Photos, Video+Results: Fat Tire Crit - Crankworx Whistler 2013

Aug 9, 2013 at 22:12
by Tyler Maine  
Crankworx Whistler kicked off today with a high-energy start with a display of fitness, bike handling skills and strategy in the Fat Tire Crit. Excited fans gathered in full force to cheer at the opening event of Crankwork Whistler’s 10th Anniversary, which had riders circling an 800 metre loop around Whistler Olympic Plaza and pedaling flat out for the majority of their near 20 minute race.

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Riders raced elbow to elbow in a pack as they lapped Whistler Olympic Plaza and made tactical moves throughout the race not to be caught by the motorbike pulling up the end of the pack and subsequently removing riders from the race. In the women’s race, second place finisher Leah Guloien appeared to have a confident lead on Jean Ann Berkenpas until Berkenpas out-sprinted her in the last 10 meters of the race. “I tried to get away early on, but there were enough strong girls to chase me,” recounts Berkenpas. “When Leah made a breakaway I worked to stay with her and managed to sprint away from her at the very end.”


Carl Decker. This guy is a monster.

A criterium, or crit, is traditionally a road bike race held on a short course on blocked-off city streets. Crankworx Whistler has put its own spin on the event by requiring all participants to race on mountain bikes with 26, 27.5 or 29 inch wheels. The 800 metre closed course around Whistler Olympic Plaza was primarily paved with a short crushed gravel section and each lap took riders an average of 40-45 seconds to complete.

In his second consecutive year of winning the Fat Tire Crit, Bend, Oregon native, and Giant Bicycles rider, Carl Decker called the course “scary in places,” and admitted his win wasn’t easy. “It was so tight between riders,” says Decker. “It was about maintaining focus and not making errors. Letting your tires drift on pavement is pretty scary.”

Women’s Results:
1. Jean Ann Berkenpas
2. Leah Guloien
3. Brandi Heisterman

Men s crit winners...Carl Decker Giant Spencer Paxson Kona and Greg Day Rocky Mountain .

Men’s Results:
1. Carl Decker
2. Spencer Paxson
3. Greg Day

After the Fat Tire Crit award ceremony, the Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series began on the Crankworx Main Stage in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Vancouver-based quartet, Rich Hope and His Evil Doers played a bluesy opening set, followed up by headliner Matt Mays and his light rock melodies, perfect for a summer night. The Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series is partially funded by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative grant.

Tomorrow Crankworx has a full day of sport and music lined up with the Dual Speed & Style from 5-7pm in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Mother Mother and Daniel Wesley on the Bud Light Crankworx Concert Series Main Stage in Whistler Olympic Plaza following the awards ceremony.

On Sunday the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, presented by Specialized, which is the fifth stop on the newly created Enduro World Series tour, will commence in and around the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Online results

More images from the race coming soon.

August 9-18, 2013, the world’s best downhill, slopestyle and enduro riders will migrate to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for the 10th Annual Crankworx Whistler. Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will take place July 6 – 14, 2013 and is the only Crankworx event to take place outside of North America. High-summer’s convergence of all things freeride, Crankworx is a 10-day festival of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. A time-tested stage for gravity-fed mountain biking, Crankworx has forged the future of freeride, launched careers and raised up a spectacle out of dirt, sweat and cheers. Feel the impact. Embrace the amplitude. Experience the awe that is Crankworx Whistler 2013.


  • 69 7
 For all the idiotic and juvenile comments about it being boring and an xc race on Tarmac you are a bunch of close minded tools who needs to open you eyes to the possibility of what bikes and riders can do. This event is as old school as they come. There used to be a crit in the village years ago and it was a crowd pleaser and still is. Lots of people turned up to watch and that is the main focus of Crankworx to get people out and stoked on bikes. As for not showcasing the trails in Whistler guess what, there is an Enduro race on Sunday and a Canada Cup XC race this week. The garbonzo downhill and Aline race too. Don't forget the Canadian open to finish it off. Crankworx is ten days long don't judge the greatest mountain bike festival on the opening event you close minded "I only ride park" so called mountain bikers. If you all think this was boring try entering it and see if you think it's boring.
  • 11 2
 Perfectly said.
  • 7 1
 Olympic Park was packed for this race, and full of families, kids and spectators. Great event to kick of Crankworx...helps to make it more accessible to people who don't get why some of us like to strap on armour and hurtle down a hill at 40kph...but it's all biking after all! And we have Urban DH why not call this Urban XC?
  • 3 1
 Right on! I enjoy dirt jumping, but I also love doing a fun xc race every once awhile. It always really chill and just an overall good time.
  • 4 26
flag Kona-Stinker-Dude (Aug 10, 2013 at 13:46) (Below Threshold)
 Well to each his own, but I don't think this is very interesting and neither do a lot of people on this site...
  • 12 1
 Welcome to BitchBike.. Where comments like "looks like a session" gets hundreds of props and anyone with a comment that makes people think gets obliterated.. Too many people that think they are rampage level free riders or dirt jump pros..
  • 5 13
flag Kona-Stinker-Dude (Aug 10, 2013 at 15:05) (Below Threshold)
 Everyone has their own opinions. You seem to express yours a little more strongly than others.
  • 5 1
 Your opinions are asinine as most people on this site sound like 10 year old boys who do not know or care to know about the history of our great sport. Not all people are into freeride downhill and dirt jumping. Some people love all acpects of mountain biking. Even if they are riding bikes around a Tarmac track giving it there all for glory.
  • 5 5
 Like I said everyone has their own opinions, and there is yours.
  • 6 1
 Bcbud.. Don't let the trolls on here suck you in... They grew up in the digital age where you speak before you think and hate anything you are not into.. Yesterday I rode my wife's Giant Boulder with v brakes and elastomer fork for 30 miles on the trails and guess what? I had fun..
  • 5 5
 I said I didn't like something and get called a troll. As you said in your comment above, "welcome to bitchbike".
  • 2 2
 Apparently, they where a bunch of roadies that thought fat tyres was 1.95"
  • 3 1
 Bcbud, you need to have a cup of tea and a nice lie down.
  • 1 0
 I have the utmost respect for this race. I know first hand. Xc on pavement is terrifying. I have the broken elbow to show for it.
  • 31 8
 Zzzzz. Was expecting real fat tires, like the ones on Salsas.
  • 3 0
 the guy in the green helmet at 1:00 is doing it right
  • 1 0
 wonder if that is the same dude who raced at Sea Otter on the $200 fat tire bike
  • 16 2
 Carl Decker two years in a row!! What a machine!
  • 2 0
 Same at D-vill the dude puts down the power!!
  • 8 1
 There are some of these races in NL, but they know how to make the track more fun. Some little drops, stairs and even leading the track through pubs and bars. Nice idea but with this track design you could even take a cyclocross or road bike.
  • 10 1
 Ah, how the simple minds and mouths regurgitate. Looks like a laid back fun race that anyone could do half drunk.
  • 1 1
 Made me laugh out loud hahah
  • 4 0
 How can the guy on the dirt bike not win? He needs to step it up next year.
  • 1 0
 Ok does anyone else think the time must he off? 45 seconds for an 800m lap? That works out to like 60k an hour.
  • 1 0
 Song is Entertainment by Phoenix
  • 4 4
 1:00 - the only fat tyre i saw the WHOLE race
  • 3 0
 Didn't bother to read the article, eh? "Fat" as compared to road bike tires. Criterium races are road bike races, a "Fat Tire Crit" notwithstanding.
  • 2 1
 yeahh berkenpas!! nice!
  • 5 6
 No disrespect to the riders, to each his own. They should make these guys race on unicycles.
  • 2 3
 it would of made the video a bit more interesting to watch, add fire to it and it would be entertaining.
  • 2 1
 track looked gnarly!
  • 5 5
 No wall ride passes = lame. The sport is ruined now.
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