Photo Epic: Dual Slalom - Crankworx BC 2021

Sep 24, 2021
by chris pilling  


A new year and the traveling circus that is Crankworx is finally in British Columbia again, although not at its typical Whistler location. 11 days, 3 stops, 9 events. Our first stop is back at Sun Peaks resort just outside Kamloops, BC. Known for its steep technical trails and massive jump lines, Sun Peaks did not disappoint with this brand new dual slalom track. Tight corners and a few air time features made for some absolutely exciting racing. International athletes were able to join us this time around with names like Mick Hannah fresh off his official retirement from world cup racing at Snowshoe, it didn't take him long to hop back in the saddle for a quick road trip around BC.

Vaea Verbeeck, the reigning Queen of Crankworx strategically made her way through the heats to secure the first gold medal of the tour, proving her crown is hard-earned. Bas Van Steenbergen found himself in multiple battles in a stacked field, but in the end, coming out on top. Tegan Cruz, the young hotshot from BC, proving he can hang with the best of them finishing the day in 4th.

The Course
A new course scratched into the ski hill here at Sun Peaks

Dirt
Rains during qualifying left the track rutted but thankfully the sun is shining and the dirt is firming up

Tuhoto-Ariki Pene waiting to drop in.
Tuhoto-Ariki Pene waiting to drop in.

Bas hot out of the gate
Bas hot out of the gate


Danielle Beecroft getting it for the Gram. If you don t follow along you are missing out.
Danielle Beecroft getting it for the Gram. If you don't follow along, you are missing out.

Kialani on fire
Kialani looked strong all day

Camila Nogueira
Camila Nogueira

Keegan Wright
Keegan Wright

Danielle Beecroft and Gracey Hemstreet sending it

Keegan bumping out Kirk Mcdowall

Danielle Beecroft warp speed
Danielle Beecroft warp speed

The locals at Sun Peaks were stoked
He s thinking about dropping in.
The locals at Sun Peaks are wild

Tomas crosses the line to edge out Tegan Cruz
Tomas crosses the line to edge out Tegan Cruz

Tomas gives props to the young gun Tegan Cruz for putting pressure on the veteran pro field
Tomas gives props to the young gun Tegan Cruz for putting pressure on the veteran pro field

Bas Van Steenberge Keegan Wright running through the course. Fall time is all time here in Sunpeaks
Bas Van Steenbergen, Keegan Wright running through the course. Fall time is all time here in Sun Peaks!

Vaea and Casey head to head in semi s
Vaea and Casey head to head in semi's

Garret Mechem, usually found on a slope course, shows he's no slouch on a race bike

Vaea cool and collected
Vaea cool and collected

Danielle putting in serious work on the downhill bike but it's no match for Vaea today

Tomas and Bas in the big final
Tomas and Bas in the big final

A game of milliseconds Bas and Tomas trade positions over the spine between heats
A game of milliseconds, Bas and Tomas trade positions over the spine between heats

Vaea Verbeeck 1 Danielle Beecroft 2 Kialani Hines 3
Vaea Verbeeck (1), Danielle Beecroft (2), Kialani Hines (3)

Bas VanSteenbergen 1 Tomas Slavik 2 Mick Hanna 3
Bas Van Steenbergen (1), Tomas Slavik (2), Mick Hannah (3)

The first taste of gold
The first bit of gold for the 2021 Crankworx BC tour

The power couple is back
The power couple is back



16 Comments

  • 15 1
 Too bad that fox isn't wearing B-rad as a skin suit
  • 10 0
 So let me get this straight, second place chick did it on a DH bike?!? Imagine if she was on a shorter travel, snappier steed!! Dang!
  • 7 0
 So... Mick Hannah shows up a few days off WC retirement and all we get is a podium pic? Respect Due.
  • 6 0
 Fox's advertising is on point this week.
  • 1 0
 'A new year and the traveling circus that is Crankworx hits the road again'

Except it's been to Innsbruck already this year?
  • 3 0
 Podium whilst riding a full DH. Fair play.
  • 2 0
 There’s some grate shots in there
  • 1 0
 that 1st pic is BEAUTIFUL
  • 1 0
 that was a good photo epic. i like the picture of bas's start.
  • 1 0
 What is the starting gate metal called in photos 6 & 7?
  • 2 0
 Usually referred to as anti-slip stair tread or grating or channel. I’ve seen it in galvanized steel or aluminum. Formed from sheet. We have interlocking channel at work as removable nonslip walkways over sunken driveways.
  • 3 3
 Who's Mick Hanna ?
  • 6 0
 a young gun
  • 3 0
 He’s fast - might have a future in biking
  • 1 0
 Hannah family ok but Hanna never heard
  • 1 0
 @meathooker: You know who else needs to make a comeback to dual slalom...? Captain Carl. I hear he just built up a new Yeti DJ so he should be ready to race.

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