Photo Epic: Speed & Style and Best Trick - Crankworx Whistler 2019

Aug 17, 2019
by chris pilling  


We are back on Blackcomb mountain this evening for the Speed & Style Championships. A new challenging course has been scratched into the hillside and all the heavy hitters have come out to see where they stand. The Ladies category was stricken with injuries and high winds forcing organizers to go to a time trial format. However, the winds died down and the men were set for a great night of racing.

Navigating the flat grass turns at high speed was tricky.
Navigating the flat grass turns at high speed was tricky.

Joey Gough takes 3rd place
Joey Gough takes 3rd place

Casey Brown fresh off a whip-off podium and finding herself on there again.
Casey Brown fresh off a whip-off podium and finding herself on the gas again.

Jordy Scott thows a toboggan on her winning run.
Jordy Scott throws a toboggan on her winning run.

Casey Brown on her way to a second place finish
Casey Brown on her way to a second-place finish

The ladies had a bit of bad luck and were battling strong winds the entire competition.
The ladies had a bit of bad luck and were battling strong winds the entire competition. A select few decided to push through.

Powering out of the start gate.
Powering out of the start gate. It's time for the men's finals.

Kyle Straight through the grass corners
Kyle Strait through the grass corners

McCaul and Reynolds pitted through the turns
McCaul and Reynolds pitted through the turns

Garret Mechem
Garret Mechem

After the first step up the course transitioned onto the grass for a couple hundred yards.
After the first step up the course transitioned onto the grass for a couple of hundred yards.

Spin to win
Spin to win

Flat grass corners and mirco knobby tires. How does Lamoine keep traction
Flat grass corners and micro knobby tires. How does Lemoine keep traction?

S-berms.
S-berms.

Sam Reynolds laying out a big backflip.
Sam Reynolds laying out a big backflip.

Garret Mechem backflip one foot can and crossing the line with a .75 lead over Billy Meaclem
Garret Mechem backflip one foot can and crossing the line with a .75 lead over Billy Meaclem

Tomas Lamoine walking to the start gate
Tomas Lemoine walking to the start gate

Tom Van Steenbergen goes for broke against Ropelato with a cork 720.
Tom van Steenbergen goes for broke against Ropelato with a cork 720.

Clif Bar providing the goods times.
Clif Bar providing the goods times.

Full extension on the tuck no hander flip.
Full extension on the tuck no hander flip.

Martin Soderstrom looking to take the overall win for the season.
Martin Soderstrom looking to take the overall win for the season.

360 Tail whip over the last jump.
360 tailwhip over the last jump.

Matt Jones and Adrien Laron do battle but Laron will advance to the next round
Matt Jones and Adrien Loron do battle but Laron will advance to the next round

Soderstrom a vetran in the sport uses his locked down tail whips to his advantage.
Soderstrom, a veteran in the sport, uses his locked-down tail whips to his advantage.

Bas on the white course.
Bas on the white course.

Kade Edwards is usually racing World Cup but occasionally he likes to get upside down.
Kade Edwards is usually racing World Cup, but occasionally he likes to get upside down.

Martin Soderstrom uses his bag of tricks to advance into the next round.
Martin Soderstrom uses his bag of tricks to advance into the next round.

Daryl Brown going up against the legend Gregg Watts
Daryl Brown going up against the legend, Gregg Watts.

Ropelato absolutely on fire this week taking yet another win.
Ropelato absolutely on fire this week taking yet another win.

Your Speed Style podium
Your Speed & Style podium

Martin Soderstrom takes the Speed and Style World Championship
Martin Soderstrom takes the Speed and Style World Championship.

David Godziek warming up the crowd.

Extension.
Extension.

Super nac.
Luke Whitlock with an Indian Air Seat Grab.

Rogatkin with an x-up twister.
Rogatkin wins it with an X-up twister.


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19 Comments

  • 12 2
 why did rogatkin win with a twister x up when godziek pulled of a twister no hander?
  • 2 2
 Russian manipulation?
  • 2 6
flag DarrellW (Aug 17, 2019 at 6:50) (Below Threshold)
 @Myfianceemademedoit: manipulation of other countries democratic processes is nothing new. The US and the UK have been at it for years. The Muslim Brotherhood won an election in Egypt recently, but were overthrown. The UK and US interfered with the election in Ukraine during the Orange revolution a few years ago. Moscow had got trains to transport Russian troops who were able to vote to go and do so. From what I remember, the US and the UK left crate after crate of Vodka on the platforms of the stations the trains would be stopping at from what I remember.
  • 5 0
 Rogatkin actually won because he did a cashroll tailwhip and not an x-up twister.
  • 3 10
flag jorgeposada (Aug 17, 2019 at 8:59) (Below Threshold)
 How did that ball hugger tight pants Lemoine make it into the finals after blowing both feet straight foot brakes and crushing his tiny sack in the semi. Should have been an all USA finals. The judges are at Lemoines hotel putting baby powder on his butthole right now. Can't wait to see the slope travesty. Can we get some real judges, maybe mix it up sometimes, maybe non Canadians would give the event credibility because it's a joke at this point. I mean any jump contest on the planet 2 blown feet, foot braking and tiny balls crushed is immediate head to the showers, what planet are these morons from.
  • 3 0
 That T-Bog photo is Sarah Walter not Jordy Scott!!
  • 1 0
 Some names need to be fixed in the article.

Tomas Lemoine
Martin Söderström
Kyle Strait
Tom van Steenbergen
Adrien Loron
  • 1 0
 Did anyone catch video of the bmx guy poaching the course and slamming into the guy on track? Is he ok?
  • 2 0
 Mitch is on fire!
  • 1 0
 Sex, pay,,, gaps,,, sounds like a Canadian party.
  • 3 2
 Is Crankworx seriously not equal payout for men and women? Unreal.
  • 1 0
 anybody else notice casey brown using brett rheeders title handlebar?
  • 4 5
 Makes the sex pay gap seem a bit real when they are holding their cheques up.
  • 11 4
 Get off your high horse, the women's wasn't even a proper comp, they didn't even throw any tricks.
  • 8 2
 And the photos make the difference in skill a bit real.
  • 3 5
 @bike2850: True of course, but pay can't be determined all by skill, otherwise slower categories would get paid less in races. The women are competing against each other, not the men.

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