This is the King
Adrien Loron caps a stellar season by turning the Whistler Bike Park’s A-Line into the world’s biggest pump track to solidify his 2017 King of Crankworx title
Since his first appearance at Crankworx, Adrien Loron has been an — if not the — odd-son favorite to win the Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge presented by RockShox. Simply stated, the dude has off-road bicycling’s most fundamental skills on lock. But the introduction of a King of Crankworx title, a few years back, motivated the Frenchman to broaden his already-impressive skillset.
Make no mistake about the King of Crankworx goal — it is a pain in the arse. Chasing this elusive title requires global travel and non-stop event-practice during already-non-stop weeks.
As an added measure of awesome, though, Loron is not one of those mediocre points-gatherers en route to a paycheck. Vegas alert: If Loron ‘only’ makes it to the small final, put your money on the other guy. Statistics show that Adrien Loron prefers winning to 3rd place — every time.
The real story of 2017’s King of Crankworx is Adrien Loron’s domination of the Air DH. It has been mostly touted as a ‘surprise’ and ‘upset’ victory. Really? A-Line is the world’s biggest and longest pump track. And the master prevailed.
Congratulations, Adrien, on your 2017 King of Crankworx Crown. And long live the king.
- Photos by Sven Martin and Adrian Marcoux