Kokanee Crankworx Unofficial World Championship Whip Offs

Jul 26, 2011
by Matthew Mallory  

Photos by Sterling Lorence and Matthew Mallory and video by Aaron Larocque


Crankworx Whip Off Contest on pinkbike.com




whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  Who among us didn't spend our early childhood years on a bike pretending the it was a moto? Ripping around our neighbourhood sidewalks, alleys and parks, a clothespin holding a hockey card in our spokes. Imaginations ran wild dreaming that we were grabbing a handful of throttle and screaming around a track claiming to be Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael or James "Bubba" Stewart. Every opportunity to put a little air between the tires and the ground was taken.




  It was all about getting 'er sideways.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  Now with some years on our shoulders and riding state of the art, downhill mountain bikes the moto influence is still huge. From the bikes we ride to the full-face helmet with matching pajama suit we are all still big kids having fun. The most moto inspired part of riding though has to be the whip. A move that is revered and if you can pull a good one, flat, sideways and dragged out it is going to turn heads. Taking a page from our dirt bike riding brethren the whip will never go out of style. Bust out a big one and you are the man, it's a damn stylish move.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  Tyler McCaul prepping for Red Bull Joyride later that day.



  Downhill bike, check, pajama suit, big whip, check. Lear Miller shows some moto influenced style.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  Nice lazy one handed whip.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  With many of the best downhill and freeride dudes on the planet in Whistler, Sven Martin (Vital) along with SRAM spearheaded the first Unofficial Sick Whip World Championships. Held the afternoon before the Red Bull Joyride, throngs of people flocked to the recently rebuilt and massive Crabapple Hits. How could anyone resist watching the guys and one gal (Lorraine Blancher) huck their meat and swing the back end of their bike around. It was mayhem as riders trained into the jumps and gave it their all to impress the crowd. Their were signs, there was some booze (we do not condone drinking on the mountain), there was cheering, there were crashes, and in an hour and a half there were more stylish whips showcased than the average person will see in a year. It turned out to be one of the most entertaining afternoons of the week.



The only girl to come out and play. Lorraine whips one off on her new Demo 8. A great way to break in the bike.
  Lorraine Blancher was the only girl to come out and play with the boys at the Unofficial Whip Off World Championships



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  When all was said and done and the riders had gave it their all the judges went into deep deliberation. The final decision had Eliot Jackson winning the Best Scrub while, Graham Aggasiz won the Best Whip Not Pulled Back Award and the Best Whip went to Brazilian Bernardo Cruz who was nailing the biggest, dirtiest moto whips of the day.



  Oh yeah, that is definitely a nasty whip.



  BRAAAP, BRAAAP!



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  Brendan was loving the crowd and the big hits!



  Fairclough styles up his whip with a knack knack over some crazy kids.



Fairclough and a buddy lead the train side by side down Crabapple Hits
  Eliot Jackson and Brendan Fairclough rode side by side to lead the final train through Crabapple Hits.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  Eliot Jackson whipped out.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  More of Eliot



Best Whip winner of the Unofficial Whip Off World Championships.
  Bernard Cruz and his whip. He is the 2011 Unofficial Whip Off World Champion.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.



  What better way to spend an afternoon than checking out some whip action. Guys were buzzing the spectator's heads.



whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.
  Ouro Preto showed up and threw it sideways.



A very brave move look the moon was out at one in the afternoon.
  The moon was out in the middle of the afternoon.



64 Comments

  • + 73
 the person on the far right of the moon picture looks far too interested at what they see...
  • + 25
 Yea! HE sure is looking deep up in there..
  • + 6
 Here is another vid which gives a better account of the winner Bernardo Cruz: www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Untitled,8397/Root-Rider-TV,2859
  • + 5
 He must be looking for Neil Armstrong and some artificial intelligence But all he can see is a bulldog
  • + 3
 Also . . . . possible FOD (Face of the Day) on Tyler McCauls whip.

Down on the left, purple shirt. Mega FOD
  • + 1
 Mountain bike butt... drive him nuts. Watch yourselves out there in Whistler!
  • + 1
 The winner fo the most interesting picture is the girl... lol... I hope they will make it next year... I have one year to train Big Grin
  • + 2
 PENNYWISE!!! the best music to ride to Big Grin
  • + 1
 I bet that dude can see the light shining thru the riders mouth hes looking so deep Razz
  • + 3
 On the subject of sick whips I know its FMX but you gotta see this guys whip ! www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg0d1nUXGoc&feature=related
  • + 3
 there might not be sunshine when she is gone but there is still moonshine
  • + 1
 @bigburd on the topic of fmx whips this one is way better! www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8PFOm2cWw8

the best one is 2:04-2:16
  • + 1
 Nice one alex thanks for sharing it
  • + 2
 Well this probably fills the requirement for pods for the next month. I love this kind of mountain biking because this is why we ride. Its not about the big competitions or sponsors its about going out and having fun with your friends. I wish i was there cuz it looked like a lot of fun.
  • + 1
 was the first pic needles? pretty sick whip!
  • + 6
 This collection of photos completes my life
  • + 3
 I was thinking the same thing. Nothing looks cooler than a DH'er doing a steezy whip
  • + 1
 such dirty whips and scrubs everywhere in that vid. so stoked
  • + 2
 Great to see two Aussies, David McMillan and Rhys Willemse being featured. Second photo down with that HUGE scrub is David McMillan, Canberra local who's only 17 and shredding it OS!
  • + 1
 Yeah go the aussies... Rhys' whip looks amazing!!!
  • + 2
 felt like i was watching the scene from wedding crashers when all the topless chicks keep falling on the bed... one after another after another...
  • + 1
 Looks like it's too much for the creeper red-neck guy with his shirt off to handle when Brendan Fairclough and Eliot Jackson double whipped it. (3rd picture.) "Oh double rainbow!"
  • + 2
 There is another video, unofficial, but very sick.
www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Untitled,8397/Root-Rider-TV,2859
enjoy
  • + 3
 1.43 - half way through the backflip I was like "wow hands off the bars.........oh, hes falling off"
  • + 3
 I can't see the whip on photos 6 and 7!!!
  • + 1
 I think Tyler McCaul has the most consistently badass whips out there, he has such sick style too, no leg flopping around off the pedal... only thing one can say is "tight".
  • + 1
 It James "Stewart" and Ricky "Carmichael." C'mon PB, legends deserve to have their names spelled correctly.
  • + 1
 Bernard cross representing Brazil and the state of Minas Gerais! Congratulations my brother! and spend it!
  • + 2
 Congrats Be ! You deserve that, and your whip ... insane!!!
  • + 1
 No need to do a poll for 'Most popular brand of shoe".

What's that about clips versus flats for control?
  • + 2
 it says james bubba steward its meant to be stewart
  • + 1
 Yeah congratulations Bernardo Neves Cruz... sick whips !
  • + 1
 Anyone know where this line is? Crabapple Hits?
  • + 1
 this should be an official annual event at CWX
  • + 1
 every photo is POD worthy. sick
  • + 1
 yeeeeap! congrats! Bernado!.... nice whip!
  • + 1
 BEST ARTICLE ON PB PERIOD!!!
  • + 1
 aeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee piruca de nego
  • + 1
 Girl in purple knows how to rock a leatt
  • + 1
 why do all the factory giant riders ride 01's?
  • + 1
 Why not?
  • + 1
 They prefer the colour scheme - it matches the team kit.
  • + 2
 Ha! Awesome idea!
  • + 1
 Now, it's not very often that I go through a whole one of these and just fave every single photo! lol
  • + 1
 What a sick event!!!! congrats Bernardo Neves Cruz!!!!
  • + 1
 I love how it looks like Brendan is singing at the beginning
  • + 1
 Why the hell did that guy try and backflip?!
  • + 4
 cause it would have been rad, however if you are not certain about your ability to land it then you definitly shouldnt do it when somebody is right behind you...
  • + 3
 not knowing if you'll land just makes it more exciting! its aggy btw
  • + 1
 The Ultimate;

I beg to disagree, why . . . because it makes it even more dangerous for the second rider. And that's how you get hairs on your chest, and great bike dangling skills. . . dodging a r-tard trying a backflip on a crabapple hit
  • + 1
 i could spend all day watching whips.. bubba would be proud
  • + 1
 voooooooooddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
  • + 1
 anyone notice the guy in the tree taking pics
  • + 1
 Is that Mr been holding a Nikon in the second pic?
  • + 1
 Bê Neves in Red Bull Team
  • + 1
 1:42. f*cking lol
  • + 1
 f*ck Yeah BÊby!
  • + 1
 it's f**king awesome !!!
  • + 1
 sich whips! thumbs up
  • + 1
 whipzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • + 1
 So sick!
  • + 1
 Yea Matt and Dylan!
  • - 1
 was that on crabapple hits??

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