Jakub Vencl's endurance took him to victory in the Crankworx Les Gets Dual Speed & Style 2017.
Strength and perseverance may be the keys to victory in this event, but Jakub Vencl has proven that rest can sometimes pay off. Having clocked up three consecutive victories, he’s become the man to beat, despite recent health problems that forced him to rest up after his victory at the Dual Speed & Rotorua Style (New Zealand).
He’s also won renown in Slopestyle, which he has been practising for 10 years, and one of his goals is to compete in Pump Track. His experience as a trial rider makes him an outstanding competitor who could well dominate all MBT disciplines.
Another skilled rider, Martin Soderstrom from Sweden, who was making a post-injury comeback, took third place behind the American Mitch Ropelato. He considered this performance as a first victory and trainined hard in the gym to regain his peak level.
Daryl Brown (GBR) finished second behind the Czech Vencl, although he was one second faster at the end of the first run. The most impressive fall was that of the American Mitch Ropelato, who made a huge run-out on the last jump.
1. Jakub Vencl (CZE) 2. Daryl Brown (GBR) 3. Martin Soderstrom (SWE)
Crankworx Les Gets - Official European Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank
It was Anthony Rocci, from Lyon, who won the men's event, thanks to very high-flying whips of exceptional scope, comparable to Allan Cooke's jumps, which are known for regularly being near-perfect.
Likewise, there’s virtually no one who can compete with the women’s champion Casey Brown. She considers the Whip Off to be an important discipline that contributes to raising the profile of mountain biking. And it’s certainly true that this event is accessible to competitors and athletes looking for thrills, as it’s both fun and spectacular.
2017 WHIP OFF RESULTS:
Men’s results: 1. Anthony Rocci 2. Allan Cooke 3. William Robart
The 2017 Crankworx Les Gets Pump Track was won by the master in the discipline, frenchman Adrien Loron.
Another frenchman took second place: Chaney Guennet. Bravo France!
Guennet is considered THE Pump Track specialist, undefeated in the discipline, although he hadn’t won a Crankworx title since Les Deux Alpes four years ago. Adrien Loron (FRA) has battled the bumps and bends of every Pump Track on the Crankworx World Tour. However, despite being a master in this discipline, he’s won in it only at Les Gets in France. ‘You can always learn from your mistakes; I've always been convinced I was capable of getting to first place’, he said.
The taste of victory was all the sweeter for Loron because he won it in his own country, ahead of amateur rider Chaney Guennet (FRA), and as he addressed the crowd directly to thank them at the end of the event, he received an ovation from members of his family.
The women’s champion Jill Kintner declared that her Downhill training sessions that same day had helped her win the Pump Track. "You have to have good timing and good legs. You don’t pedal but sprint using your whole body. So you have to be very energetic".
Coming in second place, Caroline Buchanan (AUS) was particularly motivated to win this fierce competition as she, too, coveted the ‘Queen of Crankworx’ title.
Men’s results in the RockShox Les Gets Pro Pump Track Challenge:
The heat and dust combined with wide bends, steep woods and alpine landscapes as far as the eye can see make the Crankworx Les Gets Downhill a legendary trail.
Australians vs French in the top two places! Top female downhill riders in the MTB world were present at Les Gets, including Manon Carpenter (GBR), Tracey Hannah et Myriam Nicole (FRA). The latter won her first Crankworx title at Les Gets, ahead of Tracey Hannah (AUS) and the Swiss Emilie Siegenthaler.
It was the same scenario for the men, with Troy Brosnan and the incredible Greg Minnaar, winner of 70 medals in his career. The challenge was indeed colossal. In fact, this downhill track follows part of the route of the 2004 World Championships, at which Fabien Barel, ambassador for the Les Gets resort, distinguished himself in a spectacular duel with the Brit Steve Peat - a classic moment that no one’s likely to forget.
Pro Men’s results in the Crankworx Les Gets DH by iXS:
A 17-year-old kid shakes up the Crankworx World Tour ranking!
Following his knee injury, Canadian superstar Brett Rheeder has returned to the top at the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle, taking first place, flying above the competition with his daring tricks, ahead of the very young Swede Emil Johansson.
Szymon Godziek, from Poland, took third place. The hard work, perseverance and psychological training that got him to this level have now finally been rewarded with a medal in the Les Gets Slopestyle.
Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle results:
1. Brett Rheeder (CAN) : 92.33 2. Emil Johansson (SWE) : 90.33 3. Szymon Godziek (POL) : 86.66