The first ever VW Trick Showdown roared into the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s Boneyard today and amazed hundreds of spectators as well those watching via live webcast at Crankworx.com.
The VW Trick Showdown was a winner-take-all, rider-judged event based on two 45 minute sessions on two features within the Boneyard Slopestyle course. The top rider from each session took home $3,000 for best trick. To add to the prize purse, the announcers had $2,000 worth of fifty dollar bills to divide between the riders who laid it all on the line during the event.Casey Groves of Kelowna, BC took session one and $3,000 for stomping an amazing Double Pendulum and snagged an extra $350 of cold hard cash in the grab for his relentless effort. “I’ve never won cash before,” says Groves. “The jump in session one was perfect, John Cowan did an amazing job building this course.”
To take top spot in the second session, Greg Watts of Santa Cruz, CA executed one of the most incredible Step-Down Flipwhips ever seen in competition. Watts walked away with $3,000 for winning session two and $300 in the cash grab. “Everything in Whistler rules,” says Watts. “This festival is made up of the best things in life and everyone here threw down today.”
The VW Trick Showdown was webcast live on Crankworx.com and watched in many countries around the globe including the United Kingdom, Scotland and the USA. The winner-take-all, jump-jam style sessions and the instant cash rewards during the sessions were an instant hit with riders and fans, and made for an entertaining event from start to finish.
The VW Trick Showdown was the highlight of Day Six at Kokanee Crankworx 2008. Day Seven includes the “Giant” Giant Slalom finals from 4-8pm including a Live Webcast on Crankworx.com as well as more live music on the TELUS MainStage featuring Josh Martinez from 1:30-2:30pm and K’NAAN from 2:45–3:45pm.Check out more pictures from the VW Best Trick contest right here
For more event results and live webcasts of the Monster Energy Slopestyle, VW Trick Showdown and the “Giant Slalom” check out www.Crankworx.com
*Ya I goofed with the little camera and filmed this sideways, but oh well it's late and we're super stoked for Casey!*