The Crankworx Whistler whirlwind is done and gone. The two weeks of events, parties, and fun times have left riders, industry folk, and spectators with memories, and hangovers that will last at least until next year’s event. The jam-packed schedule kept everyone on their toes. Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look back at what went down in the world of RideWrap during Crankworx.
RideWrap had over a dozen athletes and ambassadors competing in various events taking home over twelve medals in their respective disciplines. Louise Ferguson came away with two 3rd place finishes in Canadian Open and Dual Slalom. Lucy Van-Eesteren won both the Dual Slalom and Air DH in the U19 category. Georgia Astle bagged a third place finish in Air DH for the Women.
The men had a number of junior podiums. Marcus Goguen (U19) and Ryan Griffith (U17) had third-place finishes in the Canadian Open and first places in the Air DH. The senior men saw Harry Barrett take 2nd in the Canadian Open and Ryan Macintosh took the win in Dual Slalom. Last but not least, we had a double podium in the Pro EWS. Remi Gauvin and Jesse Melamed of the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team took third and first, concluding the racing successes.
Crankworx isn’t just about racing. Events for industry staff and the general public is what makes Crankworx a success. Keeping the public involved RideWrap ambassadors The Free Radicals put on events at the Specialized tent. Giving the public an opportunity to compete in a skinny challenge, high jump contents, and the foot down world championships. Outside the parking lot activities, they helped facilitate Trailworx and put on a WORCA Toonie Event on the westside trails. The race/ride took riders from Stonebridge, up Sirloin, across the Flank, and down Pura Vida. Finishing with a ride back to RideWrap HQ in Function Junction. The Free Rads hosted a kick-ass party at the RideWrap HQ with unreal food prepared by Cultivate Roots and Famous Singers Burgers and tunes to follow by J to the U going long into the night.
On the Tuesday, RideWrap hosted a power hour with RMU Blackcomb in between dual slalom finals and Deep Summer. Suck down commenced at 7 pm. Bringing 100’s of friends, new and old, to drink as many Modelos and Margaritas as possible in one hour, embracing the spirit of Crankworx and showing everyone a great time.
In media events, teams competed in Deep Summer and Dirt Diaries. The deep summer photo competition went off with epic slideshows showcasing the riding in the sea to sky corridor. Dirt Diaries starred one of RideWrap’s employees Joel Durcot in Washed Up. Filmed and edited by Peter Wojnar, the duo put together a funny, exciting, and captivating short film that took first place honors.
On Saturday, the main show took place, Redbull Joyride. The slopestyle competition sent riders down a new course, including drops, jumps, hips, boner logs, and a satellite dish. The riders threw down some incredible tricks. But Thomas Lamoine stole the show jumping over the entire last feature showing incredible athleticism and gusto. The extreme move landed him in 3rd place!
See You Next Year
After an exciting week and a half of riding and spectating, all the trailers, vans, and team rigs made their way down the Sea to Sky Highway back where they came. The end of Crankworx brings the start to dreary all-time fall-time. Post-crankworx times bring rest and recuperation so we are ready to go again bigger and better for next year!