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Good Month / Bad Month: Crankworx, Bike Spotting, Injuries & Wildfires

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Good Month / Unhealthy Month: Crankworx, Bike Recognizing, Accidents & Wildfires

Is it Groundhog Day? 2020 is not over but and it is with nice trepidation that anybody would say issues are trying up however… there are some issues price celebrating and, in fact, not the whole lot has been easy. Listed here are among the good and never so nice happenings within the mountain bike world that occurred in August 2020.

Crankworx Makes the Better of Issues

Crankworx Summer time Collection does racing in BC.

Crankworx Whistler could not happen in August because it normally does, with a global roster and hundreds of followers, so the organizers got here up with an alternate. The Crankworx Summer time Collection was an athlete-only invitational comprised fully of athletes that reside in BC. 25 riders competed in 4 disciplines (Downhill, Twin Slalom, Enduro, and Air DH) at three completely different areas throughout the province in a made-for-TV format with no spectators.

There have been reside broadcasts, occasion highlights, weekly recaps, course previews, bike checks, tech roundups, and extra… It was additionally fairly cool seeing some venues we have not seen utilized in fairly a while such because the legendary Mount 7 Psychosis course. The occasion was a hit and Crankworx simply introduced they will be running at similar format in Innsbruck at the start of October.

New Bike and XC Tech

Racing means testing… after which there is a Discipline Check.

Corporations usually use their prime athletes to check new merchandise and worldwide races are the place these merchandise are usually seen for the primary time. With no racing and corporations suspending launching new merchandise, recognizing and speculating on new gear (one in every of our favourite issues) has been a problem.

With racing beginning again in numerous locales together with the Crankworx Summer time Collection, numerous Nationwide occasions, and the EWS at Zermatt, the tech we have been craving is lastly beginning to reappear. Moreover, whereas I can not say anybody was craving seeing a strong week of “Lycra Levy”, we received the down-low on the most recent downcountry and cross nation bikes with the XC field test.

Freerider Hannah Bergemann

Bergemann joins the RedBull crew.

Hannah Bergemann is a freeride sender primarily based in Bellingham and a legend within the making. Her using speaks for itself, however her humble perspective and stoked nature go far past her large sends on the bike.

In a time the place a lot is up within the air, it was nice to see Jill Kintner and Michelle Parker shock Hannah Bergemann along with her Purple Bull helmet in entrance of the Transition workplace, the place she works on the advertising and marketing staff. We won’t wait to see what Bergemann and Purple Bull accomplish collectively.


Pierron, ALN endure arduous crashes.

Amaury Pierron had a severe crash throughout his French Nationals finals run on a bounce within the prime quick part of the course which might see him miss the remainder of the season. Pierron suffered a damaged collarbone, dislocated finger, and L2 and L3 transverse apophysis.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau had a mishap in Zermatt with a crash on the Shakedown day forward of the EWS. The Shakedown takes place on a path that is not a part of the race route and permits riders to get a style for the terrain of the venue with out gaining the benefit of using the phases earlier than follow. Andreane was fortunate to stroll away with simply stitches in her hip and elbow after she was bucked at excessive pace onto some sharp, rocky terrain, however she was unable to race as a result of extent of her harm.

Santa Cruz / CA Wildfires

Properties are misplaced and lots of are displaced throughout horrific fires.

It could be amiss to not point out these within the Santa Cruz space, and elsewhere, who’ve been impacted by the current forest fires. Whereas the state of affairs is certainly not remoted to Santa Cruz, that space, residence to many within the mountain bike business, has been ravaged within the final couple weeks by quite a few fires ensuing from a freak lightning storm. Practically 800 houses and constructions, simply within the Santa Cruz space, have burned.

Amongst those that have misplaced the whole lot are quite a few mountain bikers and other people within the bike business. Santa Cruz Bicycles employees have been hit particularly arduous with dozens displaced and several other dropping their houses.

With Cal Hearth sources stretched skinny, many locals (together with some mountain bikers) defied evacuation orders and fought the fires themselves, saving quite a few houses. Santa Cruz Bicycles have arrange a fund to assist their staff and there are a selection of different sources in place the place folks can contribute to assist locals if they need.


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