Summer Haze: EWS Practice Photo Epic - Crankworx Whistler 2017

Aug 12, 2017 at 23:19
by Dave Trumpore  




We return to Whistler for round seven of the Enduro World Series: the Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized. This year we will witness the return of "Crankzilla" the massive day that crushed souls and dreams two years ago. This is going to be a big day out, to say the least. There will be tears shed, bruises, and broken bikes. Many may not finish. To make matters more complicated, forest fires had made the general Whistler area a hot box, with poor air quality giving riders something else to worry about. Luckily, the weather patterns are changing and the rain is coming tonight which will help with air quality, but give the trails a nice new slickness that the riders have yet to witness. Tomorrow will be a true test of survival of the fittest, but for now, enjoy some dry and dusty practice shots.


Welcome to Canada.
Welcome to Canada.

Summer Haze EWS Practice Photo Epic - Crankworx Whistler 2017

Lining up for the grand daddy of stages.
Lining up for the grand daddy of stages.

No one is betting against Cecile Ravanel here in Whistler.
No one is betting against Cecile Ravanel here in Whistler.

Jared Graves has more fitness and power than anyone and isn d afraid to suffer it out on the long stages. Look for him to leave his mark right from that start on stage 1.
Jared Graves has more fitness and power than anyone, and isn't afraid to suffer it out on the long stages. Look for him to leave his mark right from that start on Stage 1.

The man to beat. Will Sam Hill reign supreme tomorrow
The man to beat. Will Sam Hill reign supreme tomorrow?

Adrien Dailly is looking to pull back the points he lost in the overall last round.
Adrien Dailly is looking to pull back the points he lost in the overall last round.

Local favorite and runner up in 2016. Jesse Melamed is definitely going to be one of the guys to beat here on Sunday.
Local favorite, and runner up in 2016. Jesse Melamed is definitely going to be one of the guys to beat here on Sunday.

Can you spot the bear I mean rider
Can you spot the bear? I mean rider?

Randy looking for that big line.
Randy looking for that big line.

Cody Kelley squeezing through the crack on stage four.
Cody Kelley squeezing through the crack on stage four.

Hannah Barnes battles the roots on Rode Don t Slide.
Hannah Barnes battles the roots on Ride Don't Slide.

Lat round Iago Garay was boosting between Aspen trees and this round it s much of the same amongst a different variety.
Lat round Iago Garay was boosting between Aspen trees, and this round it's much of the same amongst a different variety.

Noga Korem floats through the steep loam on the freshly rebuilt classic Ride Don t Slide.
Noga Korem floats through the steep loam on the freshly rebuilt classic, Ride Don't Slide.

Zakarias Johansen drops in from Top of the Word to kick off one of the longest stages we have ever seen at an EWS round.
Zakarias Johansen drops in from Top of the Word to kick off one of the longest stages we have ever seen at an EWS round.

Katy Winton is looking to put the hammer down tomorrow.
Katy Winton is looking to put the hammer down tomorrow.

Mckay Venzia skipping his way through stage two.
Mckay Venzia skipping his way through stage two.

Martin Maes and the Bulldog go Joy riding.
Martin Maes and the Bulldog go Joy riding.

Isabeau Courdurier drops in on stage one. Those views might be obscured tomorrow.
Isabeau Courdurier drops in on stage one. Those views might be obscured tomorrow.

Shelly Flood below the epic view on stage 1.
Shelly Flood below the epic view on Stage 1.

Joe Nation carving through some brutal rocks on stage 1.
Joe Nation carving through some brutal rocks on Stage 1.

Lewis Buchanan turn bar into oblivion.
Lewis Buchanan turn bar into oblivion.

Richie Rude won here last year can he do it again this year
Richie Rude won here last year, can he do it again this year?

Robin Wallner squeezes through a rock and a hard place on stage 4.
Robin Wallner squeezes through a rock and a hard place on Stage 4.

Josh Carlson smashes the rocks at the bottom of stage 4.
Josh Carlson smashes the rocks at the bottom of Stage 4.

Damien Oton loving the long and physical stages of Crankzilla.
Damien Oton loving the long and physical stages of Crankzilla.

Isabeau Courdurier on Top of the World.
Isabeau Courdurier on Top of the World.

Loose Dog looking a little small in the big pine forest.
Loose Dog looking a little small in the big pine forest.

Looks like the lovely loam won t be quite so dusty tomorrow.
Looks like the lovely loam won't be quite so dusty tomorrow.

Alex Cure had a hard time in the dust of Aspen but if we get a little rain he could do well here in Whistler.
Alex Cure had a hard time in the dust of Aspen, but if we get a little rain he could do well here in Whistler.

Jerome Clemetz blasts the final chute on stage 2.
Jerome Clemetz blasts the final chute on Stage 2.

Wyn Masters amounts the moss and dry loom at the bottom of stage 2.
Wyn Masters amounts the moss and dry loom at the bottom of Stage 2.

Sam Hill looking uncannily fast on the steeps of RDS.
Sam Hill looking uncannily fast on the steeps of RDS.

Richie Rude instilling fear in the rocks below.
Richie Rude instilling fear in the rocks below.

Caro Gehrig threads it town the incredibly tight and technical stage 2.
Caro Gehrig threads it town the incredibly tight and technical Stage 2.

Blenki will be trying his hand again at the EWS.
Blenki will be trying his hand again at the EWS.

Seb Claquin through one of the many boulder fields on stage 4.
Seb Claquin through one of the many boulder fields on Stage 4.

Rae Morrison loving the dry and dusty conditions here in Whistler.
Rae Morrison loving the dry and dusty conditions here in Whistler.

Yoann Barelli showing us how it s done.
Yoann Barelli showing us how it's done.

Grubby was feeling the heat by the end of day one.
Grubby was feeling the heat by the end of day one.

Miranda Miller will be looking for a stage win or two on home turf.
Miranda Miller will be looking for a stage win or two on home turf.

Marco Osborne keeping the speed up in the gnar of stage two.
Marco Osborne keeping the speed up in the gnar of Stage two.

Robin Walner finding that the quickest way through the roots is to not touch them with his tires.
Robin Walner finding that the quickest way through the roots is to not touch them with his tires.

Wyn Masters found his rhythm on his second run of stage two.
Wyn Masters found his rhythm on his second run of Stage two.

Miranda Miller is on home turf but definitely not racing on the trails she rides on a regular basis.
Miranda Miller is on home turf, but definitely not racing on the trails she rides on a regular basis.

Florian Nicolai with all the style on stage 2.
Florian Nicolai with all the style on Stage 2.

After over 20 minutes of racing flat out racers will have to deal with roots the size of their quads at the bottom of stage 1.
After over 20 minutes of racing flat out, racers will have to deal with roots the size of their quads at the bottom of Stage 1.

Shawn Neer is looking to leave his mark on these North American rounds.
Shawn Neer is looking to leave his mark on these North American rounds.

Flying Flo hopping up high to smooth things out.
Flying Flo hopping up high to smooth things out.

Ines Thoma crushing stage four.
Ines Thoma crushing Stage 4.

Irony on so many levels in this photo.
Irony on so many levels in this photo.

With Rain coming in overnight the quality of the air is set to improve exponentially. The quality of the trail surface might be a different story though.
With rain coming in overnight the quality of the air is set to improve exponentially. The quality of the trail surface might be a different story though.



38 Comments

  • + 51
 Well done photographers! All these shots are epic!
  • + 3
 Such incredible pictures. Truly epic riding, scenery, and photos!
  • + 29
 Every part of my body wants Sam Hill to win! What a great story it would be!
  • + 18
 Hill and Graves tearing seconds from each other stage by stage in fkng Whistler could be one of the biggest battles MTB as a whole has ever seen. It's like Alien VS Predator before they made the fkng movie
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: If he rides like we know he can, there won't be no tearing seconds from Hill. I don't care if you're a manchild, pocket sized Hulk or some of many French balet dancers.
  • + 2
 Thanks. That was fun
  • + 1
 Andrew, that was awesome!
  • + 3
 Great footage, the level of abuse the bikes are taking is insane. Every single hit sounds like rim to rock.
  • + 1
 Thx! Gained some awesome insights: dry can be brutal!
  • + 2
 Yeah no problem guys, glad you enjoyed it! Should have some more stuff from todays race up later tonight!
  • + 9
 Jesse Melamed deserves to win. No, actually everybody deserves to win. Or at least be back in one piece.
  • + 11
 The fastest rider to reach bottom deserves to win.
  • - 2
 really? you don't say.
  • + 4
 Good to see bulldogs put a full face helmet and knee pads on, that place looks gnarly!
  • + 3
 Looks a lot gnarlier than the DH WC. And i haven't heard one of the riders complain about the stages yet... Makes me wonder...
  • + 4
 These photos make me want to ride my bike and pretent im'm
  • + 3
 Makes me want to go to Whistler... not for the park but to ride this sick singletrack!
  • + 4
 One can ride for ages at Whistler without ever hitting the bike park. Granted, trails like Ride Don't Slide are accessed these days from the lift, but the valley is brimming with amazing trails, many of which alone are worth the trip to Whistler. If you haven't been yet, make it happen.
I can already envision the drive, (don't know cool trails in N. Dakota or eastern Montana) riding in the Crazy Mountains east of Bozeman, then in Bozeman and environs, Curley Lake/Rock Creek loop, ride a few more areas in Montana and northern Idaho, then highway 20 and ride near Colville, and Kettle Crest, maybe Angel's Staircase, or North 20-Mile, and Foggy Dew (a MUST) near Winthrop/Twisp. Cutthroat Pass, then hit Bellingham, Squamish and finally Whistler.
Enjoy the road trip. Great riding all along the way. You could head home along the Trans-Canada highway and find amazing riding on your way home.
  • + 1
 @reverend: you have good taste
  • + 1
 @reverend: that would be a sweet road trip... good suggestion
  • + 1
 @LCW1: Let me know when you're approaching Twisp/Winthrop, I'll pop over the mountains and join you for a Foggy Dew ride, then Bellingham's got lots to explore.
  • + 1
 RDS on a full DH rig is enough of a banger. RDS on a trail bike has got to be insane. This race is going to be exciting to watch unfold!
  • + 3
 Raining in Van at the moment
  • + 3
 still looking for the bear.
  • + 1
 Not much rain last night. I think it will make the top layer of dust wet and rocks slimy. It will be fun.
  • + 1
 WAY cooler in Whistler right now and the skies look to be clearing. Should be an epic day...right in my backyard!
  • + 2
 good stages this year, ride don´t slide, westside, ohyeaaah
  • + 1
 That's not a bear or a rider, it's Sasquatch
  • + 2
 cool photo's :>Wink )
  • + 1
 Where are Curtis Keene and Jared Graves?
  • + 1
 Heum, epic lens.
  • + 1
 great shots!
  • + 0
 Joe nation rocking a triple clamp on the Bergamont?
  • + 1
 Again no Greg Callaghan?
  • + 8
 I personally didn't see him in practice. Practice is not targeted, so riders can be anywhere photographers aren't. We have a set schedule of media shuttles, sometimes it doesn't work out for all riders and practice schedules.
  • + 6
 Could be hiding inside a cube.
  • + 1
 That yellow 13 Smile

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