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Based on rider feedback, and demand, the previously invitational Slopestyle is given an open category for amateur athletes. Cam Zink wins the event with a backflip X-up one-footer, and the Spanish Lacondeguy brothers, Andreu and Lluis, become a sensation.
Timo Pritzel takes the Kona Jump Jam with back-to-back backflips.
Break-out Whistler photographer Blake Jorgenson wins the right to be the Crankworx official photographer in a contest hosted in conjunction with the Whistler Arts Council.
A Super D race is introduced, with a mass start from Olympic Station leading through a variety of Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trails. (Rob McSkimming places third in the Master Amateur men’s category, his wife Marilyn Manso wins the Women’s Master Amateur category and son, James McSkimming, wins the Men’s Junior Amateur category with the 3rd fastest time of the day overall)
“The coolest thing I’ve seen at Crankworx? Well, that’s a tough one, but I’d probably have to go with Ryder Kasprick tailwhipping off the Kokanee Drop. He had only just learned tailwhips, and no one was really expecting it. He was wearing a half-shell helmet, and a Vancouver Grizzlies Jersey, and he just rode down and did it, and stuck the landing.”
– Ian Hylands, photographer