We Only Ride Park: Air DH Photo Epic - Crankworx Whistler 2017

Aug 17, 2017 at 2:39
by Nathan Hughes  



Thirty laps in a day, our hands are locked this way... Here we go deep into the bike park with one of the true classic events of Whistler Crankworx. Hold that thought; they're all classics, but the A-line race is really the OG and takes a certain kind of rider to claim it. Or does it now? While many racers abandoned big bikes years ago in favour of faster rolling, at the time bigger-wheeled trail bikes, the women's category saw dual crowns go one and two with Kintner and Hannah coming out on top, while Magnus Manson piloted his world cup machine into fourth in the men's. The biggest mix-up, however, was unmistakably Adrien Loron turning the heat up to eleven in the King of Crankworx points chase, stealing a shock win far outside of his speed & style or pumptrack comfort zones and probably upsetting a few characters in the process. Let's dive right into the tables...


Brad J warming up to a long afternoon of whips and scrubs but mainly scrubs... this is a race afterall.
Brad J warming the crowds up for a long afternoon of whips and scrubs, but mainly scrubs... this is a race after all.

Another day another race to hunt down in the forest of Whistler Bike Park.
Another day, another race to hunt down in the woods of Whistler Bike Park.

Canadian junior Patrick Butler claiming the style awards in the morning training session.
Canadian junior, Patrick Butler, claiming the style awards in the morning training session.

Dakota Norton crushing another one.
Dakota Norton crushing another one.

Whistler local Vaea Verbeek would take 3rd just 4.5 seconds off the pace of Jill Kintner.
Whistler local Vaea Verbeek would take 3rd, just 4.5 seconds off the pace of Jill Kintner.

Remi Gauvin out to smash some expensive glass.
Remi Gauvin out to smash some expensive glass.

Stacy Kohut getting it done on four wheels.
Stacy Kohut getting it done on four wheels.

Daniel Gomez Serran from Madrid riding free.
Daniel Gomez Serran from Madrid riding free.

Jacob Dickson about to lay some power down.
Jacob Dickson about to lay some power down.

Last years winner getting angry with it. Unfortunately Bas was only able to lock down a top 10 this summer.
Last year's winner getting angry with it. Unfortunately, Bas was only able to lock down a top 10 this summer.

Nik Nestoroff charging towards his second junior win in two days.
Nik Nestoroff charging towards his second junior win in two days.

Cometh the hour cometh the party train.
Cometh the hour, cometh the party train.

Hats of to trials legend Martin Aston for putting down his time on the A-line course this afternoon.
Hats off to trials legend, Martyn Ashton, for putting down his time on the A-line course this afternoon.

EWS specialist Caro Gehrig would take home 6th.
EWS specialist Caro Gehrig would take home 6th.

Siegenthaler surfing those hard pack waves for 5th.
Siegenthaler surfing those hard pack waves for 5th.

Stacy Kohut in a class of his own in more ways than one.
Stacy Kohut in a class of his own, in more ways than one.

Cody Kelley stomped 6th place and looked good doing it.
Cody Kelley stomped 6th place and looked good doing it.

Saved 20 grams with his carbon spacer.
Saved 20 grams with his carbon spacer.

Kiran MacKinnon had pretty swell afternoon ride... 5th for the American s efforts.
Kiran MacKinnon had pretty swell afternoon ride... 5th for the American's efforts.

11th place Matt Walker couldn t pencil A-line if he tried.
11th place Matt Walker couldn't pencil A-line if he tried.

Canadian Youth rider Parker Gibbons showing people twice his age how to ride.
Canadian Youth rider, Parker Gibbons, showing people twice his age how to ride.

Moir was on a tear but had to settle for 9th.
Moir was on a tear, but had to settle for 9th.

Winner of the unofficial downhill bike race was Magnus Manson hammering into 4th on a rip-roaring lap.
Winner of the unofficial downhill bike race was Magnus Manson hammering into 4th on a rip-roaring lap. Actually, he was about the only rider inside the top 20 on a big bike. Kudos...

Iago Garay knows drifts are way cooler than squashing little tabletop jumps...
Iago Garay knows drifts are way cooler than squashing little tabletop jumps...

Tracey Hannah couldn t quite wrestle the win off Jill Kinter but claimed silver by just over 3 seconds back.
Tracey Hannah couldn't quite wrestle the win off Jill Kinter, but claimed silver, just over 3 seconds back.

Coincidentally this section of trail used to be lined with spectators but now it s almost completely empty.
Coincidentally this section of trail used to be lined with spectators, but now it's almost completely empty.

The one and only mega train was allowed just before the live broadcast. After that it was one rider at a time spaced at 2.5 minute gaps.
The one and only mega train was allowed just before the live broadcast. After that, it was one rider at a time spaced at 2.5 minute gaps.

Caroline Buchanan finished just off the podium in 4th.
Caroline Buchanan finished just off the podium in 4th.

Remy Metailler entered just to so he could start getting warmed up for tomorrow s Whip Off Worlds
Remy Metailler entered just to so he could start getting warmed up for tomorrow's Whip Off Worlds

Clare Buchar flying through the giant berms on her way to 7th place.
Clare Buchar flying through the giant berms on her way to 7th place.

There used t be all kinds of party trains and antics during the Air DH but as Crankworx has focused moe on live broadcasts the past few years we are seeing less and less.
There used to be all kinds of party trains and antics during the Air DH, but as Crankworx has focused more on live broadcasts the past few years we are seeing less and less.

Garbanzo winner Marcelo Gutierrez would come 3rd today.
Garbanzo winner, Marcelo Gutierrez would come 3rd today.

2nd for the second day in a row for Sam Blenkinsop.
2nd for the second day in a row for Sam Blenkinsop.

Squashing jumps with Ropelato.
Squashing jumps with Ropelato.

The Queen herself shutting another competition down.
The Queen herself shutting another competition down by nearly 4 seconds.

Surprise winner Adrien Loron who most did not consider a threat in this event.
Surprise winner Adrien Loron, who most did not consider a threat in this event.

A massive win for Loron and another extra large helping of points towards his King of Crankworx push.
A massive win for Loron and another extra large helping of points towards his King of Crankworx push.

The top three men and women down the infamous A-Line trail.
The top three men and women down the infamous A-Line trail.

Jill Kintner who has won this event countless times is joined on the top step by Adrien Loron.
Jill Kintner, who has won this event countless times, is joined on the top step by less familiar face to the Air DH.


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx / @natedh9 / @davetrumpore




36 Comments

  • + 43
 Part of the thing I always heard about Crankworx was how the atmosphere was second to none and that it was super festive.... as a festival should be with crazy happy people everywhere.... With evolutions like the shutting down of Hecklers Rock, the disappearance of party and mega trains and the overall businessifing and professionalizing one has wonder what has been lost... Never been there but it seems that those who enjoyed it see changes which they don't support.
  • + 1
 Oh yea, Hecklers Rock must be missed...
  • + 30
 Anybody that came for the racing and the good times in bikes athomsohere with side of party is still getting a large serving of all of that and then some....as for hecklers rock..if we are talking the first year edition, yeah it's going to be missed, but last years shit show where the dumfucks shut down the race ...good riddance, if that's the type of fun your looking for, go find it elsewhere...as for the a line shenanigans, they are not done, they have just been asked to let the team know if they want to ride in a train or be part of the race....before racers would get together and self organize if they wanted to ride a train....that lead to often 10 min of no rider coming down the track...with spectators lost, not knowing what's happening...now the timing is gapped correctly to keep the race and event going, while the people that wanna train get a place to organize themselves and throws whips all day long nobody looses...
  • + 9
 Ya and moving the Slopestyle from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon....it's all about business. The Sunday afternoon Slopestyle atmosphere doesn't even come close to the vibe when it was held Saturday night.
  • + 15
 @Morebike: the main reason this year for slope on Sunday is actually to ensure the World Cup dh riders that are in the Canadian DH an extra day to travel back to Europe in time for the next World Cup...so the decision is driven in the best interest of the racers ...too bad they didn't take into account those that want to party hard while watching slope...those that come to watch slope will still see a great show, no loss for those that came to,get drunk in the sun...maybe that means we get away with less police and security walking the boneyard this year ..don't get me wrong, I am all for a good party, but racing should be at the forefront if you go to a race...race first party second
  • + 46
 That smile on Martyn's face.... A priceless moment for him!
  • + 2
 How cool is that! That was the thing that I was most interested in!!! Go Mart!!!!!
  • + 22
 Intro--

Sup fools?
It's me again.
Still faster than you.
You wanna know what I ride?
Listen up!

Chorus 1 --

I only ride park
I don't climb hills
I only ride downhill
I only ride park
I'm on the lift all day
And I don't have no chain
I only ride park
Screw your xc
And your 650b
I only ride park
Im passing all the noobs
And I'm still faster than you

Verse 1--

I got all the record times
I know the secret lines
And I never walk my bike
Always cuttin' in line
I only ride in the summer when the park is open
Trails closed for maintenance? Its time for poachin'
I don't compete but I act like pro racer
And I saved 20 grams with carbon spacers
I ride the hein train harder than Kenny Smith
And I taught Kyle Norbraten how to drift (robbed)
I'm so damn pro at everything that I do
If I did slopestyle I'd probably win that too
I don't pedal to the trail cause I have to get towed
And all my stuff is brand new cause I get free shit bro
I don't protect my arms, only wear this T
I love cutting off Joeys cause they're slower than me
The ladies like to call me the bike park king
I don't ride down shit, I jump the whole damn thing


Chorus 2--

I only ride park




Thirty laps in a day
My hands are locked this way
I only ride park
A million down?
I ride a billion down
I only ride park
Catwalks in line
Front page of decline
I only ride park
You ride chinless too?
Well I ride brakeless foo!

Verse 2 -- (JASON)

I'm a joey and its my first time here
I got my squid lid and all my rental gear
I got my pads strapped tight on top of my jeans
I'ma stormtroopin, go-gettin', shredin machine
First trail of the day, crank it up seems good!
Oh my god what the heck I didn't know there was wood
I risk road rash cause I wear a tank top
And I love blocking trails and standing on drops
My bike is from the 90's and it freakin' sends!
And I love getting rad with all of my friends
I make people cringe cause I ride all sketchy
If I aint' casin' jumps I'm landin' nose heavy
29ers are cool and I don't mind climbin'
Straight testing my skill on all the black diamonds
Today was a blast cause I conquered my fears
And I had a good ti-- Aw cool a deer!




Chorus 3 --

I only ride park
I got my legs spread wide
Only ride with a guide
I only ride park
Brake bumps all day
I always get in your way
I only ride park
You can find my trying to whip
While I wear new balance kicks
I only ride park
I got that safety glass steez
And I run into trees
I only ride park
  • + 9
 Isn't Matt the Joey too?
  • + 2
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: he is
  • + 24
 Absolutely amazing photos! Great to see Martyn and Doddy shredding down the mountain too! Go GMBN!!!!
  • + 12
 Patrick butler a Canadian now??
  • + 5
 Must have been a quick naturalisation ceremony somewhere on the mountain that no one saw.....
  • + 2
 Yeah @pinkbike Pat is an Aussie. Can you fix this up please?
  • + 8
 That guy with the Cube team shirt in the B&W train photo whipping a... Mondraker rig Big Grin
  • + 2
 send nudes, lol
  • + 2
 That's Jake Newell. He just made the Aussie DH team for worlds!
  • + 8
 those train shots are so awesome
  • + 1
 So, after seeing the photos of Stacy Kohut I have to ask... why all the props given to him? I witnessed him rip someone a new ass for 5 min straight who just tried to give him a quick push up a hill on the way to a run. The poor kid didn't know any better. I literally lost any and all respect I had for him. I started asking around about his "attitude" and apparently he is famous in whistler for not being a very nice guy (this is a understatement). Stacy, I'm truly sorry you lost the use of your legs and I wish that on no one and I truly wish you were healthy, but by making people around you feel like shit, it doesn't make anyone's life any better!
  • + 1
 Do's and Don'ts of Disability Etiquette
From IndependenceFirst, the resource for people with disabilities:

DO: Use "people first" language to respect that people with disabilities aren't defined by their disability, they are people first, disability second ("OUT" terms: "handicapped," "the disabled," "wheelchair-bound," "confined to a wheelchair." "IN" terms: "people with disabilities.")

DO: Ask and don't assume someone needs or wants help even if they appear to be struggling with mobility.

DO: Think of a wheelchair or other mobility aide as a part of the user's personal space. Don't lean on it, push it without asking, put your feet upon it, etc.

DO: Speak directly to people with disabilities and with age-appropriate language-not to the people who may be accompanying them.

DO: Bend down or pull up a chair to speak to someone in a wheelchair at their eye level. It is less stressful on their neck and more respectful.

DON'T: Pity or feel sorry for people who have disabilities or use wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are empowering and allow people with disabilities to get around where they wouldn't otherwise be as free...often they can move faster than people who walk!

DON'T: Put people with disabilities "up on a pedestal." They aren't "superheroes," "brave," "courageous," or "inspiring;" rather, people with disabilities just want to do the same things that anyone without a disability wants to do.

DON'T: Touch someone or pat them on the head-it is patronizing and not respectful.

DON'T: Assume someone who is Deaf can read lips. Lip reading is very uncommon.

DON'T: Pet a service animal who is at work. Ask if it is OK with their owner.


and.............

DON'T Stare. I know we're fun to watch. Sneak surreptitious glances instead. And please keep the look of disgust off your face.

DO Acknowledge us without staring. This means letting us place our own coffee orders and noticing when we are trying to get around you in crowds.

DO Give up your seat on the bus or train for disabled people if you were sitting in the accessible seats.

DON'T Look around beaming, expecting praise for this selfless humanitarian gesture. You did not just save ten children from a landslide.

DO Ask if someone needs help, and then abide by their wishes. Disabled people like to pretend that we're capable adults. Humor us.

DON'T 'Help' without asking. If someone in a wheelchair has rolled up to a door, they probably have some sort of a plan. Leaping over us and flinging the door into our shins is not a noble gesture. And NEVER just grab the back of someone's wheelchair or a blind person's arm and start 'helping.' Imagine how startling it would be if random strangers started shoving you around.

DON'T Ask strangers intrusive personal questions such as "what's wrong with you." Sure, you are curious. I myself find some fashion choices curious, but I have learned to live with mystery.

DO Remain calm if your young kid loudly asks such questions. Clutching her to your bosom and running like there's a fire is a bit of an overreaction. Instead, pay attention. Does the disabled person lean forward and smile at your kid? Let your kid ask her questions. Does the person look annoyed? Gently tell your kid that people move, look, and act all kinds of ways and it's best to give people privacy.

DON'T Make condescending jokes about a person's mobility devices, like: "Have you gotta register those crutches as lethal weapons? Haw, haw, haw," or "No fair! I want a wheelchair!" Just because you are deeply uncomfortable with disability doesn't mean you should make us uncomfortable, too.

DO Talk about the weather. This is Whistler. There are endlessly burning issues to discuss on this topic, which should at least last you an elevator ride.

See? That wasn't so bad, was it? Just follow this handy etiquette guide and you'll escape with dignity intact. More to the point, so will we.
  • + 5
 Hell yeah, Martyn Ashton!!
  • + 5
 paddi butler is an aussie
  • + 1
 Was ;-)
  • + 1
 I yearn for the day I get to ride "park" Aline type of track.
I imagine if one died on Aline, they'd just wake up at the start gate again as Aline looks like Heaven to me.
  • + 3
 Thanks for the sick photo pinkbike!
  • + 2
 Patrick Butler is now a Canadian which means he can no longer sit for Australian Parliament. Bugger.
  • + 2
 I only want to punch your race face buddy.
  • + 2
 2.5 minute gaps? That must have taken a while
  • + 2
 Awesome pictures! Blenki...no gloves and deathgriping it..
  • + 1
 Nice pics. But how about female junior category?
  • + 1
 Patty Butler is Australian sorry Dave.
  • + 1
 The "send nudes" sticker on the down tube of the mondraker is hilarious.
  • + 1
 I'm guessing if they did slopestyle they'd probably win that too?
  • + 1
 Loron on a hardtail?
  • + 2
 No, you can just barely see the rocker link in the photo. Head tube badge appears to be that of the black/dark green Range.

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