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
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
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"!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Teva gave away some "free" things and apparently the French go CRAZY for these things!
Right now into some action and a run through of the Slopestyle, including the ups and downs of professional mountain biking!
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.
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.
Martin Soderstom was favorite to win Crankworx this year and he got so damn close to doing so!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!)
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... Adiós!
Photos & Words: Laurence Crossman-Emms