100+ Photos! Crankworx Les 2 Alpes 2012 Slopestyle Recap

Jul 24, 2012 at 18:33
by Laurence Crossman-Emms  
Crankworx Les Deux Alpes came around far to quickly, but hopefully isn't forgotten yet! Being the first ever Crankworx to hit European soil it would have been rude not to have made it out to snap up this event and slap a bow on it for all you guys and gals to see. So that being that, I tried my "darnedessed" to get you Pinkbikers the content you deserve in the form of still imagery.

So you guys know the format of Slopestyle by now right? Yes...boom lets get on with it. No?...Right well, big jumps and features...ah screw this...lets get on with the photos. Thats what you came to see! (but honestly if you dont know what Slopestyle is yet...google it or something)

Let Crankworx Les Deux Alpes Begin!...or ReBegin as this is just a recap from the event!

Crankworx Les Deux Alpes Slopestyle

Huge Mountains - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Huge Mountains everywhere

Les 2 Alpes is a pretty big resort with quite alot to do - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Les 2 Alpes is a pretty big resort with quite a lot going on

Epic scenery around Les 2 Alpes - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Epic scenery around Les 2 Alpes

Lifts into the clouds - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Lifts into the clouds

Weather was very mixed here cloudy morning hot midday and windy in the evening seemed to be the norm - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Weather was very mixed here, cloudy morning, hot midday and windy in the evening seemed to be the norm

Crankworx 2012 is here - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Crankworx 2012 is here

Les Duex Alpes opened its grounds to the worlds biggest mountain bike event, but I dont quite think the expected what was to descend apon this quite French village in the hills

Crankworx Textures - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Well made course this year and all went down well with the riders - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Well made course this year and all went down well with the riders
Well made course this year and all went down well with the riders - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Dry and more dry - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Dry and more dry

Conditions were mainly good overall, sun tended to come out towards midday but wind was a slight issue most afternoons and did make things a little "tricky"!

Skinny Drop - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sram rolling it style as always - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Sram rolling in with style as always

Les 2 Alpes has some great riding on the top of the hills - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Road Gap - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

One of the leading the sponsors for Crankworx was shoe dominators Teva, who pulled out all the stops with tons of free shwag from bikes to pedals to tees to BEERS, they had it all.

Teva had lots of free shwag to give away including pedals bikes tees and sunnys - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Teva set up and ready to rock it. Head up to the Teva VIP tent for FREE beer on slopestyle day - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Teva set up and ready to rock it. Head up to the Teva VIP tent for "FREE" beer on slopestyle day

Just not getting fed up of those mountains - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Athletes from all over globe transcended into the small world of baguettes and "hammer game" but still managed to find the time to chill out and enjoy the trip

Tough life being a Slopestyle Superstar chilling in the sun - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Tough life being a Slopestyle Superstar

Even in between winning he still has time to chill - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
DJ sending out the tunes to the crowds - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Si and Ryan bringing you Pinkbikers the action - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Si and Ryan bringing Pinkbike the action

But there was still room for the french shredding locals like Leo Delfour Barsacq who could mash up the park and the slopestyle course! #younghopeful

Steeze in the park - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Leo can shred in the park all day long - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

There was still a bunch to do for just spectators too, they could sign up to win bikes, get free ice cream at the Sram Tent, jump around on some trampolines or just enjoy the action.

Sign up for the chance to win a Sam Prilgrim Signed NS - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Sign up for the chance to win a Sam Prilgrim Signed NS!

Teva had it sorted this year free beer and chips - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Checking out the jump on jump off at the bottom of the course - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

I managed to catch up with Brandon Semenuk for a quick chat, run through his "Bear" bike, talk about future plans ect ect. All I can say is this guy is totally living the dream.

Bike checking with Brandon - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Bike checking with Brandon

Brandon talked me through his bikes and plans for the upcoming season - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Super chill and damn motivated - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Super chill and damn motivated

 Simply but works set up - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Bike check with Brandon - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Brandons Custom Painted Bear Trek - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Teva gave away some "free" things and apparently the French go CRAZY for these things!

Things got a little crazy at the Teva tent when free stuff was mentioned - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
The giving away of a signed Sam Pilgrim NS...one stoked Kid - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  The giving away of a signed Sam Pilgrim NS...one stoked Kid

Right now into some action and a run through of the Slopestyle, including the ups and downs of professional mountain biking!

Gondola to the top of knwowhere - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Gondola to the top of nowhere

Chilling waiting for the wind to calm - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Les 2 Alpes is still a pretty popular riding destination - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Geared up and ready to hit it - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big turn out for the finals - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Gee catching the action in video form and bringing it to you guys at home - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Gee Milner catching the action in video form and bringing it to you guys at home

DJ sending out the tunes to the crowds - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Easy transport to the top of the hill - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Easy transport to the top of the hill

Game face Cam ready to drop - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Game face Cam ready to drop

Damn windy here today shame the best trick was postponed - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Damn windy here today, shame the best trick was postponed

In line to drop in - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
The boys at Sram tried there best to keep everyone happy but wasnt as just coming down with a set of forks and demanding they get fixed - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Anthony Messere seemed on form the whole week, but just couldn't pull it together on his final run. I know the wind made lots of issues, but everyone was in the same boat with it and some riders just managed to cope better than others.

Didint take Anthony long to get the attention of Redbull - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Just living it up travelling the world riding bikes - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big tailwhip from Anthony - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Super hopeful run for Messere - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Anthony front flipping on to the top whale tail - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Dropping off the skinny drop - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Teva Best Trick was to be separate event in a Jam Session format, but due to the winds the event was merged into the Slopestyle and best trick was picked by the riders from their finals run. Shame Sam Reynolds had to pay the price by getting caught out by the wind.

Sam with a huge double backflip despite the high winds Shame he crashed out and bust him self up. Two broken vertebra but so many man points for trying Get well soon - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Sam with a huge double backflip despite the high winds! Shame he crashed out and bust him self up. Two broken vertebra but so many man points for trying! Get well soon

Sam went down on a huge double flip breaking his back in two places - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Take it easy Sam get well soon - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sam off to the hospital with two broken vertebra - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Martin Soderstom was favorite to win Crankworx this year and he got so damn close to doing so!

Prepping himself in a quite corner - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Prepping himself in a quiet corner

In the Zone - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Going through his run in his head - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
360 bars all day long for Soderstrom - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Dumping the 360 - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Dumping it off the whale tail - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Kicking off the Slopestyle today with qualifiers and the Teva Best Trick contest and the course is already warming up with some big tricks being thrown - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Kelly McGarry did himself proud and in his own words told me "Not too bad for a washed old Kiwi aye". So chilled and just loves riding bike. Big respect goes out to Kelly.

Just chilling like the dood he is waiting for the wind to die down - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
On form from McGarry - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Long and low before the last jump - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Thats one place to chill from the sunshine - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Flip and whips all day long - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
In Kelly s words Not bad for a washed up old Kiwi - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Zink did himself proud winning the SRAM Speed and Style the day before and tried to go all out on the slopestyle, but a few silly offs trying to front flip off the whale tail cost him the comp.

Final few check before take off - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Here at Crankworx Les Deux Alpes and day 4 saw this banger new event called SRAM Speed and Style where it pitted two riders against each other in a dual slalom like race but with jumps where they can gain them time. Cam Zink here taking the overall win and a great kick off to Crankworx Europe - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Cam Zink dropping in and putting pressure of Brandon s top score - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Nose Manual to drop on the skinny - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Zink slaying - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Giving it some steeze before bringing out the big guns - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Super boost - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Sam Pilgrim entered this comp to win and thats all he wanted, but after a few things didnt go his pay he seemed to loose...how should we say it...loose track of the situation and took up having fun rather than winning, but when it came down to final runs he went all out and a bit more and binned it big style back flipping the road gap. Lucky to walk away from it!

Wife beater for the ladies - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Wife beater for the ladies

Sam mixing it up and 360ing off the start drop - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sending a big 360 shame he fell on his run would have been in for a winner - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Around and around and off into the clouds - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Steezy 360 Table from Pilgrim - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Everyone has there favorite way round - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sam was hitting this in practice easy times all day but when it came to his run it went a bit wrong - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Pilgrim took a huge slam off the road gap - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Disappointed that he fell on his run - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Disappointed that he fell on his run

Sore knees and bruised egos - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
  Sore knees and bruised egos

Sam took a bit of a knock - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

But everyone got into it all pretty damn well and made the most of the calm morning and chill back a bit in the afternoon, but when it came to finals everyone tried there best to pull out the stops and go big or go home!

Enjoyed waking up to thus each morning - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Drop step down off the whale tail - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Free Beer at the Teva VIP Tent - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big Tailwhip - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Chubey being carted off after breaking his tib fib - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Steezy whip for the crowds - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Flipping it - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Chopper in bound picking up an unhappy chappy - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Gapping the Redbull Road Gap - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Nice 360 off - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Christoph was there getting the snaps and bangers - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big whale tail at the top of the course - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sending it - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Andreu calling the shots from now on - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big dumper 360 one hander from the french up and comer - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big crowds big jumps - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sending it to the skies- Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Killer run from Watts - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big Tailwhip - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Fog started to roll in but didnt stop the steeze - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Big Bars - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Flip X-Up on the big booter - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Face of focus - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Teva know how to throw a post session party. Beers and crisps...easy - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sending it - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
 Sorry What do you mean I cant do a double flip on that - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Thomas going big - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Finals Start List - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sending it - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Tuck no hander off the skinny drop - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Flip on flip off...easy times - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Staying focused in the sheer heat can be difficult but Greg still has a game face on - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Kyle shooting it - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Get set go. - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Crowds a plenty - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

But there was only one rider that truly did fight all the battles, pushed the limits and really gave it all. Coming straight off the back of a win at Chatel, Brandon Semenuk was feeling quietly confident that he could take it all away with him and close down the FMB ranking gap between him and leader Sam Pilgrim. All I can say is that backyard training has paid off!

Gearing to drop - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Waiting for the wind to die down before qualies - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Brandon Dropping in on his winning run - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Waiting for the wind to drop before dropping in - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Brandon making every trick look effortless - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Winning run from Bradon - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Crowd pleaser - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Brandon sticking it to Pilgrim with this huge flip on the road gap - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Super clean, fast, with big amplitude and huge tricks...a winning combination from Semenuk which proved he isn't out there to mess around and helped gain him his second FMB victory in two weeks (and if you paid attention, he also won Claymore the week after...boom!)

Brandon happy with his win - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Stoked on his win - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
 Semenuk - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Waiting in for the podiums - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Redbull set for the podiums with big tunes - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Happy chappy - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Your top 3 - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Champagne showers - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Getting a little shower - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Champagne anyone - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Living the dream - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
On the top with two wins in the bag Slopestyle and Teva Best Trick - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
 Ive got Champagne in my eyes - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Brandon a little wet - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Aaron getting in on Brandons winnings - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
2 wins in the bag happy days - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Sram banner as the sun drops away - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Epic Scenery to end a sick week - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

And Boom! That concludes Crankworx Les Deux Alpes 2012 Slopestyle and damn was it a wild trip, even came home with a British Sun tan.

And till next time... AdiĆ³s!

Photos & Words: Laurence Crossman-Emms
www.laurence-ce.com
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42 Comments

  • + 25
 THAT is the WAY a COMP should be posted.....wicked job LC.....Photoslopestyle .......Props on the shots! Epic post!
  • + 8
 I want this kind of coverage on every event, damn
  • + 5
 I want a button that will fav every picture for me!!
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  • + 9
 Very very nice Laurence! looked like a blast Smile
-Canada
  • + 2
 Spellcheck. :/ Super nice coverage, got more of a feel for it than a vid would have done.
  • + 3
 Thanks Paul. Spellcheck check in my head doesnt work at 3am haha!
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  • + 6
 I would hate having Mr. Hylands job of choosing PODS...
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  • + 4
 "Gondola to the top of nowhere"

"Nowhere" being the Pic Blanc, where the Megavalanche starts in Alpe d'Huez.
  • - 3
 You should really study a map...
  • + 1
 seems he got A on geography.
  • + 1
 "Willclement", teach me...
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  • + 1
 So many amazing shots!
I love mid-air photos, they look so peaceful without the movement. The shot of Messere doing the fronty is amazing, he looks so relaxed! Such a different perspective than seeing it in video....
I also love the face shots of the riders, very expressive. &&&& For all you guys who comment on the "women who ride" articles.... here's my 2 cents.....
BRANDON SEMENUK, MARTIN SODERSTROM, ANTHONY MESSERE, YANNICK GRANIERI, SAM REYNOLDS, ETC, ETC, ETC ARE ALL REALLY HOT! *BAM*
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  • + 1
 Everyone one of those shots could be POD in it's own right. BRILLIANT work. It's no coincidence I have a picture Laurence took of me at Moeflre last year on my Facebook page as my main picture!
  • + 1
 Thanks a bunch Si! Appreciate the comments.
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  • + 2
 Truly brilliant photos Laurence, I can imagine that was a lot of work in post production! Shame you didn't make it to Chatel the week before...
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  • + 2
 Deadly photos! I would love to be able to capture events like this, well done Smile
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  • + 1
 Well done Lawrence, its great to see how you've progressed over the years and well stoked for you to get these opportunities
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  • + 2
 Yeah Laurence. Redefines 'photo epic'. Awesome Work
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  • + 1
 stunning as ever laurence!!! Big Grin

need to get on the cable car to nowhere.....
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  • + 1
 Awesome recap from that event but a bit too much Semenuk photos and too little descriptions below photos.
  • + 3
 Fair comment. Wanted to write a bunch more but I figured the photos told most the stories of the event, the videos and event write ups are around online, just trying something different...but point taken.
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  • + 2
 That's an extensive, and very impressive post Laurence, nice work!
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  • + 2
 epic! thanks man, great report!
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  • + 2
 Good job dude, great pictures!!!
  • + 2
 Yeah really nice caption of the comp! Nice work!
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  • + 1
 does anyone know wahr fork semenuk is riding because it says argyle on it but it doesnt look like the new argyle at all
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  • + 1
 thank you thank you pinkbike...
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  • + 1
 very good showdawn of this event
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  • + 1
 Superbe photos, Merci Pinkbike..Thanks , nice shoot..Cheers
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  • + 1
 new footages for my desktop slideshow... cool Smile
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  • + 2
 more like this please.
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  • + 1
 loved it! cant wait until I start photographing biking!
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  • + 1
 I sense lots of PODs in this article.
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  • + 2
 super sick photos!!!
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  • + 1
 Amazing work! Well done Laurence! Wink
  • + 1
 Appreciate it dood.
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  • + 1
 Excellent photos top to bottom, great work!
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  • + 1
 Only two comments?
  • + 6
 Just went live, and probably takes 30 minutes to admire the photos Wink
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