Behind The Scenes – Shooting a Crankworx Dirt Diary Project

So, Jasper, how did this whole project begin?

The plan began with Simon French of Maydena Bike Park and Rhys Ellis floating the idea that we should create a film together for Dirt Diaries showcasing Tasmania and Maydena to the world.

Ahhhh, Whistlerrrrr.

Shooting scenes in the Whistler Bike Park with the crew.

So with the support of Maydnea Bike Park, we committed to making a film together, and the 60-day clock started!

Turning a story into a film with a story requires planning, how did you go about it?

I’m not one to write things down, I rarely used journals in art class or have been one to take notes. My head seems like it’s a giant interactive note pad that grows, so I usually stick to that. Dirt Diaries is a big deal, and I was aware of that, so I set out to create a rough concept and built that into sections to form blocks to construct the story.

I drew up storyboards to help me comprehend how it is going to be shot and I ended up following that initial storyboard quite well, surprisingly!

Who went to film school?

Tell us how you managed a shoot set in two countries?

With the film restricted to six minutes in length and shooting in two different parts of the globe, it was going to be a challenge. Condensing the story while allowing it to flow as best as possible, yet still wanting to ensure it was still engaging with sweet riding and backed with a strong storyline, my limits and experience was stretched.

Sounds tough, did you have a good crew to work with?

Yes, luckily! Not knowing my way around Whistler Bike Park or the riders we were shooting was a daunting combination. We didn’t even have a chance to do a recce lap of the trails before commencing shooting. Working with such a big crew of riders was also a challenge, and having them to see how I envisioned the film playing out compared to the vision they might have.

You know your way around Maydena though, right?

Maydena was a different story, as I knew the park and the riders. The weather wasn’t always favourable, but the riding was always off tap! Rhys was a pure beast to work with and would continuously push back up the trails every time I asked; he was a real legend to work with.

Rhys sampling the Maydena dirt, all for the camera and purpose of a good story.

Challenges from all angles, it sounds like?

After spending countless nights and early hours in production, I finally reached a point where the story was slowly starting to fall like Tetris pieces into place. This was like nothing I had ever done before but was a huge learning curve and an incredible opportunity.

I wouldn’t trade all the constant challenges my crew faced throughout for a simpler experience. It’s not until you are put into situations like this, that you learn what you are really capable of.

I learnt so much and am still so grateful I had the opportunity to take part in such an incredible event with the best MTB filmmakers in the business, a lot I have followed for years, so It was humbling to be right there beside them representing my country and home to share with the world.

And you ended up on stage at Crankworx! Did you expect that?

It was humbling to be up there on stage with Rhys representing Tasmania and more specifically, Maydena. With countless sets of eyes looking straight toward us, and Frenchy in the front row cheering us on!

I was meeting incredible people along the way, many are now my friends.

Earning a place in the Dirt Diaries Competition was never expected, just being involved as one of the six entrants was an honour in itself. Talking about it is surreal, I never imagined that picking up a bike three years ago would take me there, but it did, and now I’m even more hungry to create and share my eyes with the world, so hold on tight!

Watch the final product!

Photos supplied by: Chris Pilling.

Video: Happy New Year from the DHaRCO Collective

Happy New Year from all the crew at DHaRCO. Thanks for an awesome 2017. Time to “let go” and bring on 2018! No holding back.

While you’re here, check out Flow’s Top-3 posts featuring DHaRCO supported riders from 2017:

  1. Local Video: Cannonball – The EWS Dark Horse
  2. Video: Remembering Summer – Whistler 2017
  3. Video: EWS With Cannonball – Whistler to Finale

Add some stoke to your Instagram feed by following @DHaRCOclothing.

Video: Remembering Summer – Whistler 2017

Sydney’s Northern Beaches based clothing company DHaRCO are going from strength to strength. Their support of the local riding scene along with local and international riders gives them a legitimacy that can’t be imitated.

As the bike park closes and the leaves start to fall we’re stoked to remember an epic summer in and around Whistler. Matt Staggs teamed up with local riders Jaime Hill and Sterling Christensen to put together this edit; and Aussie Jake Newell who makes his annual pilgrimage to Whistler.

Jaime Hill – Juliana Strega
Sterling Christensen – Nukeproof Mega

Jake Newell – Mondraker Summum

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EWS: Who Will Win in Whistler?

Hill’s win at Aspen’s round six saw him take the series lead from Frenchman Adrien Dailly and the steep and technical Whistler trails should favour the Aussie too. A couple of tough rounds this season saw Jared Graves further down the ladder than expected, however, his 3rd from Aspen has bumped him into the top 10.

Wollongong’s Josh Carlson missed the first two rounds as he recently became a father of two, but good results in Ireland and Aspen see him inside the top 50. He currently resides just down the road in Vancouver so hopefully, he’ll see another good result on his ‘home trails’ where he finished 3rd in 2016. The reigning Australian National Enduro champ, Mt Beauty’s Chris Panozzo, has also had a sporadic season with his best finish so far being 23rd in Derby, seeing him ranked just outside the top 50. The EWS Dark Horse, James ‘Cannonball’ Hall, is the next best Aussie in 64th.

Josh Carlson placed 3rd at the Whistler EWS last year

During Crankworx Whistler’s always swarming with Aussies so there will also be a handful of World Cup downhillers who are up for a long day in the saddle. Josh Button, Jordan Prochyra, Shelly Flood and Tegan Molloy are all riders to watch. See a full list of Aussie starters below.

Follow the racing live right here from early Monday morning, with Finals live webcast starting 10:30 am AEST.


419 Leonie PICTON
422 Tegan MOLLOY
423 Shelly FLOOD
441 Megan ROSE
443 Jaclyn DELACROIX

13 Sam HILL
22 Jared GRAVES
48 Christopher PANOZZO
56 James HALL
71 Jeremy HAMILTON
75 Josh BUTTON
77 Shane GAYTON
82 Jordan PROCHYRA
92 Dylan WOLSKY
94 Mark FRENDO
96 David MAUD
102 Murray STEPHENS
122 Lucas PITT
137 Riley TAYLOR
307 Jackson DAVIS

Men Under 21
614 Blake PEARCE
615 Samuel RUBERY

Amateur Men
807 Chayse PENGILLY
819 Shaun FRY
841 Bryan PINCHES
843 Josh LYONS

Garbanzo DH Packs Its Usual Punch, Despite Unusual Set Up

Despite organisers’ attempts to mix it up for the Garbanzo DH, fans of the iconic Crankworx race likely felt a little déjà vu Wednesday as Claire BUCHAR and Marcelo GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS stepped atop the podium.

Claire Buchar

Taking the win for a second and third year, respectively, the Whistler local and Columbian dynamo both admitted they were not thrilled to see the course change this year, Gutierrez, in particular, having labelled it his favourite course in the world. Nevertheless, neither racer balked at the chance to best their contemporaries, powering down the epic quad-crusher under 30-degree Celsius heat.

“I’m not going to say it was fun because it’s one of those things that’s just so hard you can’t call it fun; but it was gratifying in the end,” said Buchar.

Considerably less technical and flatter, the new course is really the original Garbanzo DH course, a 3400-metre toll-taking test of mountain biking supremacy.

“It was so physical,” said Gutierrez. “I wasn’t really happy about it, but you just have to deal with it; so I changed bikes.”

Gutierrez initially tested the course on his downhill bike and made the switch to his enduro rig after the first run. He then spent his entire practice struggling not to get punctures, crossing his fingers he would not flat-out in the race.

Gutierrez has now secured first place in the Garbanzo six times—once as a junior, twice in second and the last three years as the overall victor. Outstripping his nearest competitor by 13 seconds, he certainly proved the dominant rider, though hardly the only hero of the day. Matt WALKER, of New Zealand, managed to keep himself in the top 20by walking his bike up the hills, after breaking his chain on a flat fire road section. Buchar, meanwhile, earned her win by little more than a second, declaring herself “wrecked” by the end of the day.

Now at the mid-point of Crankworx, the adult sports action is being matched, and at times surpassed, by the enthusiasm at Kidsworx. In its second year, it is attracting hundreds of young groms eager to follow in the footsteps and tire treads of their heroes. Some 170 competitors registered for Monday’s main attraction, the Kidsworx B-Line race, and those numbers were nearly matched Friday as 130 competitors took on the Kidsworx Village Crit, packed elbow to elbow at the start line in many age groups.

Garbanzo DH

Women’s Results:

1. Claire Buchar 14:43.15

2. Miranda Miller 14:44.35

3. Anneke Beerten 14:55.87


Men’s Results:

1. Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas 12:45

2. Chris Kovarik 12:58.24

3. Sam Blenkinsop 13:03.88

Tomorrow.. The heart of Crankworx returns. Fox Air DH is set up to hit the most iconic trails on Whistler Mountain where every turn is a berm, every jump is a tabletop and every moment is a battle of mind over matter. Over 375 riders have signed up for this adrenaline pumping ride. Get your rush on the Crankworx LIVE webcast running at 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Canada, 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Europe (August 13), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New Zealand (August 13).

Crankworx LIVE webcast schedule:

Fox Air DH Wednesday, August 12  3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Canada, 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Europe (August 13), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New Zealand (August 13)

Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Thursday, August 13  7 – 9 p.m. Canada, 4 – 6 a.m. Europe (August 14), 2 – 4 p.m. New Zealand (August 14)


Giant Dual Slalom Friday, August 14  5-7 p.m. Canada, 2 – 4 a.m. Europe (August 15), noon – 2 p.m. New Zealand (August 15)


Red Bull Joyride Saturday, August 15  4:30 – 8 p.m. Canada, 1:30 a.m. – 5 a.m. Europe (August 16), 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. New Zealand (August 16)


Canadian Open DH presented by iXS  Sunday, August 16 3 – 5 p.m. Canada, midnight – 2 a.m. Europe (August 17), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New Zealand (August 17)

Stacy Kohut: Whistler 4-Wheel Shredding

If you’ve ever watched any of the older New World Disorder films, there’s a good chance you would’ve seen footage of Stacy Kohut, ruling the trails of Whistler… in his four-wheeler.

You see, Stacy suffered a broken back in his teens, but that hasn’t slowed him down. He’s a Paralympic skier, he rules a half pipe, and he rips trails on his full-suspension wheelchair like most riders can only dream of. He’s been at it for a while now, but his riding just keeps getting better.

Whistler’s Finest, with Claire Buchar

Claire Buchar has a pretty sweet life. She spends half her year in one of the world’s mountain biking meccas, Whistler BC, then rather than dealing with the Canadian winter, she heads for the Australian sun. In this episode Claire heads out on her trail bike to show off some of the area’s famous loamy trails. But let’s be honest, when you are near a bike park as choice as Whistler’s it’s hard to resists taking a few runs. Claire finishes the video on some fast, flowy park trails with huge features.

Photos and Video: Crankworx Whip Off to the MAX.

An afternoon of whips, trains and stoke has wrapped on Crabapple Hits, and a new King has been crowned at the Official Whip-Off World Championship at Crankworx Whistler. 14-year-old Finn Iles finished the day with a cheque for $2000 and the respect of riders, industry and fans.
“I’m unbelievably stoked,” said Iles. “I don’t even know what to say. It’s so awesome.”
It’s been a whirlwind week for Iles after receiving the go-ahead in the event..
“It’s been pretty exciting…when I found out I was in I was so stoked,” said Iles. “People were telling me that my whips were good enough to win, so I just tried to throw down as best I could and I ended up winning. I’m super happy.”
“Finn took it in stride when he was told he couldn’t get in but then everyone rallied behind him,” says mom Alison Iles. “We’re just so proud of him, it’s great.”

Coming in close behind Iles was last year’s winner Bernardo Cruz (BRA), with Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP) taking the third podium spot. Fourth and fifth spots went to Ryan Howard (USA) and Graham Agassiz (CAN).
A top female whip was also named –  Casey Brown (CAN) earned the distinction, one she say’s she’s proud to have even though the field was small, with only two competing.
“I think a lot of people have this ‘women can’t jump’ kind of mindset,” said Brown. “But I’ve been doing it for such a long time, it’s probably my favourite things to do. You just show up and ride with a bunch of friends all day. You couldn’t ask for a better day really.”
Fin Iles and Casey Brown, whipping to win.
A very sideways Casey Brown.
A panel of five judges, including Tyler McCaul, Sven Martin, Duncan Riffle, Alan Cooke and Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell had the tough task of evaluating the whips. Glaspell said three things were a part of the final decision.
“The beginning of the whip, the actual whip and how they land – there’s some guys that are doing really sick whips but the take-offs a little sketchy and the landing’s a little sketchy. So kind of hitting all three is what we’re looking for.”
When asked why riders and fans get so stoked about the event, Glaspell said it’s a simple formula: “It’s not about perfection, it’s just about having the sickest whip.”

Official Whip Off on Crab Apple Hits in the Whistler Bike Park

Motocross legend, Travis Pastrana and Casey Brown.



(Photo by clint trahan/crankworx)

(Photo by clint trahan/crankworx)

(Photo by clint trahan/crankworx)

(Photo by clint trahan/crankworx)





Video: Garbonzo DH, top to bottom, with Marcelo Gutierrez

Marcelo Gutierrez has just won the the longest MTB downhill event IN THE WORLD, the Crankworx Garbanzo DH in Whistler, Canada. Rough as [email protected]$k, gnarly, and extremely exhausting – this is twelve minutes of absolute, full-on insanity. Marcelo had this to say about the Crankworx 2014 track: “Longest DH in the world… most physical, I would say is the roughest time I’ve seen it, Garbanzo DH is just insane. Tons of lines, millions of roots, bone dry, rocky, faaaaaast sections, sweet berms, pedaling sections, technical, tight corners, wide open corners, it has everything!!! I love it… Probably when racing it is actually really painful but nothing’s better after 12:24 of pain than crossing the line and getting that victory I was wishing for so bad!” Congratulations Marcelo, you’ve earned it.

Video: What I Do In Whistler – Must Watch

Last night the GoPro Dirt Diaries happened at Whistler Olympic Plaza in front of a crowd of over 4000 people as a part of Crankworx Whistler.

A total of six videos put together by invited athletes and their selected filmmakers and teams screened in front of fans and a judging panel of five of the mountain bike industry’s most influential film professionals. The level of videos was stepped up again for 2014 and fans were wowed by some of the best riding and stories told to date.

The invited teams were Claire Buchar with the Summer Of Summit filming crew, Kirt Voreis with filmer Gunner Oliphant, rider Wade Simmons with Connor Macleod, Ross Measures with filmmaker Matt Dennison, rider Andrew Taylor with Long Nguyen and slope style rider Yannick Granieri with Jules Langeard. 

At the end of the night, the top three finishers who took home $10,000 in total prize money were:
1. Ross Measures and Matt Dennison – $5000
2. Kirt Voreis and Gunner Oliphant – $3000
3. Claire Buchar and the Summer Of Summit Crew – $2000

Video: Bikes Not Beaches

This past summer was full of highlights, and sure, some of the time those highlights revolved around raucous games of beach volleyball, wild frisbee tosses and insane stand up paddle-boarding.

The reality of summer, however, is that it’s beauty is best described by a day in the bike park. Laps with friends, passing each other down the trail and enjoying every minute of it is what we live for.

Here is a short video that I shot along with some lads on bikes (Mike Hopkins, Mason Mashon and Simon Buzacott) and my good friend Andre Nutini, who pulled cables for the better part of three days.

Bikes not Beaches from David Peacock on Vimeo.

Video: Sven Martin Shoots Crankworx // A How To

This feature takes us behind the scenes with Sven Martin, one of the most recognized downhill dirt shooters at the world’s premiere mountain bike festival, Crankworx.

This week-long biking event in Whistler BC, attracts the world’s top riders from every event, including downhill, cross country and slopestyle, just to name a few. With over 25 thousand spectators, it’s become the largest mountain bike festival ever.

The high speed action makes it extremely challenging to capture through photography and video. Those who are aren’t prepped and ready will miss the shot. The combination of the event’s high-paced action, and difficult to access locations only adds to the intensity. Needless to say, Sven has mastered this process, making it look easy. Press play to catch the chaos and see him in action, doing what he does best.

Sven Martin Shoots Crankworx // A How To from f-stop || Gear on Vimeo.

Video: Summer Threesome

Once again, this summer I ventured out to Whistler, BC. Meeting new people, drinking lots of beers, working nights and shredding my bike was pretty much my day to day schedule all summer long.

It was hard for me to sometimes put my bike aside and blow the dust of my camera, because Whistler just overwhelms you with such amazing riding you don’t want to miss any second of it. But you finally do decide to lug your 45 pound camera bag around the mountain, you realize you have as much fun behind the camera then you do riding. Here is “Summer Threesome” a short bike film featuring two amazing UK riders, Harry Steele and Matt Jones, and also the man from Down-under, Trevwah Burke from Australia. Three different riders all shredding the mountain in there unique way.


SUMMER THREESOME from TwoBees Media on Vimeo.

Video: Segments Trailer – Summer of Summit

Featuring some of the best riding in the Sea to Sky area, along with some gems of British Columbia’s great interior terrain. Everything from from the renowned shores of North Vancouver to the deep dusty Kamloops Bike Ranch, I think we have covered it all in this one!

Segments Trailer from Mitch Gulliver on Vimeo.

Photo Feature: Deep Summer – Duncan Philpott

If you had four days in one of the most beautiful locations known to mountain bikers, with four loose notherners from the UK and you had to create a 5 minute riding slideshow, you would probably end up with something similar to the following:

Duncan Philpott Deep Summer 2013 from Steel City Media on Vimeo.

Deep Summer was four days of flat out photography, fun, stress and minimal sleep. It still remains as one of the best things we’ve done with so many experiences crammed into such a short amount of time it was a privilege to take part in it all. From sitting in a boardroom at Whistler Blackcomb on the first morning, surrounded by childhood freeride legends, mountain bike multimedia heavyweights and some of the top photographers in the industry, it seemed a little daunting at first. Needless to say everyone we encountered was super friendly, the nerves died down and once the photography started it all became a blur speeding towards the final destination of the Olympic plaza where the slideshows were presented in front of a packed crowd. Sitting there watching the full collection of slideshows we were overly impressed by the standard of the shows this year. Each member of the team had their own personal favourite and none of us would have wanted to judge it!



The core team: Ali Chapple, Joe Bowman, Craig Evans and Rob Stokes. Yorkshire's finest plus one Cumbrian who's practically Scottish.
The core team: Ali Chapple, Joe Bowman, Craig Evans and Rob Stokes. Yorkshire’s finest plus one Cumbrian who’s practically Scottish.


A little bit of dutch courage before the slideshow presentation, the crowd response was overwhelming and it was incredible to see the 4 days pay off.
A little bit of dutch courage before the slideshow presentation, the crowd response was overwhelming and it was incredible to see the 4 days pay off.
Celebrating the final run, of the final feature on the final day... with the biggest crash of three days shooting.
Celebrating the final run, of the final feature on the final day… with the biggest crash of three days shooting.
A bunch of landscapes that in hindsight... should have probably gone in the slideshow. BC is a beautiful place which is all too easy to forget when you're in a manic rush riding 24/7.
A bunch of landscapes that in hindsight… should have probably gone in the slideshow. BC is a beautiful place which is all too easy to forget when you’re in a manic rush riding 24/7.
Mosquito-mageddon. If you're ever camping in the high alpine, bring Deet.... and lots of it! We had an overnight stay on Sproatt to try and make the best of a sunset and sunrise. However for us, the weather played against us and we were greeted by nothing but cloud in the morning!
Mosquito-mageddon. If you’re ever camping in the high alpine, bring Deet…. and lots of it! We had an overnight stay on Sproatt to try and make the best of a sunset and sunrise. However for us, the weather played against us and we were greeted by nothing but cloud in the morning!
Nothing but the best diet for our high caliber athletes. Shuttles were common when you have to get so much content in three days. We only broke one truck so we reckon that's pretty good going!
Nothing but the best diet for our high caliber athletes. Shuttles were common when you have to get so much content in three days. We only broke one truck so we reckon that’s pretty good going!

We’d like to thank Sarah and all the Whistler / Crankworx staff that makes this event possible, for giving us the opportunity to compete in such a unique event!



Smith Holds The Crown as King of Crankworx

Whistler’s tenth anniversary of Crankworx came to a close yesterday with Canada’s own Steve Smith taking a third consecutive win in the Canadian Open DH.


Smith, having won the Air DH just day’s prior and the World Cup in Mont Saint Anne on the previous weekend entered the final race of the festival with serious momentum and confidence. Having won the title as King of Crankworx in 2012, Smith was favored to win the event and would carry the heaviest weight going into the race to close the week of events.

With overnight showers and a dark gloomy sky the notoriously rough and technical Canadian Open DH course would become much more dangerous as the riders would push their limits racing from high atop the Whistler mountain on the hunt for the win. As the field of racers navigated down the treacherous course, Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic) would set the quickest time down late in the race as the fastest riders attacked the course. Being the defending champion, Steve Smith would be the last man on course attempting to better Blenkinsop’s time. The crowd was charged and electric awaiting Smith’s arrival at the bottom of the hill as he blasted into the Whistler mountain Boneyard approaching the finish. By the closest of margins Smith would inch past Blenkinsop by only 0.09 seconds to reclaim the Canadian Open DH and overall King of Crankworx titles.


In the Women’s field, Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic), also fresh off a World Cup win in Mont Saint Anne and a victory in the Garbanzo DH in Crankworx’s opening day’s, would take the win over Whistler local Claire Buchar.


King of Crankworx – Steve Smith

Canadian Open DH


1st – Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing – SRAM X0 DH, RockShox BoXXer and Vivid, Avid X0 Trail, TRUVATIV BlackBox bar)

2nd – Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic – SRAM X0 DH, RockShox Boxxer and Vivid, Avid X0 Trail)


1st – Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic – SRAM X0 DH, RockShox Boxxer and Vivid, Avid Code)

Brandon Semenuk Reclaims Top Spot at The Redbull Joyride, Crankworx

Pushing the boundaries of slopestyle mountain biking once again, Red Bull Joyride descended the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today as the exhilarating, gravity-defying anchor event of the Crankworx Whistler Festival.

Red Bull Joyride from Crankworx on Vimeo.


Big tricks and plenty of clean runs blew the judges away, but it was 22 year-old Brandon Semenuk of Whistler, BC who reclaimed the podium’s top step after his first win in 2011 with the highest score ever recorded at this event and a cool $25,000. Martin Söderström of Sweden took second place, followed in third by Sam Pilgrim of the UK.

“After the fall on my first run, it was a bit of a flashback to 2011 and 2010 having bailed on the same trick. I was able to regroup and shake the nerves going into my second run and that really paid off. Being back in my hometown in front of my friends and family, I wanted to put together the best run I could possibly think of and get the win at home.” – Brandon Semenuk



This year’s brand new course design fused together elements of dirt jumping, slopestyle and classic North Shore mountain biking. Eighteen of the world’s best athletes held nothing back in front of a high energy crowd of more than 25,000 spectators, one of the largest turnouts for a single event in Whistler’s history. As the sun broke through the clouds, it was a rider’s slopestyle paradise as competitors threw down massive tricks and some unique lines on one of the longest slopestyle courses ever built, with twelve trickable features. “This year was definitely the best Joyride course yet, flowing really well and was lots of fun to ride” said Semenuk. “The features were a good size but not so big that you couldn’t do your biggest tricks”. The course catered more to technical riders than speed demons, allowing more time to set up for tricks and complete plenty of runs from top to bottom.