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Over the past few days, we've followed the stories of our favourite riders as they’ve gotten in their final training sessions, packed up, and hit the road. Destination: Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada. Now, together on the same (perfect, tacky) soil, the games can begin.
Today, the first live broadcast from Crankworx B.C. will launch right here on Pinkbike, with four others to follow.
With events closed to spectators, we've got your front row seat right here:
Thursday, September 23: Specialized Dual Slalom Sun Peaks
Friday, September 24: Crankworx Downhill Sun Peaks
Monday, September 27: CLIF Speed & Style Kicking Horse
Friday, October 1: RockShox Pump Track Challenge SilverStar
Saturday, October 2: Title Slopestyle @ SilverStar Bike Park
Schedule for all live events is available here: crankworx.com/british-columbia/schedule/
In total, Crankworx B.C. will include nine hours of live mountain bike racing and competition at three destinations within the province: Sun Peaks Resort, Golden/Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and SilverStar Mountain Resort.
Yesterday, athletes got their first taste of racing, with practice for tomorrow’s DH, and practice and qualifications for the Dual Slalom.
Qualifying results saw some familiar riders at the top, and some newer names charging to the front.
Qualifying first were Vaea Verbeeck and Bas van Steenbergen. Verbeeck has won two Dual Slaloms in Crankworx World Tour competition (both in 2019). She also made a clean sweep of the event during last year’s CLIF Crankworx Summer Series, winning all three. For his part, van Steenbergen hasn’t clinched a top spot in Dual Slalom in World Tour competition yet, with two second place finishes to his name (both in Rotorua). Like Verbeeck, he had great success at the Summer Series, winning two out of three.
Full qualifying results: crankworx.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SPDS-Result-Qualifying.pdf
Other notable results include Tomas Slavik who had the fastest lap of the day at 26.252 and Tegan Cruz, just 1 second off the pace, qualifying in third. For the young RockShox Trek Race Team athlete, this is his first time racing in the Pro category. The 15-year-old (who’ll celebrate his 16th birthday next week in SilverStar with Crankworx) most recently won the Dual Slalom event in Innsbruck in the CWNEXT (next-gen) category.
On the women’s side, Verbeeck’s timed runs were both fastest. Nipping at her heels were Kialani Hines and Danielle Beecroft. One back, qualifying fourth, the rider who took the Dual Slalom win in Innsbruck and is currently in the lead for the overall Queen of Crankworx race in the midst of the season of a lifetime.
Harriet Burbidge-Smith set off for a couple overseas competitions in May, intending to return home in June. Instead, she’s been riding a wave of success around the world since then.
In between events and competition since then, her year took another unexpected turn: she was offered a sponsorship with Red Bull Australia and a coveted Red Bull helmet.
Burbidge-Smith’s rise mirrors the momentum in women’s mountain biking overall this year. Especially in the realm of freeride, many of the athletes at Crankworx this week have been part of a movement that has completely changed the game.
Burbidge-Smith and the roster of 29 other Crankworx B.C. athletes will be racing tomorrow on a new course at Sun Peaks Bike Park, built for the event but that will remain a permanent part of the bike park going forward.
It features a series of berms (watch for the second set that are especially tight), rollers, a spine, and a flat turn slalom section.
Get the full riders lists for all events across Crankworx B.C.: crankworx.com/results/start-lists/