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2nd Annual Crafts and Cranks at Snow Summit

Jul 12, 2016
by Scott McClain  
The 2nd Annual Crafts and Cranks event took place at Big Bear Mountain Resort's Snow Summit Saturday with big named riders coming from all over the U.S. to earn a part of the $30,000 cash purse. The Money, put up by Snow Summit, would break out evenly among the Pro Men and Women riders in the Downhill and Enduro events. Competition was stiff with some of the bigger names in the U.S. and Canada, including Jill Kitner, Kathy Pruitt, Logan Binggeli and Bryn Atkinson, but would they have what it took to triumph over the local riders that know Snow Summit like the back of their hand. Let's look at the way the event laid out.

Jill Kitner and Kathy Pruitt hanging out in line for practice on Friday. Both ladies made a pretty substantial drive down to the Loose conditions of Snow Summit. Jill Pointed out she hadn t been at Summit for an event since the NORBA Four Cross races back in the day.

Jill Kitner and Kathy Pruitt hanging out in line for practice on Friday. Both ladies made a pretty substantial drive down to the loose conditions of Snow Summit. Jill Pointed out, she hadn't been at Summit for an event since the NORBA 4X races back in the day.

Kevin Aiello returned to the race seen for the first time in a while following a gnarly accident at the Fontana Winter Series. It was great to see him during practice Friday. His team mate Logan Binggeli was also in town from Utah to work toward a victory.

Kevin Aiello returned to the race scene for the first time in a while, following a gnarly accident at the Fontana Winter Series. It was great to see him during practice Friday. His teammate Logan Binggeli was also in town from Utah to work toward a victory.

We were able to do a couple of full runs of the course on Friday for "scouting" purposes and found the course had been changed a bit since last year's event. Some of the awkward uphills and loose "s turns" had been removed or rerouted making the flow of the course much more conducive to speed and true DH Racing. Additional technical sections were also added and some wood features that added to the fun of the trail kept this writer on his toes.

After a long day of practice Friday dinner at the best italian place in town Maggio s was a must We spotted several industry riders and reps including Roger from Kenda and the guys from KMC chains. Good food and good people.

After a long day of practice Friday, dinner at the best Italian place in town, Maggio's was a must! We spotted several industry reps and racers, including Roger from Kenda and the guys from KMC chains there. Good food and good people are plentiful in Big Bear.

Extra Large Pizza for the eight of us to share.
Extra Large Pizza for the eight of us to share. Plenty of Carbs to fuel us for Saturday's main event.
The Italiano Calzone is amazing
The Italiano Calzone is amazing!

Saturday we woke up to the hustle and bustle of the vendors getting their booths in tip top shape for Crafts and Cranks.

The Crafts and Cranks Village Scene from the deck. Over 30 industry companies came out to have prize give-aways and talk product with the hundreds of people in attendance.

The Vendor Village Scene from the deck. Over 30 industry companies came out to have prize giveaways and talk product with the hundreds of people in attendance.

Some of those companies included Oakley eyewear who brought some nice glasses for attendees to demo.

Some of those companies included Oakley eyewear, who brought some nice glasses for attendees to demo.

Fox was another company on hand for the event. They were doing a helmet give away for any helmet of your choice in their line up.

Fox was another company on hand for the event. They were doing a helmet giveaway, for any helmet of your choice in their line up.

Another product we found at the event was new comer Revolution Suspension Grips. Pinkbike will be doing a product review on these soon but essentially they are a Made In America lock on grip that has a dampening factor to them using rubber dampeners and spacers in to the lock ons that allow for a cushion designed like no other.

Newcomer Revolution Suspension Grips debut their product at Crafts and Cranks. They are a Made In America lock on grip with a unique cushioning design.

Crafts and Cranks provided plenty of Crafts to drink with over a dozen different breweries on hand to sample from.

Crafts and Cranks, provided plenty of Crafts to drink, with over a dozen different breweries on hand to sample from.

That moment when your bumble bee wings are enough so you grab a Red Bull

If you're not into beer, then there's that moment when your bumble bee wings aren't enough, so you grab a Red Bull!

Tyler from Hermosa Beach CA loves the beer and the activities Crafts and Cranks provides. Here he gets bucked off with his friends watching in the background.

Speaking of Bulls, Tyler from Hermosa Beach CA loves the beer and the activities Crafts and Cranks provides. Here he gets bucked off the mechanical bull, with his friends watching in the background.

Several Bands provided music throughout the day including rock hip hop and reggae.

Additionally, several bands provided music throughout the day, including rock, hip hop and reggae. Needless to say the environment from a spectators perspective is pretty ideal. Beer, bull riding, vendors and live bands, all while being able to watch some of the best pro racers in the world. What more could you ask for?

We jumped in line to head up to watch Saturday Morning's practice session, where we spotted a few of the riders.

Bruce Klein left and Jarod Hanson right from the DVO Incycle Intense team pose while in line for their race runs Saturday. Bruce would finish in 4th place in the Pro Men category while Hanson wold finish 10th in a stacked field of 19 total.

Bruce Klein (left) and Jarod Hanson (right) from the DVO Incycle Intense team pose while in line for their practice runs, Saturday. Bruce would finish in 4th place in the Pro Men category, while Hanson would finish 10th in a stacked field of 19 total.

Some of the others in the Men s pro field included Bryn Atkinson front left and Austin Bubba Warren front right.

Some of the others in the Men's pro field included Bryn Atkinson (front left) and Austin "Bubba" Warren front right. Atkinson would crash in a loose corner just a few hundred yards from the finish. Warren, finished 5th.

Kenda a major sponsor for the event had their course tape lining every part of all three race courses. DH Enduro and XC.

Kenda were the title sponsor for DH, Enduro and XC.

Logan Binggeli pinned in the shadows during practice. Unfortunately he would have a flat in the first rock garden during his race run taking him out of the chase for first place.


Logan Binggeli, pinned in the shadows during practice. Unfortunately he would have a flat in the first rock garden during his race run, taking him out of the chase for first place.

Sarah Viggers rode with a vengeance on Saturday to take the win in the Pro Women s Category. I asked Sarah prior to the race how do you feel matching up against some of the biggest names in the industry. She replied No Pressure adding The focus will be on them to do well not me. Viggers said after the race that idea really put things in to perspective allowing her to have fun which ultimately got her the victory.

Sarah Viggers rode with a vengeance on Saturday to take the win in the Pro Women's Category. I asked Sarah prior to the race how she felt matching up against some of the biggest names in the industry. She replied "No Pressure" adding "The focus will be on them to do well not me." Viggers said after the race that idea really "put things into perspective" allowing her to have fun.

Throop Congratulates Viggers on her win. Viggers would finish nearly two seconds faster than second place.

Throop Congratulates Viggers on her win. Viggers would finish nearly two seconds faster than second place, all while "having fun".

Cody Johnson 24 from San Diego California took the win in the Pro Men DH category. Like Viggers Cody has a list of sponsors but he s not a factory supported pro. He has raced pro since the age of 17 and has had podium finishes. Regarding his strategy he said I practiced in sections. You can t do too many full pulls in a course that is pedally... my first top to bottom effort was my race run . That strategy paid off in the form of a 4 000 check. Congrats Cody

Cody Johnson, 24 from San Diego California took the win in the Pro Men DH category. Like Viggers, Cody has a list of sponsors but he's not a factory supported pro. He has raced pro since the age of 17 and has had podium finishes. Regarding his strategy he said, "I practiced in sections. You can't do too many full pulls in a course that is pedally... my first top to bottom effort was my race run". That strategy paid off, in the form of a $4,000 check. Congrats Cody!

Pro Women s DH Podium - 1st Place Sarah Viggers 5 06.215 2nd Place Samantha Kingshill 5 08.454 3rd Place Kathy Pruitt 5 11.299 4th Place Amanda Batty 5 15.754 5th Place Rachel Throop 5 20.055

Pro Women's DH Podium - 1st Place: Sarah Viggers 5:06.215, 2nd Place: Samantha Kingshill 5:08.454, 3rd Place: Kathy Pruitt 5:11.299, 4th Place: Amanda Batty 5:15.754, 5th Place: Rachel Throop 5:20.055

Pro Men s DH Podium - 1st Place Cody Johnson 4 34.906 2nd Place Mike Day 4 34.956 3rd Place Tim Langdon 4 35.507 4th Place Bruce Klein 4 36.837 5th Place Austin Warren 4 39.182

Pro Men's DH Podium - 1st Place: Cody Johnson 4:34.906, 2nd Place: Mike Day 4:34.956, 3rd Place: Tim Langdon 4:35.507, 4th Place: Bruce Klein 4:36.837, 5th Place: Austin Warren 4:39.182

SUNDAY'S ENDURO

After Saturday's Main Event, it was difficult to match the intensity of the crowds, vendors and fanfare, but what was matched was the pro purses. Sunday's Pro Enduro offered up another $15k in cash purse prizes.

A few of the riders from the Chainline team at the top getting ready for the enduro with Mt. San Gorgonio in the background.

A few of the riders from the Chainline team at the top getting ready for the enduro with Mt. San Gorgonio in the background.

Barry Nobles Fly Racing Airborne rider on the lift heading up for his stage 1 Enduro race.

Barry Nobles, Fly Racing / Airborne rider, on the lift heading up for his stage 1 Enduro race. The views of Big Bear Lake are pretty from just about anywhere on the courses of Snow Summit.

Sunday the Enduro racers had their work cut out for them on Stage 3 the same trail the DH race was ran on the previous day. Certainly much more challenging on a trail bike vs the full DH rigs used on Saturday.

Sunday, the Enduro racers had their work cut out for them on Stage 3, the same trail the DH race was ran on the previous day. Certainly much more challenging on a trail bike vs the full DH rigs used on Saturday.

Kathy Pruitt in the first paver berm on Miracle Mile. She was looking to better her performance in her Enduro stages vs her previous DH result the day prior.

Kathy Pruitt in the first paver berm on Miracle Mile. She was looking to better her performance in her Enduro stages vs her previous DH result the day prior.

Tim Langdon on his way to first place in the Pro Enduro Category. He used a very unique set up on his Santa Cruz Hightower 29er for both the Enduro and DH events. Tim took 3rd place in the DH event aboard the same bike. His background is in Moto where he races for the Kawasaki team. Injuries pushed him out of the sport. He has been riding MTB for two and a half years the same time he s been racing pro.

Tim Langdon on his way to first place in the Pro Men's Enduro Category. He used a very unique set up on his Santa Cruz Hightower 29er for both the Enduro and DH events. Tim took 3rd place in the DH event aboard the same bike. His background is in Moto where he raced for the Kawasaki team before injuries pushed him out of the sport.
Men s Pro Enduro Podium - 1st Place Tim Langdon 17 03 2nd Place Ryan Geiger 17 06 3rd Place Mike Day 17 15

Men's Pro Enduro Podium - 1st Place: Tim Langdon 17:03, 2nd Place: Ryan Geiger 17:06, 3rd Place: Mike Day 17:15

Women s Pro Enduro Podium - 1st Place Kathy Pruitt 18 19 2nd Place Jill Kitner 18 32 3rd Place Joanna Petterson 19 10

Women's Pro Enduro Podium - 1st Place: Kathy Pruitt 18:19, 2nd Place: Jill Kintner 18:32, 3rd Place: Joanna Petterson 19:10

The Event was a huge success in the mind of this writer. Before we run, how about a look at Tim Langdon's custom Santa Cruz Hightower!

Langdon s Santa Cruz Hightower included a Pike 160 and a Fox Float X2 2.25.

Langdon's Santa Cruz Hightower included a Pike 160 and a Fox Float X2 2.25.

The bike also had prototype Profile boost hubs front and rear with laced to Derby 40mm carbon hoops which gave the 2.3 tires a great tread contact patch.

The bike also had prototype Profile boost hubs front and rear with laced to Derby 40mm carbon hoops, which gave the 2.3 tires a great tread contact patch.

Our departing photo - This is what focus looks like. Sarah Viggers Pro Women's DH Winner!

This is what focus looks like Sarah Viggers Pro Women s DH Winner


MENTIONS: @calledtocreation




22 Comments

  • + 13
 BIG CASH!! Thanks Snow Summit!
  • + 8
 That was a great way to do a race event: Races, music, vendors and $25 for a souvenir glass to taste 20 great beers. Fun was certainly had. Nailed it! Will be back.
  • + 9
 Mike Day killing it at every event this year. Congrats!
  • + 8
 That looks like it turned out a lot better than the SS haters predicted. Good jobs Kathy P Enduro and Sarah V DH.
  • + 3
 Looks like a lot of fun. Always cool to see some unexpected names in the mix.
  • + 1
 Good to see racing back home again, Good job for my bro steve pip, breaks wrist 4 weeks ago and decides to race, places 8th in pro dh,and 5th in pro enduro the following day. Privateer life
  • + 0
 "Certainly much more challenging on a trail bike vs the full DH rigs used on Saturday"
Uh, that's a buit of a REACH(no pun intended). Most people ride Miracle Mile with regular trail bikes.
The only reason you'd really want to have a DH bike is if you over-jump or come up short on either the ramp at the beginning of the run(which the DH course bypasses anyway), or the jump line down the trail, which I believe is on Westridge, and Summit blocked the connector between the two runs so the DH course didn't even run it
  • + 1
 Such a fun event with some serious money. Thanks for shooting it all and doing the write up, @calledtocreation! The photos you snapped are so good!
  • + 3
 Woooo we made the cut!
  • + 3
 #chainlinebikes #teamchainline
  • + 1
 Is that a wrist protection device or injury of some sort? (The Jarod Hanson photo near the top)
  • + 1
 Yeah its a wrist brace. I am recovering from surgery on my radius! It's dialed! All sports dynamics is the company!
  • + 1
 DH podium on a mid-travel 29er?
  • + 1
 Nope, Endurad podium...
  • + 1
 @neechy if you read through, you would see that Mid-Travel 29er was actually converted to a 160mm front and around the same rear. check out the bottom portion of the article, I talk about it a little bit more - cheers!
  • + 1
 @riiz @neechy: He took 1st in the enduro and 3rd in DH. I think his bike is setup for 150mm in the rear.
  • + 4
 Bike is setup with 160 Pike up front and 150 Float X2 in the rear. HA is 66.5 with a 13.4 BB as it sits. I can provide any other details if anyone wants them since I helped with the setup. BTW Tim was .5 seconds off the win in DH and the only Pro to be on both podiums. He beat some big names this weekend and watch for Nationals coverage. The guy is the real deal and his results here are not a one time thing.
  • + 3
 The women's race was won a "enduro" bike also, Cody won on a tracer with a boxxer. You've better off on a 160-170mm travel bike at SS. It's not rough really, and it's got a lot of smooth berm turns.
  • + 1
 @salespunk: Good luck to all of you guys in Mammoth Spunk!
  • + 1
 @Fresh1: Thanks!
  • + 1
 Tracer with a Boxxer on it? I like
  • + 1
 I think Cody said his bike weighs somewhere around 31 pounds. Not too shabby.

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