Crankworx Whistler: Air DH Results and Photos

Aug 16, 2012
by Tyler Maine  
 
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  Stevie Smith, bringing it home for the win!

bigquotesIt was fast and dusty but I prefer it that way. It's pretty exciting to win both the Garbanzo Downhill and the Air Downhill as I haven't won either of these events before. - Steve Smith

Men's Top 3

1. Steve Smith
2. Brian Lopes
3. Mick Hannah

Women's Top 3

1. Emmeline Ragot
2. Micayla Gatto
3. Claire Buchar

complete results at bottom...

Autograph hounds were lined up early this morning waiting for SRAM s complimentary Crankworx service on anything SRAM from none other than the reigning Boxxer World Champ Evan Warner. Ladies...rumor has it that Evan can be found in one of Whistler s many fine drinking establishments for after hours service...
  Autograph hounds were lined up early this morning, waiting for SRAM's complimentary Crankworx service on anything SRAM from none other than the reigning Boxxer World Champ, Evan Warner. Ladies...rumor has it that Evan can be found in one of Whistler's many fine drinking establishments for 'after hours' service...

Micayla Gatto missed this scrub but there are a helluva lotta scrubs on A-Line and she seems to have made most of the rest coming home second only to Emmeline Ragot reigning DH World Champ by .86 seconds.
  Micayla Gatto missed this scrub but there are a helluva lotta scrubs on A-Line, and she seems to have made most of the rest, coming home second only to Emmeline Ragot, reigning DH World Champ, by .86 seconds.

Casey Brown was also just a split second off the top of the box along with Claire Buchar at 1.14 seconds to Ragot Buchar was 1.00 seconds back .
  Casey Brown was also just a split second off the top of the box (along with Claire Buchar) at +1.14 seconds to Ragot (Buchar was +1.00 seconds back).

Ragot killin it.
  Ragot, killin' it.

Cody Johnson showing some fine scrub form early on in his run.
  Cody Johnson showing some fine scrub form early on in his run.

Midway down the track it s getting harder and harder to keep it low and fast Sidney Slotegraaf getting sideways here and keeping it pretty low but likely at this point he s just wishing it was over.
  Midway down the track, it's getting harder and harder to keep it low and fast; Sidney Slotegraaf getting sideways here, and keeping it pretty low, but likely at this point he's just wishing it was over.

Sasquatch on course. I mean Mikey Haderer. Make eye contact at your own risk.
  Gorilla on course. I mean Mikey Haderer. Make eye contact at your own risk.

A Line was dusty. Shoot--the whole mountain is dusty. Goggles are pretty much mandatory for flying the friendly skies of A-Line and the Whistler Bike Park as a whole.
  A Line was dusty. Shoot - the whole mountain is dusty. Goggles are pretty much mandatory for flying the friendly skies of A-Line and the Whistler Bike Park as a whole.

Local boy Ian Morrison keeping it low and under the radar.
  Local boy Ian Morrison keeping it low and under the radar.

Mitch Ropelato on the way to getting on the box.
  Mitch Ropelato on the way to getting on the box.

Nick Beer looking to be on target for A ... but he was hauling the mail so maybe flat . But winning was definitely Devinci teammate Steve Smith.
  Nick Beer looking to be on target for "A+"... but he was hauling the mail, so maybe "flat". But "winning" was definitely Devinci teammate Steve Smith.

Andrew Neethling sending it.
  Andrew Neethling sending it.

Scrub a dub dub. Mick Hannah giving a scrub clinic in the Air DH.
  Scrub a dub dub. Mick Hannah giving a scrub clinic in the Air DH for 3rd spot. The sooner your rear wheel touches the ground the sooner you can start pedaling again...

Brook Macdonald doing his best to land perpendicular to his direction of travel. I have absolutely no idea how Bulldog pulled this out but pull it out he did.
  Brook Macdonald doing his best to land perpendicular to his direction of travel. I have absolutely no idea how Bulldog pulled this out, but pull it out he did.

Shutting the front door in fine style...Steve Smith. And yeah he landed past winning on the backside of this hit.
  Shutting the front door in fine style...Steve Smith. And yeah, he landed past "winning" on the backside of this hit.

The deep dark woods of lower A-Line were well lit with moonlight during Lopes run in the Air DH.
  The deep, dark woods of lower A-Line were well lit with moonlight during Lopes' run in the Air DH.

Not every run down A-Line was a clean run. The Boneyard isn t the only place here in the Whistler Bike Park that eats bikes and riders piece meal...
  Not every run down A-Line was a clean run. The Boneyard isn't the only place here in the Whistler Bike Park that eats bikes and riders piece meal...

Speaking of the Boneyard... It s been hungry so far in training. Sorge and Andreu were two top riders that slapped hard today. Bumps and bruises only but training for the Joyide is anything but easy.
  Speaking of the Boneyard... It's been hungry so far in training. Sorge and Andreu were two top riders that slapped hard today. Bumps and bruises only, but training for the Joyide is anything but easy, and many riders are not happy with parts of the course.

By the end of training a few riders were starting to throw down but most riders have been keeping it pretty mellow. There were a few spins a few tailwhips but mostly it was just straight airs. This was one of only two inverts Pinkbike shooters spotted today.
  By the end of training, a few riders were starting to throw down, but most riders have been keeping it pretty mellow. There were a few spins, a few tailwhips, but mostly it was just straight airs. This was one of only two inverts Pinkbike shooters spotted today.

Semenuk cracking a table at the end of training. The local kid has been on another level all year. So far he s been quiet in training but he s never one to put all his cards on the table until he needs to. And since he s guaranteed to be in the big dance on Saturday getting his timing in the air dialed and developing a rhythm in the boneyard is his primary focus until it s time to get rowdy.
  Semenuk cracking a table at the end of training. The local kid has been on another level all year. So far he's been quiet in training, but he's never one to put all his cards on the table until he needs to. And since he's guaranteed to be in the big dance on Saturday, getting his timing in the air dialed and developing a rhythm in the boneyard is his primary focus until it's time to get rowdy.


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74 Comments

  • + 42
 STEVIE!!!!! CANADIAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE ON WHEELS!!!!!!!! SICK SMITH!!!!
  • + 2
 rockin the devinci!
  • + 9
 The beard to be feared!
  • + 30
 Congrats to Stevie Smith, what an insanely fast run... and thanks to Pinkbike for making it available for all of us at home!
  • + 16
 how about mitch ropelato? he's been on a tear lately, riding with hill has got him ripping the throttle now. love stevie though.
  • + 4
 no doubt isn't he subbing in for Brosnan? rising to the occasion.
  • + 9
 Surprised that Stevie came out over 3 seconds ahead of Lopes, but Good job Stevie
  • - 4
flag finnrambo (Aug 15, 2012 at 18:02) (Below Threshold)
 I thought it was minutes for a second... total ripper Big Grin
  • + 9
 RedBull must be so stoked on Stevie Smith. Dude is rippin'
  • + 7
 I wish the coverage had been like it usually is with DH. Would have loved to have seen some of the top sections..!
  • + 1
 Yeah. I LOVE that Pinkbike is broadcasting all these events, but this one was a bummer. I know they can't cover the whole trail, but to show only four shots, three of which are the most uninteresting sections on A-line, is a bit sad. I bailed after about five minutes.

And Si...maybe just a little less monotone from time to time? Wink
  • + 5
 I think Claire would have def got 2nd, if not 1st, if the spectator hadn't run in front of her!
  • + 1
 For sure. I was at the line and you could clearly see Claire braking to avoid hitting that dumb-ass chick that ran across the course.
  • + 3
 Lopes the fastest 40 year old, still so freaking fast. 3.75 seconds and 17 years separate him and Steve, but I hope Steve wins the Hafjell, Norway World Cup.
  • + 4
 Stevie for worlds champs!!!
  • + 3
 Smith is on a tear! Hope he continues to win like this and takes the Canadian open.
  • + 2
 Seems like the only conclusion. GO STEVIE!!!
  • + 5
 ropa-dope
  • + 2
 4 minutes!!! Steve must have been hitting the wild turkey before run. Good to have marcelo back in action. Seen him rippin mt creek in training.
  • + 2
 Brian Lopes is the man. Congratulations to Stevie, though. Dan is a real inspiration.
  • + 3
 Stevie Smith for Premier. LOL. Seriously, good on ya Mr. Smith.
  • + 2
 Yay Emmeline! Now it's time to take the Worlds!!! And good luck for the round up in Hafjell!
  • + 3
 Great to see Dan Atherton up there too! Big Grin
  • + 3
 An Ecuadorian!!! that is awesome...
  • + 1
 Excelente trabajo de nuestros pilotos Latinoamericanos!!! Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador... un orgullo!!
  • + 2
 Good to see Marcelo shredding and so near to the podium!
  • + 2
 So cool. Good work Steve!
  • + 1
 The announcer Si totally sounds like Terry from Run Ronnie Run: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGKfoXHNUM
  • + 2
 Stevie is on it, well done pinner!
  • + 2
 Yeah, Smith's on FIRE at this years CW...
  • + 1
 grande pilotos chilenos veo podium...excelente....volando bien alto..
  • + 1
 Stupid question.

Was this a race for bikes with just air shocks?
  • + 1
 nick beer has the coolest last name ever..sick job stevie!
  • + 1
 who was the fastest rider on a full dh bike?
  • + 1
 I think the guy with the silver intense in pic 2 has a puncture...
  • + 1
 Good to see Dan Atherton up in 13th.
  • + 1
 Nice! 7th for Graves!
  • + 1
 Hansy #1!!! Repre
  • + 1
 -senting Aptos and Santa Cruz!!!!!!
  • + 1
 I missed Rachel..
  • + 1
 wooo!
  • - 1
 stevie just keeps giving reasons to buy a wilson for next year
  • + 8
 he was riding a dixon.....
  • + 25
 fuck. now I feel like an idiot. Im sorry everyone
  • - 1
 Thank goodness I have one of each.
  • + 1
 You should still get a Wilson. And maybe a Dixon just for A Line?
  • + 5
 I touched my friends Wilson last month...
  • + 5
 sounds a bit dodgy mate not sure the entire internet needs to know that
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