Photo Epic: Air DH - Crankworx Whistler 2018

Aug 16, 2018
by Trevor Lyden  



The Fox Air DH returns for another fun-filled round in Whistler, BC where riders descended roughly 1200 vertical feet through deep forest and smoke filled skies. The race was held on Whistler Bike Park's iconic A-Line trail, which some people refer to as the 'only trail in the world'. A-Line is filled with numerous high speed berms, technical rock sections and more jumps than you can shake a stick at. We saw scrubs, we saw whips, we saw trains, and we saw a dinosaur! The loose and dusty conditions challenged the racers and only those who could adapt to the variable conditions were able to come out on top.


Riders waiting to drop in on the famous A-Line trail for the start of the Fox Air DH.
Riders waiting to drop in on the famous A-Line trail for the start of the Fox Air DH

Not the hero we want but the hero we need
Not the hero we want, but the hero we need
Riders were railing berms and scrubbing tables so hard that they needed a used tire can at the bottom of the lift.
Riders were railing berms and scrubbing tables so hard that they needed a used tire can at the bottom of the lift

Dani Beecroft had one of the best whips in the ladies field today.
Dani Beecroft had one of the best whips in the ladies field today

Vaea Verbeeck
Vaea Verbeeck

All the ladies put down some incredible times and showed a few of the boys how to properly whip a bike.
All the ladies put down some incredible times and showed a few of the boys how to properly whip a bike

Vaea Verbeecks scrub technique was impeccable today and saw her send it to second
Vaea Verbeecks scrub technique was impeccable today and saw her send it to second

Women s Pro winner Jill Kintner narrowly beat second place finisher Vaea Verbeeck.
Women's Pro winner Jill Kintner narrowly beat second-place finisher Vaea Verbeeck

The top of A-Line is a bit wider open and features some large sweeping berms.
The top of A-Line is a bit wider open and features some large sweeping berms

Jacob Dickson taking the far inside line to shave a few seconds off his time.
Jacob Dickson taking the far inside line to shave a few seconds off his time

Bernard Kerr has one of the most horizontal whips in the business.
Bernard Kerr has one of the most horizontal whips in the business

Bernard Kerr opted for more style over speed and we thank him for that
Bernard Kerr opted for more style over speed, and we thank him for that!

BC local Henry Fitzgerald has spent a long time riding in Whistler. His top 10 finish proved that the practice has paid off.
BC local Henry Fitzgerald has spent a long time riding in Whistler. His top 10 finish proved that the practice has paid off

Adrien Loron was a favorite for a good result today and the previous king of crankworx but couldn t break down the door of the DH ers
Adrien Loron was a favorite for a good result today, and the previous King of Crankworx, but couldn't break down the door of the DH'ers

Fearon doing it Aussie styles with a little nac
Fearon doing it Aussie styles with a little nac

With a BMX race background Keegan Wright tends to be a bit of threat in these types of events but after his horror EWS crash only a few days ago it was a surprise to see him out racing at all.
With a BMX race background, Keegan Wright tends to be a bit of threat in these types of events, but after his horror EWS crash only a few days ago, it was a surprise to see him out racing at all

After one of the largest tables on the course riders are thrown into a high speed S turn.
After one of the largest tables on the course riders are thrown into a high speed "S" turn

The money booter is always a crowd and squid favorite.
The money booter is always a crowd and squid favorite

Caro Gherig
Caro Gherig

Caro Gherig
Caro Gherig take 2

Jordan Scott taking the sneaky middle line to prepare for the mid-course rock drop.
Jordan Scott taking the sneaky middle line to prepare for the mid-course rock drop

A L N
A L N

Manon Carpenter may have retired from World Cup racing but was out there sending it for the fun of it and still found herself in 6th.
Manon Carpenter may have retired from World Cup racing, but was out there sending it for the fun of it and still found herself in 6th.

Jurassic Whistler
Jurassic Whistler

The usual shenanigans took place and we saw a train of roughly 15 of the best professional riders descend down the course.
The usual shenanigans took place and we saw a train of roughly 15 of the best professional riders descend down the course

Stacy gets some of the loudest cheers every year and it s no wonder why. He absolutely rips
Stacy gets some of the loudest cheers every year and it's no wonder why. He absolutely rips!

Luca Cometti was looking fast and focused and found himself in the top half of pack.
Luca Cometti was looking fast and focused and found himself in the top half of pack

Caro Gherig
Anita Gherig


Billy Meaclem

David MacMillan
David MacMillan kicking up dust




R my M tailler is the king of bike park scrubs and left most for dead today.
Rémy Métailler is the king of bike park scrubs and left most for dead today

Bas backed up his girlfriend Vaea s second place today by taking a third in the mens field.
Bas backed up his girlfriend, Vaea's second place today by taking a third in the men's field

Low is fast when you re trying to keep the times down.
Low is fast when you're trying to keep the times down

A-line braking bump hell. Once upon a time this trail was likely smooth but nowadays its taking a beating.
A-line = braking bump hell. Once upon a time, this trail was smooth, but nowadays it has taking a beating

Jackson Frew buzzing Frough.
Jackson Frew buzzing through

Magnus Manson proved that maple sleeve was hard earned by backing things up with a 2nd today behind fellow canuck Finn.
Magnus Manson proved that his maple sleeve was hard earned by backing things up with a 2nd today behind fellow Canuck, Finn

Connor Fearon opted for the trail bike but it wasn t enough to climb onto todays box.
Connor Fearon opted for the trail bike but it wasn't enough to climb onto today's box.

Connor Fearon exiting one of the few technical sections on the primarily flow and jump oriented track.
Connor Fearon exiting one of the few technical sections on the flow and jump oriented track

Keegan Wright
Keegan Wright keeps it pinned

On Miranda s medium sized trail bike Finn pumped whipped and scrubbed his way to the win and on his birthday.
Finn stays on the power en route to the line.

Adrien and Bas talking about how dry and dusty the trail conditions were.
Adrien and Bas talking about how dry and dusty the trail conditions were

Sam Blenkinsop took fourth in Air DH and finds himself leading the charge for King of Crankworx.
Sam Blenkinsop took fourth in Air DH and finds himself leading the charge for King of Crankworx

Men s and Women s Pro Podium
Men's and Women's Pro Podium

Happy Birthday Finn You can now legally enjoy that podium champagne in Canada.
Happy Birthday Finn! You can now legally enjoy that podium champagne in Canada - Cameron Mackenzie

Happy Birthday Finn you an legally explode that champagne in your face now Oh yeah congrats on the win too.
Oh yeah, congrats on the win too - Trevor Lyden.

Results

Pro Men

1. Finn ILES 3:58.06
2. Magnus MANSON +2.29
3. Bas VAN STEENBERGEN +2.56
4. Samuel BLENKINSOP +3.41
5. Adrien LORON +4.01
6. Marcelo GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS +4.57
7. Cody KELLEY +4.78
8. Lee JACKSON +5.88
9. Henry FITZGERALD +5.94
10. Connor FEARON +6.41
Pro Women

1. Jill KINTNER 4:23.52
2. Vaea VERBEECK +0.40
3. Casey BROWN +3.78
4. Georgia ASTLE +4.67
5. Leonie PICTON +6.85
6. Manon CARPENTER +7.06
7. Danielle BEECROFT +7.91
8. Anneke BEERTEN +8.09
9. Christina CHAPPETTA +10.99
10. Anita GEHRIG +11.61



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45 Comments

  • + 50
 Anyone else see the used tire bin and wish their current tire had that much tread?
  • + 11
 I'd be sitting beside that thing.
  • + 8
 I am here now, took a look yesterday. Some very solid tires in that bin. Crazy
  • + 1
 That magic mary looks good still
  • + 1
 That bin is there the whole season.
  • + 26
 Finn Iles was going to fast for the cameras.
  • + 17
 Right?! Not a single picture of the mens winner?? What bike was he riding? Did he have a water bottle? So many unanswered questions...
  • + 6
 @ADGproductions: I watched the replay, poor footage, they show the riders setting off. Then re join it over 3 mins' in, so basically all we got was riders rolling or sprinting. No air and very little style, terrible;
  • + 2
 @b4uwereborn: It's even worse for Finn's run as the were interviewing Ed Masters while he was on track, so basically we just saw him scrub the last jump and win... My bad, should have went to Whistler. I knew it.
  • + 8
 @ADGproductions: we had some technical issues overnight with the photos, there's one in there now. He was on a tricycle, with 3 bottles on the downtube. Smile
  • + 1
 @brianpark: good things come in threes
  • + 19
 that race should be chainless.
  • + 12
 Wait, Manon Carpenter retires from DH and bags 6th! Come on PinkBike more on that please!
  • + 3
 She only retires from WC racing not riding bikes. She needs to be in the 50:01 shenanigans tho.
  • + 3
 @chyu: I saw her pushing her bike through the village the other day - she had the biggest smile on her face so I think she still enjoys riding bikes fast!
  • + 2
 she was sending!
  • + 7
 no pic of Finn? or am I blind?
  • + 4
 Such strange comments. There is literally one tech section on a line. One. All the top guys were on emduro/trail bikes.
  • + 5
 Isn't that what "air" DH is?
  • + 5
 I'd also like to know when A-line was without braking bumps
  • + 3
 Always good to see Anneke Beerten, great riding also
  • + 3
 @ssteve: circa 2005
  • + 2
 @ssteve: for two glorious weeks back in 1998...
  • + 2
 @ssteve: tbh with the new sprinklers it's not that bad...
  • + 1
 Just about a million photographer on site and not a single action ahot of the men’s winner and a lame tiny shot for the ladies?

#epicfailpinkbike
  • + 3
 where's all the pics of the other categories?
  • + 2
 Also... how did nobody get a shot of Wibner doing a backflip on the finish line jump?
  • + 2
 T-Rex on an E-Bike. Now I've seen it all...
  • + 2
 Not an eBike, it's a Pinion (Taniwha).
  • + 1
 @BT180: My bad. Right you are, sir.
  • + 2
 Stoked on Cody Kelley getting up there!
  • + 2
 Yah was worried after his face plant crash in the EWS because he's just coming off a nasty concussion where he took a month off.
  • + 1
 Cody is the man. Its so much fun to see Cody and mitch ripping it up.
  • - 1
 Wut who sets the prizemoney... 4 min race get 2.5K ..... 12min plus monster proper DH (not a glorified bmx trail) gets 1.5K for winner ........???? that retarded.... wheres the = ....
  • + 4
 The Air DH is sponsored by Fox (clothing) so that's probably why.
Garbanzo didn't have a specific sponsor.
  • + 5
 Nobody is making a living off of prize money. It's all about the sponsorship.
  • + 2
 Yeah and how about the field? 100 vs 22
  • + 1
 @stacykohut still sending it. Respect
  • + 1
 Kerr looked like he was gonna go flat out 180 degrees.
  • + 1
 Wrong Gherig twin on picture 3 of "Caro"
  • + 1
 The black shorts lol
  • + 1
 + Different jersey, goggles and huge watch
  • + 1
 not a fan of the crazy motion blur shots! cool otherwise though!
  • + 1
 This race should be re-named 'Crankworx Air and Sprint' ;
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