Cam McCaul, Tyler McCaul, Micayla Gatto, and Andrew Neethling Predict the 2018 King & Queen of Crankworx

Feb 26, 2018
by Official Crankworx  
Cam McCaul poses with a group of kids at the Kidsworx B-Line race during Crankworx Whistler in British Columbia Photo by clint trahan crankworx
New announcer lineup, who dis? Cam McCaul's at the on to see who else is coming along for the ride in 2018. Photo: Clint Trahan

Time for a team announcement of a different sort. As we prepare to launch into international competition season March 17-25 in Rotorua, we’re stoked to share the Crankworx World Tour announcer lineup for 2018. Here’s who’s going to be calling the tricks and times this season for the world’s biggest mountain biking festival across it’s four global stops in Rotorua, Innsbruck, Les Gets, and bringing it home for the 15th year in Whistler. With our announcer team locked and loaded, we're now one step closer to live MTB action kicking off for another year (18 days 'til Crankworx Rotorua, to be precise, and 24 to our first live webcast event, but who's counting?!).

Get the full live broadcast schedule for Crankworx Rotorua HERE.

Host - Cam McCaul

A steady diet of loam keeps Cam McCaul on his game.

bigquotesMy favourite Crankworx moment would have to be 2003, before Crankworx was called Crankworx and the whole thing was just a big exciting experiment. There was a buzz in the air that has now been echoed at every Crankworx World Tour event for the past 14 seasons.Cam McCaul

A pedal down Crankworx memory lane, with a few key moments:

Throwing back to 2012, Cam takes third at Joyride in Whistler.
2006 Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler
1. Cam Zink
2. Cam McCaul
3. Kyle Strait

2007 Slopestyle at Crankworx Colorado
1. Cam McCaul
2. Jamie Goldman
3. Paul Pasagoitia

2011 Slopestyle at Crankworx Colorado
1. Cam McCaul
2. Brandon Semeuk
3. Sam Pilgrim

2018 King/Queen Predictions

bigquotesOne of the best parts about the whole Crankworx World Tour is how inclusive it is to so many different competitive disciplines. That's the beauty of mountain biking so why not showcase it all!? The prestige of being crowned King or Queen of Crankworx grows every year as more and more riders push themselves outside their comfort zones to pursue the title. Racers learning tricks, dirt jumpers practicing gate starts, it's a blast to watch. In 2018 I'm guessing we're going to see riders like Bas van Steenbergen and Casey Brown knocking on the doors of defending champs Adrien Loron and Jill Kintner.

Specialist: Pump Track, Dual Speed & Style, Downhill - Andrew Neethling

Photos: Eric Palmer and Keno Derleyn

bigquotesI always loved the Canadian Open track. Felt it had a good mix and a great test for a rider. In 2011 I really felt I had a shot at the win as I had come off the win in A-Line. It was not to be as Stevie just out-classed me. Looking back this is a bittersweet and emotional podium and an honour to stand on a podium with Stevie!! Miss the guy. It will always be difficult to top the 2011 Air DH as my most fav moment though. It was unexpected and to take down Lopes in a race he had dominated made it even better. A-Line is just an iconic trail and at the time to hold the fastest time down this trail was special.Andrew Neethling

Pinpointing a few Needles moments from days past:

2007 Garbanzo DH
1. Sam Hill
2. Justin Leov
3. Andrew Neethling

2011 Canadian Open DH
1. Stevie Smith
2. Andrew Neethling
3. Troy Brosnan

2011 Jeep Air Downhill
1. Andrew Neethling
2. Brian Lopes
3. Mick Hannah

Needles sends it at Crankworx L2A in 2012.

2018 King/Queen Predictions

bigquotesIt's just tough to count out Jill Kintner. She's so all-round and I know focuses all her energy on Crankworx now. This, and her motivation, is a tough combination to beat! In the men it's a lot more open… The guy that can get some podiums and wins, like Adrien, and limit his damage in events he's not so strong in will be hard to beat. I do like Slavik and Bernard Kerr's chances as well though. Some other guys, like Jack Moir, don't do enough events to have a chance at the title, even though they're very strong in a discipline like downhill.

Specialist: Slopestyle - Tyler McCaul

Photos: Sean St. Denis and Brendan Lutes

bigquotesThat 2015 win was big for me.The year before this I had to get my lower leg/ankle completely rebuilt the week before Crankworx, and watching this event from crutches on the sidelines killed me. Being able to come back the next year and end up where I did was pretty satisfying. I also think standing on this podium with two of my best friends was and probably will be one of my favorite Crankworx moments. I've been riding with both these guys for longer than I can remember, and being able to stand on a podium with the two of them made it that much better..Tyler McCaul

A sampling of T.Mac moments:

Tyler McCaul riding GT
Tyler, always managing to go about as sideways as it gets, at the Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank at Crankworx Rotorua in 2015. Photo: Clint Trahan
2007 Jim Beam Air DH (Junior Men)
1. Ed Masters
2. Nathan Vials
3. Tyler McCaul

2012 Unofficial Whip Off World Championships
1. Tyler McCaul
2. Thomas Vanderham
3. Cam Zink + Brendan Fairclough

2015 CLIF Dual Speed & Style
1. Tyler McCaul
2. Kyle Strait
3. Ryan Howard

2018 King/Queen Predictions

bigquotesWell, Jill is obviously an easy pick. She's been in Aptos a little bit over winter and we've been riding together from time-to-time. It seems like she takes her off-seasons very seriously and I think she's gonna come in hot this year like she always does. I think Casey Brown could definitely shake things up a bit too, and her whips are pretty darn unbeatable and always fun to watch. On the men's side, I'm gonna go with Austin Warren. Bit of a wildcard since Loron, Slavik and Kerr always seem to be at the top of the King's overall, but I know that Austin's planning on hitting up all the stops this year and as long as he stays healthy I think he could do some damage.

Reporter/Field Expert/Overall Haver of Fun and Dropper of Knowledge - Micayla Gatto

Doing it Ferda Girls since the beginning of Crankworx, including a win in the 2010 Dual Slalom. Photo: Ian Hylands
Doing it Ferda Girls since the beginning of Crankworx, including a win in the 2010 Dual Slalom. Photo: Ian Hylands

bigquotesOne of my favourite CWX moments in my career would have to be winning the Dual Slalom in 2010. To be standing up on the podium with riding legends Melissa Buhl and Jill Kintner was something I’d only ever dreamed of. Though every time I've stepped onto the Crankworx Podium has been special. The crowds are amazing and the energy and pride you feel standing up there is definitely one of the best feelings in the world. Fast-forward to 2017 and I’d have to say winning Dirt Diaries at Crankworx Whistler for my “Ferda Girls” video was huge for me. With my focus shifting from racing to media, winning Dirt Diaries was confirmation that I’m headed in the right direction.Micayla Gatto

Getting after it with Gatto - a brief (and incomplete) history:

2004 Garbanzo Enduro Downhill (Junior Women)
1. Micayla Gatto

2007 Jim Beam Air DH
1. Tracy Moseley
2. Micayla Gatto
3. Fionn Griffiths

2011 Dual Slalom
2. Jill Kintner
2. Micayla Gatto
3. Manon Carpenter
Micayla Gatto at the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox at Crankworx in Whistler British Columbia Canada. Photo Sean St.Denis
Micayla in the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox at Crankworx Whistler in 2015. Photo: Sean St. Denis

2018 King/Queen Predictions

bigquotesI'd love to see some fresh blood and wildcards really push for the title of King and Queen this year. With Caroline Buchanan out of the running in Rotorua due to injury, I’d love to see a strong rider like Casey Brown step up to the challenge. She’s got the bike-handling skills and fitness to give Jill some pressure and competition. That being said, all the girls have really stepped it up a notch this off-season, so I think it could be anyone’s crown this year. For the men, I have similar views. I’d love to see a strong all-rounder like Keegan Wright or Bas van Steenbergen come away with the win. Both are multi-talented riders with rad style and racing backgrounds. It would be cool to see someone without a bmx or 4x specific background break the mold this year.

If last year's any indication, here's a taste of what's to come:

The Crankworx World Tour launches into 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand, March 17-25. Mark your calendars and get ready to follow along with all the action LIVE right here on Pinkbike and on

Full schedule HERE.


  • 31 1
 Doesn't Josh Bryceland compete? I think he could do quite well.
  • 9 0
 Hey cool, now I can watch with the sound turned up. Adios Brad ????
  • 3 0
 I like the whole king/queen thing, but the people in the running is somewhat influenced by dh and slopestlye being such big events in their own right. Riders don't want to risk injury and fatigue or have schedule conflicts. If any of the top dh riders really took it seriously, or the top slopestlye riders did more events, the competition would be really close and likely have a different winner. Look at Kerr when he really comitted or Blenki. Would love to see Mitch win it, but he's committed to a whole EWS season.
  • 5 3
 Looks like a good broadcasting lineup. Some folks new to being behind the microphone for sure. I think Micayla will do an awesome job interviewing riders etc. she’s more than on their level. Looking forward to it.
  • 4 0
 This is how babies comes?!
  • 1 0
 Decent article, but there are so many errors, (athlete’s names, podium results etc...) that it’s distracting. The crankworx press folks would do well with a fact-check and proof read.
  • 3 0
 PAUL BASAGOITIA is the one name you shouldn't misspell.
  • 1 1
 So what does this mean for Brad James and Hannah Bernard - are they on a different program? Congrats to those on the list..
  • 3 0
 Hannah Bernard changed jobs already mid last year
  • 6 2
 @Globu: Thank god
  • 2 0
 If Tracey rides all the events, she'll be Queen for sure.
  • 1 0
 Paul Pasagoitia...who's that lol, #typo

Glad to see he's on the mend!! Keep it up bud
  • 2 0
  • 3 4
 Sweet, but please less instagram accounts shoved down my throat thanks!

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