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August 1/07 7:12 am - Kokanee Crankworx 2007 Wrap Up, Final Event report & results


Posted by Editoress on 08/1/07
 

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Breaks Rider Records After A Successful Kokanee Crankworx 2007
Courtesy Intrawest

Nine days of adrenaline, action and entertainment have come to an end, but Kokanee Crankworx 2007 will definitely be an event to remember. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park smashed rider records; the first ever WomenzWorx gave new credibility to women's riding; TELUS and Rip.TV hosted Whistler's first ever live webcast of the Kokanee Slopestyle finals; and riders displayed a spectacular array of talent.

"This Kokanee Crankworx was the most successful yet," says Jeremy Roche, General Manger of Kokanee Crankworx. "With excellent musical acts from all over the region, incredibly talented athletes from across the globe and exciting events, the festival has grown from a grassroots gathering to a world-class event in only a few short years."

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park hit all-time records, with the most ever riders in one day (2,197), three consecutive days of 2,000-plus riders, and most riders in the bike park in one week (12,383). A total of 14,495 riders hit the bike park during the festival, which ran from July 21 to July 29.

WomenzWorx debuted this year with discounted women's riding clinics, free bike park lift ticket give-aways, and The Gala, a girl's only freeride competition. A total of 90 ladies attended Women's Wednesday during Kokanee Crankworx ˆ breaking previous turn-out for the weekly girl's only riding clinic that includes bike and armour rental, instruction, and après. Next year's WomenzWorx promises to be even bigger and better.

The TELUS Dual Slalom and Canadian Open DH Competition also debuted during the mountain bike festival. Crowds filled the sidelines as they watched the dust fly during the fast-paced head-to-head competition during the TELUS Dual Slalom. Meanwhile, the Canadian Open DH event drew racers from all over North America. Due to their popularity, both events are expected to return next year.

The Kokanee Crankworx Block Party, which took place on the evening of Day 6, featured live music, parties at three venues, and a special premier of a new mountain bike movie, Have You Seen It? Hundreds gathered in Skier's Plaza and on the patios to watch the movie.

The Kokanee Slopestyle final, the festival's marquee event, attracted a crowd of approximately 20,000 to Whistler Village to watch the action on the sidelines and the Jumbotron screen. Meanwhile, Rip.TV and TELUS produced Whistler's first ever live webcast of an action sport. In total, there were more than 5,000 unique requests for the webcast on Saturday, July 28, with a total of 130, 014 listening minutes. Viewers spent an average of 25:59 minutes watching winner Ben Boyko and the other finalists huck backflips, 360s, tailwhips and suicide drops off challenging features, including the 22-foot Jumbotron Drop.

Saturday's events were a thrill, impressing even veteran athletes.

"This year's Kokanee Slopestyle competition was amazing because there were three young Whistler guys who were only just getting noticed in 2006. But, this year, Alex Pro (Prochazka), Brandon Semenuk and Kyle MacDonald were all major contenders," said Richie Schley, a Whistler pro mountain biker who co-hosted the Kokanee Slopestyle Finals. "They were right in there with all the veterans, throwing down just as gnarly tricks. It was really great to see our young guys do so well in the competition. Brandon walked away with third place, Alex with sixth place and Kyle in eighth place."

Whistler athletes came out in full force and more than 13 finished in third place or higher in the events.

A quick glance at the start lists shows the international attention Kokanee Crankworx has attracted. There were riders from South Africa, Spain, Andorra, France, Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway, the United States, Switzerland, Brazil, Germany and Canada. It's clear that this event is gathering steam every year.

An economic impact study conducted in 2006 by the Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association found that the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the most visited mountain bike park in North America and that Kokanee Crankworx continues to grow, with 23,000 visitors traveling to Whistler solely to attend the festival in 2006.

"The 2007 Kokanee Crankworx festival marks a real coming of age for mountain biking on the international stage," says Ian Dunn, Director of Marketing for Tourism Whistler. "We are at the forefront of an industry that has great growth potential and the success of this festival reflects Whistler's world-wide leadership as a mountain bike destination."

Crankworx.com for full 2007 results and 2008 event info.

Gatto 2nd in Air DH at Whistler Crankworx
Courtesy Rocy Mountain Haywood

Following two big victories as 2007 National Champion and 2007 National Series Champion, Micayla Gatto took top honours on the podium with World Cup Champion Tracey Mosely , and Fionn Griffths both of the UK.

Micayla was super stoked with her result as she is preparing for the World Championships in Fort William, Scotland in September. Micayla will race at the World Championships for the first time as a senior. She has two World Championship Bronze medals from her years competing in junior.

"In the Pro Women's category, Tracy Moseley from Malvern, UK grabbed first place with a time of 4:50:95. Second place went to Micayla Gatto from West Vancouver, BC; Fionn Griffiths from Shrewsbury, UK came third and Whistler's own Jen Ashton finished fourth with a time of 4:55:96."

Crankworx Festival was bigger and better than ever. What an amazing spectacle. Our young Rocky riders were on fire. Both Alex Pro and Kyle McDonald were contenders in the slopestyle.


Fabien Barel Of France Takes First In The Canadian Open Downhill At Kokanee Crankworx
Courtesy Intrawest

The final event at Kokanee Crankworx 2007, the Canadian Open DH took place in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on Sunday. Fabien Barel of France took first place with a time of 2:54.1. Riders had one run on this skill testing DH course to post their best time.

This year's Canadian Open DH was designed by the one and only Tom Prochazka of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and pro mountain biker Tyler Morland. The race was held on Fantastic ski run with a higher start location then last year's DH. Riders proceeded down the new route on Fantastic ski run until Old Olly road, entered Detroit Rock City, the Joyride and across the flats to Monkey Hands down to the finish.

In the Pro Men category, Sam Hill of Australia took second place with a time of 2:55.6, Greg Minnaar of South Africa took third with a time of 3:01.2 and Steve Smith of Nanaimo, BC took fourth with a time of 3:02.4.

The Pro Women category was won by Tracey Moseley of the UK with a time of 3:30.1; second place went to Claire Buchar of Whistler, BC with a time of 3:31.0; third place went to Jen Ashton of Whistler, BC with a time of 3:48.9 and fourth place went to Katrina Strand of Whistler, BC with a time of 3:51.1.

Top riders in other categories include Kara Fitzgerald for Junior Women, Danice Uyesugi for Amateur Women; Tyler Allison in Boys (13-15), Adam Wright, Master Men; Neil White, Amateur Men; Kyle Salisbury Junior Men.

Pro Women
1. Tracy Moseley (GBr) Kona, Les Gets03:30.10
2. Claire Buchar (BC) SRAM Specialized03:31.0at 0.89
3. Jennifer Ashton (BC) Oakley, Intense, Whistler Blackcomb03:48.918.83
4. Katrina Strand (BC)03:51.121.02
5. Micayla Gatto (BC) Rocky Mountain03:51.921.77
6. Sheila Morris (ON) Gravitesse04:03.132.97
7. Amber Zirnhelt (BC)04:04.934.81
8. Abigail Hippely (USA)04:18.047.86
9. Kristen Smart (Ont)04:19.749.59
10. Miranda Miller (BC)04:38.31:08.19
Pro Men
1. Fabien Barel (Fra) Kona, Les Gets02:54.10
2. Sam Hill (AUS) Monster Energy Ironhorse02:55.6at 1.48
3. Greg Minnaar (RSA) Team G Cross Honda03:01.27.05
4. Steve Smith (BC) SRAM, Cove Bikes03:02.48.33
5. Curtis Keene (USA) Specialized, SRAM03:04.910.76
6. Thomas Rose (AUS) Cole Wheels, Battle Cat appreal03:05.110.97
7. Luke Kitzanuk (QC)03:05.511.37
8. Mitchell Delfs (AUS) Intersport, DH Racer, Monster Energy03:06.011.88
9. Mauricio Acu•A (CHI) Rocky Mountain03:06.712.59
10. Andrew Mitchell (BC) Cove SRAM Bike03:06.812.65
11. Jeff Beatty (BC) Orange Moto03:07.813.65
12. Steven Chan (BC) Giant Canada03:08.214.07
13. Kurt Lindemark (BC) Cove Bikes, Troy Lee, Race Face, NRG03:08.514.41
14. Adriano Digiacinto (BC) Cove Bikes03:08.814.67
15. Nick Dent (BC)03:09.115.00
16. Joshua Button (AUS) Mongoose Bikes03:09.315.19
17. Cristian Araya (CHI) Rocky Mountain03:09.615.50
18. Geoff Pendrel (BC) pinkbike.com, Devinci03:09.815.69
19. Dean Tennant (BC) Dangerboy, Appalache03:10.015.93
20. Eli Krahenbuhl (USA) Trek, Fox, Gamut03:11.016.92
21. Tim Mackersy (AUS)03:11.016.94
22. JD Swangren (USA) Cove Bikes, Troy Lee Design03:11.116.97
23. Drew Pautler (ON) Primary Dare Devil Devinci SRAM03:11.717.55
24. Brett Hornfelt (BC) Empire Bike Shop, Utopia, Crankbrothers03:12.218.05
25. Chris Reading (BC) MTB, Colonies.com03:12.818.65
26. Yannick Wende (BOL)03:13.319.16
27. Pablo Bascunen Vial (Chi) Giant Chile03:13.619.53
28. Scott Graham (GBr)03:14.019.85
29. Tom Patton (AUS) Orange, Manitou, Troy Lee Designs,
Oakley, Bike Addiction
03:14.119.95
30. Jeff Hunter (BC)03:14.119.96
31. Jeff Bryson (BC) Specialized, On Top Bike Shop, Hayes, Gammut03:14.120.01
32. Dennis Beare (AUS) Specialized Bikes, Unit Riders03:14.820.67
33. Paul Whitham (BC) Pit Stop Whistler03:14.820.69
34. Justin Brown (ON)03:14.920.77
35. Nick Tuttle (USA) GHY BIKES03:15.020.92
36. Derek Chambers (BC) Pinkbike, Devinci, NRG enterprises03:16.021.93
37. Richard Mukai (USA) Troy Lee Designs, Fox Shox, Magura, Rotec03:16.322.15
38. Tommy Wilkinson (GBr) mtb-direct.co.uk03:16.922.76
39. Shaun O'connor (AUS) Spy Optic, Thor MX, Santa Cruz03:17.523.40
40. Cody Eichhorn (BC) Spy Optic03:17.723.58
41. Dan Skogland (BC) Cove03:18.023.91
T42. Boe Mcgee (USA) Go-ride.com03:18.124.02
T42. Nick Foster (QC) Orange Moto03:18.124.02
44. Joey Jenkins (ON) Primary Dare Devil SRAM Wrex03:18.324.21
45. Paul Kalisch (BC) Sombrio03:18.424.29
46. Sam Reed (BC)03:18.824.67
47. Michael Geale (AUS) For The Riders.com03:18.924.82
48. Mitchell Forbes (BC) Luxury, Trek Bontrager03:19.525.34
49. Tim Coleman (BC) John Henry Bikes03:19.825.72
50. Chris Polley (AUS)03:20.526.41
51. Mike Haderer (USA) Fox Shox Yeti Cycles03:23.028.88
52. Stu Hilder (BC)03:23.229.09
53. Tom Grzesik (BC) Commencal, Drop Machine03:23.429.34
54. Darryl Bartlett (BC) Cove, Mad March Racing03:23.729.59
55. Jessi Adams (BC)03:23.829.71
56. Karl Rogne (USA)03:24.129.97
Junior Women (13-18)
1. Kara Fitzgerald (USA)06:30.10
Amateur Women (19+)
1. Danice Uyesugi (BC)04:18.00
2. Dawn Cashen (BC)04:39.5at 21.50
3. Kari Mancer (BC)05:02.944.90
4. Terri-Anne Howard (AB)05:20.01:01.94
dns. Kimberly Saprunoff
Boys (13-15)
1. Tyler Allison (BC)03:13.30
2. Chayse Marshall (BC)03:13.6at 0.26
3. Wills Gower (AUS)03:20.06.69
4. Kyle Marshall (BC)03:21.58.18
5. Nicholas Geddes (BC)03:32.118.76
6. Will Giles (AUS)03:33.820.45
7. Riley Suhan (BC)03:34.220.87
8. Ryan Anderson (BC)03:35.722.42
9. Craig Campbell (BC)03:40.327.00
10. Kyle Jasper (BC)03:43.930.62
11. Tom Elgie (AB)03:49.936.63
12. Kai Walstrom (BC)03:56.042.72
13. Alex Currie (BC)04:01.147.76
14. Gluecker Dean (BC)04:01.247.92
15. Matthew Gaudon (AB)04:07.554.15
16. Brennan Walstrom (BC)04:12.258.88
17. Danny Frey (AB)04:12.358.98
18. Simon D'artois (BC)04:19.71:06.40
19. Alexander Gaudon (AB)04:20.41:07.08
20. Zoneveld Thomas (BC)04:21.01:07.74
21. James Zogaris (BC)04:31.01:17.66
22. Anthony Walters (BC)04:59.81:46.49
23. Nick Vanberkel (BC)05:24.02:10.65
dns. Remi Gauvin
Master Men (30+)
1. Adam Wright (BC)03:13.60
2. Andrew Mulcahy (USA)03:15.3at 1.75
3. John Pitton (USA)03:25.612.06
4. Simon Stevenson (BC)03:27.113.5
5. Colin Miller03:33.519.94
6. Craig Bullen (BC)03:35.421.83
7. Jeff Egan (BC)03:36.022.45
8. Bryon Enns (BC)03:37.924.36
9. Michael Stewart (BC)03:39.926.33
10. James Knowles (Aus)03:42.929.36
11. Angus Coombe (Aus)03:43.229.67
12. Rob Elliott (BC)03:43.930.27
13. Eric Anderson (BC)03:45.331.75
14. Richard Jarman (BC)03:49.535.87
15. Patrick Labbe (BC)03:53.239.58
16. Matt Gallanar (USA)03:58.444.87
17. Claude Larue (ON)04:24.01:10.44
18. Steven St. Denis (BC)05:05.71:52.14
Amateur Men (19-29)
1. Neil White (BC)03:20.10
2. Luke Nelson (BC)03:21.0at 0.93
3. Kelly Mcgarry (NZl)03:21.71.63
4. James Mcskimming (BC)03:22.22.12
5. Will Dixon (BC)03:23.02.87
6. Sam Townshend (NZl)03:23.02.88
7. Derek Dix (BC)03:24.94.77
8. Tristan Merrick (BC)03:27.57.37
9. Ben Ferguson (NZl)03:28.38.15
10. Harold Woolnough (ON)03:29.18.96
11. Jesse Murphy (BC)03:30.19.97
12. Eddie Parker (BC)03:31.111.00
13. Brent Hein (BC)03:31.511.43
14. Shaun Kirton (NZl)03:32.912.78
15. Andrew Green (GBr)03:32.912.82
16. John Maurus (AUS)03:33.012.86
17. Brian Bennett (BC)03:33.313.19
18. Daniel Bender (BRA)03:35.215.08
19. Rob Stead (BC)03:35.715.65
20. Simon Kersey (BC)03:37.217.06
21. Tyler Pighin (BC)03:37.817.7
22. Ryan Hein (BC)03:39.719.56
23. Derek Ottoson (BC)03:40.120.02
24. Felipe Contreras (CHI)03:40.220.14
25. Matt Boudreau (BC)03:41.421.34
26. Matt Pavlik (ON)03:42.121.96
27. Kevin Tafts (BC)03:42.422.27
28. Jakob Madsen03:42.422.33
29. Kris Johnstone (BC)03:42.522.39
30. Jeff Leigh (BC)03:43.022.94
31. Christian Stadler (BC)03:43.223.13
32. Brad Wolf (BC)03:44.724.65
33. Mike Beausoleil (BC)03:45.725.62
34. Scott Spence (BC)03:49.329.17
35. Landon Pinette (BC)03:57.237.09
36. Andre Sanches (USA)04:03.443.31
37. Bruce Pomeroy (BC)04:04.744.6
38. Henrique Paladino04:08.047.86
39. Omar Deleon (USA)04:11.951.77
40. Alex Attard (BC)04:11.951.82
41. Guilherme Araujo04:14.254.06
42. Rune Madsen04:22.61:02.46
43. Eduardo Nogueira04:26.31:06.23
44. Pat Labrosse (BC)04:38.41:18.29
45. Lucas Ludolf04:52.91:32.85
dnf. Gabriel Capistrano
dnf. Andrew Brown
dnf. Guillame Farin
dns. Vincent Saut
dnf. Cody Macarthur
Junior Men (16-18)
1. Kyle Salisbury (USA)03:12.50
2. Edward Masters03:14.8at 2.29
3. Matt Zdriluk (ON)03:18.35.82
4. Ryan Vanderham (BC)03:18.86.3
5. Michael Langford 003:21.08.5
6. Leighton Allsop (BC)03:23.711.17
7. Tom Oskam03:24.211.7
8. Geoff Briggs (AB)03:24.612.06
9. Tyler Mccaul (USA)03:24.712.18
10. Ian Morrison (BC)03:25.012.49
11. Trenton Zoobkoff (BC)03:25.412.92
12. Simon Garstin (BC)03:25.513.01
13. Cam Woods (BC)03:26.514.01
14. Steve Bursey (BC)03:27.314.77
15. Jackson Decker (GBr)03:29.717.21
16. Tom Kakamousias (ON)03:30.217.71
17. Nick Woods (BC)03:32.519.97
18. Clinton Gould (BC)03:33.020.47
19. Ken Faubert (BC)03:33.621.12
20. Dale Russell03:34.922.35
21. Steven Pawlitsky (BC)03:38.425.88
22. Jeremy Allouche (BC)03:39.426.89
23. Scott Halvorson (BC)03:40.127.58
24. Robert Mcphalen (AB)03:40.728.19
25. Miles Payton (USA)03:41.328.74
26. Michael August (BC)03:42.029.42
27. Glen Bradley (AB)03:46.433.91
28. Anthony Evans (BC)03:48.035.48
29. Brandon Theroux (BC)03:48.135.59
30. Scott Soles (BC)03:49.637.10
31. Jake Gowans (BC)03:52.239.63
32. Dan Diedricksen (BC)03:53.140.53
33. Wes Taylor (ON)03:53.240.7
34. Axel Royer Gagner (QC)03:53.340.74
35. Jesse Mccrae (AB)03:55.643.03
36. Dan Johnson (GBr)03:55.643.06
37. Harrison Gould (BC)03:56.844.23
38. Dylan Morley (QC)03:56.944.38
39. Kodi Stoddart (BC)03:59.146.59
40. Kyle Quesnel (BC)04:08.656.06
41. Justin Hibbs (AB)04:11.358.77
42. Brandon Visser (BC)04:15.61:03.08
43. Mark Lively (BC)04:17.91:05.32
44. Sam Mallett (BC)04:21.01:08.44
45. Nick Spottock (BC)04:28.21:15.68
46. Alexander Macmillan (AB)05:21.32:08.81
dns. Graham White (BC)


 


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