Crankworx introduces live webcasts and a live video broadcast of all events on two big screens. “When we launched global webcasts and invested the biggest part of our annual budget into the live show production of the event, Crankworx became the first freeride mountain bike event to go global. Of course, that wouldn’t have been possible without the game-changing progression of the sport by the athletes evolving it so far beyond what the world saw of mountain biking through the UCI’s ‘spandex’ product to an unimaginable level of gravity performance,” says Mark “Skip” Taylor.
The first VW Trick Showdown takes place in the Boneyard on a course designed by John Cowan. The winner-take-all, rider-judged session is won by Casey Groves and Greg Watts.
Andreu Lacondeguy takes the Slopestyle with the first double backflip seen in competition, followed by a long list of tricks all the way down the John Cowan-designed course, including: a foot-plant; backflip X-up; flat-spin 360; topside nac-nac; can-can step-down; Superman backflip and final Superman. “It was the double backflip that did the job,” says Lacondeguy.
“The unofficial slopestyle World Championship. There is nothing you can do to improve your career as a freerider, and add lustre to your star, like winning the big show.”