It’s one of the signature festival’s in the mountain bike universe, and Kona was there with our top gravity athletes and an up and coming Junior racer who’s turning heads with his speed and skill. For Connor Fearon, Crankworx has be come a staple stop on his busy yearly schedule, competing in four events: A-Line DH, Whip-Off World’s, Dual Slalom and the Canadian Open DH. Fearon continues to impress crowds with his aggressive, smooth style, thoroughly loving his new Operator 27.5. On top of the many photos he accrued over the weekend, Connor’s best result was in the Canadian Open DH, where he placed fourth against a fast international field. In the dual he made it to the round of 8, knocking off mtb legend Brian Lopes in the process. Now it’s back to Europe for the jetsetting Australian, to race in the last World Cup of the season before the World Championships.
Kona Super Grassroots rider Rhys Verner continues to impress, coming off a second place finish at the Canadian XC MTB Championships in the Junior category, Rhys won in Whistler, beating all comers on his Hei Hei Supreme at the Canada Cup XC. With serious cyclocross and enduro skills to boot, keep your eye on this 18-year-old ripper from Squamish.
On more of a lifestyle note, in conjunction with our partners, Sherpas Cinema, Monster Energy, Sram, Giro and Pinkbike, we premiered the much anticipated Ashes to Agassiz movie at Millennium Place in Whistler. With 300 of the world’s mountain bike elite in attendance, the show brought down the house with huge applause, laughter, hooting and hollering. We can’t wait to open the doors on iTunes sales August 25th. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out HERE.
Thanks to photos from Duncan Philpot.