Whistler, BC – Crankworx Whistler’s Garbanzo DH is infamous for being the world’s longest DH track used in competition. Canadian World Cup racer Steve Smith has been defeated by the very long and technical track the last four times he has raced it; either crashing or just not going fast enough. This year Smith finally defeated his nemesis, crossing the finish line with a time of 12:33. 27, an impressive feat considering the length of the course is 12km and drops 3,400 vertical feet
Whistler, BC — France's Jerome Clementz and Whistler local Katrina Strand dominated the Canadian Open Enduro yesterday. The rally-style, mix of Downhill and Cross-country trails included two on Whistler Mountain Bike Park, one on Blackcomb and one in the Lost Lake riding area.
Whistler, BC — Ok, so Crankworx is happening and you're not there. Bummer! You're not alone. We can't possibly send everyone to Whitler to enjoy it live with the rest of the world, but we can try to bring you the best of what's happening each and every day. We're testing out some cool new ways to share what's happening at Crankworx with our readers each day, and we hope you enjoy what we've compiled for day one.
Beech Mountain, NC — In case you missed out on all the great action at the US Gravity National Championships held at Beech Mountain last month, our friends at Dirt Passion collected tons of footage, both on and off the course, and are working hard to put together a Gravity Nationals recap of the memorable 2012 weekend. This little clip is just a teaser of something bigger and better yet to come. Stay tuned and we'll be sure to let you know when the final version releases. And just because we love supporting sponsors who support our passion, a big thanks on behalf of Dirt Passion to Mountain Khakis, POC Sport, Suspension Experts, Billy Goat Bikes and Zoic.
Snowshoe, WV — Round 2 of the Snowshoe Series followed the four day weekend of the US Gravity Nationals putting some strain on those pennies that racers and teams watch ever-so closely. No matter, 141 riders would register for the race weekend at the “Southeast’s” favorite bike park in the West Virginia Mountains.
Jackson Hole, WY — The event schedule just gets bigger and bigger this time of the year, as summer is in full swing. Downhill, Super D, Slopestyle, Endurance and Cross-country races are easy to find in any part of the United States and Canada. Here's a quick look at some of the top mountain bike events coming up this weekend.
Beech Mountain, NC — One Year in the making and three days worth of practice and qualifying lead up to the big moment, RACE DAY! On the Men’s Pro side, I think everyone could predict the outcome, of which would not be a bad thing, as Aaron Gwin would represent the US wearing the stars and stripes on his sleeve will on his UCI streak that he has been on for the past year. But, he was disappointed at the same place, same event last year with a crash. It could happen again. On the Women’s side, a second year of a sweep by Jill Kintner was off the table after her broken arm at Windham just a few weeks ago…. the women’s field was wide open and there for the taking.
Killington, VT — Killington Resort is hosting two POC Eastern States Cup Series races in 2012, both races are part of the USA Cycling Vermont State and Eastern Regional Championships. The first event is the POC ESC Series Race #7 being held Saturday and Sunday July 28-29. This weekend’s event will be the second of four Vermont State Championship races. Killington Resort will host the Vermont State Championship finals at POC ESC Race #10 on August 18-19, 2012. Mount Snow, VT will host the other two Vermont ESC Vermont Championship rounds. Men, women and junior mountain bike riders of all abilities are welcome to come and race.
Beech Mountain, NC — Well, day three is the in the books….. just one day left and we’ll know who wears the stars and stripes on their left arm into 2013. The big news of the day was Aaron Gwin qualifying on top of the Men’s field +5.45 secs in front of Luke Strobel. For the ladies it was Jackie Harmony taking the top seeding position over Melissa Buhl by a blistering 12.54 sec. Of local SE region interest (hey, Dirt Passion is based out of the Carolinas, we can be proud and let everybody know) local DHer Ethan Quehl of Grayson, GA and was also the 2010 Junior National Champion, qualified fourth out of a field of 64. Congrats all round! Note: The final qualified list has not yet been posted to the USAC website).