Crankworx Whistler done and dusted! For the athletes who compete in more than an event it’s always a tough and challenging week. And this year again it was the case for Unior/Devinci Factory Racing rider Keegan Wright. He took part in 6 events! The Enduro World Series, the Dual Slalom, the Air DH, the Pumptrack Challenge, the Garbanzo DH and the Canadian Open DH! What an animal!
Fellow UDFR teammates Dakotah Norton and Kirk McDowall were also in action this week during Crankworx! Kirk took part in the Air DH and the Canadian Open DH while Dak concentrated his effort on the Canadian Open DH race only.
Keegan had a pretty rough week. Things didn’t go as he would have hoped. A big crash in Dual-Slalom and an early elimination in Pumptrack saw his hopes of the King of Crankworx title flew away.
Kirk McDowall offered himself a pretty good Crankworx! The DH athlete from Vancouver, BC aka local boy finished 5th in the Air DH and 3rd in the Canadian Open DH! Dakotah Norton also put down a good run in the Canadian Open. The American finished in 5th and only 1 second off the podium.
Honorable mentions to Georgia Astle and Phil Ricard, Keeg’s Mechanic who scored solid performances this week! Georgia grabbed a win in the long and physical Garbanzo DH race and took the 2nd place in Air DH. Phil, who’s also a racer when he’s not on the tools, finished with a more than impressive 15th in Air DH in Pro!
2019 Crankworx Whistler was full of emotions, highs and lows but year after year we are stoked to come back! See you next year Whistler!
Keegan’s enduro squad is now flying to Northstar, California for EWS7 while the DH is team will enjoy a week of rest before the big show that is the World Championship in Devinci’s backyard, Mont-Sainte-Anne!
“It was awesome to have the DH boys with us this week! We don’t get to see them often during the season and it’s always good times with them. The vibe this week was great! We got to know us all a little bit more and the team spirit clearly took a notch! Some solid racing went down this week and overall we are stoked! 2020 King of Crankworx title we are coming at you,” said Bastien Major, enduro Team Manager after the Crankworx.
Photography: Boris Beyer