For over a decade there has been an annual race down Whistler’s legendary A-Line track and many would say that it has become the blue ribbon event of Crankworx. On this track every turn a berm and every jump a table, which results in warp factor speeds and endless opportunities for throwing down some style. Some of the 400 riders choose to style it up as much as they can whilst dropping the 1200 vertical feet descent, whilst others keep it low and racy in search of the win.
This year’s winner in the mens was a clearly on form Stevie Smith who pipped Mick Hannah and Nick Beer into second and third respectively. That’s now two years on the trot that Stevie has taken the win. Brian Lopes was once the undisputed king of this race, and once again he was up there, but he’ll have to settle for 4th this time around. For some reason Brendan didn’t start the race, but to be honest I’d imagine even if he had he would have been too busy whipping the hell out of everything to worry about getting down the hill the fastest.
In the women’s race Jill Kintner combined her 4X and DH expertise perfectly to take the win from last year’s winner Emmeline Ragot. Jill was over four seconds up on Ragot, and then Floriane Pugin who came in third was 10 seconds back off the winning time. That third spot was toughly fought too as Canadians Claire Buchar and Casey Brown were within less than a second of Pugin.
You can see our gallery of the race here, and the full results are below…