Dirt Diaries Set to Take Stage Tonight at Crankworx Whistler 2015

Aug 11, 2015
by Official Crankworx  
Dirt diaries

Crankworx and Whistler Blackcomb will celebrate the creative spirit and storytelling culture of mountain biking for the fourth year with Dirt Diaries.

Six mountain bike athletes have been invited to assemble a team of riders and videographers to produce a video showcasing their passion for their sport. Intended to inspire others to get on a bike and ride, the four to six-minute videos will be created over the next two months and be screened on Tuesday, Aug. 11 on the main stage in Whistler Olympic Plaza during Crankworx Whistler.

Dirt Diaries gives the athletes a chance to take the camera in their own hands and capture the stories they want to create,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx World Tour General Manager.

The riders showcasing their work tonight are:

Kyle Norbraten – One of the three members of the Coastal Crew, a Red Bull Rampage contestant and all-round Mr. Nice Guy for Specialized Bikes, Kyle has teamed up with last year’s winning filmmaker, Matt Dennison.

Rémy Métailler – This fast Frenchman has more lines around the bike park than most people think possible. Expect the unexpected and be ready for machine gun speed and (trail) destruction.

Charlie Sponsel – Professional downhill racer, reluctant enduro racer, renowned blogger and enfant terrible. The question on many peoples’ lips will be: What will he say or do this time?

Jesse Melamed – A born-and-raised Whistler local who is inching up the ranks in the Enduro World Series as part of the Rocky Mountain-Urge enduro team, Jesse will bring a local’s appreciation and knowledge to the proceedings.

Yoann Barelli – A French transplant who now calls Whistler home, Barelli travels the world racing for the Giant Factory Offroad Racing team, and is always having fun, whether on or off his bike.

Sarah Leishman] – Social media maven by trade, but professional athlete by design, Sarah is a maker and shaker with a keen eye for quality.

The teams started filming today, June 1, and had to have their projects wrapped up and submitted to Crankworx organizers by Aug. 4. Shows will be judged by a panel of highly experienced film professionals and then aired in front of a huge crowd at the Whistler Olympic Plaza on Aug. 11. There is a total prize purse of $10,000, which will be handed out to teams for first ($5000), second ($3000) and third place ($2000).

Check out last year’s fantastic winning video by Ross Measures and Matt Dennison:

Views: 68,467    Faves: 1,368    Comments: 53

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx, @SramMedia, @SarahLeishman, @mattdennison, @the-coastal-crew, @remymetailler


  • 65 5
 we all know that it's going to be a battle between rely and kyle, but remy will win because norbs is gonna get robbed again
  • 3 0
 Beat me to it!
  • 20 0
 yah but @mattdennison is faster than you, so he can't lose
  • 2 5
 Dammit missed my norbs is gonna get robbed moment!
  • 4 0
 and judging from this pic that @mattdennison posted its gonna be the sickest edit ever
  • 8 0
 norby as they call him
  • 2 0
 Norby won't get robbed
  • 25 2
 My vote is for that real estate agent guy on the end. I think he's one of my dad's friends.
  • 21 5
 Really hope Sponsel gets Anthill for his film crew, that'd be perfect.
  • 6 5
 Short of the century! Sponsel is the man!!
  • 14 0
 No Chris Kovarik and Claire Buchar? Blasphemy
  • 7 1
 Ahh Charlie, Portland hates you, Canada will tolerate you, when will you go to europe!!
  • 4 1
 I was at the Dirt Diaries event in Whistler last year and the atmosphere was amazing, there must have been a thousand people all watching some amazingly talented videographers and riders throw down.

Here are 2nd, 3rd and 4th place from last year!

Border Line Stupid: vimeo.com/103472235
Haters Gonna Hate: www.pinkbike.com/video/376732
Whistlerland: www.pinkbike.com/video/375079

See you all there.
  • 5 0
 It's go time...
  • 2 1
 I'm gonna need a few beers...
  • 4 1
 Ah, was hoping to see Bryan Atkinson for this....his edits have been mint.....goooo Leishman!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Great vid. Totally thought you were going to rip the rubber from your bike on that slow mo corner.
  • 4 2
  • 3 1
 Can't wait to see what crazy sh*t he has planned for this

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