Crankworx Fantasy: Win a Trip to the Mecca of Mountain Biking

Crankworx Fantasy: Win a Trip to the Mecca of Mountain Biking

Crankworx Les Gets 2017
The crowds at Crankworx Whistler were epic this year with a full 30 000 for Joyride.

‘Get amongst’ at the Red Bull Joyride means 30,000 fans, a cutting-edge course, and stoke flowing as free as the riders. Photo: Scott Robarts

Stack your team for Crankworx Fantasy, and cash in on gear, merchandise and a trip to the home of Crankworx

Six months of gravity-defying action culminates in the root-riddled dustup of Crankworx Whistler this August 11–20, and Crankworx wants to bring you, and a friend, along for the ride.

Tomas Lemoine Left vs Mitch Chubey Right during the CLIF Bar Dual Speed amp Style at Crankworx Whistler. Photo by Clint Trahan.

Born in the gritty Whistler berms, Dual Speed and Style opens each festival pitting tricks and flare against the racers’ brash speed. August. Photo: Clint Trahan

Play Crankworx Fantasy and you could join the congregation of stoke-drenched dirt worshippers in the Boneyard for the 14th annual Whistler celebration.

Thomas Genon pulls out a final trick against competitor Jakub Vencl on his way down the Crankworx Whistler CLIF Bar Dual Speed amp Style. Photo by Clint Trahan.

Thomas Genon superstars another win after proving his mettle with a first place at Red Bull Joyride win in 2013. Photo: Clint Trahan

Sign up at Fantasy.Crankworx.com, and pick the top six names to hit the scoreboard for each live broadcast event.

Mathew Hunt races in the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized Crankworx Whistler 2016. Photo Scott Robarts

The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized shows Mathew Hunt how it earned the name ‘Crankzilla’. Photo: Scott Robarts

Then watch as all the action unfolds in Les Gets and Innsbruck and you could qualify for prizing from the biggest brands in the industry—or the five-day trip to Crankworx home base.

To win the trip, pick your top six riders in the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle and the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle Innsbruck presented by Kenda, and set your scoreboard. The most accurate winning lineup at the end of both events will send one lucky player to Whistler to see the last festival of the Crankworx World Tour and the crowning of the King and Queen of Crankworx.

Ryan Howard left vs Bas Van Steenbergen Right during the CLIF Bar Dual Speed amp Style at Crankworx Whistler. Photo by Clint Trahan.

Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard and Bas Van Steenbergen light up the course where Tom Van Steenbergen executed the first double backflip in Dual Speed history. Photo: Clint Trahan

A new game launches each day with opportunities to win SRAM products, Fox clothing and more after each event. Watch Pinkbike and the Crankworx Instagram Account (@Crankworx) each morning for the prize of the day.

Jared Graves during the Candian Open Enduro presented by Specialized at Crankworx Whistler 2016. Photo by Clint Trahan

Grease lightening. Jared Graves shows the enduro crowd whose boss after a mechanical dashed his hopes at a top finish. Redemption for 2017? Photo: Clint Trahan

Crankworx Les Gets runs June 14–18 and Crankworx Innsbruck June 21–25.

Rachel Throop SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized Crankworx Whistler 2016. Photo Sean StDenis

Want to know what the Top of the World feels like? Win the trip to Crankworx and you could be riding it. Photo: Sean St Denis

Watch the Crankworx action live this June:

Crankworx Les Gets Dual Speed & Style Thursday, June 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST Thursday, June 15, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST Friday, June 16, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST

Les Gets Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Friday, June 16, 8–10 p.m. CEST Friday, June 16, 11–1 p.m. PST Saturday, June 17, 6–8 a.m. NZST

Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS Saturday, June 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST Saturday, June 17, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Sunday, June 18, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST

Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle Sunday, June 18, 3:30–6 p.m. CEST Sunday, June 18, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Monday, June 19, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST

Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style Innsbruck Thursday, June 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST Thursday, June 22, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST Friday, June 23, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST

Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Friday, June 23, 8–10 p.m. CEST Friday, June 23, 11–1 p.m. PST Saturday, June 24, 6–8 a.m. NZST

Crankworx Innsbruck Downhill presented by iXS Saturday, June 24, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST Saturday, June 24, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Sunday, June 25, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST

Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda Sunday, June 25, 3:30–6:00 p.m. CEST Sunday, June 25, 6:30–9:00 a.m. PST Monday, June 26, 1:30–4:00 a.m. NZST

Jesse Melamed SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized Crankworx Whistler 2016. Photo Sean StDenis

Be there to watch hometown hero Jesse Melamed try to bring home his first endure win on home soil. Photo: Sean St Denis

To play, simply sign up at fantasy.crankworx.com, or log into your existing account. And watch as all the action unfolds!


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx

The BCBR Experience: Day One – Cumberland – Video

The BCBR Experience: Day One – Cumberland – Video

The BCBR Experience

With the countdown to the BC Bike Race on, it’s time for us to release the first of our seven-part video series showcasing the communities we visit. Through these edits we will share the unique culture and history of each, as well as, the 2017 course maps for our daily stages! These short stories will touch on the evolution of mountain biking here in BC and what has catapulted our province to a top destination for mountain biking globally.

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The front line of the 2015 BC Bike Race.
Day 1 race start in Cumberland.

This project was made possible with a grant through British Columbia’s new Marketing Co-Op program. With the province’s support, we are thrilled to have the platform with which to share these communities, which have been such a big part of our success as an event, with the world.

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Just a few highlights of our course in Cumberland.

In each segment, we will talk to some of the colourful characters who have had a role in the continuing development of mountain biking in their towns. From our Cumberland course designer and owner of the Riding Fool Hostel, Jeremy Grasby, to Dream Wizards and legendary trail builder, Ted Tempany, and even the Godfather of Freeride himself, Wade Simmons, we have a wide array of stories to share about what makes mountain biking happen in our backyard.

BC Bike Race is Ready to Roll

In just 22 days, racers from 33 countries will arrive in North Vancouver for the BC Bike Race! The action will kick off on July 7 with the first stage in Cumberland before continuing to Powell River, Sechelt, North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler!

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Cory Wallace celebrating his win at BC Bike Race last year.

Last year’s winner and the new 24-hour World Champion, Cory Wallace, is back to defend his title! After going home with third last year, Stephen Ettinger is also returning with his sights set on the top step. The field gets even stronger with competition and includes; Olympian and Canadian legend, Geoff Kabush; mountain bike and cyclocross racer Troy Wells; cyclocross racer, Tim Johnson; American Olympian, Sam Shultz; and returning 2016 French Marathon Champion Frederic Gombert. Also, throwing their hats in the ring are enduro racers, Jesse Melamed and Chris Johnson. Will Jesse’s cross-country background and home field advantage in Whistler give him an edge?

Katarina Nash celebrates a well earned victory.
Katerina Nash crosses the finish line and celebrates a well-earned victory in 2015.

We also have Olympian and past BC Bike Race winner, Katerina Nash, back! And while we would have loved to see her and our 2016 winner, Kelli Emmet, battle it out, we will instead have to keep an eye on the local talent, Cary Mark, and new school racers like Olympian Kristen Sweetland and Dutch Marathon Champion Hielke Elferinke.

This year we are also thrilled to be hosting local trail builders Rob Pheonix, Penny Deck, and Martin Newman for the race—for all that you do, we salute you!

So follow along for the next few weeks as we share our communities and course with you. And then stay tuned to watch the story unfold and virtually cheer on our racers as we share live updates, daily photos, and race reports throughout our seven days on the road!

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Tune in and follow along!

MENTIONS: @BCBR

Adventure At Your Fingertips – Commencal Meta HT Power

Adventure At Your Fingertips – Commencal Meta HT Power

At the end of the day or during a lunch break, no matter where you are or the time of day, you’ll never have any excuse not to ride again.

The Meta HT Power will be your perfect adventure companion. Climbing actually becomes a pleasure and the engine feels invisible on descents, resulting in maximum comfort throughout the whole ride. To illustrate this we wanted to share our experience of this bike so far by exploring the wilderness in the mountains surrounding our office in Andorra, at the end of a working day.

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COMMENCAL META HT Power
COMMENCAL META HT Power
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COMMENCAL META HT Power
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AVAILABLE IN EUROPE NOW:
COMMENCAL META HT Power

META HT POWER RACE 650B+ 2017

Frame
2017 META HT POWER 650b+
Engine
SHIMANO E8000
Battery
SHIMANO E8010, 500Wh
Fork
ROCKSHOX LYRIK RC Boost Standard, 150mm, Compression, Rebound
Brakes
SHIMANO XT, 203mm / 203mm
Rear Mech
SHIMANO XT, 1X11 speed
Cranks
SHIMANO E8050, 170 mm on S/M and 175 mm on L/XL
Cassette
SHIMANO XT, 11-46T, 11 speed
Rims
WTB ASYM, i35 TCS, 32 holes, tubeless ready, 35mm inner
Weight
20,3 kg
Sizes
S/M/L/XL
Price
3999€

The range, (prices starting from 3499€) is available on our online store.


MENTIONS: @COMMENCALbicycles

Northern Grip Bike Festival Returns for 2017

Northern Grip Bike Festival Returns for 2017

Northern Grip is an annual celebration of mountain bike culture, following on from the hugely successful inaugural event in Ramsbottom last year it returns on 8-9 July and moves over the valley to Lee Quarry.

Northern Grip

Northern Grip organiser, David Agnew says, “Last year’s event was amazing with our audience loving the combination of trail activity, new bike demos, music, food, and beer. Lee Quarry is a fantastic venue for Northern Grip to shine a spotlight on this year and we’ll be building a festival hub to bring all the comforts and culture which people loved last year – and much more. A bigger, better and bolder Northern grip will include big and little bike brands announced in the coming weeks offering an opportunity to make the most of two days around Lee Quarry and the Rossendale Fells.”

How much bigger will it be? The festival hub is aiming to be double in size for this year. The organisers are hoping to at least double the amount of attendees this year too. More food, more drink, more trade stands, more demo bikes, more music, more surprises and more trails. The whole festival will be very moreish.

More trails? Oh yes indeed. Lee Quarry and neighbouring Cragg Quarry are just the start of the riding on offer at this year’s Grip. The relocation of the festival to Rossendale allows for an unprecedented amount of varied riding. Wild riding, mild riding, singletrack, gravel, rocks, roots, 30km monsters, 3km pootles… you name it. We’ve even got some climb-free options if you want cruise and views. All mapped out and way marked on the day for your convenience.

Northern Grip a Festival of MTB 2016

As with the 2016 festival, there’ll be some surprises out there on the hills too. The epic sausage rolls and the acid-brass band surprises of last year’s Grip will be hard to top but top them we shall. You won’t want to miss this year’s show.

Northern Grip

Northern Grip will celebrate the majestic mountain bike and what it can bring to people’s lives. Northern Grip 2017 is sponsored by Leisure Lakes, with partners Alpkit, Dirt Factory and Team JMC, with the support of Rossendale Council, The Whitaker, PMBA, the National Trust and Sustrans.

Northern Grip 2017
Lee Quarry
Futures Park
Bacup
Rossendale
OL13 0BB

www.northerngrip.co.uk


MENTIONS: @northerngrip

Blood Road – Preview

Blood Road – Preview

 

Blood Road teaser
Red Bull Media House unveils the teaser for its latest feature, Blood Road, coming out in 2017. The bold documentary captures ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch’s inspiring voyage in search of the crash site where her father’s plane went down during the Vietnam War. Blood Road won the Sun Valley Film Festival’s coveted Audience Award, following the film’s world premiere that opened the festival.

Rusch’s father died in 1972 when his U.S. Air Force fighter plane was shot down over Laos. Audiences are taken on a powerful journey as Rusch teams up with Vietnamese competitive cycling champion Huyen Nguyen to cycle 1,200 miles of the notorious Ho Chi Minh trail in search of his crash site more than 40 years after his death. The two women navigate the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, discovering a shared humanity that can help heal the wounds left by this historic conflict.

I’ve spent most of my life racing around the world only to find it was all leading to the most important journey of my life. To be able to share the story with the help of Red Bull Media House is a powerful gift to the memory of my father. I’m so proud to be the messenger for this important tale of healing and discovery.Rebecca Rusch
Directed by Nicholas Schrunk and produced by Sandra Kuhn, Blood Road is more than a history lesson, it’s a daughter’s love letter to her lost father, and a remarkable undertaking fueled by the power of a newly formed friendship.Although Red Bull Media House has been producing films for several years, Blood Road is Red Bull Media House North America’s first feature film to be written, produced, directed and edited entirely in-house. The small production crew rode enduro motorcycles with gear strapped to their backs to capture this story despite the many challenges presented by unpredictable jungle terrain.

“Blood Road is a testament to Red Bull Media House’s commitment to independent cinema, storytelling and the power of human perseverance around the world,” said Scott Bradfield, Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Red Bull Media House North America. “We are very proud of this film, which shares such a unique and inspiring story.”

Blood Road will release worldwide in 2017. For more information about Blood Road and where and when it will debut, contact Red Bull Media

Atherton Academy Camp 2017

Atherton Academy Camp 2017

This weekend in the Dyfi Forest the 2017 Atherton Academy intake enjoyed a weekend riding with the Trek Factory Racing DH team. It was wet, windy and hard work but the three young riders dug in and showed us the kind of talent and determination that earned them these coveted training places. There were smiles for miles as Mille Johnset, Luke Williamson and Jamie Cable shredded Dan Atherton’s Dyfi trails, chilled at the skatepark and collected their specially designed 2017 team strip.

Dan Hearn was on hand to capture some of the action.

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

The weekend started with a meet at Atherton HQ. It quickly got like Christmas as iXS protective gear, Bell helmets, and new team strip and casual wear were fitted and distributed. Team Director, Dan Brown and Dan Atherton gave a short welcome while Head Technician, Joe Krejbich made sure that set ups were optimal on the Trek Session 9.9s.

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Jamie ” like Christmas morning!”

bigquotes I’m delighted to be working with these three young riders. Without taking anything away from what they’ve achieved so far, all of this year’s intake have so much to learn and such potential for growth that it’s going to be very exciting to be a part of that journey. The primary objective for all three of them this year is to gain a solid foundation of race experience.Dan Brown
2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Browny leading by example.

bigquotes We’re all passionate about creating a pathway to World Cups and a pro riding career. Ours is a young sport so there are many young talents out there who are in the dark about the opportunities available. A huge driver for me building these tracks is so that young riders can rock up and ride here on the same facilities that World Cup pros are using for their training, that they get to see real early that there is no reason that they can’t be the best.Dan Atherton
2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Joe casts an expert eye over Mille’s Trek Session.

bigquotes One of the most exciting things for me this weekend has been watching Jamie and Luke ride together and learn from each other, they are pretty much from polar opposite ends of the scale. Jamie relies 100% on his skill, Luke leans on his strength and power more so over the whole track they are pretty equal but you’ll see Jamie pulling away down the steep sections, Luke is faster where it’s flat – it’s partly physical make-up, partly what they are used to riding.Dan Atherton
2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Luke and Jamie.

During Saturday night’s skate park session and Sunday’s DH shred the team were joined by Rachel and Danny Hart so the Academy had the advantage of two World Champions to follow down the trails!

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable
bigquotes It’s awesome how these guys would just watch us and then learn from that, if we did tell them something once, that was it they got it instantly, that’s so refreshing.Dan Atherton
Mille Johnset. (Racing Youth Year 2)

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

16-year-old Mille has been working with us for a couple of years now, in last year’s first full season with the Atherton Academy she took a spectacular win at Fort William BDS (16 seconds clear of the field), the Scandinavian Cup and the Norwegian National Champs – despite 10 weeks off the bike with a liver injury.

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Dan in the observer seat as Mille goes on the attack!

bigquotes I spent a lot of time this weekend riding behind Mille, watching her throw herself into every corner! She doesn’t back off for anything, she’s so brave and her passion shines through in how she rides. Every corner, every pedal stroke she hits it with her full heart. After so long at the top of the World Cup game, Rachel has learned to become a very calculated rider but Mille reminds me of how Rach was when she was young.Dan Atherton
Jamie Cable (Racing Youth Year 2)

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Jamie is the least experienced racer of this year’s intake but he is a passionate and dedicated rider who has put in unbelievable hours on the bike to achieve the extremely high standard required to be invited to the Atherton Academy.

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Does Jamie’s style remind you of anybody?

bigquotes I got to know Jamie when I was running some Tuesday night coaching rides with the kids from the local school. There were two kids, in particular, Jamie and Tim, they were always pushing each other on, Tim’s already doing really well on the national XC races and Jamie’s gone a different way to focus on DH. The first thing I noticed about Jamie was his balance, years riding the Dyfi trails on his hardtail had taught him well! He’s so focused and single-minded, absolutely lives for his riding and his digging. He reminds of how we all were when we started out.Dan Atherton
Luke Williamson ((Racing Youth Year 1)

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

At 14, Luke Williamson has seven years race experience behind him, first at the motocross track and since 2014 on a downhill bike. He has a series of local wins to his credit and in 2016 was 4th Overall in the British Downhill Series Juvenile Class (despite missing Fort William) and 2nd overall in the Pearce Cycles Series.

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

Luke! It’s easy to forget he is just 14 years old…

bigquotes Luke is strong! A really powerful rider though you wouldn’t necessarily think so just to look at him, he outputs a hell of a lot of power in every pedal stroke. Maybe at 14 he relies a little bit on that strength but underneath and underpinning that there is a very talented rider. He’s really focused and already one of the most professional young riders I’ve ever seen.Dan Atherton
2017 Atherton Academy is going to be all time.

2017 Atherton Academy Camp - Luke Williamson Mille Johnset Jamie Cable

MENTIONS: @trekfactoryracingdh / @iXSsports / @BellBikeHelmets / @DanAtherton / @danhearn