It might be safe to say that no single trail has had as profound an effect on the evolution of bike parks and trail building as Whistler's A-Line. The 4-minute long trail composed entirely of man-made berms and jumps was the first of its kind and so ahead of its time that upon its completion people came from all parts of the world to experience the heightened state of flow. This jumpy, flowy, roller coaster-esque trail that has spawned a long list of imitators around the world yet very very few truly live up to the same high standard.
With such a history and reputation it is no surprise that when Crankworx began holding a race down A-Line in the form of the Air DH, it too became an instant classic. Some racers enter just for the fun of it, and over the years we have seen 30+ rider whip trains, gorilla suits, nudity, and a lengthy assortment of shenanigans. A few years back action sports legend Travis Pastrana even turned up to race and threw a backflip in the middle of his run. In the end, though Air DH has always been about racing and long before Strava some of the fastest racers in the world flocked to this race in search of bragging rights as the king of the mountain. It was, and still is one of the few races where we see DH specialists, freeriders, and even BMX champions all competing against each other on a somewhat level playing field. The riders who can best combine the skills of all three, however, surely must be the fastest.
So sit back, relax and strap yourself in to see who came out on top in 2016.