Crankworx Top Moments

2004 – Paul Basagoitia wins the first Crankworx Slopestyle, on a borrowed bike.

Paul Basagoitia wins the Slopestyle on a borrowed bike. Photo by Malcolm Mclaws

2004 – Timo Pritzel jumps over the entire final feature of the Slopestyle course, a 40 foot scaffold jump at the bottom of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. “One of the craziest hucks we have seen to date,” remarks Skip Taylor, Executive Producer.

2005 – Darren Berrecloth throws down a massive 360 over a 60-foot road gap, stomping the landing. It’s dubbed the “360 heard ‘round the world” and Brian Lopes calls it “the sickest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Darren Berrecloth’s “360 heard ‘round the world” Photo by Harookz

2007 – 16-year-old Brandon Semenuk gets his first Crankworx podium. “It was my first podium in a freeride event, but I don’t know if I realised what it was; I was just doing my thing and trying to do the best I could,” said Semenuk.

2007 – Womenzworx debuts with riding clinics and a “girls only” freeride competition, the only non-timed contest event for women riders in existence. Claire Buchar wins the Pro category and Casey Brown takes the amateur category.

2007 – Dual Slalom makes its Crankworx debut, with Greg Minnaar taking the win.

2007 – The Canadian Open Downhill is added to the event line-up.

2008 – For the first time, Crankworx events are live webcast. Crankworx becomes the first freeride mountain bike event to go global.

2008 – Andreu Lacondeguy takes the Slopestyle win with the first double backflip seen in competition.

2009 – 14-year-old Troy Brosnan makes his debut, turning heads in Crankworx Slopestyle.

2009 – The inaugural Deep Summer Photo Challenge takes place.

2009 – Heckler’s Rock, the infamous viewing spot in the Canadian Open DH, makes its debut on the new course designed by Kenny Smith and Tyler Morland. Sam Hill takes the win.

2010 – Gee Atherton dominates the podium with three medals and the overall King of Crankworx title.

2010 – After taking nearly a year off of competing on her bike, Anne-Caroline Chausson makes a triumphant return, winning the Garbanzo DH by a crushing 18 seconds, as well taking first in the Air DH and Enduro DH events.

2010 – Cam Zink returns to Crankworx competition after battling through multiple knee injuries that required surgery, a broken tibia, and a dislocated wrist, which also required surgery, taking first place podium in Slopestyle. “It felt like putting all of the emotions and injuries of the last four years of hard work into a high interest account and I just cashed out.”

2010 – Brian Lopes wins the Crankworx Air Downhill for an unprecedented fifth time.

2011 – 20-year-old Brandon Semenuk wins the newly-minted Red Bull Joyride in front of a home crowd, while 15-year-old Anthony Messere, who entered the event as an alternate, takes third.

Brandon Semenuk wins the inaugural Red Bull Joyride in front of a hometown crowd. Photo by Ian Hylands

2012 – Dirt Diaries debuts.

2012 – Combining the speed of Dual Slalom with the tricks of Slopestyle, Dual Speed & Style is introduced to the event roster.

2012 – Tyler McCaul wins the first Whip-Off World Championship on Crabapple Hits, a Pro Line rated jump trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

2012 – Steve Smith takes home a hat-trick of Crankworx glory, finishing first in the Garbanzo DH, the Air DH and the Canadian Open DH, the only athlete to have achieved this feat.

2012 – Casey Brown has her breakout year, winning the Garbanzo DH and Canadian Open DH.

2013 – Adrien Loron secures his first Crankworx Pump Track victory in Les 2 Alpes.

2013 – Crankworx Whistler celebrates its 10th anniversary.

2013 – The Enduro World Series stops at Crankworx Whistler in its first year. Anne Caroline Chausson and Jared Graves take the inaugural wins.

2014 – The 2014 Enduro World Series race at Crankworx Whistler is dubbed “Crankzilla,” a course of legendary proportions that pushes riders to the edge. Jared Graves and Cecile Ravanel prevail.

2014 – Caroline Buchanan snatches the Pump Track win from four-time winner Jill Kintner. Buchanan is joined by boyfriend Barry Nobles on the top step as he also earns gold for the first time in this discipline.

2014 – 14-year-old Whistler local Finn Iles gets swept up in a swell of social media support, the hashtag #LetFinnIn going viral, to be let into the event, despite his age. Organizers make an exception. He wins.

2014 – Fabien Cousinie crosses the finish line of the Air DH, wearing a dress shirt and bowtie, proposing to his girlfriend in the finish corral.

2014 – Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas and Casey Brown are crowned the King and Queen of Crankworx.

2015 – Ryan Howard and Casey Brown earn the first Crankworx hardware in the Southern Hemisphere, winning in the Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank. “I’ve never really won anything,” said R-Dog.”So it’s pretty huge for me.”

2015 – Martin Soderstrom battles his way back to the top of the podium in the Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style in Rotorua. “I had some really bad luck with injuries, so it’s such a good feeling to be back on top and riding with all my friends again.”

2015 – With three stops now on the Crankworx World Tour, Crankworx introduces the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, an additional $25,000 prize up-for-grabs by an athlete who can win three Crankworx Slopestyle events in a single season. Brett Rheeder takes that inaugural Slopestyle win in Rotorua, making him the first man in the running for the Triple Crown. He would follow up with an unprecedented second win in L2A, but ultimately falter in Whistler.

2015 – Stevie Smith reclaims Fox Air DH title. The win would be his last. Smith tragically passed in a moto accident the following May. Smith earned 10 Crankworx medals in his 26 years.

2015 – King and Queen of Crankworx, Anneke Beerten and Bernard Kerr, are crowned.

2016 – The world mourns legendary rider, course builder and friend to many, Kelly McGarry. McGarry passes in early 2016. In March, the event he helped shape is renamed in his honour as the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza.

2016 – Tomas Lemoine earns his first Crankworx gold medal on the Rotorua Pump Track.

2016 – Nicholi Rogatkin throws down the first “Twister,” a trick he developed, in Crankworx competition. He wows the crowd and judges, big his landing is shaky, and it’s not enough to best Slopestyle veteran Brandon Semenuk. The win earns Semenuk a unique distinction, as the only rider to hold Crankworx Slopestyle gold medals from: Whistler, Colorado, Les 2 Alpes, and Rotorua.

2016 – Crankworx breathes new life into the legendary downhill track in Les Gets, France. The festival debuts in its new french home, in a fashion that would become the stuff of new legend. Days of torrential rain turn the course into a mud bath come race day.

2016 – Brett Rheeder claims his first Red Bull Joyride win.

2016 – Tomas Slavik and Jill Kintner earn the titles of King and Queen of Crankworx for 2016.

2017 – Local Rotorua rider Keegan Wright becomes an instant hero after taking the Pump Track win on home soil in front of a home crown.

2017 – With the initial event postponed due to rain, Rotorua plays host to the first nighttime Whip-Off event, held under a starry sky and bright lights.

2017 – Adrien Loron fights his way back to the top step of the discipline he made his name in, claiming the victory in the Les Gets Pump Track in front of friends and family.

2017 – With Slopestyle wins in Rotorua and Innsbruck, Nicholi Rogatkin becomes the second rider in history in contention to take home the Triple Crown of Slopestyle. Ultimately Rogatkin would face the same fate as Rheeder, falling to the pressure in Whistler. Brandon Semenuk would prevail, earning his fifth Red Bull Joyride victory.

2017 – Jesse Melamed takes a historic win on home soil in Whistler. After coming in second in 2016, he takes his first Enduro World Series win in front of friends and family, beating legendary racer Sam Hill.

2017 – Colombian racer Marcelo Guitierrez Villegas wins his fifth Garbanzo DH in the row.

2017 – Adrien Loron and Jill Kintner are crowned 2018’s King and Queen of Crankworx.

2018  – Jill Kintner takes her sixth consecutive Crankworx Dual Slalom win, with her first place finish at the inaugural event in Rotorua adding to her five previous wins in Whistler.

2018 – Rogatkin and Rheeder repeat their epic 2017 battle on the Innsbruck Slopestyle course. Despite debuting two new tricks, Rheeder cannot best 2017’s winner, and the result remains the same, with Rogatkin on the top step and Rheeder in the runner-up position. Just a week later, the results in Les Gets would mirror the top two, queuing up Rogatkin’s second push to win the Triple Crown of Slopestyle.

2018 – Rachel Atherton achieves a career first at Crankworx Les Gets, winning the stories Crankworx Les Gets DH in the afternoon, then taking the win in the Dual Slalom just hours later.

2018 – Another year of epic battles at the “World Champs of Enduro,” the Camelbak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized. The top step in the sixth round of the Enduro World Series marks the end of a string of near-firsts for Martin Maes, who placed second in three rounds of the 2018 EWS season prior to racing in Whistler. The first place finish was extra sweet for Maes, after the mechanical that destroyed his hopes in Whistler in 2014 while on a potentially winning run. “It’s kind of redemption for me. It just feels amazing. I’m super stoked.” On the women’s side, Cecile Ravanel accomplishes total stage domination for the second year in a row.

2018 – Whistler local Finn Iles takes the win in the Fox Air DH on his 19th birthday.

2018 – Nicholi Rogatkin stomps his way into the mountain bike history books in front of a crowd of over 35,000 fans at in the Boneyard at the base of Whistler Mountain. He takes his first Red Bull Joyride win, and his third Crankworx Slopestyle win of the season, making him the first rider ever to claim the Triple Crown of Slopestyle. Plus, Rogatkin did it in winning style. The last rider to drop in, his final score pushed Brett Rheeder out of the hot seat. “Never before have we had the last guy drop in and win the contest,” said Crankworx GM Darren Kinnaird. “Let alone the Triple Crown.”

2018 – Troy Brosnan wins his fourth consecutive Canadian Open DH, while Tracey Hannah takes her third consecutive win.

2018 – Jill Kintner holds on to her Queen of Crankworx crown for a third year in a row, while Sam Blenkinsop earns the king.