Whip Off Photo Epic - Crankworx Les Gets 2017

Jun 14, 2017
by Dave Trumpore  




Under threatening skies the 2017 Crankworx round from Les Gets, France, kicked off with riders flying through the air sideways in the Official European Whip Off Championships Presented by Spank . As is often the case in the Alps during the summer months, afternoon thunderstorms had been predicted but organizers did not want to cancel the event unless things became unsafe for the riders. The schedule at Crankworx is grueling enough as it is with all the practice and events, and moving things around only adds to the madness. So as they say... The show must go on.

Unfortunately, though, things would get cut short, and at the worst possible time. Riders had really just warmed up and were starting to push their limits ahead of the final judged round, going bigger and bigger each time they dropped in. Mother Nature, however, had other plans and decided to rain on everyone's parade just as the excitement was building. Some riders got caught out a bit and hadn't thrown down their best hand, while others who had set the bar early were not fully challenged. That doesn't mean anyone was robbed or unfairly scored, it just means we didn't get to see the kind of one-upmanship that often comes later in the contest, with riders using each round to outdo one another. As the lightning snaked through the sky and torrential rain began to make things slick and dangerous, the judges had the difficult task of calling the winner early.

For the women, it was an easy decision as Casey Brown was once again in a league of her own. But for the men, there was quite a bit of debate as to whether Allan Cooke's past ninety degrees style topped Anthony Rocci's insane amplitude. In the end, it was size that mattered most, and Rocci would land himself his first Crankworx podium by going straight to the top step.



Josh Bryceland loving it.
Josh Bryceland loving it.

Sam Blenkisop winding up off the lip.
Sam Blenkinsop winding up off the lip.

Blenky never afraid to make shapes.
Blenky never afraid to make shapes.

Sam reynolds fully sideways
Sam Reynolds fully sideways

One of Fest s finest Sam Reynolds know stranger to massive air and phat whips.
One of the Fest's finest, no stranger to massive air and phat whips.

Sam Reynolds stoked on proceedings.
Reynolds stoked on proceedings.

Martin Soederstroem improvising a bit.
Martin Soederstrom improvising a bit.

Josh Oxenham sideways for Subways.
Josh Oxenham sideways for Subways.

Multi whip off winer Finn Iles heading up to the top.
Multi whip-off winner Finn Iles heading up to the top.

About to whip both feet right out of the pedals.
About to whip both feet right out of the pedals.

Anthony Rocci boosting higher than anyone.
Anthony Rocci boosting higher than anyone.

Jackson Davies has come back with a stronger than ever whip game after the NZ summer.
Jackson Davies has come back with a stronger than ever whip game after the NZ summer.

Tippie chats with an ex King of Crankworx.
Tippie chats with an ex-King of Crankworx.

Allan Cooke throwing the back end out to the mountains.
Allan Cooke throwing the back end out to the mountains.

Even the slopestyle legends have to push their own bikes...
Even the slopestyle legends have to push their own bikes...

Blenky waits his turn.
Blenky waits his turn.

Rocci s signature move... going massive.
Rocci's signature move... going massive.

Finn Isles has taken a couple of Whistler wins in his time and stomped a couple of vicious whips this evening.
Finn Iles has taken a couple of Whistler wins in his time and stomped a couple of vicious whips this evening.

Whips without stoppie landings are just too easy for Bernard Kerr.
Whips without stoppie landings are just too easy for Bernard Kerr.

Kerr makes sure everything is being documented accurately.
Kerr makes sure everything is being documented accurately.

Casey Brown easing into things.
Casey Brown easing into things.

Casey Brown the undisputed queen of whips.
Brown the undisputed queen of whips.

Nothing looks better than a stylish whip.
Nothing looks better than a stylish whip.

Sam Blenkinsop always go for the long and slow whip that doesn t full extend until he is well out over the landing.
Sam Blenkinsop always goes for the long and slow whip that doesn't fully extend until he is well out over the landing.

King Rat on the mic.
King Rat on the mic.

Bas Van Steenbergen hanging off the side.
Bas Van Steenbergen hanging off the side.

Bas Van Steenbergen post show down.
Van Steenbergen reflects post show-down.

Antoni Rocci walking away from a big hit after pushing a little to much.
Antoni Rocci walking away from a big hit after pushing a little too much.

Iago Garay leads out Casey Brown.
Iago Garay leads out Casey Brown.

Ninety degrees for Casey Brown.
Ninety degrees for Casey Brown.

Jackson Davies repping a strong game for his Vanzac brethren.
Jackson Davies repping a strong game for his Vanzac brethren.

Szymon Godziek fully clicked.
Szymon Godziek fully clicked.

Finn Iles was just getting warmed up before the event was cut short due to rain.
Finn Iles was just getting warmed up before the event was cut short due to rain.

Bas Van Steenbergen dips it in.
Bas Van Steenbergen dips it in.

Where s whippo
Where's whippo?

Pump track specialist Adrien Loron getting amongst it.
Pump track specialist Adrien Loron getting amongst it.

Casey Brown making it count against her rival ladies.
Casey Brown making it count against her rival ladies.

Sam Blenkinsop and Finn Iles less than excited about the thunderstorm quickly moving in.
Sam Blenkinsop and Finn Iles less than excited about the thunderstorm quickly moving in.

Jackson Davies happy with a short but sweet whip off before the rains moved in.
Jackson Davies, happy with a short but sweet whip off before the rains moved in.

Martin Soderstrom accessorising his sideways action.
Martin Soderstrom accessorizing his sideways action.

Sure it s a whip off contest but there s plenty of room for flips and spins before the judging round.
Sure it's a whip off contest, but there's plenty of room for flips and spins before the judging round. William Robert obliges...

Bryceland going up for another.
Bryceland going up for another.

Batboy sideways in the rain.
Ratboy sideways in the rain.

Remi Morton grabbin .
Remi Morton grabbin'.

Rocci s whips were so dialled it was hard to choose the best moment from each one.
Rocci's whips were so dialled it was hard to choose the best moment from each one.

BMX Olympians in the mix... Caroline Buchnan dropping in.
BMX Olympians in the mix... Caroline Buchanan dropping in.

Caroline Buchanan couldn t match Casey Brown and would have to settle for second.
Caroline Buchanan couldn't match Casey Brown and would have to settle for second.

Possibly the most goddam ridiculous whips of the day...
Possibly the most goddamn ridiculous whip of the day...

...unfortunately ending in disaster for Bubba Warren.
...unfortunately ending in disaster for Bubba Warren.

After almost hitting 180 degrees there was just no hope of brining her back...
After almost hitting 180 degrees, there was just no hope of bringing her back...

Past ninety degrees for Allan Cooke.
Past ninety degrees for Allan Cooke.

Incoming thunderstorm and torrential downpour in 3 2 1...
Incoming thunderstorm and torrential downpour in 3, 2, 1...

If there s a mountanbike race event in 2017 it will rain.
If there's a mountain bike race event in 2017 it will rain.

Tarps on and game over...
Tarps on and game over...

Allan Cooke Santa Cruz team manager and doer of things can also hang it out on a DH bike.
Allan Cooke, Santa Cruz team manager and doer of things, can also hang it out on a DH bike.

Men s winner Anthony Rocci.
Men's winner Anthony Rocci.

Micayla Gatto and Steffi Marth grilling the World s finest over on the Pinkbike social media accounts.
Micayla Gatto and Steffi Marth grilling the World's finest over on the Pinkbike social media accounts.

2nd for Caroline Buchanan.
2nd for Caroline Buchanan.

That s it that s all... fingers crossed on a sunnier start to tomorrow.
That's it, that's all... fingers crossed on a sunnier start to tomorrow.

The makeshift podium was made as the torrential rains started to pour down.
The makeshift podium was made as the torrential rains started to pour down.

No hope of staying dry on the podium... 1st Rocci amp Brown 2nd Buchnan amp Cooke 3rd Robert amp Hill-Wright.
No hope of staying dry on the podium with all that champagne... 1st: Rocci and Brown, 2nd Buchanan and Cooke, 3rd: Robert and Hill-Wright.



41 Comments

  • + 69
 Casey Brown gets my vote for sexiest female whipping as well.
  • + 23
 Caroline Buchanan is pretty impressive both on and off the bike
  • + 38
 Almost 180 degrees in a whip!? That's impressive.
  • + 12
 Yeah. No gyro effect like moto so kinda hard to bring her back around.
  • + 3
 Right! I have never had trouble extending my whip, I just cant get er back is all (ready for puns).
  • + 3
 I like that they captured the GoPro snapping off.
  • + 3
 Can we see a Video of this?
  • + 3
 @richierocket: Are you talking about extending it out for longer than 4 hrs??
  • + 1
 @DHaddict82: maybe this is why they need to use e-bikes in this contest?
  • + 22
 Dude with a desk job got second place in a field of full pros, not bad!
  • + 13
 I heard he also used to be an OK bmx rider.
  • + 2
 @WolfStoneD: he won one last year. Cooke can whip
  • + 17
 Anyone whipping on a 29er? I was told they were just as fun as the smaller wheeled bikes.
  • + 1
 Honestly, that would have been good publicity. Or have a bunch of pros attempt to really whip 29 wheeled machine and give thoughts. Can it be done, sure, but how much more effort, speed, what not felt required or not
  • + 17
 Kinda weird that Soderstrom is on an alloy frame and not carbon.
  • + 9
 he doesn't get enough exposure cause he's always hurt, so he's not worth a carbon frame jokes i actually love the guy but he's always hurt martin stay healthy man please
  • + 3
 if it's 26 maybe that has something to do with it?
  • + 13
 casey's double colour bike messed with my head for way longer than I care to admit...
  • + 11
 Martin's Demo looks sick!!
  • + 5
 I think the biggest news(besides the crazy sideways action)is the Bas Van Steenbergen is finally on a Hyper again...
  • + 2
 but it's actually a kona
  • + 1
 @Geoff101: it looks like
  • + 1
 Bryceland's red worlds special v10, I love that bike. Best looking bike I've ever seen... and I thought there was only one in the world.

Two days ago on facebook I saw a photo of a v10 with that exact same colour with the bottom bracket snapped off. Has anyone else seen it? Is it Bryceland's bike from this article?
  • + 1
 I don't know about the laws of weight-shifting etc but what if they add an extra weight to the bikes so they're able to whip deeper and pull it back in like moto's? Or is it some kind of gyro effect due to the higher wheel rotation?
  • + 2
 Gyro effect. If you watch clips of moto dudes doing whips, they're revving the sh*t out of their bikes to bring them back
  • + 1
 @fabdemaere: Gotcha! thanks
  • + 2
 Wanna see a vid of warren s whip to crash !!looks to be the biggest bike whip ever ??
  • + 1
 Think there's one on the pink bike IG story
  • + 2
 Rocci's Scrubbed out pancake whips were clear winners IMO.
  • + 1
 There's such a thing as correct footplacement for whips though...Thus improving the whipage
  • + 1
 It's Jackson Davis not Davies!
  • + 2
 can we get a roost off?
  • + 1
 I belive that nice young fellows name is Jackson Davis
  • + 1
 Meh... Macho sky dancing...
  • + 2
 kerr for the win
  • + 2
 huck Finn
  • + 0
 Why is everyone on DH bikes?
  • + 9
 because the internet said that you can't throw 'em out sideways and have fun with them.
  • + 1
 Because 650b bikes are going cheap now TWENTY 9 is the new industry standard
  • + 0
 caroline nose whip.

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