Greg Watts eliminating Kiwi super talent Conor Macfarlane.
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.