Crankworx 2014: Fat Tire Crit - Results and Photos

Aug 8, 2014
by Pinkbike Staff  

Crankworx started today with the Fat Tire Crit, held in the village next to the iconic Olympic rings. Racing was pretty straightforward: 20 minutes on the rivet, plus 3 laps for the women; 25 minutes on the rivet plus five laps for the men. Cash Primes were offered throughout the crit as incentive to go hard, plus the chase moto could cut slower racers out of the mix at any moment, so it was in the racer's benefit to stay as close to the front as possible.

WOMEN

1. Jean Ann Berkenpas
2. Leah Guloien
3. Chloe Cross


MEN

1. Craig Richey
2. Kris Sneddon
3. Spencer Daxson


Leah Guloien edging past eventual winner Jean Ann Berkenpas as the two worked the break away--the two got away mid race and stayed away until the bitter end.
  Leah Guloien edging past eventual winner Jean Ann Berkenpas in the women's race as the two worked a break away--the two got away from the rest of the pack mid-race and stayed away until the bitter end.

Jean Ann Berkenpas drafting on Leah Guloien as the two worked together to keep away from the rest of the field.
  Jean Ann Berkenpas drafting on Leah Guloien as the two worked together to keep away from the rest of the field; one rider would pull for a lap while the other rested, and then they'd swap out. The tactic allowed them to get away and stay away despite the best efforts of a disorganized chase group.

The chasers were just simply unable to close the gap to the two leaders.
  Disorganized and disheartened, the chasers were just simply unable to close the gap to the two leaders.

The final sprint in the women s race there was just no way Leah Guloien was going to be able to come around Jean Ann Berkenpas.
  The final sprint in the women's race: there was just no way Leah Guloien was going to be able to come around Jean Ann Berkenpas--the win went to Berkenpas.

The men s race started somewhat sedately but with Rocky Mountain driving the pace things started to pick up.
  The men's race started somewhat quietly, but with Rocky Mountain driving the pace, and the chase moto clipping slow riders, things picked up in a hurry.

Cream rising to the top eventual winner Craig Richey driving hard for one of the race cash primes.
  Cream rising to the top: eventual winner Craig Richey driving hard for one of the race cash primes.

Spencer Paxson checking in on Craig Richey as they jockeyed for position for a prime lap.
  Spencer Paxson checking in on Craig Richey as they jockeyed for position for a prime lap

Only 3 53 left in the race--plus five laps of pain.
  Only 3:53 left in the race--plus five laps of pain. Spencer Paxson driving the pace.

Richey for the win by half a wheel length over local boy Kris Snedden.
  Richey for the win by half a wheel length over local boy, Kris Snedden.

Fat tire crit Podium Leah Guloien 2 Jean Ann Berkenpas 1 Chloe Cross 3 .
  Fat tire crit Podium: Leah Guloien (2), Jean Ann Berkenpas (1), Chloe Cross (3).

Men s Fat Tire Crit podium Kris Snedden 2 Craig Richey 1 Spencer Paxson 3 .
  Men's Fat Tire Crit podium: Kris Snedden (2), Craig Richey (1), Spencer Paxson (3).



26 Comments

  • 42 5
 yay?
  • 25 5
 Oh my- the least amount of content ever on the homepage awards goes toooooooo: Pinkbike Staff for this one.
  • 4 1
 the race finished 2 hours ago my good man !
  • 4 3
 I can upload allot of photos in two hours with an iPhone. Just saying we could use at least a visual of some sort cornering on the cinderblocks.
  • 8 1
 atleast its not something that matters
  • 2 0
 And then you see the same post 12 hours later and its completely redone! Hmmmmm. There's a conspiracy here to add content! hehe
  • 2 1
 If you don't like it write your own content. It's been a busy weekend what with the penultimate round of the uci dh and all that.
  • 2 0
 Thank you RandyBadger for your incredible insight. Hard to write and report on things I didn't attend but if your my reader- then I can get you to believe anything- what's your take on the Tony Stewart incident? Accident? Or Intentional? I'm dying to hear your take on that so I can sleep tonight.
  • 3 1
 The point I'm making is that it's all very well bitching about lack of content from your comfy arm chair when there has been quite a lot going on this last week. I'm sure pink bike staff will try extra hard just for you to make sure thier reports come within minutes of an event finishing
  • 2 1
 Man, I slept great last night not giving two shits about this crit or your overseas' lecture.
  • 10 1
 Cool race bro. What is it?
  • 1 2
 www.crankworx.com/whistler/events
I found a little more explanation
  • 5 1
 I was confused. I stopped in before hitting the brewhouse. I figured it was fat bikes racing. I wanted some lolz. None were had.
  • 2 0
 Should make a rule: minimum for 4"tires or any tire considered a fat bike tire.

agree with above on beer hand ups because HANDUPS ARE NOT A CRIME!

In terms if contact, roller derby rules apply
  • 6 1
 wheres the fat tires?
  • 3 0
 The point is that a criterium race is a road bike thing. So doing it on mountain bikes means they're on "fat tires".
  • 5 1
 Okay.
  • 2 0
 In "comic book store guy" voice (from The Simpsons): "Worst mountain bike race ever..."
  • 1 0
 Might be worth more than 5 minutes of coverage work if some more well known names raced this.
  • 1 0
 This should be set up more like cyclocross and beer hand-ups made mandatory.
  • 1 0
 Xprezo on the podium!! Congrats Jean Ann!
  • 1 0
 "Tunning hyrid bikes" should race on the next year...
  • 2 1
 need pics !
  • 1 0
 Well done Jean Ann
  • 1 1
 Cool... Not.

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