2009 Kokanee Crankworx dates set for August 8-16
The Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx dominated the Boneyard Slopestyle course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today. Every year this event draws the biggest crowd of the festival, watching the best athletes in the world of mountain biking compete for $30,000 in prize money.With the live webcast on Crankworx.com keeping those watching at home glued to their screens, as well as the massive crowd seeing the action first-hand, this year's Monster Energy Slopestyle was witnessed by tens of thousands worldwide.
KONA team rider Andreu Lacondeguy of Spain took top spot and $15,000 in the finals with a score of 94.3; second place and $8,000 went to Lance Mcdermott of the UK with a score of 91.5; third place went to Whistler's own Brandon Semenuk, walking away with $4,500 and a score of 89.8. All the riders in the top eight took home cash for their amazing efforts today.
Lacondeguy's winning run consisted of a long list of impressive tricks. He started out with a double back flip off the first table, a trick that has never been seen before in competition. He followed that up with a foot plant off the Monster Snake, a back flip X-up, flat spin 360, topside nac-nac, can-can step-down, superman, and finished off with a back flip onto the final Kokanee feature and superman off into the village.
"I just kept trying the double back flip," says Lancondeguy. "It was that trick that did the job, it was gnarly you know."Click here for full results
(*Editors note-glad you're ok Casey after you got rowdy out there today!)
This year's Slopestyle course was designed by John Cowan and as usual the course was nothing but perfect. With huge tables, dirt jumps, wooden spines, the Giro box and the always insane Kokanee drop as the last feature, the riders had their choice of line to impress the judges in the two-run format to advance to the eight man final.
"Slopestyle contests are about the all around impression, and all the guys in the finals had clean smooth runs," says Head Judge Colin Duncan. With tricks like the double back flip, back flip tail whip and the back flip up onto the Kokanee box and a front flip off, it was an incredibly tough contest to judge. In the end, Lacondeguy's stylish run, and the insane double back flip, just won out."
The Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx was the highlight of Day 8 at Kokanee Crankworx 2008. Day 9, the final day of the festival includes the Canadian Open DH, Pro and Amateur categories taking place from 11:30am - 5:00pm. The TELUS concert series finishes off tomorrow with DJ Science playing a set from 10:45-11:30am.
For more event results, videos and recaps of the Monster Energy Slopestyle, VW Trick Showdown and the "Giant Slalom" check out www.Crankworx.com
Mark the calendars now for Kokanee Crankworx 2009, as organizers have just announced next year's dates. Next year's Kokanee Crankworx will take place August 8 to 16, 2009.