A few weeks ago, the mountain bike community witnessed some serious air time at the first annual Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Riders the world over descended on the small town high in the French Alps to huck, chuck and compete in the best trick and slopestyle events. The French wildcard, Leo Delfour Barrascq blew everyone away while riders like Anthony Messere and Brandon Semenuk had everyone’s jaws on the floor. Semenuk walked away with the Teva Best Trick award.
This weekend, Crankworx lands in its hometown of Whistler, BC aptly one of the best venues for freestyle mountain biking. We caught up with Teva mountain biker, Kurt Sorge to get his thoughts on one of the most progressive freestyle events in the world.
It’s exciting that the Crankworx fest is right around the corner! What do you look forward to the most with this event?
I’m always really stoked to go to Whistler, especially during Crankworx. Almost everyone from the whole mountain bike industry from around the world come to compete and hang out. So it’s super fun to just ride and hang out with people you don’t get to see much.
How does the Whistler counterpart compare to this year’s Crankworx Europe?
I’d say it’s hard to put the Crankworx name anywhere else but at Whistler; they have such a reputation and Whistler does it so good. It’s got some of the best terrain in the world. However, Les Duex Alpes did it well and I am sure it will just keep getting better and better.
What does Crankworx mean to you personally?
It’s an event I haven’t missed ever since it started and before I was even pro. I went to watch the first few years and now I have been competing in it or if I have unfortunately been injured, I still go and watch.
Crankworx is all about pushing boundaries. What do you think fans will be most excited about this year?
I think the fans are most stoked to come check out the slopestyle but because of the venue all the events are really good to spectate and they have a Jumbotron screen so you can watch it all. They usually have awesome live music playing aswell in between.
Any stand out athletes you’re keeping an eye on to raise the bar this year?
Well Semenuk won’t disappoint plus Brett Rheeder has been killing it super hard so I’m stoked to see him throw down there.
What else can we expect?
They have a new event this year, the Speed and Style. Its like a dual slalom with a couple legit trick jumps and they add your score and time together. So it should be pretty cool and hopefully a new event to stay!
Kurt will be competing at this year’s Crankworx along with other Teva athletes, Cam McCaul, Sam Pilgrim, Kelly McGarry and Jeff Lenosky. Watch the Teva Best Trick event next Thursday on the livestream. In between events, we’ve partnered with Pinkbike on the Teva Tunnel of Love where we’ll be screening mountain bike videos all day. Hop over to the Teva tent next Thursday, Friday and Saturday to knock back a few drinks during happy hour and stop by the Teva lounge where we’ll be giving away SWAG and selling shoes from our new bike collection.
— photos by Tony Czech