A skinny, unknown 14-year-old kid from Australia, Troy Brosnan, takes names and turns heads in the Slopestyle, and goes on to sign a contract with Monster and Specialized.
Brian Lopes four-peats in the Air DH along with three other gold medals and one silver.
The dramatic finale of the men’s Dual Slalom sees a duel between Kyle Strait and Brian Lopes, with Strait narrowly taking the gold. UCI Mountain Bike Women’s Elite World Champion Emmeline Ragot takes five podiums.
Claire Buchar strikes gold in the Womensworx the Gala Slopestyle.
Greg Watts narrowly beats contest favourite Brandon Semenuk by .75 second to take gold in the Monster Energy Slopestyle with a flowy, tricked-out run, which included a 360 tail-whip off the drop in; Superman seat-grab over the first jump; backflip into a 360 off the Giro box; tail-whip off the Kona wall; truck driver off the SRAM feature; bar-spin off the Race Face drop; flip-whip over the VW Dirt Jump and a huge backflip off the Kokanee Kicker to cap it all off.
For the first time, owing to rain earlier in the week, the Best Trick Showdown is incorporated into the Slopestyle, boosting the overall prize purse to $38,000, with $21,000 up for grabs from any single rider. In the end, Andreu Lacondeguy takes the best trick with a huge 360 flat-spin Superman, despite crashing out on his run.
Crankworx sees its first streaker. He runs the length of the entire course, refuses an offer of a modesty beach ball, and is immortalized in all his glory on the Jumbotron.
The Deep Summer Photo Challenge is added to the Crankworx schedule of events, providing mountain bike photographers a presence in a festival previously focused solely on athletes and sport. (The Challenge continues to be a Crankworx highlight, evolving to include a wildcard spot where up-and-coming photographers gain massive exposure in the industry)
Heckler’s Rock, now a cultural fixture of the Canadian Open DH event, rears its head after Whistler-residents Kenny Smith and Tyler Morland design the track to run down the lift-line of the Whistler Bike Park. Sam Hill wins the race in this first year of the new course with a standout performance in variable conditions.
“Crankworx is the Super Bowl of the mountain biking world.”
– Chris Lesser, Bike Magazine