James ‘Foulmouth’ Allan and I are bringing Spoke readers all the exclusives shots and gossip from Crankworx so you don’t have to read another regurgitated press release this week. First day first; Dual Slalom, which took place in the wet snakepit of another amazing looking Crankworx Dual course. Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner took the wins as you may have read elsewhere, but read on for more bangers and mash. The above shot is of Kyle Strait throwing down this invert after Michal Marosi crashed out. Strait got third.
Dan Atherton broke his neck and nearly died one year ago, almost to the day. Here he is not looking back.
Ropelato is the most stylish little rider out there. Even when travelling through the course faster than anyone else he still had the time to add a little flair to his run. Kid got mad skills and is favourite to take the PumpTrack Challenge later on in the week.
Jill Kintner boosting the last jump to victory. Not many girls were hitting this booter. Jill was, as you can see.
There's a big Kiwi contingent in Whistler this year. Looking quiet here but from what I've heard they've been getting rowdy on the trails and possibly the bars.
Nathan Rankin is over and looking fierce. You can't tell but it was raining and miserable when this shot was taken. He must have been the only guy in a cotton tee shirt shredding laps during practice for the Canadian Open race which takes place today.
Looks like a Trek. At Crankworks, if you keep your eye out you never know what you might find!
It's wet here. The first weekend is always wet at Crankworx so hopefully the pattern will remain and it will get better. Thanks to James Allan for the shots.