What Are You Crankful For?

Nov 22, 2016 at 15:51
by Jay Schultz  
Cranksgiving 2016

It's the time of year when everything is winding down. On the minds of most: rebuilding that fork or rear shock, selling off this year's race gear, piecing together the plan, the team, and sponsors for next season, dusting off the skis and snowboards, etc, etc, etc... but wait, IT AIN'T OVER JUST YET. Those along the East Coast have one last trip planned before they put the wraps on the 2016 season. It's the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday which means we have to make our way to Upstate South Carolina for Cranksgiving at Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville, SC. Promoted as "3 Kickass Days on 2 F'n Wheels".... what more needs to be said? So, What Are You Crankful For?

Paris Mountain State Park mountain biking trails

NOTE: As a preemptive strike to any potential hater, this is NOT a motion video race recap of the event, it is a video photo summary/slideshow from the three days of Cranksgiving.

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Thanks to Jarret Peek, Eric Wever/Pisgah Productions, Brad O Allen (Brado), Chip Batson/Piney Mountain Bike Shop, Eric Hamann, (everyone else I forgot), Upstate Sorba, all the volunteers, all the event sponsors, the Park staff at Paris Mountain State Park, and to each of the riders that continue to come back year after to year to make this, hands down, one of the best grassroots events in the region. Hell, I'd even be willing to argue, one of the best in the country. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Have a safe and happy holiday season. See you on the other side of 2016! #getcranky
Results (Partial):

Turkey Shoot XC:
Pro Men:
1st - Ben Renkema
2nd - Jamie Babcock
3rd - Patrick Smith

Pro Women:
1st - Megan Korol

Juniors:
1st - Andrew Blackstock
2nd - Mason Calderhead

SC State Champ Super D:
Pro Men:
1st - Gus Michaels
2nd - Seth Hanson
3rd - ThuderJoe Haley

Pro Women:
1st - Caroline Washam
2nd - Bernadette Merriman
3rd - Terri Watts

Juniors:
1st - Nathan St. Clair
2nd - Mason Calderhead
3rd - Walker Hedrick

Wild Turkey Enduro:
Pro Men:
1st - Chris Wyatt
2nd - Gus Michaels
3rd - Rich Kidd

Pro Women:
1st - Caroline Washam
2nd - Abby Hobbs
3rd - Terri Watts

Juniors:
1st - Nathan St. Clair
2nd - Mason Calderhead
3rd - Gary Hayden

Official full results (all categories) will be posted HERE. (Not yet published at time this story was submitted.)

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MENTIONS: @gojammedia




38 Comments

  • + 10
 I'm Crankful for my amazing wife who goes out and rides with me! We have been married 3 years and she had never mountain bikes before we got engaged. This year she rode porcupine rim and crushed it!
  • + 8
 Thankful for the troops coming home safe to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family! Thanks to all armed forces for protecting my freedom and allowing me to enjoy things like MTB
  • + 8
 E-bikes,multiple competing industry standards,+tires,fanny packs and Donald Trump
  • + 6
 Excellent Jay ! Always impressed with all the work you always put into capturing our passion. Thank you
  • + 2
 I was wearing a really cool pair of socks. Nice race coverage as usual, but you squandered a big opportunity to make our whole SE riding scene look cool by not highlighting my sock game.
  • + 1
 Thankful that I have the opportunity and physical capability to test my spirit and experience all the amazing things that mountain biking provides. Also thankful that there was no Internet when I was a teenager with no self-control.
  • + 4
 Rich Kidd, HAhahahaha!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Such a fun race and weekend with all the buds- crazy shuttle rides for the super D and turkey costumes galore
  • + 2
 Shuttle ride was nuts!!!!
  • + 0
 @HRMeadows: yep.gotta watch out for branches going up.they haul ass up that road.good times
  • + 1
 We almost lost a bike on one shuttle haha!
  • + 1
 I'm Crankful for all the trail builders out there scouting, gaining access, designing, and building trails that we all love that is so essential to the sport we all love.
  • + 3
 Being able to ride my bike the way I want!
  • + 2
 The privilege to ride and eat good food. Nothing else matters.
  • + 1
 Well done Jay! Congrats to all the racers and Upstate SORBA. Glad to see Chris Wyatt back on the podium after his recovery!
  • + 1
 I'm Crankful for being able to see Southeast content, even when it's not of me.
  • + 2
 That my heart hasn't exploded...yet.
  • + 1
 Thanks Jay for all these wonderful images. Thanks so much for coming out and documenting this weekends shenanigans!
  • + 1
 Nice video Jay, that was a fun race
  • + 1
 Awesome work, Jay! UPSTATE REPRESENT!!
  • + 2
 Receding hemorrhoids?
  • + 2
 Beer
  • + 0
 Fresh swing arm bearings!
  • + 0
 I didn't loose a single button hole this year.
  • + 0
 For dual compound rubbers.
  • + 0
 Fresh rubbers and lube
  • + 0
 I'm crankful that I got new cranks
  • + 0
 Thanks for the coverage Jay!
  • + 0
 Pretty sure I saw some familiar faces. Wish I could have made it.
  • + 0
 local trail. So many local trails.
  • + 0
 Sad I missed it this year.
  • + 0
 Very nice!
  • - 1
 Indian gift blankets laced with small-pox
  • + 0
 Thanks!
  • + 4
 Terrible joke, bad taste
  • + 0
 Crankful for Crankworx
  • + 0
 Indian summers!

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