Words and photos by Adam Newman.
The week-long celebration that is Crankworx climaxes each year with the Canadian Open Downhill, a three-minute blast down some of the most technical riding on the mountain.
The highlight, of course, is Heckler’s Rock, where beer-soaked fans were pre-gaming as early as 10:30 a.m. for the 3 p.m. finals.
An ominous sign when walking down to the Rock.
We all know what fuels this party.
Even hooligans have rules, and this one was strictly enforced.
Well… I guess so, yeah.
Oh, yeah, there’s racing too.
The chairlift passes directly over Heckler’s Rock, and some passengers put on quite a show.
This guy doesn’t even have shoes on!
Canadian junior national champion Mark Wallace enjoying the home crowd.
Attempts to keep the track clean almost lead to disaster.
The guy in the jorts needs to put down the phone and pay attention.
Mitch Delfs shows he’s got the moves off the bike as well as on.
Nudity was the theme of the day.
You’ll find a few more obstacles on the Canadian Open track than you would at a normal DH track.
Loic Bruni wasn’t distracted by the on-course scenery.
Canadian hero Steve Smith rallied after an early crash to claim his second straight Canadian Open win.
And there was much rejoicing.