5 Whip Off 1st Titles amongst the top 15 riders in this year's Crankworx Les Gets Official European Championships
The dust has settled on the third Official Whip Off Championships of the 2018 Crankworx World Tour, presented as always, by SPANK. With 90 invitational riders on the start list, the folks at SPANK bring you a focussed edit of the top 15 whips of the day, including slo mo multi angles of the 6 winning whips, aerial birds-eye view over the new Les Gets whip off location and jump, and we wouldn’t disappoint by not including the signature whip trains, flat spin look backs and front flips that, although they disqualify the riders from being judged for that run (it is a Whip Off after all), nevertheless is one the the favorite side shows for both spectators and riders alike.
The edit features a veritable Whip Off Hall of Fame (with Les Gets placing followed by previous Whip Off wins).
Ryan Howard (Men’s 1st, Rotorua Crankworx Men’s 1st 2015 & 2016)
David MacMillan (Men’s 2nd)
Kade Edwards (Men’s 3rd)
Vinny Armstrong (Women's 1st)
Casey Brown (Women's 2nd, & Women’s 1st in every other Crankworx Whip Off since 2015!)
Lea Weill (Women’s 3rd)
Allen Cooke (2017 Crankworx World Whip Offs Champion)
Sam Reynolds (DarkFest 2017 & 2018 Whip Off 1st, and Night Harvest 2017 Men’s 1st)
Louis Reboul (Innsbruck Crankworx Men’s 1st – 2017 & 2018)
Bernardo Cruz (Les Gets Crankworx Men’s 1st 2015 & 2016)
Reed Boggs (Rotorua Crankworx Men’s 1st 2017)
Bienvenido Aguado Alba
SPANK Industries has a long and special affiliation with the Whip Off event. As a favorite for bringing riders from all disciplines together in an event that is less about the podium and more about the unity and atmosphere of throwing it down with your mates to a rowdy appreciative crowd, SPANK is the original presenting sponsor of the Crankworx World Tour Whip Offs Championships in Rotorua, Innsbruck, Les Gets and Whistler since 2015, as well as the @festseries Whip Offs at DarkFest, South Africa, HILLBILLY HUCKFEST, Norway and the iXS Dirtmasters Festival in Germany. The 2018 Official World Whip Off Champions will be decided on August 16th at Crankworx Whistler.
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On June 10th, the 2018GDL Downhill Race the second stage was held in Guangzhou's Huadu Yanying Lake. In the past few days, Guangzhou experienced typhoon and torrential rain. Raceday turned out to be bright and sunny. The track was surprisingly fast on the sandy soil. In the morning, there was no muddy condition as in the seeding day. The first two training days the riders need it to put rain tires on, only to change it for dry tires on raceday! Today, nobody had to worry about rain!
There are a total of nearly 100 riders from all over the country and Hong Kong to participate in this downhill race. Of course, most of them are from Guangdong. The competition is divided into 6 groups, youth group, master group 40+, open group (U39), and open group (U29), the women's group and the elite group. The track is 1000 meters long and a elevation of 178 meters. Half of the trail is rocky, steep and has berms, the middle is relativly flat and almost in the finish, there are two jumps some small drops, which is the photographers favourite spot to take pictures.
Almost all fast riders where here, except some where on a race in Dali. Liu Shusen, Su Yuliang, Zhao Zhenjie, Zhao Yi, Pan Yi, they where at least here for getting points in the GDL Downhill Tournament. The U29 Open Group is the most popular one, which has a relatively large number of participants. Eventually, China’s Fei Rui’s Zeng Jincheng and Deng Chiwei are the runner-up in the U29 category.
The first down in the elite category is Liao Yanxiang from the free speeding team in Zhongshan, he was sitting in the hot chair with 02:00.49, until Liu Shusen came down and his results with 01:47.65, there are still two top riders on the top, and it was not sure, who will take the hot seat finally. Su Yiliang of the POLYGON Wildcats team came down with 01:46.11and took the hot seat. Zhao Zhenjie of the SLH team had a bad crash here two years ago which brought him to the hospital, and it effects his riding, he was going more conservative down, then attacking, which resulted he got only third.
Brian Cook - Interview
SDG Components - Tellis Dropperpost
Gallery - Annapurna Ride
Guangzhou Downhill League - Race Recap
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SDG owner, Tyler Anspach is passionate about the new post stating, “Throughout the development, we sent 120 posts to SDG athletes, product testers and key product managers at several large bike brands, from all over the world. The final results have all been positive and that was the ultimate goal. SDG will never put our name on a product we don’t believe in - that’s why we’ve remained committed to saddles and not just throwing our name on products for the sake of making a buck.
What do you get when one of the most reputable MTB saddle companies with over 25 years of experience buys a $140 linear actuator? The dropper post you’ve all been waiting for, that’s what! SDG has been committed to making saddles for decades and after watching silently, we’ve decided to address the four problems we found with dropper posts on the market: durability, simplicity, feather light actuation and affordability.
READ FULL REPORT IN OUR NEXT ISSUE 49
Follow Gee through some gnarly testing in San Remo - and a brush with the Italian Police! Then there's a much gentler tour of the Endura Factory en route to sunny Fort William and the second round of the UK National Series!
It's a big ask for Gee and Rachel this weekend, returning to the scene of last year's major injuries for the first time.
The psychological elements of racing are definitely taking their toll on the siblings as they share their apprehension in the start-gate.
Gee speaks openly of how disappointed he is not to have put last year's hip dislocation behind him in order to reclaim his famous Fort William pace. Charlie walks away from a Finals crash but there are celebrations too with a hat trick of victories for Rachel, Kade and Atherton Academy's Luke Williamson.
In their latest edit “Home of Trails” Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori shred through all five destinations of Graubünden within five minutes. But the work that went into creating this fun-loving and action-packed piece took months of preparation and a 10-day shoot in Arosa Lenzerheide, Davos Klosters, Engadin St. Moritz, Flims and Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair. The only thing that needed no planning was the cheeky commentary by local hero and Downhill World Cup POV star Claudio Caluori.
84 meters, 14 stitches and 6 flats… Shooting “Home of Trails” was a challenge for both man and machine, but it was a hell of a lot of fun as well. Take a peek behind the curtain with the Behind-The-Scenes-Clip and see how the Cut Media team worked with Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori in the Swiss alps. Director Stu Thomson, Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori comment on a few fun-facts from the shoot.
After the location check Danny decided it would be a good idea to ride a line on the Landwasser Bridge crossing the Zügenschlucht, a deep gorge leading to a river 84 meters below the rickety wall. Understandably the whole team was a little nervous facing this one. “I had hit my head shortly before and was a still a little dizzy so I was preoccupied with trying to ride in a straight line on the bridge”, laughs Claudio. “I could tell the whole camera team was nervous, but Danny was as chilled and relaxed as ever and it seemed as though it was an every-day thing for him.” Director Stu Thomson adds in hindsight: „The bridge was a location that had jumped out as a great spot from the start. With the huge gorge and train line running alongside, it captured a lot about the area that we wanted to show off. When it comes to riding, it’s always Danny’s call though. I get far more nervous than Danny on those types of lines… Danny is super confident with these things. He wants to do it and argues that he has ridden along walls like that his whole life and that the size of the drop makes little difference, as it’s just as easy to do for him. I fully trust Danny as a mate and as a rider. That said, I always want to get these shots in the bag as quickly as possible and get him off there.”
Danny describes the “Front Flip to Flat” off the wooden roof in Val Müstair as being one of the most difficult tricks he has ever done on a mountain bike. And still, the 32-year-old Scot stuck the landing cleanly on his 25th attempt. „Myself and Stu spent a week scouting all over Graubünden looking for locations for the film. On the last day we visited a nice wee place called Val Müstair. After riding some amazing local trails we had a look around the village and a sloped wooden roof caught my eye. It was basically a perfect ramp. Originally I thought about a wall ride on the building next to it, but in my wildest dreams I also thought a front flip might be possible off the thing; a trick I hadn’t yet done on my mountain bike. During the shoot I tried it onto mats first to see if it was even possible to get the rotation. After a few goes the mats were removed and the cameras were in place. To add even more pressure, I had biking legend Claudio Caluori following me in. I took a couple of run-ups to gauge my speed. Then I just went for it! Amazingly myself and my bike rolled away in one piece. I was absolutely buzzing on landing one of the biggest tricks I’ve ever done on a bike!“
While the crew was waiting for the weather to clear at the top of the Weissfluhjoch in Davos, Danny and Claudio decided to get a few photos done. Claudio fell unluckily, cut his cheek and had to get 14 stiches. “We had been waiting for the sun to appear all morning. There was only a small spot on the mountain, which was reached by the sun. I made my way over but I was a little too slow so my front tire got caught between two rocks and I flew over the bars. In hospital the doctors tried to mummify my head. I told them that they didn’t need to bother with all the bandages. Being a former professional rider, you just know you have to suck it up sometimes and just carry on.”
Cut Media collected 40 hours of footage during the 10-day shoot in order to create the five-minute edit: „It’s generally not too difficult to bring it down to around 10 minutes of the best clips and lines but once you’ve reached that point you need to get brutal for the edit. I’ve always been a believer in only having the clips in that showcase the riding, character and story the best. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your favorite shots and that’s not easy. At Cut Media we’re lucky enough to have an amazing team of creatives and filmmakers nowadays, so it’s very much a team process. It’s come a long way from shooting and cutting myself! Our studio is definitely a super collaborative place with all the team being able to add their input.”
3,022 meters a.s.l.
Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori had to stay over night at the summit of Piz Nair, so they could film the opening scene with a stunning sunrise. „We stayed in some amazing hotels on the trip but the highlight had to be in the lift station at the top of Piz Nair. Looking over St. Moritz, the glaciers and surrounding mountains, it was almost surreal! We stayed in the top station so we could be up at sunrise and it was pretty awesome to be standing there beside the Ibex the next morning, taking in the views and more importantly scoping out the trails we would be riding later that day! It’s times like that I think to myself‚ I really do have a dream job”, Danny explains.
6 flat tires on one trail
During the shoot on the Green Valley Trail in Flims alone Claudio had to deal with six flat tires, hinting at how close to the limit he rode: “My mechanics must have thought, I would be riding uphill all day and mounted the lightest tires to my bike. They didn’t cope with all the action when riding with Danny. I was surprised to see how hard Danny was pushing it, so I had to go all in as well”, says Claudio grinning. “Once we had changed to a heavier casing, it was all fine though!”
For further information about the trails Danny and Claudio hit, head to www.homeoftrails.com
A video by Cut Media
Trail shred in the Orient - Iran
Chain Adventures - India
AES Nepal 2018
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The WallRide Park in Hyderabad, India was the location for the 4th stop of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship where India’s best battled it out on the Velosolutions Asphalt Pump Track for their place at the World Championship final later this year.
Since joining YouTube in 2008, the edits of Austrian trial and mountain bike star Fabio Wibmer have accumulated over 125 million views. As just recently the number of his subscribers closed in on the mark of 1 million, it was clear to Fabio that he wanted to do something big to celebrate this milestone with his followers. The result is Fabiolous Escape 2!!