Crankworx World Tour Not Returning to Les Gets in 2019

Sep 24, 2018 at 21:28
by Official Crankworx  
Les Gets Spank Whip Offs Finn Iles
Finn Iles, sending it into the Les Gets sunset in 2017. Photo: Boris Beyer

It’s been the best of times (with the best of folks)...

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
The final Crankworx Les Gets podium - 100% Dual Slalom Les Gets. And a fine podium it was. Photo: Mitch Chubey’s been the muddiest of times.

Miranda Miller and Jill Kintner (we think) in 2016. Photo: Sean St. Denis

Since it launched in 2016, Crankworx Les Gets has grown into the biggest Crankworx festival outside of Whistler. After three glorious years in Les Gets, the Crankworx World Tour is saying "au revoir" to France. As our term comes to an end, it’s time for us to look forward and start carving out the next chapter of our story.

Where will the Crankworx World Tour head to next, you ask? Fire up that rumour mill...

In the meantime, what better time to take one final look back at some of our favourite moments from Les Gets.

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Photos: Fraser Britton and Sean St. Denis

When Les Gets came on the Crankworx team's radar, it was almost a no-brainer. Home to Bike Park Les Gets, a former home to several World Cups in the late 90's and early 2000's, plus the storied 2004 World Champs, the trails of Les Gets were steeped in history and ripe for riding, and supported by a community eager to bring the world back to its doorstep.

A place this good, with a downhill track the stuff of legend and lore, deserved to live in the spotlight. So, in 2015, Crankworx Les Gets was cemented into the Crankworx World Tour calendar for 2016. Come June, Les Gets stormed back onto the international mountain bike scene with a bang, athletes and fans alike frothing to get amongst the action and the tracks.

The party kicked off with some whips, some slips...

...and the most eye-catching superman we've ever seen.

Andreu Lacondeguy at Whip Off Championships Crankworx Les Gets 2016. Photo by Sean St.Denis
Andreu Lacondeguy in 2016. Photo: Sean St. Denis

Bernard Kerr at Whip Off Championships Crankworx Les Gets 2016. Photo by Sean St.Denis
Bernard Kerr in 2016. Photo: Sean St. Denis

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Kade Edwards in the 2018 Official European Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank. Photo: Fraser Britton

The Dual Speed & Style brought out legends, newcomers, and everything in between, to this growing discipline each year. In 2016, Daryl Brown made his first Crankworx appearance a good one, skidding over the finish line to victory.

Daryl Brown styling it out against Bas van Steenbergen in 2016. Photo: Sean St. Denis

Legend Martin Soderstrom, and his equally legendary Nac Nac, in 2017. Photo: Fraser Britton

Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2018
The 2018 Muc-Off Dual Speed & Style Les Gets brought out the biggest crowd of the event to date.

The French Pump Track played host to some of the most intense battles each year.

Tomas Slavik chases down Bernard Kerr in 2017. Photo: Fraser Britton

That time Eddie Masters made a push for the pump track podium. That was awesome. Photo: Fraser Britton

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Pressure and passion. Adrien Loron was always one to watch on home soil. Photo: Mitch Chubey

How sweet it was. Loron took the win in front of friends and family in the 2017 Les Gets Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox. Photo: Fraser Britton

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Queen Kintner in 2018, putting on a show for the French fans year after year. Photo: Mitch Chubey

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
The final battle brought together two former event winners. Kiwi Keegan Wright would emerge victorious, in front of one of the loudest pump track crowds to date - fireworks, chainsaws and vuvuzelas echoing through the valley. Photo: Mitch Chubey

A new event made its entrance in 2018, with the 100% Dual Slalom Les Gets proving to be a fan and athlete favourite.

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Just hours after topping the podium in the DH, this happened. Photo: Mitch Chubey

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Rachel Atherton, the legend, would lock down a career first: β€œI’ve never won two races in the same day. It’s sick.” Photo: Mitch Chubey

"Ohhhh lo lo lo lo lo lo lo lo," on repeat. This was the soundtrack to Slopestyle in Les Gets, as the French announcers voiced their excitement and called out the action as the best in the world threw down in the French Alps.

Nicholi Rogatkin twister Crankworx Les Gets Best Trick. Photo by Sean St. Denis
Brett Rheeder Crankworx Les Gets Best Trick. Photo by Sean St. Denis
Best Trick in 2016 would be a sign of things to come, with both Rogatkin and Rheeder on the podium at the end of the day, Rogatkin taking first. Photos: Sean St. Denis

The following year, coming back from injury, it was Rheeder's turn to shine, and stand at the top. Photo: Fraser Britton

Photo: Fraser Britton

Photo: Fraser Britton

Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2018
Bookending the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle wins, Rogatkin would own the podium in 2018. Photo: Fraser Britton

Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2018
Rogatkin and Rheeder, podium veterans, joined by Erik Fedko, who earned his first Crankworx podium at Crankworx Les Gets. Photo: Fraser Britton

Of course, the crowning jewel of Les Gets was the historic downhill track. Crankworx resurrected it with pomp, circumstance...

...and torrential rain in 2016.

Photo: Sean St. Denis

Iles, racing through the bog. Photo: Sean St. Denis

Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty?

The 2016 Crankworx Les Gets Downhill. Photo: Sean St. Denis

The gloveless wonder, Sam Blenkinsop, sending it through the mud in 2016. Photo: Sean St. Denis

2017 was a different story, with the track drawing the best downhillers in the world to get amongst its raw, natural, and this time dry, goodness.

Pompon, charging for the win in 2017. Photo: Fraser Britton

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Rachel Atherton left her mark on the track she last raced in 2004 as a Junior, taking the win. Photo: Mitch Chubey

Troy Brosnan made it two for three, taking the win in 2017 and 2018. Photo: Fraser Britton

And then, there was everything else that made Crankworx Les Gets awesome.

Kidsworx in Les Gets positively exploded, with groms from far and wide coming each year to shred alongside their heroes. Photo: Fabien Barns

We leave confident in the knowledge that we lit the fire of Crankworx stoke in many a young heart. Photo: Fabien Barns

Young French royalty, honoured by a legend. The spirit of Crankworx. Photo: Valentin Ducrettet

To our French team and course builders, the hordes of volunteers, the townsfolk and business community who welcomed us, the fans who came out in droves, the athletes who joined us for the ride, the media who got amongst it and captured every magical (and muddy) moment, the brands who supported us, and the trails that played host to this epic chapter in Crankworx history, merci.

Course builders at Crankworx Les Gets 2016. Photo Sean St. Denis
PEF and crew. Photo: Sean St. Denis

World Cup Racer Greg Minnaar at Les Gets Air DH Practice
The GOAT, high above Les Gets. Photo: Boris Beyer

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx


  • 24 0
 Jesus had to scroll for about 3hrs. I feel noticeably older than when I started this journey to the comments.
It surely wouldn’t go next door to morzine but the French term does mean until we meet again so feasibly could be chatel.
I’m hoping for crankworx bestwood or Farmer Johnworx
  • 1 2
 Read it again, they're saying au revoir to France...
  • 1 2
 @jamesdunford: exactly my point...until we meet again. In Chatel Wink
  • 3 0
 Nah crankworks Ambergate sounds better
  • 1 0
 @konacyril: I would also be open to that tup
  • 20 4
 Le(t)s Get some actual trail maintenance next summer maybe?

Although canyon is decent, Chavannes is by far the least enjoyable part of the PDS. The same braking bumps have been there at least the last two seasons. If so much effort can be put into building stuff for crankworx and then taking it down immediately after so no one can actually ride it, then they can employ four or five builders for three months to maintain the place. You see build crews out reasonably often maintaing stuff everywhere in the PDS but not Les Gets. There are no lips on the jumps and the braking bumps make entire trails a chore to ride.
Crankworx should have been held in Morzine or Chatel.
  • 2 0
 Even The Canyon is pretty fucked now. I was shocked at how bad it was this year. I agree the main chavannes line is garbage nowadays. Stuff under the nauchettes lift was actually in decent condition this year but the runs are too short
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  • 11 0
 Crankworx Australia
  • 8 0
 ^^ = Crankworx Whizzlah...
  • 7 0
 @krashDH85: recently voted most livable city in Australia Smile
  • 6 0
 crankworx somewhere in wales would be cool but slopestyle wouldnt work cause it would inevitably pis it down the whole time like it always does in wales #crankworxrevs4evs?
  • 7 0
 Crankworx Dyfi

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 Crankworks tasmania Australia 2019
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 NOOOOOO!!!! My uncle said I could borrow his chalet in Les Gets for Crankworks next year, was getting so hyped
  • 1 0
 this'll be why

ere are the provisional dates of the mountain biking events of the summer in Les Gets for the next few years. Start planning your holiday now!

13th – 14th July 2019: Downhill and Cross Country World Cup races.

19th – 20th September 2020: Downhill and Cross Country World Cup Finals.

Les Gets is currently a candidate to organise and host the Downhill and Cross Country World Cup Finals in 2021

24th – 28th August 2022: Downhill and Cross Country WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!
  • 5 2
 So will the triple crown of slope style actually mean something next year because there will only be 3 stops.
  • 3 0
 i heard l last year after world champs.... cairns was no longer holding a wc but a crankworx instead
  • 5 1
 Chatel would be awesome
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 Crankworx Bali 2019!!!!
  • 3 0
 Crankworx Bulgaria 2019
  • 2 0
 Crankworx Highland, they completely rebuild their slope course i
  • 3 0
 Crankworx Peaslake.
  • 1 0
 Every social media post ever made regarding Les Gets Crankworkx needs to get posted in this article #missionaccomplished
  • 1 0
 If the stupid rumors about the DH at Fort William are actually correct, maybe we will have Crankworx Fort Bill
  • 2 0
 Crankworx Cairns Australia 2019
  • 1 0
 For all you "CrankWorx USA' hopefuls.. I seem to remember previous attempts were a bust!
  • 1 0
 What about fort william constant rain tho would have to pick the best week in july !!β›…β˜βš‘β˜”????????
  • 2 0
 La poma
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 Crankworx Costa Rica
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 SO MANY Worx of the Crank!
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 Cape Town ftw!
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 Chatel would be a perfect venue for Crankworx.
  • 1 0
 Silver mountain bike park usa
  • 3 2
 On to bigger and better!
  • 2 1
  • 1 1
 SNOWSHOE PLEASE. That would make all the east coast people happy.
  • 1 0
 Crankworx UTAH
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 Crankworx usa
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 Mexico Crankworks 2019!!
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 Crankworx USA!
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