Video: Sam Blenkinsop Takes the Crown

Sep 25, 2018 at 9:38
by SRAM  

Video by: Mind Spark Cinema
Photos by: Adrian Marcoux & Sven Martin
Words by: Joe Parkin, SRAM / RockShox

Sam Blenkinsop is fully committed. Whether he’s on a winning run or struggling to crack the first page of race results, the famously fast, no-glove-wearing Kiwi is just flat-out exciting to watch ride a bike. The loose look while he tosses his bike around under himself, and the iconic ET air-pedaling charging are just a couple bits of his signature style. Blenki is a badass—it’s as simple as that.

Blenkinsop has been seeking the King of Crankworx throne for a couple of years now. It’s a daunting task that more often than not rewards wannabe monarchs with little more than tired legs, beat-up bikes and hefty travel bills.

That didn’t matter to Blenki, who threw his lot in again in 2018 and is rumored to have freelanced the whole adventure. The commitment paid off, because, despite racing his last few events while patched together with surgical sutures, Sam Blenkinsop rode away with the 2018 King of Crankworx Crown.

2018 Whister Crankworx

Mentions: @SramMedia


  • + 32
 Not to mention a strong World Cup season in the middle of it all!
  • + 11
 I have to say, I always look forward to watch Blenki ride, guy has too much style and steez.
  • - 1
 care to elaborate on the difference between "style" and "steez"?
  • + 14
 @maxgod: No gloves "style" and riding style "steez"
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 @maxgod: Steez: style + Ease
  • + 10
 norco on the podium and all is right with the world.
  • + 7
  • + 2
 Great to see SRAM putting out this video. I wonder why Norco doesn't have more vids and promotions for the King of Crankworks titles that their racers are winning. Last year it was Jill and Adrian who are Norco racers. This year Sam and Jill. That's pretty amazing.
  • + 1
 @SramMedia @norcobicycles Blenki has been riding a lot better this year than he has in previous years. It'd be cool to see what he did to cause the change in his performance...
  • + 2
 Started to ride high suspension pivit bike. Not taking anything away from his effirt, but same story is with the commencal dh team. Go Blenki
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 ''rumoured to have freelanced the whole adventure'' anybody know exactly what they mean here?
  • + 7
 Unlike at the world cups, he didn’t have the full Norco Factory Racing pits/setup - at least in Innsbruck & Les Gets, where he said it was just him and his girlfriend. If I remember the interview correctly, he actually said he was quite enjoying a taste of the ‘privateer’ lifestyle for a few days.
  • + 1
 Remind me why Blenki had sutures?
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 Only 15 comments?! Blenki is an icon in the sport, good on ya Sam!!!
  • + 0
 He might win some world cups if he wore some damn gloves!
  • + 0
 It's his steeze that makes him fast
  • + 1
 Yeah boi
  • + 1
 It's Inspiring.

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