wHAT DID WE LEARN FROM CRANKWORX LES GETS?
“Probably the best track I’ve ridden in years.”
“A track that I love riding.”
“One of the best ones ever.”
… just some of the feedback received last year from the riders at Crankworx Les Gets. Safe to say we expected big things from 2018!
With the Kiwi dust still hanging in the air, we’ve reflected on last weekend’s competition to see if the fabled track had once again enabled the level of skill we’ve come to expect from the biggest stars in Mountain Bike.
Jill Kinter – the Queen of Crankworx
Jill is currently top of the leader board after an assured performance in Les Gets. 1st in Mont-Chery Downhill, and 2nd in Pump Track Challenge and Dual Slalom gave the American substantial breathing room in a deck stacked with talent.
2.63 seconds ahead of her nearest rival on the Crankworx circuit, Canadian Casey Brown, Jill demonstrated her dominance in the Downhill.
Nicholi Rogatkin – running out of superlatives
He may be 7th in the standings, but the man from Massachusetts will not be pushed off the slopes. After coming a disappointing 5th in Rotorua, Nicholi bounced back to take top spot in Innsbruck and now he’s done the same in Les Gets.
Although pushed all the way by determined Canadian Brett Rheeder, Rogatkin found himself in familiar territory after nailing a monstrous 94.50 first run on the New Zealand slopes. We quickly run out of superlatives for this big-air rider. Will we be speechless again in Whistler?
Is Thomas Lemoine feeling the pressure?
The Frenchman had the chance to close the gap on Samuel Blenkinsop to become the King of Crankworx, but wasn’t able to capitalise. 2nd in the Pump Track and missing from the Slopestyle podium, Tomas now requires a huge performance in Whistler it he’s to come out on top.
Rachel Atherton – the underdog of 2018
The British rider’s commanding performance caused a massive upset in the Downhill by dethroning France’s Myriam Nicole.
Her 1st-place finish in the Dual Slalom ahead of reigning Queen Jill Kinter also turned heads in Les Gets. Two victories at a Crankworx event are a rare thing, well deserved in Rachel’s case. We’re keeping an eye on this one going into Whistler as she looks to ride up the leader board.
Crankworx returns to Whistler for the last leg of the tour between 10 and 19 August. Don’t miss out on any of the action – see how you can watch it live on EDGEsport here.
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