CrankWorld Tour Announces New Stop for 2016 – Les Gets

Les Gets, France brings Crankworx to a legendary Downhill hotspot

Dates announced for Crankworx Rotorua, Crankworx Les Gets and Crankworx Whistler

The podiums have been put away, but the Champagne keeps popping as the three-stop Crankworx World Tour announces it’s adding Les Gets, France to the family.

Nestled in the 12-resort Portes du Soleil circuit, straddling the French-Swiss border, Les Gets is a pioneer mountain biking destination for both mountain bike tourists and racers.

“Back in the ’80s, Les Gets was one of the first regions in the world to use its lifts to shuttle riders, and its 2004 UCI World Championships is the stuff of legends. This is a location steeped in the culture and history of our sport and we are thrilled to be adding the region to the World Tour,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx World Tour general manager.

Having hosted five World Cups and numerous French nationals, mountain biking fans the world over are well familiar with its steep, verdant alpine. And its World Championship is remembered as the beginning of Frenchman Fabien Barel’s Downhill dominance, and his storied rivalry with British rider Steve Peat.

The resort hosts 95 kilometres of bike trail, has three dedicated lifts and is only an hour’s ride from the Geneva airport, giving it the classic Crankworx touch: a place to ride the best terrain alongside the best riders in the world, while watching the world’s best racing.

“We are delighted to welcome the European leg of the prestigious Crankworx World Tour,” says Henri Anthonioz, Mayor of the resort. “We pride ourselves on being great organizers and hosts. This event will be an exceptional feast for mountain biking fans with spectacular races in the heart of the village and a rich entertainment program.”

The Crankworx World Tour arrives one week before the 80 km Passport du Soleil race. With a family pump track already built for the village square, and riders en route for the 12th year of the Passport, it is expected the inaugural Les Gets festival will draw epic crowds of all ages right out of the gate.

The 2016 season marks the sophomore year of the Crankworx World Tour and the return of its four-series format, the Triple Crown of Slopestyle and the race to crown the next King and Queen of the Crankworx World Tour.

There is now a whole slate of champions ready to defend their titles in the Crankworx DH Championships, the Pump Track Challenge Series, the Speed & Style World Championships and the Crankworx Slopestyle Championships. And its expected the Queen of the Crankworx World Tour, Anneke Beerten, and King of the Crankworx World Tour, Bernard Kerr, will be looking to up the ante once more to hang on to their new status as the top all-round mountain bike athletes in the world.

Once again, each race series will be worth $5000 to the rider who earns the title, with a $5000 bonus available to the downhill rider who can win all four races in the DH series. DH is the only discipline with an extra race on the docket.

As the marquee event of Crankworx, Slopestyle will continue to be a focal point in 2016. The Crankworx Slopestyle Championship will be worth $25,000 with an additional $25,000 prize up for grabs for the rider who can win all three Slopestyle events to secure the elusive Triple Crown of Slopestyle. The honour has yet to be bestowed.

Crankworx arrives in Rotorua, New Zealand one week earlier this year to run March 9-13, 2016, and will hit Les Gets, France in June for a June 15-19, 2016 run. It returns to its Whistler home base in British Columbia, Canada for a 10-day event staged August 12-21, 2016.

Tickets for Crankworx Rotorua are on sale on, with early bird pricing as follows:

  • Multi-Day Adult: $69NZD five-day pass
  • Multi-Day Child (5-14 years): $49 five-day pass
  • One-day pass adult: $40
  • One-day child pass: $30

*Passes include Skyline Rotorua gondola access for the duration of the pass.

Prices will go up after December 31, 2015, and VIP passes will be released in early 2016.

‘The Karver’ Chris Kovarik in Utah

Chris grew up a huge fan of the Mad Max movies, so we decided to shoot a feature in Utah.

Cast and crew all met up in Vegas for the lengthy road trip to the middle of nowhere. After arriving, meeting the local sheriff, and some serious arts and crafts time (those flags didn’t make themselves), Chris got busy with a shovel and pickaxe to build a racecourse from top to bottom.

An added bonus? We learned that Chris is very handy with a blowtorch–a great skill to have for end times.

N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Chapter 8 “Nino Bike Days”

We all know that Nino Schurter has a big bag of tricks- we see some of them in most World Cup races. In Chapter 8 of #HUNTFORGLORY, N1NO takes us to “Nino Bike Days”, an event where Nino gets to give back to his massive fan base teaching them a few tricks of their own.

Every year at the end of the season, the 4 time XC World Champion puts his coaching hat on and spends time with mountain bikers of all ability levels. It’s a way for Nino to give others some of his MTB knowledge that he has accumulated over his career.

The “Nino Bike Days” were held this year in Flims Laax, one of the many progressive mountain bike resorts in Switzerland, located just in Nino’s backyard.

The Atherton Family Joins Trek Factory Racing Downhill

Trek and Trek Factory Racing announced today the creation of a marquee World Cup-level Downhill racing program for the 2016 season.

The new team will take on the full UCI World Cup series as well as select regional Red Bull events. Joining Trek Factory Racing Downhill for its inaugural season will be Rachel Atherton (UK), Gee Atherton (UK), Dan Atherton (UK), and Taylor Vernon (UK).

Trek is proud to partner with Dan, Gee, Rachel, and Taylor, and will offer full support to their exceptional competitive trajectory. Beyond their success in competition, these athletes are phenomenal ambassadors for the sport of downhill mountain biking. The Athertons’ wealth of experience also gives them a unique perspective on product development. Trek will rely on their expertise and input in the continued development of downhill bikes and equipment that have been raced to victory at the pinnacle of the sport.

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“We are delighted to be a part of Trek Factory Racing,” said Team Director Dan Brown. “The team have substantial goals and we’re really excited to have Trek’s support and partnership. We’re looking forward to bringing the passion and professionalism that Trek have demonstrated across their whole cycling portfolio to our World Cup Downhill campaign and beyond.”

Trek Factory Racing’s product development relationship with its athletes has been a successful recipe, and one Trek plans to replicate with the new downhill program. Trek will work with the new team on the continued development of the best bikes and equipment through active research and testing around all aspects of downhill racing. “A lot of people out there are already saying that the Session is the fastest bike on the circuit,” said Gee Atherton. “Trek have shown how receptive they are to rider feedback, and we want to put our own stamp on the bikes.”

Atherton Racing

Dan and Rachel Atherton are equally excited to participate in the development process. “Trek is super-motivated to develop the bikes and push the brand forward,” said Dan. “They are as hungry to progress the sport as we are and we can’t wait to get started.”

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Rachel added, “I’m stoked to be working with Trek. I remember watching my fellow Brit Tracy Moseley absolutely tearing apart the field at Worlds in 2010 on her Trek Session, then going on to dominate the 2011 season. Trek is a brand with a lot of positive associations for me.”

Gee, Rachel, and Taylor will ride the Trek Session, one of the most decorated mountain bikes in history, equipped with Bontrager components, wheels, and tyres. Dan Atherton will be taking turns on the Trek Session and Slash depending on the race and terrain.

Atherton Racing

Trek Factory Racing

Trek Factory Racing is a global professional cycling team that competes at the highest level with the utmost passion and respect to the sport. Woven around unique, rich personalities that create perfect unity, the team is open, engaging, and welcomes all to come experience the grit and glory of professional cycling.

On Track With Curtis Keene | No One Rides For Free- S2E9

After 8 months, 8 races and mind boggling 27,314 meters of descent, our story ends here in Finale Ligure, Italy.

The last stop of the Enduro World Series is the place where the season long Championship will be decided; and the final time in the season the racer’s have to leave their mark on the History books.

For some, this has been an epic season to remember, for others it will be a year to leave as far behind as possible, but whether the toll was paid in effort or in injury, the 2015 EWS season proved to every racer that no one rides for free.

On Track With Curtis Keene – The Time Has Come – S2E8

A rider can control their training, they can control their bike set-up – but try as they might, a racer cannot control the clock. Race # 8 of the Enduro World Series in Zona Zero, Spain once again reminds us of how competitive the sport of mountain bike Enduro has become.

With minuscule amounts of time separating the riders from either a podium position or being an “also-ran”, the racers are forced to put aside the weather, the crashes and the abuse of their machines to push as hard as they can to make the clock stop.

Bruni & Vergier Against the World Episode 5 – The Bruni Episode

On 6th September 2015 Loic Bruni finally achieved what had seemed from the outside to be almost unbelievably difficult for so long… A first big Elite race win on the biggest stage of them all, the UCI World Championships in Andorra.

Crossing the line over 2 seconds up on South African rider Greg Minnaar with only Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin left at the top, it seemed like nearly the whole world was hoping that this would finally be the day that Loic Bruni would end his duck and finish on the top step of the podium. “Come on Bruni… Come on. This has to be your day for once” even one of his biggest competitors of 2015 Greg Minnaar was willing the Frenchman to victory whilst sat in the hotseat.

Relive this amazing race; one which is surely up there with some of the classic World Championships of the past in Bruni & Vergier Against the World Episode 5, the last in the first season! Including footage from the last World Cup in Val Di Sole as well as the very first footage of Bruni riding in the famous Rainbow Jersey on Mont Ventoux in the South of France.

The Creative Concept team has spent all year shooting Bruni and Vergier behind the scenes in this first season of a very successful series, culminating in the most incredible way with this fairytale ending. After working on two full length film projects “Life on Wheels” with the Lapierre Gravity Republic team in 2013 and 2014, it was time to move on to a new production in 2015 and one which wouldn’t be possible without the help of some amazing sponsors. The team would like to thank Lapierre, Sram, Ride 100% and Lizard Skins for their support and help creating this series. We simply couldn’t do it without you guys!

We can’t wait for 2016 and sharing Season 2 of Bruni & Vergier Against the World with you all! Thanks for watching the series and see you next year!

Bruni & Vergier Against the World is supported by Lapierre, SRAM, Ride 100% and Lizard Skins.

Produced by Creative Concept

Tribute to the 80s classic BMX Bandits in ‘Bicycle Motocross’.

 Mike ‘Hucker’ Clark and BMX racer Leanna Curtis team up for the ultimate tribute to 1984’s BMX Bandits,Bicycle Motocross.

The brainchild of Corey Bohan, Bicycle Motocross comes after a lifetime of religious viewing of the original film which saw Nicole Kidman grace the silver screen for the first time, two years of planning and a hectic two weeks of filming across Sydney to create something that truly paid tribute to the original, with Corey’s unique twist.

Mike Clark, Cory Bohan and Leanna Curtis

Watch the ‘making of Bicycle Motocross’ here.

To get your hands on a copy of the original BMX Bandits film, click here.

With special thanks to Oliver J Nilsen (Australia) Limited.