Photos by: Monique & Brittany Spaulding
Report by: Quinton Spaulding
Every race brings something new, however, sometimes we have to travel the same highways to reach different destinations. This time we were off to Winter Park, Colorado just a few short miles from Denver.
Colorado has an abundance of beautiful scenery and enough water to keep it fresh and healthy looking throughout the summer months. The Colorado River brings outdoor enthusiasts to journey the waters of one of the biggest rivers in the United States.
This was the second year that CrankWorx Colorado was hosted by Winter Park Resort. The 2007 inaugural year was a big success for promoter and organizer Darren Kinnaird. Darren said that the dates for CrankWorx 2009 have already been marked on the calender due to this years event being such a “Huge Success”.
It has been said that Winter Park, Colorado is destined to be the new Whistler. They have all the attributes needed to fill these shoes and it is fantastic to see that Mountain Biking in the U.S. is really starting to pick up and become a leader again.
The U.S. Forestry service has given the “powers that be” at Winter Park the green light to go ahead and build the trails needed to become the premier Mountain Bike Park in the U.S. They have been granted a $3M budget and also have a slew of trail-builders who will work alongside I.M.B.A. to help get this done.
The organizers spared no expense when it came to the construction of the “Slope Style” track. These obstacles took weeks to build and the dirt was groomed to absolute perfection. It was to be expected that we would see the riders “going off” on these huge hits!
There was a quarter pipe which finished off the Slope Style run. The entire riders runs were filmed by 3 separate TV cameras which allowed you a perfect view of everything should you be watching on either one of the two huge jumbo screens throughout the village.
Defending Slope Style Champion, Cam McCaul wasted no time going big during practice.
KHS Factory Racer Logan Binggeli surprised EVERYBODY with his Slope Style skills. He threw down 360’s, back-flip’s and huge whip’s.
The riders had limited time to get this course dialed, and the last thing you want as a rider is to be unprepared when boosting stunts of this magnitude.
Back-flip’s are serious business, “DO NOT try this at home, these are trained professionals on a closed course”.
Back to the top to do it again!
Binggeli had a great showing at the CrankWorx Slope Style event, he surprised everybody including the announcers. He took 16th place overall amongst the very best stunt riders in the world. He feels he could win something like this if he spent more time on it, and if you consider he is a racer over a stunt rider it is an exceptional result…well done Logan!
Crankworx Colorado slopestyle riders qualifying to Semi-Final Round
1st place Brandon Semenuk
2nd place Geoff Gulevich
3rd place Kelly McGarry
4th place Joe Perrizo
5th place Logan Peat
6th place Kyle McDonald
7th place Greg Watts
8th place Kutis Sorge
9th place Cam Zinc
10th place Graham Agassiz
11th place Tyler McCaul
12th place Dave Smutok
Riders pre-qualified to Semi-Final Round
Logan Binggeli – KHS BICYCLES
The crowd favorite Cam McCaul flips one of the hardest obstacles on the course!
It rained everyday in the afternoon hours…just enough to make everything pristine and ready for the next round of riding.
The jumbo TV screens were a fantastic side show and really showcased what a professional event this was. It is the lack of TV coverage and big sponsorship dollars that hold our sport back from being one of the most attractive extreme sports on the planet.
There were plenty of spots for refuge during these flash thunderstorms, and the Kona tent was a good spot because it was right in front of the “Big Screen”.
KHS was also close by, always extending a hand to anyone who needed technical support or simply just wanting to hang out.
Photo courtesy of : www.sicklines.com
The Downhill track was fun, it had a some very technical sections right out of the gate. I tried to hammer those areas to make up for any time I would loose along the flatter more pedaling sections towards the finish line.
Photo courtesy of : www.crankworxcolorado.com
Binggeli attacks the Downhill course during his final run – we got very little practice on this technical DH course so attacking was difficult.
I was EXTREMELY stoked to have placed 5th grabbing a spot on the podium at CrankWorx. This is possibly my highest profile finish yet, giving me a great boost of confidence leading up to the National Finals at Brian Head at the end of this month!
Crankworx Downhill – Pro Men top 15
1. 176 ROSS SCHNELL GRAND JUNCTION CO 6:11.08
2. 265 NATE HILLS DILLON CO 6:19.82
3. 228 ZACH GRIFFITH LITTLETON CO 6:22.64
4. 196 PHIL OTT FONTANA WI 6:31.50
5. 260 QUINTON SPAULDING KHS BICYCLES NV 6:40.93
6. 261 DANTE HARMONY TUCSON AZ 6:43.19
7. 57 LOGAN BINGGELI KHS BICYCLES UT 6:44.18
8. 254 WADE WILDERMAN FRASER CO 6:53.22
9. 279 TOMMY HEY 6:56.46
10. 264 ROBERT GARCIA DILLON CO 7:01.18
11. 77 SPENCER BALDWIN BELLINGHAM WA 7:03.46
12. 207 VINCENT BESTE DENVER CO 7:24.55
13. 197 PAVEL MIKEZ SILVERTHORNE CO 7:29.69
14. 183 DAVID ROGERS LITTLETON CO 7:49.37
15. 166 DONALD ROBERTSON COLORADO SPRINGS CO 8:50.86
Binggeli had another good Dual Slalom event, he ended up taking 7th place overall and landed himself in the money, as they paid 10 deep at CrankWorx. He did especially well when beating Dual Slalom World Champion Brian Lopes on the red course raising a lot of eyebrows!
Crankworx Dual Slalom – Pro Men top 10
1. 20 JON WATT BIKEPARTS PRO MEN 39.83
2. 155 BRIAN LOPES OAKLEY PRO MEN 39.93
3. 280 CHRISTOPHER HERNDON SPECIALIZED PRO MEN 40.44
4. 268 PETER HANAK TOTALLY WILD PRO MEN 40.85
5. 038 NICK SIMCIK THE FIX BIKES PRO MEN 42.57
6. 291 CAM MCCAUL TREK BIKES PRO MEN 42.62
7. 057 LOGAN BINGGELI KHS BICYCLES PRO MEN 43.62
8. 251 JAMAS STIBER KONA BIKES PRO MEN 44.56
9. 999 KYLE EBBETT SCOTT BIKES PRO MEN 44.92
10. 192 ROBERT GARCIA DILLON JAMIS BIKES PRO MEN 45.10
As always…A HUGE thanks to ALL our sponsors!!!
The KHS Team will be at Brian Head, Utah next on August 16th – 18th, for stop number 7 of the Utah State Downhill Series. Please stay tuned for more updates and photos as they become available.
All the best,