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The King’s Speech

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tomáš Slavík sums up winning the prestigious King of Crankworx title

“It’s been a long season. In the beginning, we just created an idea that we might try to get the King of Crankworx title. Then we were checking out the events, and we found out that it’s really doable — that the events are quite suiting me."

“Yeah, and in New Zealand I already took a win in Speed and Style, which was super cool — [winning it] just with the speed. I’m a racer, that’s what I do." 

“In Les Gets I was just holding second spot behind Adrien Loron. And here, at Whistler, it was just like…all in, you know. I had to win as many events as possible, because there were four other guys who would be able to take the win."

“At my last event I was just counting, like, I need to win that Dual Slalom — If I’m winning it, there’s a big chance that I become King of Crankworx. I won it. I was super stoked. But then the hardest part came…. The last 30 minutes of waiting for Sam Blenkinsop to come down — because he was the only one who was able to beat me — was unreal. I was so stressing. It didn’t even matter how it would end up…I’m just happy that it’s over. The stress is gone, it’s a big relief, and I’m so stoked that it worked out for me.

Slavík took King of Crankworx points at Whistler for Speed and Style, the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox and for his win in the Giant Dual Slalom.

“I was on a mission. I just knew that if I don’t want it, if I didn’t win it [Dual Slalom] then I have no chance for taking the overall title. I was really pushing the Dual Slalom. It was crazy — already from the first round it was over the limit. But everyone was. Everyone was flying. Everyone was all over the pace, because we were just really going over the limits of tires — and our own limits – It was good racing.”

Slavík’s dual slalom Ghost bike was equipped with a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes and a RockShox Pike fork. 

- Photos by Sven Martin 

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