For now the weather gods are playing fair and under relatively clear skies, a jam-session format whip-off went down on a massive, FMX style, wooden kicker. To get the speed right, the run-in was altered to avoid having to ride the final turn of the speed and style, and instead hopped straight over it and onwards to the take-off. Was it slippery? A little. Were the bikes weighed down with mud? Absolutely. Did the riders throw down harder than ever anyway? You betcha they did.
After weeks of heavy rain, the whip-off jump landing here in the so-called 'Portes Du Soleil' was running especially soft and it wasn't long before holes big enough to swallow a front wheel whole were developing. The Les Gets dig team battled mud to keep it in shape as some 50 riders came falling back down from the sky from all kinds of far-out shapes. In the end, the decision as to who should take the win from such a stacked field was a super tough call for the judges, with any riders in the top 3 a fair candidate for the crown. Finally, Bernardo Cruz was crowned king of the whip once again and in the women's, a battle of the 5 brave riders culminated with Casey Brown defending her Rotorua whip title.
Lacondeguy and MacDonald chatting before the sideways action began.
Heroes of whip... Can you name them all?
Trail builder extraordinaire; "Volvo"
Finn Iles always stoked.
Quite a collection of the World's best ready to drop.
Elliot Jackson captaining the whip train.
Brazil's finest far beyond 90 almost straight off the bat.
Sam Blenkinsop twisting high in the sky.
Brook leads the train into Les Gets.
Bernardo Cruz, clicked.
No birds or planes in this photo, just Andreu Lacondeguy.
Living legend, Cam McCaul, stoked on the beauty of the whips before him.
Reece Wilson flying the Scottish flag out there alongside teammate, Ruaridh Cunningham.
Casey Brown; she came, she saw and she conquered.
Casey boosting into first place in the women's.
Best not to look up without some form of eyewear.
Andreu Lacondeguy took the win at the last Whip-off out in Whistler but seemed to get a bit distracted by spins and supermans this time.
Andreu says hi mid-superman.
Good afternoon, sir.
R-dog hits warp with the bike inverted.
Jill Kintner looking for glory in the women's whip-off.
Last year's King of Crankworx on the hunt.
The rutted out landing was a bit of a challenge at times.
Bas Van Steenbergen making all the right shapes in front of Les Gets real estate.
Elliot Jackson into warp.
Lacondeguy the grim-reaper of style.
Andreu schooling the queue behind him.
Mitch Ropelato produced the goods all evening.
Ropelato all tangled up after overcooking it just slightly.
Crankworx France 2014 winner, Neil Stewart, in the rearview.
It was sticky out there.
Elliot Jackson can do no wrong on the bike.
Serious looks, towards a serious jump.
Sam Blenkinsop throwing down harder than most.
Third place for Frenchman, Louis Reboul.
90 degrees and then some... Louis Reboul.
Nico Vink... just one of the gnarliest riders on the planet.
R-Dog with some of the biggest air of the contest.
Barry Nobles.... insane speed, but also style and the odd trick.
Finn Iles takes his turn.
A Finn Iles fly by.
R-Dog and Ieuan Williams.
Louis Reboul hits the deck.
Joe Smith boosts for the crowd.
Finn Iles and Bernard Kerr.
Neil Stewart above the trees.
Former X-Games medalist, Allan Cooke getting sideways.
It's good to see Dave McMillan back in Europe and having fun.
Anton Thelander had both amplitude and style.
Andreu stretches in the mirror.
Remy Morton keeping it moto.
Brook MacDonald leaning it in for the 8th best whip of the day.
Even in the semi-sketchy conditions, it's impossible not to have fun at a whip off.
Because Mitch deserves a few extra photos.
Anthony Rocci impressed with his badass whip.
Super superman from a different YT shredder: Dominik Widmer.
Martin Soderstrom improvising on some of his whips.
Shot from behind the Les Gets sign.
Carson Storch about to go bigger than just about everyone.
Single crown forks and mighty big air for the Oregon rider.
Who do you think?
Bernard Kerr lets everyone take a peek at his bottom bracket.
Tyler McCaul with perfect form, as ever.
Jill Kintner gunning for this year's Queen of Crankworx.
Jill en route to second place for the women.
R to the Dog, dropping.
Whip 101 with Mr Howard.
Bernardo about to lose both pedals, but somehow still ride away perfectly.
Man of the hour, Bernardo Cruz awaits the winner's announcement.
Les Gets whip champions - Cruz, Howard, Reboul and Brown, Kintner, Redzbetz.
Celebrate good times, come on!
Tippie presents the hardest hitter in the game right now.
Those were some heavy-weight whips, no doubt about it...