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.
About the PhotographerDave 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.