Stage four is a short sharp and intense technical ride that drops riders down into Function Junction. Connor was looking fast out there in the dry and dusty conditions.

Yesterday marked the official first day of Crankworx 2016, we are already one event down with the Speed and Style taking place tonight to a packed house. Connor Fearon, who had toyed with the idea of competing in it, was nowhere to be found. Why? Well he may have won a National Enduro round in Aussie, but he’s an Enduro World Series virgin and he was out practicing stages in preparation  for popping his cheery today at 9:39am when he rolls into the start of stage one in the Whistler Bike park.


Rhys on one of the very tight sections of stage one.

He’s not alone though. He’s joined by fellow Kona Team rider Rhys Verner. Coming from the other side of Kona’s pro roster, Rhys’ most recent escapade was the U21 XC World Cup at Mont St Anne. He’s no stranger to the Whistler EWS event though, racing in the U21’s last year he took a stage win from rising star Adrien Dailly and finished a very respectable sixth place. He’ll be aiming to best that tomorrow.


James drops into stage five with style one the most photographed corners in EWS history.

And the third string to Kona’s Whistler EWS bow is ex-pat Kiwi James Rennie, who now calls Vancouver home. He’s not to be underestimated either, and carries with him tremendous racing knowledge both from competing in DH World Cups as a privateer in the early 2000’s and from racing a number of EWS events. Whistler is in fact his third EWS this year having raced in both South American events, James also won the BC Enduro Series in 2015 and is sitting near the pointy end of things in this years series.


Connor Getting as low as we can go on stage 1


At over 20 minutes of racing time, stage five is gonna hurt. Rennie snuck in one more lap at the end of the day, just to make sure there hadn’t been any major changes to the track.