Dropping the Hammer: Dual Speed and Style Seeding Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Jun 16, 2016
by Nathan Hughes  
Les Gets



Man, oh man, have Pierre-Edouard Ferry and the build crew had it rough out here in Les Gets. During the more than 4 weeks allotted for the Crankworx construction project, a total of just four days were dry. The rest? Rain of course and there's no such thing as a light sprinkling in these parts. Needless to say that in these kinds of conditions everything moves 10 times slower and so it was no surprise yesterday to see the important final touches still being made to a completely fresh course while riders queued at the top ready to go. Conditions were then understandably extremely soft and it was even a struggle for some of the finest jumpers in the world to clear the first jump. Giant ruts flared up and were smashed back down by the dig crews between riders in an effort to stay on top of the putty-like dirt.

For this Crankworx event, the women's field will compete in a purely dual slalom race, while the men will stay with Rotorua's classic speed and style format, where time deductions are awarded for airtime tricks. As the rain comes down in nothing short of torrential fashion today and all events are put on hold, we can only hope and pray the tarps can again come off tomorrow and we get to see more single crown action from our favourite bike riders for the rest of the weekend.


Mud. Not so glorious mud... something of a running theme out here in the French Alps this summer.
Mud, mud, not so glorious mud... something of a running theme out here in the French Alps this summer.
Deep dark clouds and light fluffy clouds... Les Gets has them all right now.
Deep dark clouds and light fluffy clouds... Les Gets has them all right now.

R-dog came for some hot laps but had to get to the airport straight from the whip-off podium last night.
R-dog came for some hot laps but had to get to the airport straight from the whip-off podium last night.

Former 4x World Champ Tomas Slavik Czeching out the course below.
Former 4X World Champ, Tomas Slavik, Czeching out the course below.
Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Slavik hammering between giant black pieces of tarp.

Rotorua S amp S destroyer Tomas Slavik in the gate.
Rotorua Speed and Style destroyer, Tomas Slavic, in the gate.

Ex Crankworx Whistler champ Thomas Genon waiting to drop.
Former Crankworx Whistler champ, Thomas Genon waiting to drop.
Tommy G stomping the pedals of his canyon down into the wall-berm.
Tommy G stomping the pedals of his canyon down into the wall-berm.

Belgian s finest spins above a beautiful Portes du Soleil back-drop.
Belgium's finest spins above a beautiful Portes du Soleil back-drop.

Jill makes the most of a break in the weather.
Jill makes the most of a break in the weather.

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Adrien Loron, no stranger to destroying the speed and style competition in the heats.

Louis Reboul pinning it in jean and DH bike.
Louis Reboul pinning it in jeans and with his DH bike.

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Nobles getting loose in the deep ruts of turn number two.
BMX boss Barry Nobles went hard to come in less than 1 second back in 7th place.
BMX boss Barry Nobles went hard to come in less than one second back in 7th place.

Casey Brown racing through the soft dirt.
Casey Brown racing through the soft dirt.

Treks Steffi Marth riding the low line for her seeding run.
Trek's Steffi Marth riding the low line for her 5th place seeding run.

Casey riding to the second fasest run of the afternoon.
Casey riding to the second fastest run of the afternoon.

Soft much Les Gets dig team doing their upmost to tame the fierce moto ruts.
Soft enough? Les Gets' dig team doing their upmost to tame the fierce moto ruts.

Greg Watts is a threat just 0.77 second sback in 6th.
Greg Watts is a threat, just 0.77 seconds back in 6th.
Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
The only time we'll see mirror lenses this Crankworx? We hope not...

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Nobles' pedal game is among the strongest out there.

Soderstrom flinging his Specialized on the first feature.
Soderstrom flinging his Specialized on the first feature.

Phil made the most of practice with the most runs of anyone
Phil made the most of practice with the most runs of anyone,

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Phil Atwill performed well in Rotorua and will look for more of the same tomorrow.
The track surface was a bit sticky and riders were having to pedal to stay up on this high line.
The track surface was a bit sticky and riders were having to pedal to stay up on this high line.

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Anneke Beerten full gas for a third place seeding, 4.94-seconds back on Kinter.

Bas Van Steenbergen waiting to drop.
Bas Van Steenbergen waiting to drop.

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Germany's Laura Brethauer slamming a grassy berm for a 6th place qualifier.

Steffi Marth stoked on the old school duel format.
Steffi Marth, stoked on the old school dual slalom race format.
Nothing beats that age-old method of using a stone to clear out claggy mud from the tyre tread.
Nothing beats that age-old method of using a nice pointy stone to clear out claggy mud from the tyre tread.

Bernard Kerr wants to get that king of Crankworx crown again after not being able to compete properly after an accident forced him out in NZ.
Bernard Kerr wants to get that king of Crankworx crown again after not being able to compete properly after an accident forced him out in NZ.

Tomas Lemoin went a pulled out a top seeding result with second.
Tomas Lemoin pulled out a top seeding result with second.

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Lemoin spinning to almost winning off the first kicker that most riders found extremely tough to clear.

Kyle Strait with a fully extended superman on the top jump... this frame just came a few tenths of a second too late.
Kyle Strait with a fully extended superman on the top jump... this frame just came a few tenths of a second too late.
Kyle Strait was pipped by Slavik in New Zealand and will be out for retribution here in LG.
Strait was pipped to the post by Slavik in NZ and will be out for retribution here in LG.

Van Steenbergen and T-Mac watch on as their fellow competitors throw down.
Tom Van Steenbergen and T-Mac watch on as their fellow competitors throw down.

Louis Reboul rides his downhill Scott Voltage on the Speed and Style course.
Louis Reboul riding his 190mm travel Scott Voltage on the Speed and Style course.

Daryl Brown ready to go.
Daryl Brown ready to go.

Perfect old school X-up for speedster Slavik.
Perfect old school X-up for speedster Slavik.

R-Dog getting some laps in before the rain came in.
R-Dog getting some laps in before the rain came in.
R-dog about to drop the heal clicker.
R-dog about to drop the heal clicker.

Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
Smiles for miles, your friendly neighbourhood R-dog.

Ropelato putting the hammer down as the rain starts to pour.
Ropelato putting the hammer down as the rain starts to pour.

8 inches of travel and knee brace couldn t stop Mitch Ropelato nailng the 5th fastest lap.
8 inches of travel and a knee brace couldn't stop Mitch Ropelato nailng the 5th fastest lap.
Dropping the Hammer Speed amp Style Seeding
There aren't too many riders capable of squashing a jump this size... Mitch is rad.

Ropalato throwing in the flip for good measure.
Ropelato throwing in the flip for good measure.

It s cold at the top... literally possibly figuratively.
It's cold at the top... literally, possibly figuratively.

Jill Kinter putting the hurt into the dirt on the fastest lap of the day.
Jill Kinter putting the hurt into the dirt on the fastest lap of the day.

Martin Soderstrom waiting at the top ready to send it.
Martin Soderstrom waiting at the top ready to send it.

Flat spin for the win.
Flat spin for the win.
Soderstrom hammering the turns to win seeding with just 0.07 seconds on Tomas Lemoine.
Soderstrom hammering the turns to win seeding with just 0.07 seconds on Tomas Lemoine.

Martin Soderstrom is skipping the slopestyle this year so will be channelling all his wizardry to the speed and style.
The big Swede is skipping the slopestyle this year so will be channelling all his wizardry to the speed and style....Taking the seeding win and he looks set for another top result here in France.


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx




18 Comments

  • + 53
 Mitch Ropelato is very good bicyclistist. much style, much moto.
  • + 8
 much agreement
  • + 1
 yeeeees!
  • + 1
 @somismtb ropo is nuts
  • + 41
 Les Gets Soderstom a big round of applause.
  • + 2
 His in my CW fantasy team so jup,pumped to see him take seeding...
  • + 1
 Hopefully this speed n style round goes better for him than Rotorua...
  • + 1
 @somismtb smashing pedals in addidas high tops and skinny jeans.
  • + 16
 Anyone else think Phil Atwill looked like he was riding bottomless. Flat out with ur rat out!
  • + 7
 Oh my days, top gag....Czeching.
  • + 1
 Stoked to say I gated against Slavik at Protour this year. He has speed absolutely taken care of. Took two seconds out of the pro 4x competition on a 35 second track. Hope he gets the win but will depend on how they reward style.
  • + 3
 The hell ever happened to Soderstrom? Never see that guy in anything anymore.
  • + 3
 Except for this, his Youtube channel, and some slopestyle competitions.
  • + 3
 He was injured and have to spend almost a year recovering
  • + 1
 He is taking it easy for a while due to injuries. Fair play to him and a smart decision.
  • + 3
 Cop on weather, please
  • + 1
 There are two Ns in Kintner, dudes!
  • + 1
 Link for the replay ?

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