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Crankworx 2009 – A Flurry of Activity on and off the Mountain

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Whistler’s Crankworx festival is 10 days of activity that leaves the spectators in awe with world renound riders pushing the boundaries of cycling beyond what anyone would have believe possible a mere 5 years ago. Crankworx is more than just 10 days of incredible mountain biking though, it is also home of Canada’s largest consumer expo, trials demos, product launches, video premiers and more.

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One of many highlights of the crankworx festival were the world famous Ryan Leech Trials Demos. Ryan was set up in the village next to the norco tents where approximately 25 2010 bikes were on display. Ryan conducted a total of 12 demos through the week. Each show attracted hundreds of spectators. Those who watched the show also were able to stick around for autographed posters and DVDs afterward. A lucky few from each show walked away in style with some brand new Ryders Eyewear.

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On the trials front as well Crankworx hosted Trialsworx a trials competition taking place in the scenic Whistler Village. Norco’s one and only Dylan Korba took time away from the Boneyard to compete in the competition. As usual we were all left wondering, what can’t this guy do?

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Norco World Team rider Fionn Griffiths is no stranger to ascending the podium but crankworx must have been wearing her out as she was up there all week. With a 2nd in the Dual Slalom, 1st in the Air DH and a 1st in the Canadian Open Enduro Fionn was representing the Brits at the top. Norco Factory Team Up and comer Nick Geddes also climbed to the top in the Enduro beating out all the other junior men by nearly a minute.

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The biggest event of the Crankworx festival in undoubtedly the slopestyle competition. With all the big names showing up such as Semenuk, McCaul, Watts, Lacondeguy and more we all knew we were in for a show. In front of all 10,000+ fans lining the course, Watts pulled off the victory while Lacondeguy took best trick pulling out of his moto-bag a 360 Flat Spin Superman! All I can say is that I am impressed…

Another year in the books and already looking forward to next year!

Dustan

Double Gold at Crankworx on 2010 Norco Bikes

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This past week marked the 2009 Kokanee Crankworx in Whistler BC. Norco had several factory team riders present but two stood tall through one event in particular. New for 2009 at Crankworx was the Canadian Open Enduro, a combination of white-knuckled downhill and gut busting climbing, this event saw everything from XC bikes to DH rigs speckled down the course.

Norco had two riders compete in this event, World Cup racer Fionn Griffiths and Junior Expert up-and-comer Nick Geddies. First off, I should comment on the respective bike choices. Fionn chose to ride her Team DH. She felt that there was more to gain on the descents than there was to lose on the climbs. Nick on the other hand chose a Fluid LT 6.1 all-mountain bike. The bikes were very different but the outcomes quite similar. Fionn was crowned Pro-Women Champion with more than a 10 second lead and Nick took the U-19 Men with an astounding 42 second lead.

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Way to go Nick and Fionn on a spectacular effort and bringing home the hardware.

To see full results from Crankworx have a look at http://www.crankworx.com/whistler09/live-blog/results