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The Enduro World Series stops at Crankworx Whistler in its inaugural year. After a season full of upsets for both Anne Caroline Chausson, of France, and Jared Graves of Australia, both walk away with their first wins in the series and cash in the bank.
Steve Smith takes the Air DH for the second year in a row and also wins the Canadian Open DH with a blistering run pulled together after a high-speed crash in the trees. When he arrives at the finish line, Stevie pauses in disbelief before accepting his victory. Winning against Mick Hannah, who would later seal a second place finish in the World Championships, means big things for Stevie’s season, particularly given the time costs of the crash, and he proves exactly that later on in the 2013 UCI World Cup season.
The GoPro Dirt Diaires and the Deep Summer Photo Challenge are held in the Whistler Olympic Plaza with a new VIP section for paid ticket holders. Richie Schley and Leo Zuckerman take home the win in the film-based GoPro Dirt Diaries and Nicolas Teichrob flexes his photography muscles to win the highly competitive Deep Summer Photo Challenge.
Jill Kintner wins her fourth consecutive title in the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox. It is a night of big air, big upsets and crashes as some of the best riders in the world duke it out for glory during Crankworx Whistler’s 10th Anniversary. Expectations are high for Mitch Ropelato (USA) to earn his own four-peat, but his hopes are dashed when Martin Soderstrom prevails in a semi-final battle to keep fans at the Whistler Olympic Plaza on their toes. The men’s event is won by the flawless Adrien Loron, of France.
Red Bull Joyride breaks records again with the biggest localized crowd ever witnessed in Whistler. More than 25,000 fans watch history unfold as local rider Brandon Semenuk wins his second Red Bull Joyride title with the highest score in the history of Joyride at Crankworx. The impeccable Swede, Martin Söderström, is second with a near-perfect run that ends in a crash, and the U.K.’s Sam Pilgrim finishes third.
“Crankworx is a magical time in a magical place! All four of my bikes get used in that week and that makes me happy. Bike riding, racing, socializing, photo contests, Sushi Village, awesome trails, chairlifts, Lost Lake. It’s incredible to be part of the whole thing, let alone win the crown for Queen of Gravity. I had a great run, and I’m already looking forward to next year.”
– Jill Kintner, Queen of Gravity