Whip, Pump, Dual, Open: Winning
RockShox athletes take big victories during the final week of Crankworx 2016
Whip Off World Championship | The concept is simple and incredibly successful, judging by the massive, massive crowd at the Whistler bike park’s Crabapple Hits: Riders are judged on one trick, the whip. For the second time, Canadian Finn Iles showed that he could do it better than anybody. Finn’s whip weapon of choice was his Team Specialized Gravity Powered by SRAM S-Works Demo 8, equipped with a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, a RockShox BoXXer World Cup fork and Vivid Air R2C shock and Avid CODE brakes.
Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox | Mitch Ropelato is back. After a couple of years plagued by upset, the master of the pump track reclaimed his rightful spot on top of the podium — and, fittingly, in a new, fast venue where riders were required to compete chainless. Mitch was simply unbeatable on his chainless Santa Cruz, powered by a RockShox Pike DJ, a single Guide Ultimate brake and some incredible skills.
Giant Dual Slalom | Ropelato looked scary fast, but a mid-round DQ sent the Utah native packing, and robbed the crowd of a potential final-round duel with Tomáš Slavík. Either way, betting against Slavík, who was competing for the King of Crankworx overall title, wouldn’t have been a smart one, because the Czech wanted it bad. Slavík’s dual slalom Ghost bike was equipped with a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes and a RockShox Pike DJ fork.
Canadian Open DH | It might just be the most prestigious non-World Cup, non-World Championship downhill race on the planet. And this year, every Canadian competitor wanted to bring home the win for the late Stevie Smith. But when the final rider crossed the stripe, it was Troy Brosnan who repeated his 2015 Canadian Open victory, and headed an all-Aussie men’s podium. As in 2015, Brosnan rode a custom-painted Specialized S-Works Demo 8 equipped with a with a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, a RockShox BoXXer World Cup fork and Vivid Air R2C shock with Avid CODE brakes.