Heckle Fest - Crankworx Canadian Open DH

Aug 19, 2013 at 2:29
by Nathan Hughes  
Lights flash timers whir and dials are maxed-out as the Crankworx media control tower prepares for an intense day of racing. Serious stern official racing. With no let up.
  Lights flash, timers whir and dials are maxed-out as the Crankworx media control tower prepares for an intense day of racing. Serious, stern, official racing. With no let up...for some perhaps.


Gattojamming
  Gattojamming... up top.

First racer for the pro woman s category Kirby Mclean.
  First racer for the pro woman's category, Kirby Mclean.

Marcelo Gutierrez scoping lines off Heckle Rock in the am practice.
  Marcelo Gutierrez peacefully scoping lines off Heckle Rock in the am practice. A far, farrrr cry from its appearance later on.

Flying over on the lift...expect to get heckled for being a loner rental rider girl bad dresser nerd fatty pro human being.
  Flying over on the lift two hours later... expect to get heckled for being a loner/rental rider/girl/bad dresser/nerd/fatty/pro/human being.

Sick Mick Hannah--the man needs to enter Whip Off Worlds next year...mid practice whip for shits and grins.
  Sick Mick Hannah stylin' a mid practice whip for shits and grins.

Micayla Gatto on the top section of the course. She gave it her all but had to settle for fourth.
  Micayla Gatto on the top section of the course. She gave it her all, but had to settle for fourth.


  Pugin getting epic up high headed for third

  A sure sign of the banter to come at the heckle station...

Claire Buchar racing her way to a second place for pro woman.
  Claire Buchar racing her way to a second place for pro woman.

Course side nuggets... It s not just for the bears lurking on Whistler mountain.
  Course side nuggets... It's not just for the bears lurking on Whistler mountain.

The winner for the Pro Women Emmeline Ragot. Ragot s definitely on fire right now and the momentum from here may well carry her to a third World Title in South Africa in 2 weeks.
  The winner for the Pro Women: Emmeline Ragot. Ragot's definitely on fire right now, and the momentum from here may well carry her to a third World Title in South Africa in 2 weeks.

Mark Wallace putting on a clinic for the chair lift lurkers.
  Mark Wallace, putting on a clinic for the chair lift lurkers.

A big rock with mass of unbelievably excited people on top. And a rider every 30 seconds.
  A big rock with mass of unbelievably excited people on top. And a totally unexpected rider... every 30 seconds.

One rule on the rock...
  ...with some basic house rules.

Barreling into Heckler s Rock. Scary as shit.
  Barreling towards the sound of heckle. Scary as shit.

Can you hear me now Apparently they haven t heard him yet.
  Can you hear me now ? Apparently they haven't heard him yet.

Not everyone s racing for first in the Pro men s field Hawaiian shirt random shorts and stopping for a chat with the hecklers.
  Not everyone's racing for first in the Pro men's field: Hawaiian shirt, random shorts, and stopping for a chat with the hecklers.

Flipping the bird in total silence...one of the most intimidating heckle methods for lift users. Especially families
  Flipping the bird in total silence...one of the most intimidating heckle methods for lift users. All those poor, innocent, unsuspecting families.

The heckled heckling back. This racer pulled over mid-run pulled out a beer and sprayed the hecklers. Take that
  The heckled heckling back. This racer pulled over mid-run, pulled out a beer and sprayed the hecklers. Take that!


Robert Fraser from Pickering Ontario getting the all-star heckle treatment.
  Robert Fraser from Pickering Ontario, getting the all-star heckle treatment.

Not too many spots left for hecklers on the actual rock itself... Now the sprawl covers at least 5 acres of woodland. Strobel wades through the skin.
  Not too many spots left for hecklers on the actual rock itself... Now the sprawl covers at least 5 acres of woodland. Luke Strobel wades through the skin.

Luke Strobel pinning it down Heckle Rock.
  Strobel pinning on through a split second later.

George Brannigan getting loose mid way down the track.
  George Brannigan getting loose mid way down the track.

Please contact us immediately if you can identify this man the most intense heckler sighted in 10 years of Crankworx. There is presumably a bounty on his head and if not we need to offer him a marketing position.
  Meanwhile..... Please contact us immediately if you can identify this man, the most intense heckler sighted in 10 years of Crankworx. There is presumably a bounty on his head, and if not he's getting a marketing position.

Mmmmm drop.
  Mmmmm drop.

Walker coming in hot fully compressing and almost OTB on his way into the funnel section. He rode it out like a champ.
  Professional kiwi bicycle athlete, Matt Walker, coming in hot, fully compressing and almost OTB on his way into the funnel section. He rode it out like a champ.

 McGrady Walker gets congratulated for polishing of whatever that liquid was exactly.
  'McGrady' Walker gets congratulated for polishing off whatever that liquid was exactly.

Switch to camera 5 I want a close up on that beer bong before we switch to that guy in the bra.
  Switch to camera 5! I want a close up on the beer bong before we go to that guy in the bra.

Eddie Masters taking a pit stop by the heckle rock to pound some booze and grab some boobs.
  Birthday boy Eddie Masters taking a quick pit stop to pound some booze and grab some boobs.

Birthday boy Masters got a royal reception from the mob that went on a little too long considering the rider spacing. Tippie is the first to notice.
  He got a royal reception from the mob that went on a little too long considering the rider spacing. Tippie was the first to notice.

2013 Crankworx images
  Colombia rolling hard.

MANGINA
  MANGINA overhead! Still censored even though I guess there's nothing on show.

Letting it all hang out on race day is a Crankworx tradition. Some take it a little too literally.
  Letting it all hang out on race day is a Crankworx tradition. Some take it a little too literally.

Focus... focus... focus... Not sure who s more focused go pro boy or the guy with the best name in gravity racing Nick Beer.
  Focus... focus... focus... Not sure who's more focused: GoPro boy or the guy with the best name in gravity racing: Nick Beer.

Certain riders were losing a lot of time in this section. The ground was tacky but presumably a little slow. Delfs pictured is thought to have used a little too much brake just before the rock roll which cost his race run dearly.
  Certain riders were losing a lot of time in this section. The ground was extremely tacky and presumably running a little slow. Mitch Delfs, pictured, is thought to have used a little too much brake just before the rock roll, which cost his race run dearly.

The Evil Undead zombie of Mitch Delfs looking for brains...and trackside liquor.
  An Evil Undead zombie looking for brains...and trackside liquor.

Tippie whispering sweet nothings to the crowd clearly feeling a little bit down and not at all in the mood for partying fun or jokes...naaat. Actually he brought along Pinkbike girls Sylvia and Eimanne to treat the heckle-lads on the tenth year anniversary. Thanks be to the director of good times as he assures us his wife calls him.
  Tippie whispering sweet nothings to the crowd, clearly feeling a little bit down and not at all in the mood for partying, fun or jokes...naaat. Actually he brought along Pinkbike girls Sylvia and Eimanne to treat the heckle-lads on the tenth year anniversary. Thanks be to the 'director of good times' as he assures us his wife calls him.

Delf also suffered some severe arm pump and had no choice but to try and fettle the situation with some worm action being continuing.
  Delfs also suffered some severe arm pump and had no choice but to try and fettle the situation with some 'worm' action before continuing.

Nothing like smashing through a swath of sex and booze while racing your ass off. Not your average DH race. Dan Sheridan getting the Canuck treatment at the Canadian Open DH.
  Nothing like smashing through a swath of sex and booze, while racing your ass off. Not your average DH race. Dan Sheridan getting the Canuck treatment at the Canadian Open DH.

Tippie checking up on Bryceland s strict hydration regime thought to be a secret isotonic formula of some kind.
  Tippie checking up on Bryceland's strict hydration regime thought to be a secret isotonic formula of some kind.

If you chant loud enough it will happen.... heckle rock mentality prospers. But you the Pinkbike viewer at home only get to see half the action cos of that guys arm. And half of you at home are likely to be disinterested females. So you ll have to make do with these 1 4 boobs also censored .
  If you chant loud enough it will happen.... heckle rock mentality prospers. But you, the Pinkbike viewer at home, only get to see half the action cos of that guys arm. And half of you at home are likely to be disinterested females. So you'll have to make do with these 1/4 boobs (also censored).

We have every confidence that the UCI in seeing these powerful images will have no choice but to fund a heckle army to travel to all world cup venues henceforth.
  We have every confidence that the UCI, in seeing these powerful images, will have no choice but to fund a heckle army to travel to all world cup venues as ambassadors of race atmosphere henceforth.

Loic Bruni blowing steam
  Loic Bruni blowing steam...

Loic Bruni sailing into a third place finish.
  ...and sailing into a third place finish.

Some people over cooked the heckle-beers. This didn t end too well poor guy cut his head pretty badly and was gravel-rashed to bits. He ll be feeling it tomorrow... get well soon pal.
  Some people over cooked the heckle-beers. This didn't end too well, poor guy cut his head pretty badly and was gravel-rashed to bits. He'll be feeling it tomorrow... get well soon pal.

Blenki buckling down and earning his 3 000 CDN.
  Blenki buckling down and earning his $3,000 CDN.

Shirts off on the rock
  The masses still baying for flesh of some description with one rider to go...

The wait with Stevie chainsaw Smith on track got the people amped that little bit extra. As if that was possible.
  The wait with Stevie 'chainsaw' Smith on track got the people amped that little bit extra. As if that was possible.

 No shirts on the rock ... No shirts on the rock .
  "No shirts on the rock!"..."No shirts on the rock!" Just one more time.

Sir Stevie dropping into the heckle. Still taking the win after casing the ending jump and bouncing off a few trees.
  Sir Stevie dropping into the heckle. Still taking the win after casing the ending jump, and bouncing off a few trees.

Coming in hot turkey. Stevie Smith bouncing his way to victory at the Canadian Open.
  Coming in hot turkey. Stevie Smith rebounding his way to victory at the Canadian Open.

Stevie Smith. Winner
  Stevie Smith. Winner!

  Mick Hannah and Sam Blenkinsop 2nd and 3rd in command.

Ragot with the big check 5k. Drinks on you Emmeline No I need this for my house Smart girl...
  Ragot with the big check: $5k. "Drinks on you, Emmeline?" "No! I need this for my house!" Smart girl...

Stevie Smith always one to get a shot for his fans.
  Stevie Smith, always one to get a shot for his fans.

King and Queen of Crankworx on the throne.
  King and Queen of Crankworx on the throne.



128 Comments

  • + 209
 Best Pictorial edit i've seen for a while, the atmosphere would have been electric up there. Great photos, i felt like i was there.
  • + 52
 Hecklers Rock has the craziest spectators in the whole world and the only place where riders can crack a beer during racing Big Grin
  • - 96
flag jackmackenzie95 (Aug 19, 2013 at 4:00) (Below Threshold)
 Photos were biased only canadian riders, no english
  • + 30
 For those of you that missed any of it, heres a wee sample of what it was like today



www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bSWt0ji3yw
  • + 51
 the sausage fest crowd can no longer bitch about lycra, I just view 100 photos of 1/2 naked dudes and only 2 girls.
  • + 7
 not "only canadian" riders at all...
  • + 13
 @Jack, what are you on about? I saw some Kiwi's, French, Aussie's, Swiss, American's and even Ratboy chugging a beer, he's British...
  • - 4
flag junkyard11 (Aug 19, 2013 at 5:10) (Below Threshold)
 @hankbrowne. I'm sure everyone would way rather wear lycra than getting loose on Hecklers Rock... :/
  • + 9
 get loose with that mangina Junkyard11....
  • + 0
 Don't confuse this with me thinking it's not a great time, looks awesome, just making an observation.
  • + 14
 this is how we do it in Canada
  • + 25
 Jack, last time I checked Crankworx was in Whistler, Canada and PB was Canadian site. Call me crazy but there might, just might, be a bias towards CDN riders. Suck it up, princess.
  • + 4
 woulda been cool if everyone on the rock got stached up.
  • + 1
 Anyone got a link to that video that was on here last year of hecklers rock ?
  • + 2
 ( .)( .) and DH, it cant be better

heres some video ive found from this yearhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V5aJmwZOzA
  • + 2
 @Hankbrowne- well the photos dont really show it, but there was alot of females up there, i saw many pairs of titties get flashed. just gotta be there to get the full experience bro.
  • + 2
 God damn I love the mountain biking community hahaha
  • + 0
 no need to be racist Captain Snappy
  • + 2
 Racist? You need to look up the definition of that word, pronto. A quarter of my family lives in England, but Jack was just whinging. Would I go to Dirt's website and whinge about the lack of CDN riders in the pics? No. Why? 'Cause that would be whinging.
  • + 78
 How come I can see the 10,000 nipples I'm not interested in and can't see the one nipple I wanna see?!!! Ha ha
  • + 16
 Somebody photoshop one of the 10,000 man-nips onto the chick!! hurry, before my wife wakes up!
  • + 2
 Should've been on the rock......it was rock'n!!
  • + 74
 Boobs
  • + 8
 1/4 boobs XD
  • + 30
 How good was the boobs........ this is what I call proper journalism....
  • + 12
 I was just about to comment boobs but you boobed me to it
  • - 5
flag anticlimax-alex (Aug 19, 2013 at 5:00) (Below Threshold)
 boobs
  • - 3
 mega boob
  • + 7
 Not mega, just.. Smile
  • + 31
 Both hands on the keyboard, pls.
  • + 33
 Good of pinkbike to keep abreast of all the shenanigans on the rock
  • + 3
 cant up vote this enough. thanks man!
  • + 4
 glad you like them.
  • + 2
 So glad I was there! Great shots, they really show how wild it was.
  • + 3
 Dude, that is some awesome work right there.
  • + 25
 this sums up why downhill's the best sport around
  • + 15
 This is why old roadies and xc guys hate downhillers.
  • + 9
 Tippie for mayor of Whistler, Prime Minister of Canada, Secretary of State for the USA, and chief head honcho of the UCI.
  • + 8
 I can build a full bike from devices , which crowd are using to make some noise))
  • + 5
 I need someone else to bring a chainsaw next year!!! Best party ive been at.... And thanks everyone for getting that stoked on the chainsaw!!! It will be here next year aswell!!!
  • + 2
 are you the chainsaw guy?

www.pinkbike.com/photo/9986334
  • + 2
 Good call on taking the chain off. That would be bad.
  • + 2
 Glad to see someone is still carrying the torch during my absence!! I'll be back next year!!
  • + 7
 Disgusting.......... NOT TO BE THERE!
  • + 7
 'Heckle Army'... we can dream...
  • + 7
 Tits Rule!!!!
  • + 5
 That dude who fell off the rock... Nice work.
  • + 22
 that would be me, oops
  • + 2
 Are you ok man? didn't look very fun...
  • + 5
 Yep a few grazes and a sore head and taking it easy for the week. Sick photo if it though dude! Madeit worthwhile haha
  • + 2
 IMMORTALIZED
  • + 1
 I would have bet good $ that was Rat Boy.
  • + 2
 You almost landed on me. Sorry I didn't catch you. A photographer never intervenes in his surroundings.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/9986337
  • + 4
 Here is your new profile picture.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/9988678
  • + 1
 hah thanks bud
  • + 3
 Next years chant. "DONT FALL OFF THE ROCK! DONT FALL OF THE ROCK!!!!"
  • + 1
 I think I'll amend my rules on the rock sign to reflect it also.
  • + 5
 JACK MCCORMACK FOR MOST INTENSE HECKLERRR
  • + 6
 Looks like a ZOO.
  • + 0
 Looks like Marlboro World. Only men and horses!!!
  • + 5
 looks the heckle fest rock was the best spot of the day Smile
  • + 5
 I'm the nipples guy
  • + 1
 I was at HF last year and lost my voice the next day.
There is no going back for HF, it will only get worse (better) and worse each year.

More boobs, more chainsaws, more awesome.
Was there any inflatables there this year?
  • + 4
 this was the party of the century....
  • + 1
 Jelly
  • + 3
 I would go so much faster if I was greeted at half mountain with boobs and a beer bong
  • + 3
 Conversely, I would be going much slower through that section! lol
  • + 2
 Ok. I need to go to Crankworx. Don't know how or with what money, but it's my new objective in life.
  • + 3
 that guy with dolphin shorts and fanny pack is a total boss
  • + 1
 Seems like a lot of fun. Good to see that everybody takes the race weekend serious Smile That's why i love this sport so much. Sporty Jogs not allowed!! PARTY ON!!
  • + 3
 I know the man that is wanted.
  • + 3
 Engineers everywhere are proud of that guy!
  • + 3
 still think Jackie should of got on the rock
  • + 1
 that would have been the best thing she did all ten days of crankworx! God i'm sure she got heckled for being so close, with her shirt on
  • + 2
 She got heckled a whoooole lot, she got her shirt off in the end
  • + 2
 I will post the picture of it soon....
  • + 5
 She will probably kill me but.....

www.pinkbike.com/photo/9988672
  • + 1
 she shoulda kept her shirt on... I understand her reservations.
  • + 2
 awesome to Smitty win, the kids on fire. Even better with sick Mik 2nd and Blenki 3rd
  • + 2
 Someone next year should stop before Hecklers, strip fully naked & then Fang it down!!!!
The dare is set!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Best photos so far. It had to be great to be there
  • + 1
 Nothing better than A solid 6 hours on the rock ! So who's giving away marketing jobs!
  • + 2
 10000$ for the fist boy and 5000$ for the first woman...
  • + 0
 Cuz when they win they get it ON !
  • - 11
flag hoolydooly (Aug 19, 2013 at 3:36) (Below Threshold)
 They all raced the same track, the prize purse should be the same.
  • + 24
 if they had been in the same category none of the women would get any prize money
  • + 23
 But 5 times the amount of men paying to enter...... Don't worry, no girls look on this site, so you don't have to pretend to be a feminist.
  • + 24
 Its because there were like 10 women racing, Whereas there were 100+ men racing. It's generous if you ask me.
  • - 3
 Neither would anyone else in any category, whether it be womens or mens elite, junior, open, veteran... if they were in the same category as steve, mick and sam. Im not pretending mate, im a firm believer in equal rights no matter what the circumstances.
  • + 15
 Just make the prize money a x% of the entry fees for that class, then there is not so called sexism. When the depth of talent and numbers are as great as the mens feild, the women will deserve the same money. Tennis is the same prize money for both, but the men play best of five sets, women play best of three sets... sexist against the men in that regard - more work same money!!
  • + 1
 boy....... no steve smith is a man.
  • + 1
 When the girls turn in sub 2:50's then we'll talk
  • + 2
 Ha ha kiwi boys stopping for a funnel
  • + 2
 I'm curious! What is the purpose of men's nipples?
  • + 2
 Some where to put CD's
  • + 1
 love this best pic look like so much fun ..i need bike ..ride more woop woop .. keep on rocking people cheers ..
  • + 1
 UNCENSORED BOOBS!!!! on the 18th picture down in the middle Smile .....oooh wait....Frown
  • + 1
 the moobs? lmao
  • + 2
 best piss up off the year! shit got weird after hecklefest
  • + 2
 Awesome pictures, I think next year its a go.
  • + 2
 Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee...
  • + 1
 Must have been a bit cold out there...
  • - 2
 The rock looked like a good spot for a few explosions! This is the same reason why I don't like ANY pro sports. Bunches of losers with nothing better to do. DANG... i feel better now GO RIDE A BIKE
  • + 1
 Looks like a Absolute blast! ill be there next year for sure. tup
  • + 1
 The king heckler - is that Carlos Danger?
  • + 2
 it's probably Ricky Spanish
  • + 0
 What a rowdy time I want to beer bong while ripping down a mountain side Frown
  • + 1
 This would be way more fun if there were more topless girls on the rock Wink
  • + 7
 A bit distracting though.. Especially if you are easily turned on.. You might be doing the rest of your run or the walk back down with a lump.
  • + 7
 Loads of topless girls there just no photos , even one on the lift!
  • + 1
 You can tell who was there and who is watching from a chair!!
  • + 1
 Anyone know if there was any coverage of this race on video?
  • + 2
 it's coming!
  • + 1
 Beautiful!!!
  • + 1
 Crazy people!!!!
  • + 1
 bikes, boobs, and beers
  • + 1
 I want video!
  • + 0
 Makes me more proud to be a kiwi than when we won the rugby world cup!
  • + 1
 We want a video!
  • - 3
 Someone alert the UN, apparently they don't have sun in Canadia! Look at all dem pasty frs. Also wtf @ the dudes having bigger tits than the one girl in attendance. Razz
  • - 3
 Naked man contest has been transplanted from West Hollywood and it's sister city Venice Beach to Whistler. I guess if you swing that way in Canada, bully for ya eek; o
  • - 2
 RENTALS! RENTALS! RENTALS! GO HOME!
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