Crankworx Whistler Day 2 - Canadian Open Enduro

Aug 12, 2012
by Official Crankworx  
Jerome Clementz (FRA) crossed the finish line after an epic day of racing all over the Whistler Valley and from top to bottom of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. He describes himself as a “little guy who rides bike and loves life” and he is certainly loving life today after clocking the fastest time at 36:46.23.

Second fastest Pro man was Curtis Keene (USA) +35.10 and coming in third was last year’s Enduro winner, Brian Lopes (USA) +46.27.

Whistler local Katrina Strand bettered her second place position from 2011 to dial in the fastest Pro woman time. Her time of 45:23.52 gave her an impressive lead over the next fastest women; Rosara Joseph (NZL) in second +2:02.98, and Katherine Short (CAD) +3:41.41.

The beauty of Enduro Racing It attracts racers of all stripes. Take Mical Dyck she comes from an XC race and CX race background... and yeah she s rocking the lycra a full face and no pads. And a 29er.
  The beauty of Enduro Racing: It attracts racers of all stripes. Take Mical Dyck: she comes from an XC race and CX race background... and yeah she's rocking the lycra, a full face, and no pads. And a 29er.

Nathan Riddle on the other hand was mobbing it with the baggies and pads. I can t ever recall Riddle toeing the line at an XC World Cup race or a CX race. And that bike is firmly planted in the 26 World.
  Nathan Riddle, on the other hand, was mobbing it with the baggies and pads. I can't ever recall Riddle toeing the line at an XC World Cup race or a CX race. And that bike is firmly planted in the 26 World.

Matt Slaven looking to work a little magic on his Kona on stage 1.
  Matt Slaven looking to work a little magic on his Kona on stage 1.

From the gate Jerome Clementz was pinned. On Crank it up pumping it for every bit of speed.
  From the gate, Jerome Clementz was pinned. On Crank it up, pumping it for every bit of speed.

Adrian Campsilvan on stage 3 of the Enduro.
  Adrian Campsilvan on stage 3 of the Enduro.

Aaron Bradford was one of a few riders rocking a 29er and it paid off in spades for the Merican he rolled across the line at the end of it all in fifth place.
  Aaron Bradford was one of a few riders rocking a 29er and it paid off in spades for the 'Merican: he rolled across the line at the end of it all in fifth place.

Dan Atherton fresh off the megavalanche and pinning it on stage 3. Affy was just 2.5 seconds down on Lopes after 4 stage.
  Dan Atherton, fresh off the megavalanche and pinning it on stage 3. Affy was just 2.5 seconds down on Lopes after 4 stages.

The extended time between stage 3 and 4 was what this kind of racing is about being able to talk over the stage a bit tell war stories and have a more laid back atmosphere than you ll generally find in any other racing format. The topic here though was how little time there was between stage one and two. More than one rider showed up late for their start despite pedaling straight over to the start of the second stage from the end of the first stage.
  The extended time between stage 3 and 4 was what this kind of racing is about: being able to talk over the stage a bit, tell war stories, and have a more laid back atmosphere than you'll generally find in any other racing format. The topic here, though, was how little time there was between stage one and two. More than one rider showed up late for their start despite pedaling straight over to the start of the second stage from the end of the first stage.

Stage four was on Top of the World.
  Stage four was on "Top of the World."

Still with no pads... Mical Dyck dropping in on her 24 lb Gary Fisher Superfly 100 on the final stage of the race. Keep in mind that the course for stage four was Descend down the Top of the World gt Highway 86 gt cross bridge onto No Joke to containers gt up to Little Alder gt Expressway gt Too Tight gt Angry Pirate gt Samurai Pizza Cat gt Up BLine Connector to Colbeck s Rock gt Lower Whistler DH gt across flats at top of Slopestye gt lower Hornet gt GLC Drops gt Finish. A lot of blue runs on that route but nothing I d be keen to roll a 29er XC race rig down. Awesome job Mical
  Still with no pads... Mical Dyck dropping in on her 24 lb Gary Fisher Superfly 100 on the final stage of the race. Keep in mind that the course for stage four was: Descend down the Top of the World > Highway 86 > cross bridge onto No Joke to containers > up to Little Alder > Expressway > Too Tight > Angry Pirate > Samurai Pizza Cat > Up BLine Connector to Colbeck's Rock > Lower Whistler DH > across flats at top of Slopestye > lower Hornet > GLC Drops > Finish. A lot of blue runs on that route, but nothing I'd be keen to roll a 29er XC race rig down. Awesome job, Mical!

Katrina Strand somewhere on Top of the World en route to notching a W .
  Katrina Strand, somewhere on Top of the World en route to notching a "W".

Kelli Emmett wishing for a moto...
  Kelli Emmett wishing for a moto...

Anka Martin dropping in for a fun ride but nothing more... a late start on stage two had her out of the money.
  Anka Martin dropping in for a fun ride, but nothing more... a late start on stage two had her out of the money.

Heckling Tristan Merrick the lead off racer for the pro men in stage four of the race.
  Heckling Tristan Merrick, the lead off racer for the pro men in stage four of the race.

Spencer Paxon working hard to keep his eyes on the trail the views on Top of the World were awesome.
  Spencer Paxon working hard to keep his eyes on the trail: the views on "Top of the World" were awesome

 Why am I doing this again I said last year I d never race this hung-over again... Richie Schley before the stage one start.
  "Why am I doing this again? I said last year I'd never race this hung-over again..." Richie Schley before the stage one start.

Sid Taberlay XC all the way. I don t have any baggies and I don t own any armor.
  Sid Taberlay: XC all the way. "I don't have any baggies, and I don't own any armor."

Jared Graves... somewhere he must have been late enough for a start that he was out of the running but rallied stage four all the same. Likely this race was the only one he s done this year with more pedaling than the South African DH World Cup.
  Jared Graves... somewhere he must have been late enough for a start that he was out of the running, but rallied stage four all the same. Likely this race was the only one he's done this year with more pedaling than the South African DH World Cup.

World Cup XC racing may be in the rear view mirror for Adam Craig but with his first Megavalanche under his belt a few weeks ago 17th place and 3 45 down on Absalon the Bend OR local s developing a taste for this kind of racing he was only 2 42 down on Clementz at the end of it all today and he s still learning the ropes.
  World Cup XC racing may be in the rear view mirror for Adam Craig, but with his first Megavalanche under his belt a few weeks ago (17th place, and 3:45 down on Absalon), the Bend, OR local's developing a taste for this kind of racing: he was only 2:42 down on Clementz at the end of it all today, and he's still learning the ropes.

Lopes took third in this year s edition of the Crankworx Open Enduro. Flyin Brian s never liked losing. I m not gonna call him obsessive but look to see him focus a bit more on this race over the next 300 odd days of before the 2013 edition...
  Lopes took third in this year's edition of the Crankworx Open Enduro. Flyin Brian's never liked losing. I'm not gonna call him obsessive, but look to see him focus a bit more on this race over the next 300 odd days of before the 2013 edition...

The course was designed by Whistler local Richie Schley and featured varied terrain that favours the all-around rider. Enduro is a growing genre of off-road racing that pits cardio and strength against nerve and skill. The race design is fairly new to North America and uses a rally-style format involving four-timed “competition stages” linked by “transfer stages” not factored into the overall time.

Next up was the Whistler debut of the Dual Speed & Style presented by Avid, August 11 at 6pm. The Bud Light Zone was open once in Whistler Olympic Plaza from 7-10pm with refreshments for the +19 set while the big screens at Whistler Olympic Plaza simulcast the Dual Speed & Style presented by Avid. The concert line-up featured the ambient rock and power-pop of Jets Overhead at 7:45pm and Said The Whale at 8:45pm.

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Live Streaming Webcast Schedule for Crankworx Whistler 2012
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Saturday August 11
• REPLAY – Canadian Open Enduro - http://live.redbull.tv/events/120/crankworx-whistler-canadian-open-enduro/
• REPLAY - Dual Speed & Style presented by AVID – http://live.redbull.tv/events/121/crankworx-whistler-dual-speed-style/

Sunday August 12
• Garbanzo DH - 4:30pm-7:00pm

Wednesday August 15
• Air DH - 3:30pm–5:30pm

Thursday August 16
• Teva Best Trick - 4:00pm-6:00pm
• Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock Shox - 8:00pm-9:00pm

Friday August 17
• Red Bull Joyride Qualifiers - 1:30pm-3:00pm
• GIANT Dual Slalom Amateur - 3:30pm-5:30pm
• GIANT Dual Slalom Pro - 6:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday August 18
• Red Bull Joyride Finals - 5:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday August 19
• Jeep Canadian Open DH - 3:00pm-5:00pm

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22 Comments

  • 2 0
 A very fun day. Glad I signed up for this and raced. This had my stoked for more Enduro racing. I think I've been bitten by the racing bug again. I raced xc back in the mid 90's and have done a couple DH races. Neither XC nor DH racing have had me excited to race again. Enduro has me wanting to race.
  • 2 0
 You lucky bastard and I completely agree. Although I love racing, it was super-d and enduro that got me actually caring about races again after I stopped doing DH and XC since graduating HS. Although I really want to see more enduro than super-d just because hanging out and having the chance to meet new and very cool people in the transfer stages is something that you remember almost more than the actual race runs, haha.
  • 1 0
 I understand some racers get pissed when not winning, but not great the winner after passing the line, lame... cheer up, Lopes ! Then again, maybe he was crying under the full-face.. Hurray for Jerome ! you are the best !
  • 3 0
 Rosara Joseph is a Kiwi (New Zealander) guys not an Aussie that's like calling a Canadian an American :-)
  • 5 1
 STRAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 Love her!
  • 2 0
 Rosara Joseph - New Zealand, not Australia.
  • 2 0
 No keene pics? wasn't he 2nd?
  • 1 0
 I got a good one for you. www.pinkbike.com/photo/8517270
  • 1 0
 Are the times above actual whistler time?? If so Shouldn't the garbonzo dh be on now?????
  • 1 0
 So keen to race this next year! anyone can race right?
  • 1 0
 Anyone can race!
  • 1 0
 Just sign up early. These races tend to sell out within minutes.
  • 1 0
 "Open" like in every sport means anyone can register as long as the number of applicants is not maxed.
  • 1 1
 Crank it up for an Enduro??? It's a fun course but well. Other stages looked gorgeous though!
  • 1 0
 will the garbonzo dh be shown live ?
  • 1 0
 Yes there will be 2 hours live feed.
  • 1 0
 XC rig with a full face helmet. cool
  • 1 0
 Full face was compulsory for all riders - the XC types were complaining about that.
  • 1 1
 That's BS. You should be able to wear whatever helmet you want. But I guess that's a small price to pay for having such an incredible experience.
  • 1 0
 ^^ agreed. Helmet should be a personal choice.
  • 1 0
 Brian Lopes giving a show!!!!! plus Jared and Dan....!

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