And they're off... Opening day at Whistler Crankworx 2016 has been and gone, but predictably did not disappoint, turning the MTB stoke up to 11 from the get-go. It seems fair to say the Speed and Style event has been something of a 'marmite' contest since it's introduction just a couple of years ago; polarising both riders and spectators into pretty clear cut groups of love or hate. Certainly, it's taken some time to fine-tune the show and figure exactly how much time should be deducted for what kind of moves out on the course, and although controversy has reared it's ugly head more than once in past times, this afternoon's antics were arguably the biggest and best yet.

A super stacked field of both old-timers and new, took to a short course featuring only two trickable jumps that initially appeared to favour the racers. However, as the sun set on the Whistler peaks the results board told a very different story... Huge moves as gargantuan as a cork 7 and as epic as a double backflip stole the show and after a battle of the 'bros', an ex-Joyride champ scrapped all the way to the end to relive some memories of a lifetime once again on top of the box.


Thunderbuddies for life the races were where it all began for Zink n Lyle.
Thunderbuddies for life; the races were where it all began for Zink 'n' Lyle.

Steez vs Storch. Van Steenbergen and Storch were head to head with the advantage to Storch when the Rocky Mountain rider slipped heading into the second jump of their secong head to head run and was forced to take the max time penalty vs Van Steenbergen.
Steez vs Storch. Van Steenbergen and Storch were head to head with the advantage to Storch when the Rocky Mountain rider slipped heading into the second jump of their second head to head run and was forced to take the max time penalty vs Van Steenbergen.

Adrien Loron didn t have the speed and style fortune he hoped for but luckily there s always the brand new pumptrack set-up in the days ahead for a top result.
Adrien Loron didn't have the Speed and Style fortune he hoped for, but luckily there's always the brand new pumptrack set-up in the days ahead for a top result.

Crankworx spectating at it s finest.
Crankworx spectating at it's finest.

Zink leading out TVS before crashing out in the second heat.
Zink leading out TVS before crashing out in the second heat.

Carson Storch churning the Whistler bike park trail builder crew s stomachs.
Carson Storch in destroy mode.

No one goes bigger than Carson Storch... not even Tyler McCaul.
No one goes bigger than Carson Storch... not even Tyler McCaul.

R Dog vs Van Steenbergen. No hard feelings.
R Dog vs Van Steenbergen. No hard feelings.

The bar jusr got raised... Szymon Godziek introducing the cork 7 to speed and style.
The bar just got raised... Szymon Godziek introducing the cork 7 to speed and style.

Branden Howey slipped in the same dust that took out Storch. On the lip of the second jump all Howey could do was watch the other Van Steenbergen front flip to victory for the round.
Brenden Howey slipped in the same dust that took out Storch. On the lip of the second jump, all Howey could do was watch the other Van Steenbergen front flip to victory for the round.

Cam Zink and Tom Van Steenbergen in the gate.
Cam Zink and Tom Van Steenbergen in the gate.

Rotorua champ Tomas Slavik couldn t match Genon in the round of 16 with the modified trick rewards set-up.
Rotorua champ, Tomas Slavik, couldn't match Genon in the round of 16 with the modified trick rewards set-up.

Style vs Style Van Steenbergen vs R-Dog.
Style vs Style: Van Steenbergen vs R-Dog.

R-dog and T-mac talk the talk and walk the walk.
R-dog and T-Mac talk the talk and walk the walk.

The Arrival of Mitch Ropelato.
The Arrival of Mitch Ropelato.

Speed vs Style Genon easily taking out Ropelato despite Ropelato s sheer speed. Genon simpy had more style.
Speed vs Style: Genon easily taking out Ropelato despite Ropelato's sheer speed. Genon simpy had more style.

In a league of his own this afternoon... Tommy G.
In a league of his own this afternoon... Tommy G.

R-dog flips to victory while Lemoine tuck-spins.
R-dog flips to victory while Lemoine tuck-spins.

Greg Watts going head to head with Vencl. They were on par for speed but Vencl edged out Watts with style.
Greg Watts going head to head with Vencl. They were on par for speed, but Vencl edged out Watts with style.

Vencle with X d up flip vs Watts run of the mill flip.
Vencle with X'd up flip vs Watts' run of the mill flip.

Kerr took out BMX boss Nobles to advance into the quarter finals.
Kerr took out BMX boss, Nobles, to advance into the quarter finals.

Speed vs Style... when it s this close you pull out your bag of tricks. Barry Nobles pulling a tailwhip out of the bag to edge out last year s King of Crankworx Bernard Kerr.
Speed vs Style... when it's this close, you pull out your bag of tricks. Barry Nobles pulling a tailwhip out of the bag to edge out last year's "King of Crankworx", Bernard Kerr. But it wasn't to be enough.

With a pneumatic gate fail the Crankworx team had to go full manual.
With a pneumatic gate fail, the Crankworx team had to go full manual.

Zander Geddes putting the speed into the Speed amp Style finals against Jakob Vencl of the Czech Republic. Eventually Vencl prevailed with style edging out speed in this round.
Canadian, Zander Geddes, on the attack against Jakub Vencl of the Czech Republic.

Jakud Vencl trumping Zander Geddes suicide for the win.
Vencl trumping Geddes' suicide for the win.

Tom Van Steenbergen could do this all day... and he did.
Tom Van Steenbergen could do this all day... and he did.

R-dog and TVS about to drop bombs.
R-dog and TVS about to drop bombs.

CLIF Bar Dual Speed and Style Crankworx Whistler 2016 - Photo Epic
The short but sweet course definitely brought out some of the best S&S action we've seen to date.

Semi Final action saw Vencl backflipping vs Tom Van Steenbergen s front flip.
Semi Final action saw Vencl backflipping vs Tom Van Steenbergen's front flip.

Flat versus flipped Genon versus Vencl in the super final.
Flat versus flipped; Genon versus Vencl in the super final.

CLIF Bar Dual Speed and Style Crankworx Whistler 2016 - Photo Epic
The golden boy in golden light.

Roosting into the finish area to wait for the judges calculations to roll in for the first heat.
Roosting into the finish area to wait for the judges calculations to roll in for the first heat.

Brother vs brother in the small final Van Steenbergen vs Van Steenbergen.
Brother vs brother in the small final: Van Steenbergen vs Van Steenbergen.

Tom Van Steenbergen had to think of a new trick to beat his brother and a double flip you know came to mind as he put it.
Tom Van Steenbergen had to think of a new trick to beat his brother and a double flip, you know, 'came to mind' as he put it.

The Van Steenbergen bros pretty much stole the show out there today.
The Van Steenbergen bros pretty much stole the show out there today.

CLIF Bar Dual Speed and Style Crankworx Whistler 2016 - Photo Epic
Just one more perfectly executed 360-table for the win.

Vencl and Genon almost exactly neck and neck for speed in the final run.
Vencl and Genon almost exactly neck and neck for speed in the final run.

It s been a few years and a lot of water under the bridge since Tommy G took a win in Whistler... now he s back with an inaugral Speed and Style victory.
It's been a few years and a lot of water under the bridge since Tommy G took a win in Whistler... now he's back with his inaugural Speed and Style victory.

Genon with the win and high fiving his competitors Vencl in second Tom Van Steenbergen in third.
Tomas Genon high-fiving his worthy adversaries: Jakub Vencl in second and Tom Van Steenbergen in third.

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14 Comments

  • + 14
 Just watching the event yesterday and seeing all the Stevie Smith chainsaw mustaches people are sporting for this crankworx was so awesome. Didn't occur to me that this crankworx was gonna be the Stevie Smith crankworx, I've never been to one without seeing him there. Frown


Wish an organizer would rename the Fox Air DH to the Fox Chainsaw Air DH. That race belonged to him.
  • + 3
 To be fair pretty much every DH event belonged to him. He absolutely destroyed it that one year winning all 3 events.
  • - 10
flag jamesdunford (Aug 14, 2016 at 10:47) (Below Threshold)
 Surprised Fox haven't asked for that actually. Speaking of Fox, I will never buy anything from them again after they've managed to completely f**k the lift queue. So damn annoying.
  • + 12
 ¨I lost my virginity to the chick from Hanson¨ Best t-shirt ever!!!
  • + 6
 what an amazing speed and style biggest tricks ever and everyone was riding fast. genon was so fast and stylish and consistent and wow tom vansteenbergen double flip. was perfect minus kyle strait just leaving after he knew he lost and never gave vencl a high five or anything. was nice to see vencl get silver after that!
  • + 7
 Please bring back dual slalom, it used be so intense to watch world cup guys go head to head with some slope style guys mixed in
  • + 6
 "Thunderbuddies" sounds so wrong.
  • + 2
 Yet feels so right.
  • + 5
 That double flip was insane Tom!
  • + 1
 Mitch with Spy, 100%? Who's he running for goggles? Too bad he didn't throw out more "style". Can't wait for pump track later in the week.
  • + 1
 Such a sick event. Riders from so many disciplines competing and pushing each other. Cool to see guys who mostly go for speed starting to bring tricks to the table.
  • + 2
 To bad there wasn't a pic of the "synchronized" 360 tuck no hander
  • + 1
 Cork7 from Szymon Smile can't wait for slopestyle!
  • + 1
 Where is Brett Tippie?

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