Crankworx Whistler 2012: Jeep Canadian Open Results and Photos

Aug 19, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Smith Smith - the king of crankworx.

Men Top 5

1. Steve Smith 2:44.80
2. Mick Hannah +4.64
3. Andrew Neethling +5.61
4. Marc Beaumont +6.14
5. Mark Wallace +6.25

Women Top 3

1. Casey Brown 3:15.28
2. Claire Buchar +9.81
3. Lauren Rosser +10.44

Complete results at bottom...

Men s Pro Podium L-R Beaumont 4 Hannah 2 Steve Smith 1 Needles 3 Mark Wallace 5 .
  Men's Pro Podium (L-R) Beaumont (4), Hannah (2), Steve Smith (1), Needles (3), Mark Wallace (5).

  Women's Podium (L-R) Kovarik (2), Brown (1), Rosser (3)

Final check Ben Reid testing spoke tension before loading up for his shot at 10k.
  Final check: Ben Reid testing spoke tension before loading up for his shot at $10k.

All during the final practice on the DH track this morning this stone crept out--right in the middle of a must hit berm. I just know this bastard gave someone a bad race...
  During the final practice on the DH track this morning, this stone crept out - right in the middle of a "must hit" berm. I just know this bastard gave someone a bad race...

Rachel Atherton has been enjoying her time here in Whistler. She practiced the track but ultimately opted to not race...possibly her shoulder has been bothering her A week s worth of riding will tend to do that to anyone let alone the one Rachel hammered the crap out of when she collided with that car during a training accident three years ago.
  Rachel Atherton has been enjoying her time here in Whistler. She practiced on the Open track, but ultimately opted to not race... Possibly her shoulder has been bothering her? A week's worth of riding will tend to do that to anyone, let alone the one Rachel hammered the crap out of when she collided with that car during a training accident three years ago.

Jared Graves sending it one last time before lunch a nap and game time for the Canadian Open.
  Jared Graves sending it one last time before lunch, a nap, and game time for the Canadian Open.

Casey Brown. Queen of Crankworx.
  Casey Brown won the Canadian Nationals this year, and then won again here at the Open by a significant margin. It would have been interesting to see how she'd fared if the top WC women had decided to race.

  Claire Buchar

What is not immediately apparent in this photo is that the rock Stevie is pinning it down is too steep to walk down.
  What is not immediately apparent in this photo is that the rock Stevie is pinning it down is too steep to walk down.

Sick Mick rallying into the blown out dust chute below Heckler s Rock.
  Sick Mick rallying into the blown out dust chute below Heckler's Rock.

  Mick Hannah

  Andrew Neethling

Needles rallying Heckler s Rock.
  Needles down Hecklers Rock

Marc Beaumont dragging bike park smoke onto the crowd at Heckler s Rock.
  Marc Beaumont dragging bike park smoke onto the crowd at Heckler's Rock.

  Marc Beaumont

Mark Wallace
  Mark Wallace, moving up in the ranks....

MS-Mondraker s Brook Macdonald keeping loose after his win at Val d Isere. Bulldog has swapped out the zero stem of the Mondraker in favor of a 45mm stem feeling that it gives him more control when things get wild.
  MS-Mondraker's Brook Macdonald keeping loose after his win at Val d'Isere. Bulldog has swapped out the zero stem of the Mondraker in favor of a 45mm stem, feeling that it gives him more control when things get wild.

Strobel keeping it wide open through the roots and duff and making it into 10th spot.
  Strobel keeping it wide open through the roots and duff, and making it into 10th spot.

Jack ended up in 13th spot at the Open.
  Jack Reading ended up in 13th spot at the Open.

Luca is killing it this year and he may not even be 16 years old yet. Second place in slalom and 21st in the Open DH. Watch out for this kid
  Luca Shaw is killing it this year, and he may not even be 16 years old yet. Second place in slalom, and 21st in the Open DH. Watch out for this kid!

Chris Del Bosco - Olympic Skier X racer for Canada and pretty fast on a Dh bike.
  Chris Del Bosco - Olympic and X Games Skier Cross racer for Canada and pretty fast on a DH bike.

Dean Tennant showing just how loose the talcy track was.
  Dean Tennant showing just how loose the talcy track was.

Unfortunately Myriam Nicole took a digger yesterday and was out of the Canadian Open that wrapped up the Crankworx week. She s sustained a broken collarbone--requiring surgery--and will be out for World Champs at the start of September and likely Norway too .
  Unfortunately Myriam Nicole took a digger yesterday and was out of the Canadian Open that wrapped up the Crankworx week. She's sustained a broken collarbone--requiring surgery--and will be out for World Champs at the start of September (and likely Norway, too).

  Jack Ohare coming down early on in the Pro Men's event. When the sun was coming through the trees it was easy to see just how dusty it really was...

Alastair Fowler came up a hair short on a gap jump near the bottom of the track during training and rattled his cage but good. The stunned rider from the UK was shook up but philosophical Looks as if I will need a new helmet.
  Alastair Fowler came up a hair short on a gap jump near the bottom of the track during training and rattled his cage but good. The stunned rider from the UK was shook up but philosophical: "Looks as if I will need a new helmet."

Nick Beer pinned for a cold one at the bottom.
  Nick Beer pinned for a cold one at the bottom.

Luca Shaw getting to it during the Pro DH.
  Luca Shaw getting to it during the Pro DH.

Fairclough and sushi have a daily love love relationship in Whistler Village. Likely Brendog s weeklong bill at Sushi Village looks like my monthly Pinkbike paycheck
  Fairclough and sushi have a daily love/love relationship in Whistler Village. Likely Brendog's weeklong bill at Sushi Village looks like my monthly Pinkbike paycheck!

Austin Warren slamming a crusty dusty corner below the first road gap on the Open Track.
  Austin Warren slamming a crusty, dusty corner below the first road gap on the Open Track. Bubba ended up 29th on the day, a pretty solid result at the open.

You want traction like the gods in this dusty root and rock infested playground Forget about durability. If it ain t 60 durometer rubber it s toast after a proper vacation to Whistler--these tires are a week old.
  You want traction like the gods in this dusty, root and rock infested playground? Forget about durability. If it ain't 60 durometer rubber, it's toast after a proper vacation to Whistler--these tires are a week old.

Whistler s hard on bikes. Suspension gets pounded to pieces and brakes need bleeding. Especially after multiple days of full tilt Garbanzo Boogie
  Whistler's hard on bikes. Suspension gets pounded to pieces, and brakes need bleeding. Especially after multiple days of full tilt Garbanzo Boogie!

You want your bike worked on 32C 90F in the shade means the mechanics in the pro pits were treated to a never ending supply of slushy drinks to beat the heat from their riders.
  You want your bike worked on? 32C (90F) in the shade means the mechanics in the pro pits were treated to a never ending supply of slushy drinks to beat the heat from their riders.

Smith Smith - Pilsner showers.
  Steve Smith, Beer shower

  The Stevie Smith fan club at Crankworx.


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86 Comments

  • + 16
 The main 3 high lights of the mens race 1.Smith taking win by almost 5 sec,2.Duncan Riffle cracking some beers at Hecklers Rock with the crazy fans & 3.That handicapt rider from South America what an inspiration for mountain biking.Other than that Redbull did an awesome job with the camera's for a fantastic Live feed.
  • + 15
 in 4- Canadian junior rider Mark Wallace in 5th
  • + 1
 You mean that rider with a handicap, person first language my man. The "disability" if the person even considers it that, doesn't define the rider. Wink

But regardless, Smith was on a rampage this Crankworx! I wonder if this will be the start of a long-running winning streak of him being the king of Crankworx because he was untouchable this year. And yeah despite lack-luster coverage of some previous events, Red Bull went all out on this. It was possibly the best online coverage of any race I've seen.
  • + 10
 I can't believe that I, a citizen of the USA living in the desert southwest posting on a Canadian website, get to post up that Stevie has pulled off a Crankworx hat trick!
  • + 9
 yep, you've got internets.
  • + 8
 STEEEEEEEEEVIE SMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITIH! He is officially unofficially officially the King of Crankworx!
  • + 9
 Now it's time for him to win a world cup! Go get em Steve!
  • + 9
 I spy boobies in the first picture
  • + 5
 you got me really excited
  • + 2
 first thing i saw too.
  • + 0
 Haha good eye.
  • + 1
 There's actually three if you look close.
  • + 7
 What an awesome race, good job Steve Smith representing Canada on a Canadian bike. All hail the King of Crankworx!!
  • + 3
 Last year the winner of the opening ProGRT race in Port Angeles (Danny Hart) was the world champ, this year Steve Smith won the ProGRT race, topping Gwin. Will he do it again and take the world champions jersey? I am a Gwin fan but Steve is one of the coolest guys out there. Its going to be and amazing race.
  • + 4
 Great win for Stevie!! The crowd was going off as he cleared that last jump!!!
  • + 4
 When he landed: me in my living room high fiving my three year old son saying "Go Steve! Go Steve!" what a moment.
  • + 0
 who agrees that the man holding the dog in the last photo looks like Dustin Brown from the LA Kings
  • + 3
 I think he looks a lot like a winner.
  • + 3
 Maybe the guy from the LA Lakers looks a lot like Steve Smith
  • + 2
 Kings, whatever. Crap
  • + 2
 ^do you not actually know who that is haha
  • + 2
 Shadowbiker4 thats the fastest biker in canada. not that man
  • + 2
 @yellodogx: Hell yeah! I was at the GLC with a Cider as he sent that last hit! Everyone knew 10 seconds before he hit it that he was way up!

Yeah! Everyone went nuts! Even dogs were barking!.
  • + 1
 Awesome day! Watched the race from GLC.

Mick and Steve killed it! And they were killer guys to talk too as well. :-)

Sad also that I saw a number of busted up people as well. Chris Kovarik had some nasty rash and Myriam Nicole had an arm in a sling. And the list goes on....

It was awesome to see Steve do so well all week. The celebration afterward was epic too!

Glad I didn't ride today and just hung out and watched the racing. That's tomorrow :-)
  • + 1
 No Mechanicals, no flats, no mistakes....Hit the trail and the gym Steve and pummel Gwin next year! Make B.C and Canada proud! Anyone who has tried to ride Garbanzo top to bottom at race speed know how much of a feat this is. Amazing..The Whistler DH run is easy compare to that...Where is Gwin by the way? Would have been interesting, hometown advantage vs WC winner..Steve might have ridden these trails once or twice, unlikely the fastest in the world could have beat him. Congrats Steve!
  • + 1
 I think he's learned how to win! And this last week has probably cemented that in his head. After this performance I think he's now in the company Minnar, Atherton, and Gwin. I would love to see him beat these guys more then once next year.
  • + 1
 Watching Smith's run was highlight of Crankworx as entire mountain went off.

Does anyone know the name of the rider in yellow jersey who went massive off the last hit and started over rotating in air so he swung right leg over to straighten out and ended up landing one footed?
  • + 3
 Who was the British commentator ? Most annoying guy ever, sounded like he was calling a horse race.
  • + 4
 Full results please
  • + 2
 If we cannot keep the Stanley Cup in Canada atleast we have the Canadian Open.
  • + 2
 AAALLL RIGGGHTT STEVIE!!! first race AND first win for the new carbon wilson!!!
  • + 1
 I thought je was still on the alloy one? he was in the locals guide thing with morrison anyway
  • + 1
 I took a pic of him on the carbon Wilson during Canadian Open practice today
  • + 1
 sweet... canadian bike canadian rider Big Grin
  • + 3
 stevie clearly keeps it real
  • + 1
 When I watched it live did I hear one of the commentators say something about Sam Hill having a different wheel size on his bike or am I crazy?!
  • + 3
 new wheels, same size.
  • + 0
 gotcha...cool&thanks!
  • + 7
 I'd shit myself if a 29er demo came out
  • + 1
 Steve Smith get the hat-trick and by the looks of the last pictures won a dog with a tooth-ache. Congrats to Steve!
  • + 2
 I knew it!!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
  • + 3
 live feed replay?
  • + 1
 Congrats Stevie and Casey! The trifecta for Smith, Garbanzo AND Canadian Open wins for Brown. Badass.
  • + 1
 congrats to mark Wallace as well !! 5th for a junior rider , its amazing
  • + 3
 Sweeeeeeeep
  • + 1
 I think downhill, big air, and slopestyle should be in the olympics then maybe canada can actual win some gold.
  • + 3
 Yeah Stevie!!
  • + 1
 On the 3rd photo - women's podium - does Claire changed the surname into Kovarik? ;-)
  • + 2
 pink bike should have an app for iphone & android
  • + 1
 m.pinkbike.com for mobile...
  • + 1
 Everytime I use it, always click on the option to view fullsite. hate mobile versions.
  • + 2
 YES ! 3 wins at crankworx for STEEEEEEVVVVIIIIIEEEEE !!!!
  • + 2
 So Damn proud of the guy! Go stevie! keep it real!
  • + 3
 LEGEND
  • + 2
 Congratulations Steve! So why was there such a small women's field?
  • + 0
 mark wallace + steve smith = Devinci Global Racing 2013 Canadian Domination
  • + 1
 Great race photos BTW! Hecklers was goin' off!!
  • + 1
 What happened to the Specialized guys???
  • + 1
 Gotta love the sweep! Awesome riding on three very different courses.
  • + 1
 my favorite CWX event.. So bummed I missed it this year...
  • + 1
 Damn! Pure awesomeness
  • + 0
 i belive this is known as a hat trick!!!
  • + 0
 look at this f*cking hipsters #smh
  • + 1
 Steve Smith. Atta' Boy.
  • + 1
 Great Job Steve! ;DD
  • + 0
 Called it...
  • - 1
 when/?? where?>> what time??>> what?????
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