Photo Epic: Sun Peaks Dual Slalom - Crankworx Summer Series

Aug 13, 2020
by Clint Trahan  

We're getting to the end of the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series, or "Crankworx Summer Camp" as riders have affectionally dubbed it, and exhaustion has set in.

bigquotes"It’s definitely getting to the point where we’re so tired, it’s a bit of a weird thing to process now. It’s not something I’ve dealt with before. This kind of tiredness. Usually I try not to stress mentally and just flow with it for fun, and now I’m so tired and beat that I just stress about that too.Vaea Verbeeck

Exhausted or not, Vaea continues to lead out the women with 850 points after sweeping the Dual Slalom events at all three locations. Georgia Astle (2nd) and Casey Brown (3rd) rounded out the woman's podium. A shout out to ALN, who went down in the semi finals and was unable to finish the race.

On the men's side, Bas Van Steenbergen won after a re-run in the semi-finals against an equally quick Kasper Woolley to advance. Bas beat second place finisher, Finn Iles by .34 in the big final, while Kasper would finish the day in 3rd, beating out Mark Wallace by .09.

When asked about the re-run, Kasper had this to say, "I’m pretty stoked. I missed the slalom last week, and the first week I did horrible, so I’m pretty happy to come third. It’s just a bit frustrating. I threw down my best lap, but it didn’t count for anything, but that’s the way it is. Out of my control."

The big story of the night belongs, once again, to Finn Iles. With his second place finish, Finn captured the overall CLIF Crankworx Summer Series Men's title. Finn's haul included 4 wins, 4 silver medals, and a bronze and his points total currently sits at 846 to Bas's 609 with just 2 events still to run.

"Pretty happy to clinch it early. Now tomorrow, no stress. Friday, no stress. Don’t even have to think about it. There’s nothing else to think about now, besides racing. Calm. Very calm." - Finn Iles

Onward, photos.

Sun Peaks ain't a bad place to hang out and shoot events.
In the gate.

Small crowd.
The flat grass turns wreaked havoc on more than a few riders day.

ALN was looking good all day until a crash in the semis knocked her out. Yes, on the grass turns.

Casey Brown also looked good on the day, until the dreaded grass turns.

Lucy Schick has been having an absolute blast these past few weeks and gaining valuable experience in the process.

A quick combo - Verner the Burner sent Sherlock home in first round action.

Mark Wallace kindly color coordinated today. Thanks dude.

Seth showing off some interesting attack lines.

With a bye in the first round Finn Iles went hands free.

Norco boys going head to head.

Vaea on the attack.

Mckay Vezina and Remi Gauvin

I'm including these two, because, well, I dig em.

Back to the top

Back to the bottom

Would it be a photo epic without at least 1 pan shot?

Georgia Astle on her way to 2nd place

A gate went along for the ride, causing a re-run in the semi-finals between Bas Van Steenbergen and Kasper Woolley.

Kasper taking a moment to collect himself before the re-run.

Bas and Finn in the men's finals.

Georgia and Vaea in the finals.

Another podium for these two - they've started making it a habit this summer!

Women's Podium: 1st - Vaea Verbeeck, 2nd: Georgia Astle, 3rd: Casey Brown.

Men's Podium: 1st - Bas Van Steenbergen, 2nd: Finn Iles, 3rd: Kasper Woolley.

We feel ya, Will. We feel ya.

Take a drink Finn, you've earned it. Congratulations on the title.

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  • 20 0
 A comment in loving memory of Finn Iles's Stumpy
  • 1 0
 what am i missing...?
  • 1 0
 @lognar: Stumpy categorires are over. only DH left.
  • 12 0
 Ah, flat grass turns... a local crew around here organises a laid back slalom semi-regularly that runs 100% on a grassy slope and it's a slide fest, great times Smile Always amazed how the fast guys and gals find grip on that.
  • 1 0
 @bananowy in the UK?
  • 1 0
 @od110: yeah, in Bristol. The Pedal Progression Renegade Slalom.
  • 1 0
 @bananowy: nice. When’s it usually held?
  • 1 0
 @od110: It was always a few week nights throughout the summer, though no specific dates. Not sure if it'll happen at all now with the covid situation.

You can follow Pedal Progression (local skills coaches/shop/rental/trail builders) on Facebook, they always announce it there if/when they organise one.
  • 12 0
 MTBers in masks look like Sub-Zero and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.
  • 3 0
 Finish him
  • 6 0
 It is odd being a photog and seeing this everywhere...BUT, masks help reduce the spread of COVID, etc. Crankworx has been taking health and safety very serious throughout the masks have been mandatory basically everywhere...(even for me, which causes a lot of fog on the view finder.) Better safe than sorry.
  • 2 0
 @PocoBoho: They all got Finn-ished
  • 12 1
 Kasper got robbed
  • 2 0
 the clock doesn't lie. but that rerun... hmm
  • 5 0
 it was less than ideal, and Kasper probably put down his best run on that lap...but s**t happened, the flag was dislodged, jamming up Bas's wheel. Replays showed Bas cleared the gate, so the only thing TO do, was a re-run. Had they not re-run the heat, people would be up in arms that Bas was robbed. Obviously not an ideal situation, but things happen in racing and this was one of those unfortunate situations. =\
  • 3 0
 My man is tiny and rallying the SB150 against one of the best slalom racers in the world. holy hell
  • 3 6
 @sammyhedlund: had your man been stuck in a flag after going around it, he too would get a re-run. I know it sucks to be in Kasper’s shoes at the time, but equipment failure sucks too for the other party. A re-run is just fair.
  • 4 0
 I am very impressed with how clean everyone's laundry is, even after racing.
  • 4 0
 Casey Brown running a prototype "Bontrager" DHF? I wonder if she ran out of tires or thought it would give her an edge?
  • 2 0
 Who ever is the grounds keeper at Sun Peaks in charge of the grass (and chipmunks) should get a gold medal....someone should be damn proud of that lawn.
  • 1 0
 Kasper the blaster is killing it. One bike for everything and still in top 5 in every discipline
  • 1 0
 Kasper was easily one of my favorite riders to shoot over the three weeks. He was pinned and stylish every time he passed the camera. I have MASSIVE respect for the kid.

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