The Whips Don't Lie - Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Jun 15, 2016 at 17:51
by Nathan Hughes  
Les Gets


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.
Lacondeguy and MacDonald chatting before the sideways action began.

Heroes of whip... Can you name them all
Heroes of whip... Can you name them all?

Trail builder extraordinaire Volvo
Trail builder extraordinaire; "Volvo"

Finn Iles always stoked.
Finn Iles always stoked.

Quite a collection of the Worlds best ready to drop.
Quite a collection of the World's best ready to drop.

Elliot Jackson captaining the whip train.
Elliot Jackson captaining the whip train.

Brazil s finest far beyond 90.
Brazil's finest far beyond 90 almost straight off the bat.

Sam Blenkinsop twisting high in the sky.
Sam Blenkinsop twisting high in the sky.

Brook leads the train into Les Gets.
Brook leads the train into Les Gets.

Bernardo Cruz
Bernardo Cruz, clicked.

No birds or planes in this photo just Andreu Lacondeguy.
No birds or planes in this photo, just Andreu Lacondeguy.

Living legend Cam McCaul stoked on the beauty of the whips before him.
Living legend, Cam McCaul, stoked on the beauty of the whips before him.

Reece Wilson flying the Scottish flag out there alside Ruarydh Cunningham.
Reece Wilson flying the Scottish flag out there alongside teammate, Ruaridh Cunningham.

Casey Brown she came she saw and she conquered.
Casey Brown; she came, she saw and she conquered.

Casey Brown boosting into first place in the womens.
Casey boosting into first place in the women's.

Best not to look up without some form of eyewear.
Best not to look up without some form of eyewear.

Andreu took the win last Whip-off out in Whistler but seemed to get a bit distracted by spins and supermans this time.
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 Lacondeguy says hi mid-superman.
Andreu says hi mid-superman.

Andreu from a different angle. This was also the beginning of a questionable photography technique where the shooters refused to actually look through the viewfinder. What started with just two offenders would soon multiply.
Good afternoon, sir.

R-dog hits warp with the bike inverted.
R-dog hits warp with the bike inverted.

Jill Kinter looking for glory in the womens whip-off.
Jill Kintner looking for glory in the women's whip-off.

Last year s King of Crankworx on the hunt.
Last year's King of Crankworx on the hunt.

The rutted out landing was a bit of a challenge at times.
The rutted out landing was a bit of a challenge at times.

Bas Van Steenbergen making all the right shapes infront of Les Gets real estate.
Bas Van Steenbergen making all the right shapes in front of Les Gets real estate.

Elliot Jackson into warp.
Elliot Jackson into warp.

Andreu the grim-reaper of style.
Lacondeguy the grim-reaper of style.

Andreu schooling the queue behind him.
Andreu schooling the queue behind him.

Mitch Ropelto produced the goods all evening.
Mitch Ropelato produced the goods all evening.

Ropelato all tangled up after overcooking it just slightly.
Ropelato all tangled up after overcooking it just slightly.

Neal Stewart
Crankworx France 2014 winner, Neil Stewart, in the rearview.

It was sticky out there
It was sticky out there.

Elliot Jackson can do no wrong on the bike.
Elliot Jackson can do no wrong on the bike.

Serious looks towards a serious jump.
Serious looks, towards a serious jump.

Sam Blenkinsop throwing down harder than most.
Sam Blenkinsop throwing down harder than most.

Third place for Frenchman Louis Reboul.
Third place for Frenchman, Louis Reboul.

90 degrees and then some... Louis Reboul.
90 degrees and then some... Louis Reboul.

Nico Vink... just one of the gnarliest riders on the planet.
Nico Vink... just one of the gnarliest riders on the planet.

R-Dog with some of the biggest air of the contest.
R-Dog with some of the biggest air of the contest.

Barry Nobles.... insane speed but also style and the odd trick.
Barry Nobles.... insane speed, but also style and the odd trick.

Finn Iles takes his turn.
Finn Iles takes his turn.

A Fin Iles fly by.
A Finn Iles fly by.

R-Dog and Ieuan Williams
R-Dog and Ieuan Williams.

Louis Reboul hits the deck.
Louis Reboul hits the deck.

Joe Smith boosts for the crowd
Joe Smith boosts for the crowd.

Finn Iles and Bernard Kerr.
Finn Iles and Bernard Kerr.

Neil Stewart above the trees.
Neil Stewart above the trees.

Former X-Games medalist Allan Cooke getting sideways.
Former X-Games medalist, Allan Cooke getting sideways.

It s good to see Dave McMillan back in Europe and having fun.
It's good to see Dave McMillan back in Europe and having fun.

Anton Thelander
Anton Thelander had both amplitude and style.

Andreu stretches in the mirror
Andreu stretches in the mirror.

The Whips Don t Lie Crankworx Les Gets 2016
Remy Morton keeping it moto.

Brook MacDonald
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.
Even in the semi-sketchy conditions, it's impossible not to have fun at a whip off.

Because Mitch deserves a few extra photos
Because Mitch deserves a few extra photos.

Antoni Rocci impressed with his badass whip.
Anthony Rocci impressed with his badass whip.

Superman
Super superman from a different YT shredder: Dominik Widmer.

Martin S derstr m improvising on some of his whips.
Martin Soderstrom improvising on some of his whips.

Shot from behind the Les Gets sign.
Shot from behind the Les Gets sign.

Carson Storch about to go bigger than just about everyone.
Carson Storch about to go bigger than just about everyone.

Carson Storch
Single crown forks and mighty big air for the Oregon rider.

The Whips Don t Lie Crankworx Les Gets 2016
Who do you think?

Bernard Kerr let s everyone take a peak at his bottom bracket.
Bernard Kerr lets everyone take a peek at his bottom bracket.

Tyler McCaul.
Tyler McCaul with perfect form, as ever.

Jill Kintner in 3rd
Jill Kintner gunning for this year's Queen of Crankworx.

Jill Kintner en route to second place for the women.
Jill en route to second place for the women.

R to the Dog dropping.
R to the Dog, dropping.

Whip 101 with Mr Howard.
Whip 101 with Mr Howard.

Bernardo about to lose both pedals but somehow still ride away perfectly.
Bernardo about to lose both pedals, but somehow still ride away perfectly.

Man of the hour Bernardo Cruz awaits the winner s announcement.
Man of the hour, Bernardo Cruz awaits the winner's announcement.

Les Gets whip champions - Cruz Howard Reboul and Brown Kinter Redzbetz.
Les Gets whip champions - Cruz, Howard, Reboul and Brown, Kintner, Redzbetz.

Time to celebrate.
Celebrate good times, come on!

Tippie presents the hardest hitter in the game right now.
Tippie presents the hardest hitter in the game right now.

Bernardo Cruz once again showing he is the one to beat when things go sideways.
Those were some heavy-weight whips, no doubt about it...

62 Comments

  • + 28
 I love the picture with Andreu pulling a superman... Seriously though the one with the guy behind him that looks to be going into a backflip, that's so cool to see not only the superman but also this weird half bike that honestly looks so wrong I love it. Sick pictures, let's keep em coming
  • + 9
 Such is the stoke of Lacondeguy he didn't even care it was a whip-off!
  • + 12
 R-Dog still on a 26 inch session park... One of the reasons why his is one of my favorite freeriders. If anyone has close up picks of the drive side of his bike i would love to see how they did the shift housing routing.
  • - 8
flag leopaul (Jun 15, 2016 at 20:19) (Below Threshold)
 It is a carbon session he rides. So if it's not a custom frame then it's 27.5. At least the frame.
  • + 13
 @leopaul: They did Carbon 26" sessions up until 2015 season. So R-Dog is still riding that frame. And they still have the mold for it, so I'm sure they can produce them whenever needed for Howard and Semenuk...
  • + 5
 Both Howard and Semenuk still ride 26", I imagine that most of the free riders will try to run 26ers for the manouverability in the air as opposed to the 27.5s.
  • + 4
 @DemoB: Semenuk bike check dirtmountainbike.com/bike-reviews/downhill-bikes/brandon-semenuk-trek-session-park.html

It's not a full carbon frame. Also he says he runs 26" cos they catch less wind in the air.

I know Kurt Sorge run 26" on his Rampage bike last year
  • + 5
 Same 275 front triangle. Modified aluminum rear end for 26 wheels, more progressive leverage curve, and shorter chainstays. Dirt did a video on YouTube about it with semenuks bike recently.
  • + 11
 Love seeing the ladies getting more into this! Fucking EPIC!
  • + 10
 wheres brendog at?
  • + 5
 Second picture down. In the middle.
  • + 5
 I know it's none of my business, but I do get curious as to why/how riders get dropped by or leave Red Bull (Bernardo Cruz, Kyle Strait, and probably others I'm forgetting). It always seems like they're the ultra-sponsor and I'd love to hear more about the separations, but there is probably legal obligation for both parties to keep quiet.
  • + 5
 There can be a lot of reasons, but Bernardo was doing a top job, just lost out because of RB Brazil budget... probably because Rio has the olympics so XC takes priority.
  • + 5
 haha please tell me Andreu picked up a CULT sponsorship. best shirts and steez from any bike company around besides Bone Deth. love it.
  • + 7
 nico vink looks like a very young tom araya.
  • + 1
 Ha i was thinkin exact same thing! Nice
  • + 6
 Where's the f--kin video?????????
  • + 2
 This is where Bernardo trains his whips in Brazil, www.pinkbike.com/photo/13553088 - super talented athlete, hard worker. As long he has big jumps to whip he has a smile on his face. Congratulations bro !
  • + 4
 Finn iles past 90 and hangin off the back yet still not even top ten... says a lot about how stacked the field was
  • - 13
flag MaxDeutsch (Jun 15, 2016 at 20:46) (Below Threshold)
 That kid is a jerk though
  • - 5
flag MaxDeutsch (Jun 15, 2016 at 21:56) (Below Threshold)
 @mprosper: my buddy ran into him at Sea Otter and said "Hi, you're Finn Iles right?" and was like thats pretty sick but Finn was pretty rude to him and not friendly.
  • + 4
 @mprosper: His loss meant I had to backflip off a 10 story building.
  • + 21
 @MaxDeutsch: You might want to base your opinions on your own experiences. Finn Iles has never been to Sea Otter.
  • - 4
flag MaxDeutsch (Jun 15, 2016 at 22:48) (Below Threshold)
 @sooboyki: Ironic, how would you know?
I trust my buddy so idk dude, it isn't like you don't see pros at sea otter so if my buddy said that why wouldn't I trust him.
  • + 2
 @Joebro1995: .......and were still waiting for the video footage! Obviously pulled through ok tho!??
  • + 17
 @MaxDeutsch: I know Finn, he's one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Your buddy must have been talking to someone else because Finn was in Cairns during Sea Otter
  • + 5
 Congratulations Bernardo.
  • + 3
 Semenuk should have come and done his whip to tailwhip. He would have won right there on the spot
  • + 4
 Good to see the Canyon Sender being whipped!
  • + 3
 Such amazing photography! I could have a rotating screensaver of all these images!
  • + 3
 jumping bikes is fun for sure!
  • + 2
 Hahaha that must be pretty intimidating if you want to try it out, with all these badass riders watching you Big Grin
  • + 3
 Absolutely LOVE photos like this. Makes for great screen savers.
  • + 1
 My thought exactly.
  • - 1
 Looking at the photos I'd say 9th for T-Mac was some B.S. That whip looks pretty as hell. I can't stand seeing people getting huge points for doing whips that are really just tweaked nacs. Meh.
  • + 2
 Great Bernardo!!! Congratulations bro!
  • + 2
 "Good Afternoon, Sir" hahaha
  • + 1
 Makes my heart happy to see a Marzocchi - especially at the top of a podium!
  • + 1
 Anybody know if they're selling jerseys with the Stevie patch like in this photo?
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13610432
  • + 1
 I know Gabe Fox (team manager at Devinci) ironed them on at Fort William.
  • + 2
 Bernardo for the win ! Best whip in the business ! Super proud of you bro.
  • + 3
 Now whip it good!
  • + 1
 ae Bernardooooommmm
parabens!!!!!

é o BRasiiiilllllllllLLLL
  • + 1
 I'd like to see them all do it on hardtails with single crown forks.
  • + 1
 When a dirtjump comes a long.... you must whip it!
  • + 2
 Finns a bitch
  • + 1
 Out of all these pictures I don't even recall seeing the winner Cruz ???
  • + 1
 Cruz. Tippies love child??
  • + 1
 Does Bernardo changed Gear ? or was a 2 day event ?
  • + 5
 kit change is all good.......... looks like he got kicked to the curb by redbull too.
  • + 1
 So Casey didn't lose a tooth after all... Smile
  • + 1
 Looks fun wish I could be there
  • + 15
 I haven't seen so many whips since "The Passion of the Christ".
  • + 1
 Perfect timing, I was in need of a new computer background
  • + 1
 Too much style
  • + 1
 epic
  • + 1
 epic
  • - 2
 Living legend t-Mac? I love that dude but that may be an exaggeration
  • + 22
 Cam McCaul... not much exaggeration there
  • + 2
 That was C-Mac.
  • - 1
 @onemanarmy: sorry iPhone fail

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