Huck or Hoon: Speed & Style Photo Epic - Crankworx Whistler 2017

Aug 13, 2017
by Nathan Hughes  



Thirty-two became sixteen, sixteen became eight, eight became... well you can see where this is going and we all know the format well enough by now as the Whistler crowds came out to witness the 4th Clif Dual Speed and Style battle of the 2017 Crankworx season go down on Canadian soil. The spanner in the works this time, for those that think they've seen it all before, was a loose and sketchy course that threw more than few big names off their A-game and the wrong side of a gate on multiple occasions. In a somewhat controversial manoeuvre, the large wooden kickers of years gone by were subbed out for two extremely steep dirt tables, which rubbed further salt in the wounds of the 'stylers' as they struggled to get the steady airtime required to break out the really big moves. In the end however, speed didn't quite win-out as thoroughbred racer, Tomas Slavik, roared down to the line first in both final runs but was still unable to topple the flips and flatspins of Adrien Loron. Having taken wins in Rotorua and Les Gets, the Czech trickster, Jakub Vencl also did enough to secure the overall Speed and Style World Tour victory, but boy was it close...



Warren already edging ahead before eliminating Wallace in the round of 16.
Austin Warren eliminating Reece Wallace earlier in the day as we saw the sea of talent filtered down to just 16 finalists...

It s always exciting to see Cam Zink turn up for rip.
It's always exciting to see Cam Zink turn up for a rip.

After destroying a lot of the competition with his double flips here last year Van Steenbergen wasn t able to do the same damage on the short and steep tables of this year s course.
After destroying a lot of the competition with his double flips here last year, Van Steenbergen wasn't able to do the same damage on the short and steep tables of this year's course...

Tom van Steenbergen front flips the final jump.
... although he certainly tried... Van Steenbergen front flips the final jump.

Noah Brousseau unfortunately about to get dropped by the man of the match.
Noah Brousseau unfortunately about to get dropped by the man of the match.

Adrien Loron took the win in Whistler.
It was to be one hell of an afternoon for Frenchman, Adrien Loron.

Mitch Ropelato was out from in all the early heats of the night.
Mitch Ropelato was out front in all the early heats of the night.

Crankworx means business time for Ropelato so the goggles stay on.
Crankworx means business time for Ropelato, so the goggles stay on.

A couple of Crankworx legends chatting before stepping up to the block and going head to head.
A couple of Crankworx legends chatting before stepping up to the block and going head to head.

T-Mac getting the snap on R-Dog out of the gate.
T-Mac getting the snap on R-Dog out of the gate.

Tyler McCaul and Ryan Howard in the round of 16.
McCaul versus Howard in the round of 16.

Zink and Warren ready to drop bombs on eachother.
Zink and Warren ready to drop bombs on each other.

The new Clif start gate allowed riders to stomp about 3 pedal strokes before dropping onto the dirt.
The new Clif start gate allowed riders to stomp about 3 pedal strokes before dropping onto the dirt.

Cam Zink took a big slam against Austin Warren.
Cam Zink took a big slam when a flip trick went way wrong...

When your planet needs you...
Zink gets the call; his planet needed him.

Genovese couldn t quite bring down S amp S veteran Brown.
Genovese couldn't quite bring down S&S veteran, Brown.

Oszkar Nagy fought his way into the last 16 today and looked like he might take down Vencl. In the end he would miss out by an absolute whisker.
Oszkar Nagy fought his way into the last 16 today and looked like he might take down Vencl. In the end he would miss out by an absolute whisker.

Some folks only need speed.
Some folks only need speed.

Adrian Loron spins the final jump.
Adrien Loron spins the final jump.

A familiar view Loron getting out in front.
A familiar view; Loron getting out in front.

Kyle Strait was looking like the favorite all day after setting the fastest lap in the qualies.
Kyle Strait was looking like the favorite all day after setting the fastest lap in the qualies.

Daryl Brown topping Kyle s flip adding in the tuck.
Daryl Brown topping Kyle's flip, adding in the tuck.

Speed amp Style - Crankworx Whistler 2017
Into the berms with nothing to separate them.

Daryle Brown v. Kyle Strait.
Daryl Brown 360 tuck v. Kyle Strait's tailwhip.

Jakub Vencl rode into 7th spot this afternoon taking the Crankworx Speed and Style World Tour title by just one spot... 5000 was the reward he so nearly lost to Loron.
Jakub Vencl rode into 7th spot this afternoon, taking the Crankworx Speed and Style World Tour title by just one spot... $5000 was the reward he so nearly lost to Loron.

Speed amp Style - Crankworx Whistler 2017
Vencl on a tear.

Ropelato had his work cut out with Vencl but managed to silence him headed to the last 4.
Ropelato had his work cut out with Vencl, but managed to silence him headed to the last 4.

Speed amp Style - Crankworx Whistler 2017
Even Stevens through the rhythm section in front of the excitable Whistler crowds.

Balcony with a view.
Balcony with a view.

Brown mid 360 tuck no-hander.
Brown mid 360 tuck no-hander.

Synchronized flipping from Austin Warren and Adrien Loron.
Synchronized flipping from Austin Warren and Adrien Loron.

Loron v. Warren
Loron v. Warren was a close fight until things went particularly sour for Warren in heat 2.

Loron and Warren neck and neck in their first heat..
Loron and Warren neck and neck in their first heat.

Loron watches Warren s dramatic eject.
Loron watches Warren's dramatic eject which he was fortunate to walk away from.

Ropo trying to escape Loron s angry clutches.
Ropo trying to escape Loron's angry clutches.

Slavik besting Brown despite his extensive trick quiver.
Slavik besting Brown despite his extensive trick quiver.

Loron about to give Ropelato the boot.
Loron about to give Ropelato the boot.

Mitch Ropelato carves into the final big jump.
Mitch Ropelato carves into the final big jump.

In the small final Brown s trickery would leave Mitch out of the medals in 4th.
In the small final Brown's trickery would leave Mitch out of the medals in 4th.

Mitch Ropelato always has some of the best style through the air.
Ropelato isn't the most technical on the trick front, but always brings a good amount steeze to the equation.

In both runs of the final Slavik got down to the line first but it wasn t to be enough...
In both runs of the final Slavik got down to the line first, but it wasn't enough...

It was a close final damn close.
It was a close final, damn close.

Tomas Slavic would finish 2nd on the night.
Last year's King of Crankworx, Tomas Slavik would finish 2nd on the night.

Loron spinning in Slavik s wake but the tricks would prove worth the lag in time.
Loron spinning in Slavik's wake, but the tricks would prove worth the lag in time.

Style trumps speed.
Style trumps speed.

Loron and Slavik await the final verdict with pride and prizing on the line.
Loron and Slavik await the final verdict with pride and prizing on the line.

Good sports to the very end Slavik congratulates the champ.
Good sports to the very end, Slavik congratulates the champ.

Glory days for Loron here in Canada.
Glory days for Loron here in Canada.

Loron Slavik and Brown are faster and more stylish than you and after today probably richer too.
Loron , Slavik and Brown are faster and more stylish than you, and after today probably richer too.

Nothing but oversize cheques for the champs.
Nothing but oversized cheques for the champs.



7 Comments

  • + 20
 Zinks bail was big, that is a freaking great pic!
  • + 7
 "Zink gets the call; his planet needed him." LOL
  • + 4
 Ropelato needs more sponsors!
  • + 3
 What happend to Martin?
  • + 2
 uncharacteristically messed up a tailwhip in the prior round and didn't advance.
  • + 1
 Yeeees 26 wheels rulez!!!
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