner who took it for the ladies, but Anneke Beerten was crowned queen a little ahead of schedule when the announcers let her standings slip.
WHISTLER, BC – Aside from the momentum needed to clear the massive tables of Whistler's Crabapple Hits, this is one Crankworx event that places no premium on speed. No, the only thing that matters in the Official Whip-Off World Championships is getting sideways. Perhaps no other Crankworx event captures the spirit of Whistler quite like this—the showmanship, the crowds, the party, the bent wheels.
ALTA, WY – While it's no secret that we love lapping the chairlift, we'd be remiss if we led you to believe that the bike park is all Grand Targhee has to offer. From the miles of pristine, flowing cross-country singletrack that the resort builds and maintains, to epic gravel-grinding adventures, Wydaho has it all. Take a look in this edit from Habitat High Altitude Provisions and Fisher Creative.
ALTA, WY – Now in its 7th incarnation, the legendary Pierre's Hole race returns to Grand Targhee Bike Park Saturday, August 15. The 2015 race will test both physical and mental endurance, fortitude and strength with 50 and 100 mile options.
WHISTLER, BC – The 2015 edition of Crankworx marches on at Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and perhaps the most iconic race, the Garbonzo DH, did not disappoint. More than two miles, it's also one of the longest. The downhill marathon saw racers pinning it in the dry, dusty late-season conditions and nearly 90-degree heat for race runs that were often 15 minutes or more. When it was all over, Claire Buchar and Marcelo Gutierrez-Villegas emerged victorious—again.
WHISTLER, BC – Pushing, pulsing and relentlessly driving, for over a decade the Air Downhill has been the primordial heart of Crankworx. Down the tacky flume of A-Line, Whistler's most iconic trail, every turn’s a berm, every jump’s a tabletop and every moment is a battle of mind over matter. Some 400 racers, one by one, sprint down the mountain, scrubbing bumps and airing 1,200 vertical feet of non-stop bank and boost.