Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Jun 16, 2016
by Dave Trumpore  




We live in a day and age where as time marches on, we are accustomed to progress and change and more often than not, for the better. Bikes are lighter, geometry is more dialed in, the brakes are stronger and the suspension is almost flawless. If you were to take Fabien Barel's Kona which won the last race here in 2004 and compared it to a modern DH bike, or even a modern Enduro bike for that matter, you would likely find it far inferior in almost every way. Yet somehow with all of these advances, it seems that the modern DH track has either stayed the same or even worse - changed, and not for the better. As bike parks have emerged, and the influence of BMX and motocross have pulled our sport in new directions, the tracks we race modern bikes on don't always seem to rise to the occasion. It's no secret that the riders are often frustrated by this, yet little to nothing has really improved over the past few years, other than the odd new venue popping up now and again, and even that seems to be few and far between.

When word got out that Crankworx would be coming to Les Gets, there were probably a lot of riders who wondered where in the world this place could be, and of all the options out there, why here? There were also many who were immediately excited, as Les Gets had long been synonymous with gnarly DH back in the late 1990's and early 2000's. It was a place with history. The slopes of Mont Chéry had played host to some epic tracks and some legendary races, most notably World Champs in 2004 which saw Fabien Barel take the win after Steve Peat crashed just meters from the finish line while on the fastest time. And not a soul has raced down these slopes since Peaty's fateful run 12 long years ago.

So, for Crankworx in 2016, the organizers have decided it's due time to unearth a classic, and breathe life back into a track that made so many headlines so many years ago. A decision that everyone here is thankful for. Sure, they could have built a "new track" complete with big berms and jumps, or maybe even a man-made rock garden or three, but they didn't. They went old school and back to the proven concept of keeping it fresh, natural and raw. Ironically, by making something old, they actually created something new. It's been years since we've seen a track at the World Cup level of this nature. Taped three meters wide top to bottom, freshly cut with no established line, using natural terrain to control speed and follow the fall line of the mountain. There are no ruts, there are no established trails, and there is no easy way down.

This is the type of track and conditions that have made the most memorable and iconic runs in our sport. The type of track that made legends out of riders like Nico Vouilloz, Steve Peat, and Sam Hill. And hopefully, the type of track that will help facilitate some much-needed change on the status quo that is currently present at the highest level in our sport.

The riders in attendance are ecstatic, many claiming this to be one of the best tracks to come along in years, and we can't wait to see what goes down here in the mud of Les Gets.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Neil Stewart drops on high on Mont Ch ry.
Neil Stewart drops on high on Mont Chery.

After a two story start ramp riders blast down some super fast mellow corners before hitting a massive road gap. The entire open sloap section is raw fresh cut and saturated with water. It might look easy now but once a few hundred riders blast through it is going to be wild.
After a two-story start ramp, riders blast down some super fast mellow corners before hitting a massive road gap. The entire open slope section is raw, fresh cut, and saturated with water. It might look easy now, but once a few hundred riders blast through it, it's going to be wild.

It s fast and its fresh right out of the gate.
It's fast, and it's fresh right out of the gate.

With the size of the road gap seen here riders should have plenty of time in the air to enjoy the view.
With the size of the road gap seen here, riders should have plenty of time in the air to enjoy the view.

Go big or else....
Go big, or else....

It refreshing to see a track laid out with the flow and fall line in mind using natural train instead of manmade berms and trails. It might take a few runs to bed in but once a few ruts and holes develop it will be perfect.
It's refreshing to see a track laid out with the flow and fall line in mind, using natural terrain instead of man-made berms and trails. It might take a few runs to bed in, but once a few ruts and holes develop it will be perfect.

The grass has been cut down but some of the bushes are still on the fast inside lines. If you want to straight line this section you are going to have to pull up and over or plow straight through the green stuff.
The grass has been cut down, but some of the bushes are still on the fast inside lines. If you want to straight line this section you are going to have to pull up and over, or plow straight through the green stuff.

The fastest line is straight through here.
The fastest line is straight through here.

As the track starts to tilt a bit steeper a bit more dirt appears and the corners tighten up a bit.
As the track starts to tilt a bit steeper a bit more dirt appears, and the corners tighten up a bit.

With not a rut or catch berm in sight it s going to be a sideways slip and slide until riders cut in a proper racing line.
With not a rut or catch berm in sight it's going to be a sideways slip and slide until riders cut in a proper racing line.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

As with every other course here at Crankworx the ground of the DH track is completely waterlogged and saturated to the point that water can no longer soak in. It s not going to dry out and it s only going to get more sloppy.
As with every other course here at Crankworx, the ground of the DH track is completely waterlogged and saturated to the point that water can no longer soak in. It's not going to dry out, and it's only going to get more sloppy.

Just a bit steep as the track transition from open slope to trees.
Just a bit steep as the track transitions from an open slope and into trees.

Don t let the camera angle fool you into thinking this is flat and easy. It s near vertical full of mud and roots and funnels into a serious off camber.
Don't let the camera angle fool you into thinking this is flat and easy. It's near vertical, full of mud and roots, and funnels into a serious off-camber.

Grim and rip it... If you can.
Grip it and rip it... If you can.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

The woods are a constant combination of big sweeping corners off cambers and jumps. Get them right and you will have speed and flow even in the mud. Get them wrong and you might just slide all the way into Switzerland.
The woods are a constant combination of big sweeping corners, off-cambers, and jumps. Get them right and you will have speed and flow even in the mud. Get them wrong and you might just slide all the way into Switzerland.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

We can t wait to see riders drifting through this steep off camber.
We can't wait to see riders drifting through this steep off-camber.

The ground level view shows just how muddy it in the trees.
The ground level view shows just how muddy it is in the trees.

It s soft and deep.
It's soft and deep.

Eliot Jackson and Bas Van Steenburgen discuss what it s going to be like to land on this off camber and slide all the way down through the natural catch berm.
Eliot Jackson and Bas van Steenbergen discuss what it's going to be like to land on this off-camber and slide all the way down through the natural catch berm.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Three meters wide the whole way down no worn in line and essentially a clean slate for the riders to work with this weekend.
Three meters wide the whole way down, no worn in line, and essentially a clean slate for the riders to work with this weekend.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

The woods here are full on on and never let up. Each tech bit links right into and equally challenging section and with no obvious line bed in yet everyone is just guessing at this point.
The woods here are full on and never let up. Each tech bit links right into an equally challenging section, and with no obvious line bed in yet, everyone is just guessing at this point.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Underneath all of that mud there are lots and lots of roots. Some are already visible but we can only imagine how many more will turn up when the mud gets pushed around a bit more.
Underneath all of that mud there are lots and lots of roots. Some are already visible, but we can only imagine how many more will turn up when the mud gets pushed around a bit more.

If you ve ever seen footage of the WC and World Championship races held here in the past you might recognize this gully as one of the more iconic and classic sections of the track.
If you've ever seen footage of the WC and World Championship races held here in the past, you might recognize this gully as one of the more iconic sections of the track.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

It s going to to look like a muddy bobsled race through here.
It's going to look like a muddy bobsled race through here.

One last stepdown market the end of the woods and leads riders right into some fast and open flat corners.
One last stepdown marks the end of the woods and leads riders right into some fast and open flat corners.

Flat open corners made up of nothing but mud and grass.
Flat open corners made up of nothing but mud and grass.

The track stay mostly in the open from here to the bottom again following the natural fall line of the terrain and with speed and flow in mind.
The track stays mostly in the open from here to the bottom, again following the natural fall line of the terrain and with speed and flow in mind.

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Downhill Track Preview - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

It is going to be mental through here once riders rip the soft surface to shreds.
It is going to be mental through here once riders rip the soft surface to shreds.

Slick and muddy corners lead to the final road gap on track where riders will have finally have the finish line in sight.
Slick and muddy corners lead to the final road gap on the track where riders will have the finish line in their sights.

There s a lot of history right here this 20 meters of track. The last rider to ever ride through here did so on their back while on the fastest time losing their World Championship in the process way back in 2004.
There's a lot of history right here in this 20 meters of track. The last rider to ever ride through here did so on his back, losing the World Championship in the process, back in 2004.

One fast off camber and you are home free... Though stopping might be a bit of an issue in the grassy finish arena.
One fast off-camber and you are home free... Though stopping might be a bit of an issue in the grassy finish arena.

The DH pits nestled into the natural setting of Les Gets.
The DH pits nestled into the natural setting of Les Gets.

Still in a sling Loic Bruni is here and pumped to see his friends take on this beast of a DH track.
Still in a sling, Loic Bruni is here and pumped to see his friends take on this beast of a DH track.
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147 Comments

  • + 134
 Can you PLEASE do before and after photo's of these sections once the race has been run. It would be amazing to see how it changes once a few hundred people ride it. Track looks freaking awesome BTW. I'm as interested about this race as a world cup round after seeing the course.
  • + 7
 +1, that would be awesome to see!
  • + 5
 +2 bikes Vs diggers, this track is nar. soo many fresh lines and them all that off camber muck. Sweet, can't wait to see this one.
  • + 58
 mud.
  • + 21
 Elliot Jackson without slippers on ? Must be muddy !
  • + 14
 Is Sam Hill going to be there? I want to see him moto-drifting these corners!
  • + 4
 @cutamerc: he said in the CRC wrap up from Leogang that he was heading home to rest up for the next WC
  • + 1
 @Spapjw: Well, I can't say I blame him for that. Thanks for the intel!
  • + 10
 If it rains on race day this will be a mud bog of epic proportions! I'm more excited about this track than any World Cup track this year.
  • + 3
 where are the rocks?
  • + 1
 The track looks awesome!! Pity it's been raining everyday or almost for the last... 5 weeks or so! Never seen something like that.
  • + 6
 If you crash and go out of the tape, you might spend the rest of the day scrambling back up to where you left.
  • + 10
 @vinay: with conditions like that the Brits will be on fire, it's typical all year weather for us. We only know it's summer because the rain gets warmer
  • + 0
 @Protour: yes yes yes!
  • + 1
 Looks very nasty, greasy or slippery ! Eurkkk
  • + 7
 Looks awesome! Old school but with nice jumps and gaps. This track should have been on the wc this year I think. Also it amazes me the poor choice of footwear people do when track walking.
  • + 4
 @sewer-rat: No doubt. But this is France and if they're having these conditions right now they should at least have them more often I suppose? My impression was that the North island of New Zealand could be pretty moist (but I've only been there late September/October) and the people from BC also always mention they have so much rain (never been there). There surely must be other places like that. What you Brits do have is all-year riding whereas many of these other spots I mentioned will then be covered in snow. Then again top UK riders like the Athertons flee these winter conditions to practice the drier WC conditions elsewhere. Loads of people could do well here. I'm not going to rule anyone out. I merely mentioned that if you cross the tape and tumble down the side of such a slippery steep slope it is going to cost you considerably no matter where you come from.
  • + 13
 @slayerdegnar: No rocks, Les Gets has anacondas... lurking just below the surface now, but come race day the forest sections will look like an evil snake pit.
  • + 1
 @vinay: better accept the penalties then...
  • + 3
 The forcast is showing a 85% chance of severe mud butt for the finals this weekend.
  • + 1
 @slayerdegnar: No rocks, just mud.
  • + 33
 We see a lot of rocky, technical tracks with the downhill world cups and yes they are fun to watch but this, this is something to get properly excited about. Back to basics and making it more interesting as the track develops over the weekend. Can't wait!!!!
  • + 11
 This track has BULLDOG written all over it !
  • + 30
 track looks proper and can't wait for the race but (downvoting commence) spellcheck please PB. 'not a sole', 'natural train', 'grim and rip it' ...it's laughable for a site of your stature Big Grin

yeah i know many people don't care but for those who do it's like an out of focus picture...
  • - 6
flag wingguy (Jun 16, 2016 at 15:30) (Below Threshold)
 Not a sole soul has raced this track... :p
  • + 22
 Pat yourself on the back all if you want... but sometimes I forget to uncheck the box that says "post" when I send a blog post to the editors for a final proofread and revision.

Mistakes happen... sometimes it's better to just accept them and enjoy the content then to be that guy who likes to "call someone out"

Chances are if you hit refresh before commenting the typos would have been gone ;-)

Sorry for detracting from your experience either way.
  • + 5
 @davetrump: There's no reason to be petty, @FarmeR57 has a perfectly reasonable point!
  • + 1
 I don't see how he's being petty at all unless you took his comment as offensive? Then I could see that.
  • + 0
 I do care for spelling, but I take amazing pics posted with what was a pretty nice write up posted the same day they were taken over perfect spelling....as Dave points out spellings got fixed within a few hours...I guess next time just wait 24h before clicking on the link Smile
  • - 1
 @davetrump: this is Photo.Epic
  • + 4
 If you're going to be a grammar Nazi, at least use the correct punctuation. Capital letters at the start of sentences, stops at the end, mistakes happen. Get over yourself.
  • + 4
 @davetrump: I thought it was a pretty well-worded piece of constructive criticism - surely you'd rather hear the opinions of your audience so that you're aware people notice and you can learn from your (albeit minuscule) mistakes?

Fair enough if he'd been a dick about it, but I didn't see it that way. If I were to leave typos in my published work then I'd get called out for it and I wouldn't be about to argue with my clients about it...
  • + 4
 @davetrump: Sorry Mr. Trumpore this wasn't meant as an attack on your spelling ability nor was i 'patting myself on the back'. It was a comment on PB's ongoing inability to proofread their content before posting. Perhaps I don't understand the process for posting to know errors would be fixed with time, but it was fair comment for a site which uses print. I am fully aware anything with humans involved will include mistakes, but that doesn't meant they aren't mistakes. What if a site using your pictures misspelled your name? Fairly certain you would then have something to say...
  • + 2
 @davetrump: If you are writing in your browser use an extension called Grammarly, it not only checks spelling but it also looks for proper punctuation and grammar. I have found it invaluable in the online writing that I have done....and it makes it so you don't end up offending the grammar police out there! Big Grin
  • + 24
 Is Danny Hart in town? Wink
  • + 2
 would be another attack tho!
  • + 2
 he is racing in schladming this weekend
  • + 19
 Let's see.... mud, flat pedals, balls, speed, bush whacking and not a defined line in sight... I predict strong British results here.
  • + 15
 Personally, I think this great! A new track that hasn't had the shit ridden out of it. No blown out lines, no manicured bike park sections. No pre-event practice for weeks in advance or as in some cases, season in advance, where on some WC tracks it almost the same track year in year out. Stop complaining about the mud too, it's an outdoor sport ffs! New raw track + mud = even game for everyone... whatever way this goes, it's going to be interesting as hell!
  • + 1
 Agreed. At the very least....it will be interesting!
  • + 16
 Gentlemen, install your flat pedals!
  • + 17
 Cue Claudio.
  • + 2
 cant wait
  • + 15
 high budget DH track!
  • + 6
 you're not wrong! I looked at buying some land on this side a few years ago to build a house - you need millions!
  • + 5
 @simeon10: build a house in a ski resort in france , you are a fool men. Price are rising every years, because all the resort trying to attract rich from asia, russia .... so they build new, modern .... it could be good but when you are in a ski resort (talking about winter) and majority of people dont go skying it's strange .....
  • + 5
 @simeon10: hope you will understand some of my words
  • + 2
 @MisterJones: won't be any use without snow!
  • + 1
 Which is why its cool IMO, wish it was more rocky but seeing how this track wears in and develops over the next few days will be interesting.
  • + 2
 @MisterJones: yea, I spent a few summers at the campsite there, beautiful place whatever the season, views of Mont Blank etc - people do live in houses you know, some of those houses are in towns, and some towns have a gondola, whats not to like?
  • + 1
 @simeon10: yeah a good place for few day off. Got a little flat near Les gets in Samoëns and I love to go there in summer and also in winter. Good trails, good landscapes, good food and friends.
  • + 8
 Looks like under 25 years old just don't see the point as they have not had the chance to experienced what is an original DH tracks. There is proper riding beyond hard packed whistler bike park style tracks... Shame that it's so wet though.
  • + 2
 Truth has been spoken.
  • + 3
 Jonny T @ Mammoth mountain
.......maybe a bit too far back!? ;-)
  • + 1
 @slowrider73: I saw Tomac race there. I also saw his son Eli is a Supercross racer on TV recently.
  • + 9
 Always wonder why they wear good shoes doing a muddy track walk! Where's the wellys!??
  • + 6
 this looks awesome. "Just go jump into some mud holes and slide down some 65 degree slopes covered in bushes, oh with some massive jumps for good measure... Fastest one through wins."
  • - 3
 Yeah, look like they got a little carried away with the whole "natural" thing. Looks like it won't even be rideable.
  • + 9
 @skelldify: It's going to make a lot of great riders look like idiots, and a lot of good riders look like they've never been on a bike before!

Could this even be a track where the mud spikes don't get cut?
  • + 1
 @skelldify: Ever seen videos of the old WCs with Peaty/Nico/Chausson/Pascal/Gracia schooling people in how to ride in the mud?
  • + 0
 @skelldify: its what tracjs used to be like. Lots of room for driftin corners. Old school!! If Hill is fit and ridin could be some flat pedal madness! Cmon sam show em how its done!
  • + 4
 Reminiscent of Mount Snow, Vermont, and Mt St Anne, Quebec in the late 90's. The best tracks ever? Legendary if nothing else and the pinnacle of "the heyday."

Burned into my brain forever is the thrill of widely taped, grassy corners long enough to dance on the edge of traction, and the sketchy rock sections of VT. Very rough, very high speed, increasing pitch gnarliness straight into the trees of Mt St Anne, fighting the arm pump, trying to shut it down while getting bucked like a rodeo hoss.

Let 'em loose on this beauty of a track!

Hopefully a few hundred hungry cowboys will tear into it, pack it down just a little, fling off some of the extra water, and get it ready to rip.
  • + 5
 Loving the near total naturalness of this track, looks like it will be a giggle to slide down, fuck trying to do it at any serious speed tho ! If it ruts up and then drys a bit this could be some thing special.
  • + 3
 One thing I will never understand is riders clothing and footwear choices for the track walk. I understand there are sponsors to satisfy but some of the tracks are sketchy as f*ck to walk.
Surely it would be nice to spend the track walk dry and comfortable with a decent pair of boots than skiing down in a pair of 5.10?
  • + 6
 Where is Danny Hart when we need him' !
  • + 2
 Dear Manager,

I am not feeling well and have a slight fever, and well, I have the squirts too. Just letting you know I will not be able to make it to the office today.

Sincerely,

Puss fair weather rider

(and I still wonder why I have no sponsors)
  • + 2
 Tape a "line" through hip high bushes - then cut the grass!!! WTF. Come on Les Gets build crew! f*cking lame ass lazy! Les Gets is becoming a rip off station. They f*ck you wallet and give next to nothing in return. Rant over.
  • + 2
 Exactly. It's not that the track doesn't look fun, but I cant imagine paying entry fees and hotels to ride down such a raw track. This looks like the type of track me and some buds would race when we were 14. Good fun, but free.
  • + 4
 This track looks like the shiz! Old school Flatout and big balls required. Who's bets are on riders having to run 38/40 tooth plus chai rings?
  • + 3
 modern dh bikes can't fit 40t chainrings...
  • + 1
 @GotNuts: I think you're mistaken - I've got a 42t fitted to m Mondraker and my Canfield and have no problems. Both bikes are Modern. The only thing restricting larger chairring being run on a large proportion of bikes is the fact that few companies make chain guides to fit larger than a 40t ring. Not really anything to do with modern dh bikes
  • + 5
 Please make a video of practice or race day! its summer here and I want to see mud flingin
  • + 2
 awesome track! Believe it or not - Leogang once had exactly such a track, and they raced it 4cross style...you might recognize some faces
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSzjAouje8Y
  • + 1
 That was sick
  • + 1
 Maybe I'm alone in thinking this, but I'd personally much rather see these guys hauling ass down D-R-Y tracks, so we
can see the talent and skill that make these guys so much better riders than the rest of us, as opposed to constantly
having to watch damage-control runs down water-logged hill-sides.
Run the first several races either in the western or southern hemisphere(s) until Europe dries the f*ck out.
Why the World Cup(s) don't come to the Western US is unknown to me, as Mammoth is a true world-class resort, and there's literally zillions of locations here in Kalifornistan ALONE that are World-Cup worthy.
Heck, having a round in the freaking BIRTHPLACE of mountain biking (Marin) would make perfect sense.
Anyway, rant/off
  • + 1
 Awww man this looks brutal, would be super sweet on the dry but i think we are going to see alot of sideway action! The landing on the last road gap look sketchy. May the force be with you all!!!
  • + 2
 Went to les gets last year and the mud gets super rowdy there. Looks like there just depending on the riders to shoe the track.
  • + 3
 Just me or does this trail looks like a perfect looooose shred down the hill.
  • + 1
 Nothing against Loic, but why did they put his bike in the workstand? Is it just because the bike (and paintjob) is pretty and the people want to see it or is he actually having a go, just not racing?
  • + 2
 If I'd spent a large amount of money sponsoring a rider or employing a rider, I'd be using every opportunity to maximise the return. If he's not racing, it's a reasonable way of keeping the sponsors happy and advertise the bike - you don't have to go and look if you don't want to! ;-)
I'd go and have a look if I was there though...
  • + 4
 I can't wait for Loic to be back
  • + 1
 Top review, Peaty fail 30 meter from the finish line with a slick rear tire as Barel was in mud tire and the condition was completly different and dry ;-) . amazing job for the track it will be fun time in the wood ...
  • + 1
 I am very glad to hear riders are excited about this track ! Shame the rain is plowing the show down ! Les Gets deserves to shine. It works hard !
  • + 3
 my name is MUD ! (bassline)
  • + 3
 STAY ON YOUR BIKE DANNY!!!
  • + 2
 Can we have a moment of silence for the mechanics who have to prepare and maintain the bikes for these conditions?
  • - 1
 Maybe I'm missing something but this looks f'ing stupid... More like they just ran out of money, imagination, or time and just decided to run the tape down a grassy hillside.

I keep seeing people talk about how it's "old school" etc etc, and will be fun to see them slipping around in the mud. Was this what courses were like 20 years ago?

It just looks like they cheaped out on building an actual, real track, and are just marketing it as an cool, unusual WC track.

Where was this ever an actual thing so as to be considered "old school"?
  • + 18
 You answered your own question your first sentence. It's no low budget or lazy or lack of money. It's a proper raw track. Just wait until you see what it looks like after the first practice session. It's perfect
  • - 2
 I don't get excited about riding this kind of thing. Does anyone besides the author?
  • + 17
 People these days have got used to seeing big berms and motorway bike park style tracks, when was the last time you saw uncut spikes at a race?

This track should sort out proper technical bike skills, once it's ridden in, it should look rad.
  • + 4
 @GrandMasterOrge:

I will concede that others who've been spectators of the sport for longer than I have probably have the inside line on this stuff. I'll admit that it makes no sense to me... But you can bet I'll still be watching!
  • + 0
 ...............
  • + 1
 I agree. I don't understand why this track is getting everyone's rocks off. It has nothing to do with being used to "bike park style" tracks. Half the track is grass. Huge grass sections and "plowing" through 2 foot tall bushes doesn't do it for me, sorry. Bring on the roots and rocks.
  • + 1
 @MTBCAM: Given first morning of practice that grass will be gone, those bushes will be stripped back as riders come through and lines evolve. Tracks like this evolve as the race weekend goes on rather than having 1 main line dictated by either the building or the 10 years of racing that have already occurred. It's much less the mud that has got me excited about this and much more the idea of taping a wide, virgin track down a hill and letting it evolve over the course of the event.

It's almost a shame this event is wet, although that'll add another dimension. You say bring on the rocks and roots, that's precisely what we should see.
  • + 2
 @davetrump:

I'm gonna circle back here and say yeaaaaaahhhh... This race sucked.

Not literally, because it obviously did as riders looked like they were going about 2 kph.

But also figuratively, it sucked.

On top of the TERRIBLE commentary from the two knuckleheads, this was some of the least inspired racing I've seen.

I guess in theory it should've been "rowdy" and "crazy" and "old school", but c'mon... Let's all be honest, Crankworks Les Get was an utter bust.
  • + 1
 @MasterSlater: Maybe Im weird, and that's ok...But I don't find crankworx appealing in any way. Im not into pumptrack, dual slalom, or slopestyle. I'll stick with UCI DH World Cup and Fest. It not that I don't like riding DS or pumptrack, I just don't like watching it. And then you add a slow, muddy, boring DH race to it and Im bored AF. Id rather watch youtube vids of past rampages....
  • + 2
 There will be one sole winner here amongst all the brave souls who attempt to tackle this muddy mess.
  • + 1
 this is one of the best tracks ever, all WC courses should be like this. if only everyone was showing up...
  • + 1
 Too lazy to read all comments, maybe someone else asked already, but will there be a livestream?
  • + 2
 Is Alex Rankin there to film?
  • + 1
 think il be watching that, some narly sections and some of the old classic track lines Smile
  • + 1
 Will this be PB's first and only article that features only ONE bike in it?
  • + 3
 Full mud spike?
  • + 2
 That one rode jump point of view looks like your jumping into the abyss
  • + 2
 Will it be on Redbull TV ? Where can we watch it ? Looks sick
  • + 1
 looks like a tough one, pads on most trees, and a new bush section! gonna be sickkkkk
  • + 3
 OH BOY!
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 F*ck Yeah!!! Bring on the weekend
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 Lawd Jesus this looks set to be berzerk
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 Given its not UCI WC are they all ridin? Start list if anyone knows? Ta
  • + 2
 Now this is a proper track
  • + 1
 Where is Claudio when we need him??
  • + 2
 Foot out, flat out!
  • + 1
 looks very old school ,as someone says should suit British riders
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 TIPPIE COURSE PREVIEW PLEASE....
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 Is this being streamed live? Track looks absolutely MINT!!!
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 Stupidly excited for this race. Is there a live feed for it?
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 There will be one on redbull tv i think!!
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 @rrsport @Braddlie




Hopefully it will be incorporated with Redbull.tv's CW coverage live here:

www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1KNH9Q6451W11/crankworx-triple-crown-of-slopestyle

This link should have a countdown clock to Live in your region....
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 I see lots of cut spikes this weekend.
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 Cut spikes? This is full spike territory!
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 @EuanBisset145: I was thinking they could use their studded winter tires!
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 Not a single rock?
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 so youre saying its muddy?
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 Looks like a cx race
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 I agree. They should put more fuck off road gaps in CX races. It would be funny just watching them all getting off and trying to climb down those things.
  • + 1
 your bits are going to be brown
  • + 2
 That's insane.
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 *Chainrings
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