SRAM Canadian Open Challenger Enduro presented by CamelBak: Crankworx Whistler 2016 - Recap

Aug 13, 2016
by Colin Meagher  
Not to be mistaken for the EWS Enduro, the SRAM Canadian Open Challenger Enduro presented by Camelbak (and henceforth in this post to be referred to as the "Challenger Enduro") was more of an EWS "Lite" event. It was composed of 4 stages, rather than the EWS Enduro's 5 monster stages. Stage one was similar to the stage one of the EWS race, but was cut off before racers hit the bottom of the hill. Stage two of the Challenger was stage three of the EWS, and stages three and four of the Challenger Enduro are stage 5 of the EWS race. Still confused? Simple: this was the Enduro race held for the racers unable to get into the EWS Enduro for one reason or another. Basically, it's an appetizer for the main event. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the undercard event before the main event on Sunday.

Headspace can be hard to come by 15 minutes before go time.
  Headspace can be hard to come by 15 minutes before go time.

Josh Reilly on stage one of the Challenger Enduro.
  Josh Reilly on stage one of the "Challenger" Enduro. It was a fun romp down Una Mas and into Blue Velvet.

San Clemente CA must seem like a distant memory for John Levey as he pedals into stage one of the Challenger Enduro.
  San Clemente, CA must seem like a distant memory for John Levey as he ripped through the bike park on stage one of his race.

Keren Warehem of the UK on course. Short of Ft William in Scotland they simply don t have trails like what she rode in Whistler today.
  Keren Warehem of the UK on course. Short of Ft William in Scotland, they simply don't have trails like what she rode in Whistler today--maybe a bit of gnar here and there, but not the sheer, sustained technically challenging vertical.

Bi McCarther of Santa Cruz CA dropping in on stage 3 of the Challenger Enduro.
  Bo McCarther of Santa Cruz, CA dropping in on stage 3 of the Challenger Enduro.

Tom Lynch-Watson dropping in on stage 3 of the Challenger Enduro.
  Tom Lynch-Watson dropping in on the iconic "Top of the World" stage of the Challenger Enduro.

His friends call him Danny Taiwan s Sheng Shan Chiang dropping in.
  His friends call him Danny; Taiwan's Sheng Shan Chiang dropping in and ripping the hill hard enough to take home second place.

Top of the World is iconic for many reasons. This rock chute being just one of them.
  Views in the office today sucked.

Warren Bower coming in hot.
  Warren Bower coming in hot.

Shannon Hewetson looking into the next couple of corners.
  Shannon Hewetson looking into the next couple of corners. And down, down, down.

Andrew Daly swore so loud when he flatted this tire--and dashed his hopees for a win--that very likely the tourists on the Top of the World proper likely haeard him.
  Andrew Daly swore so loud when he flatted this tire--and dashed his hopees for a win--that very likely the tourists on the Top of the World proper heard him.

Garret McGurk swirling down the trails and intdo the Whistler Bike Park.
  Garret McGurk swirling down the trails and into the Whistler Bike Park.

Callan Ridge on the ridge.
  Callan Ridge mere seconds away from taking the plunge.

Callum Rostron walking the line on one of the slightly more exposed sections of TOW.
  Callum Rostron walking the line on one of the slightly more exposed sections of TOW.

Spectating while they wait for their start times ain t such a bad thing.
  Spectating while one waits for one's start time ain't such a bad thing.

William Weatherwill gunning it on the fire road climb on stage 3 of the Challenger Enduro. It may not look like much but it feels as if you re breathing broken glass when you re racing this line.
  William Weatherwill gunning it on the fire road climb on stage 3 of the Challenger Enduro. It may not look like much but it feels as if you're breathing broken glass when you're racing this line.

Fejola Stepanka Nestlerova shoving a tube into her wheel before getting on with the final stage of the Challenger Enduro.
  Fejola Stepanka Nestlerova shoving a tube into her wheel before getting on with the final stage of the Challenger Enduro.

Men s and Women s shared the podium on the Challenger Enduro left to right Shend Shan Chiang and Emma Wareham 2 Shannon Hewetson and Camille Balanche 1 Michelle Chang and Tom Doran 3 .
  Men's and Women's shared the podium on the Challenger Enduro; left to right: Shend Shan Chiang and Emma Wareham (2), Shannon Hewetson and Camille Balanche (1), Michelle Chang and Tom Doran (3).

Tha-tha-tha-tha-that's all folks!


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9 Comments

  • + 8
 Wow! The SRAM Canadian Open Challenger Enduro presented by Camelbak seems like it would be so much fun! I would really like to be in the SRAM Canadian Open Challenger Enduro presented by Camelbak! I can't wait to hear more about the SRAM Canadian Open Challenger Enduro presented by Camelbak!!
  • + 3
 Wouldve been nice to know about this, as i didnt get into the ews again this year..
  • + 2
 Pretty fun event. Pretty much zero climbing. Lots of effort required though. Best part is I got a sick picture out of the deal.
  • + 2
 Neat.
  • + 1
 Where did you get the pic? Coast Mountain?
  • + 1
 @probikegeek: I found 2 on coast mountain but I was talking about this one from the article.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13819921

I havent found any other sites.
  • + 1
 @rewob: Nice one! I know i saw several flashes so there must be some photos somewhere.

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