Dual Speed & Style is introduced to the event roster, basically putting Dual Slalom and Slopestyle in a blender for the mountain bike equivalent of dual mogul skiing.
Thomas Genon, a relative unknown from Belgium, steps into the Red Bull Joyride breach to win the Slopestyle and his Red Bull wings.
Casey Brown has her breakout year winning the Garbanzo DH and Canadian Open DH.
Rider Duncan Riffle wins over the crowd during the Canadian Open DH by stopping mid-run on Heckler’s Rock to shotgun a beer.
Steve Smith becomes only the fifth person to take the Air DH crown since it began at the Whistler Summer Gravity Games, following Cedric Gracia (2002), Nathan Rennie (2004), Brian Lopes (2005–2010) and Andrew Neethling (2011). Smith’s time shaves five seconds off Neethling’s 2011 winning run, setting a new Crankworx Air DH record.
Tyler McCaul wins the unofficial Whip-Off World Championship on Crabapple Hits, an event developed by mountain bike photographer Sven Martin.
The Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox moves to the Whistler Olympic Plaza in the heart of the Village, attracting over 4000 spectators and crowning Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner for the third year in a row.
“Crankworx is Whistler’s annual rave-cum-festival for 26-inch revelry. This is the real deal, 100-percent genuine pinnacle event for mountain biking. It caters to a lot of peoples’ passion, and probably triggers a lifetime of passion for many more. It is not just mountain bikers that travel Highway 99 to get free Clif bars and their forks serviced. An estimated 25,000 people turned up for the Red Bull Joyride Slopestyle event last Saturday alone and any look around the crowd would tell you that a lot of these people aren’t mountain bikers. Yet.”
– Seb Kemp, Bike magazine