Winter Park’s Crankworx a real crowd-pleaser |

Winter Park’s Crankworx a real crowd-pleaser

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A handful of the best mountain bikers from around the world brought some “sick” tricks to the “gnarly” Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle course on Saturday, Aug. 2.

“It’s amazing watching these guys in person,” said Ned White, 59, of Denver, who watched the event at the base of Winter Park Resort. “When you see them on TV you just don’t appreciate how good they are, but when you see them in person, what they’re doing is just incredible and amazing. It’s just mind-boggling … The whole thing is incredible.”

Freestyle first place winner Brandon Semenuk said this was the best day of his life.

“This is my first win,” he said, just after the competition ended. “I got my run exactly as I wanted it.”

Andrew Taylor, 20, a native of Santa Rosa, Calif., took second; while Cam McCaul, 22, a native of Aptos, Calif., took third. McCaul enjoys “his bike and pushing his personal limits to get gnarly,” according to his bio.

The top three qualified for the Kokanee Crankwork Festival in Canada on Aug. 9-17.

The slopestyle single line course featured drops, dirt jumps, elevated wall rides and elevated stunts. John Cowan, Aaron Chase and Gravity Logic designed it.

The Crankworx Colorado Freeride Mountain Bike Festival is the only American qualifier for Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle in Whistler, British Columbia. Events included Slopestyle, Big Air/ Best Trick, Cross-Country, Downhill, Super Downhill and All-Mountain Super Downhill competitions.

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