Crankworx L2A: Whip Off Photo Epic

Jul 9, 2015 at 14:43
by Dave Trumpore  
Crankworx France kicked off today at Les Deux Alps in fine fashion as riders flew it in sideways at the official European Whip Off Champs. Judged on the simple criteria of winner being whoever got their wheels past 90 degrees with the most amplitude and style, we saw a mix of DH and freeride athletes battling it out during the hot and dusty evening high in the French Alps.

When the dust settled and the judges finally reached their difficult decision, it would be Casey Brown taking the top spot once again for the women, and Bernardo Cruz just edging out youngster Finn Iles in a final heat that was almost too close to call. Aussie privateer David McMillan just edged out Bernard Kerr to take third, and 10 year old Jackson Goldstone earned an honorary mention for boosting higher and farther than any other rider on the mountain.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a massive photo epic of all the action that went down in front of a setting sun here in Les Deux Alps.

With the track watered and the riders warmed up it was time for the bikes and dust to take flight in Les Deux Alps
  With the track watered and the riders warmed up, it was time for the bikes (and dust) to take flight in Les Deux Alps

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Finn Iles looked to me the young man to beat early on
  Finn Iles looked to me the (young) man to beat early on

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Dave McMillan not quite 90 degrees in the warm up jam session
  Dave McMillan not quite 90 degrees in the warm up jam session

While the injured Andrew Neethling was in charge of commentary his mechanic and brother Jonty filled in on riding duties
  While the injured Andrew Neethling was in charge of commentary, his mechanic and brother, Jonty, filled in on riding duties

Bernardo Cruz just getting warmed up
  Bernardo Cruz just getting warmed up

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Bernard Kerr
  Bernard Kerr

David McMillan
  David McMillan

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Sam Blenkisop has some of the best style and his delayed and casual looking whips right over the heads of the crowd earned him some of the loudest cheers
  Sam Blenkinsop has some of the best style and his delayed and casual looking whips right over the heads of the crowd earned him some of the loudest cheers

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

The dust was definitely flying sideways out there this evening
  The dust was definitely flying sideways out there this evening

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Remy Morton
  Remy Morton

T-Mac
  T-Mac

Eliot Jackson
  Eliot Jackson at a perfect 90 plus degrees

10 year old Jackson Goldstone gets the honorable mention for going bigger than anyone today. All he needs to do now is get his wheels just a bit more sideways.
  11 year old Jackson Goldstone gets the honourable mention for going bigger than anyone today. All he needs to do now is get his wheels just a bit more sideways.

Jackson Goldstone heads into orbit
  Jackson Goldstone heads into orbit.

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

It was good to see some new faces in the Women s competition and Emilie Siegenthaler would grab 2nd just ahead of Anneke Beerten
  It was good to see some new faces in the women's competition, and Emilie Siegenthaler would grab 2nd just ahead of Anneke Beerten

Casey Brown was dominant once again
  Casey Brown was dominant once again

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Casey Brown once again brought the biggest whip for the ladies
  Casey Brown once again brought the biggest whip for the ladies.

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

T-Mac buzzes the spectators that lined the final jump
  T-Mac buzzes the spectators that lined the final jump.

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Bernard Kerr always has some of the most stylish whips out there
  Bernard Kerr always has some of the most stylish whips out there.

David McMillan in flight to 3rd place
  David McMillan in flight to 3rd place.

Finn Iles
  Finn Iles looked unbeatable after the first two rounds, but would eventually get edged out on style points by Bernardo Cruz.

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Crankworx L2A Whip Off Photo Epic Image

Congrats Bernardo
  Congrats Bernardo

Bernard Cruz more sideways and with more style than the rest
  Bernard Cruz, more sideways and with more style than the rest. From lip to landing he had the flow, style and of course a massive whip that set him apart from the rest of the field.


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx / @davetrump


About the Photographer

Dave Trumpore • Age: 35 • Years Shooting: 4
Dave spent the bulk of the past 17 years racing professionally before realizing that despite qualifying for the random World Cup final here and there, the next generation was just way too fast and way more talented. Upon hanging up his racing boots in 2010, it would be a few years until Dave picked up a camera and started shooting the odd race here and there as a way to stay in touch with all the friends he had made over the years, and the rest as they say is history. In just a few years time his photos have graced the pages of just about every MTB magazine and major media outlet, while his commercial client list includes a who's who of the cycling industry, and he is lucky enough to shoot regularly with some of the best riders on the planet. Currently at Pinkbike, Dave shoots the Downhill WC and the Enduro World Series as well as contributing to the occasional editorial story.



43 Comments

  • 73 2
 they should make the riders do it on road bikes to make it more exciting
  • 2 0
 and videos also
  • 57 4
 Woooow Jackson Goldstone jumps that big at 10 years old !!!! I'm just trying to imagine what he's going to jump when he'll be older...huge
  • 7 0
 scary
  • 45 3
 Fest Series...
  • 2 1
 Hahahaha probably Big Grin
  • 17 1
 Jackson was amazing !

2 quick clips (sorry, phone quality) :
vid.me/e/3ouH = David McMillan
vid.me/e/K2hf = Jackson Goldstone
  • 6 0
 nah .. "sorry" is too mainstream when you provide something this good for free .. Thanks pal.
  • 4 0
 Phone quality these days is actually pretty good so no need to say sorry thanks for the videos mate
  • 9 1
 Now the insatiable pinkbike viewers can stop complaining about the 2 hours that they didn't have these photos. Great work as always, PB!
  • 5 0
 They should have a "biggest scrub" competition. That would also be pretty entertaining.
  • 3 0
 Where's R-dog?!?!? Come on a whip off ain't a whip off without the Dog.

Props to the groms though, Finn and JG, way to throw down!
  • 3 0
 I know being a privateer is all about getting noticed, but Dave what the f*ck are you wearing?
  • 4 0
 I don't know, but I like it!
  • 4 0
 Where is he? I can't see him.
  • 1 0
 FJC - Freeride Junkie Clothing... they have some nice looking kit, but also some that are.... ermm.. wayyyyy out there.
  • 4 0
 You know what would be more EPIC, the Whip Off VIDEO!!!
  • 3 0
 And great collection of photos Dave!
  • 1 0
 How do they bring that shit back? Even my piss weak whips result in sideways landings. I guess when you boost that high there is more time to straighten her up.
  • 1 1
 not hating, but after watch the fest edit… Whip off europe? bult a massive jump for real whips as the fest guys! This table looks so small!!! sick whips anyways, only racers tho...
  • 1 0
 This is what Finn reminds me of Brandon Semenuk when he was younger (Similar gear!):-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj6SsPw1mjA
  • 2 0
 This kid??? Thats amazing
  • 3 0
 Brendan?
  • 2 0
 B. Cruz....whip king!
  • 1 1
 Pinkbike poll: which side do you whip your bike?
▶️ Rightside
◀️ Leftside
  • 1 0
 BOOOAA MULEEEEEQUE!!!! King of the Whip again!
  • 1 0
 Sumemo Bernardo representando os brazucas !!!!!
  • 1 0
 Nice shots Dave
  • 1 0
 Whip it. Whip it good!
  • 1 0
 Bernardooooooo
  • 1 1
 No seat grabs?
  • 3 5
 That was what we wanted !!
  • 3 1
 The unsatisfaction was short lived.
  • 3 4
 #LETFINNWIN!!!!
  • 4 1
 #TOOLATEBRUH
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