A full contingent of Kona off-road athletes were on hand for the 10th annual Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival in Whistler, BC, finding success across all disciplines. To start the 10 day cycling bonanza off right, Spencer Paxson and Kris Sneddon raced in the Fat Tire Crit, which buzzed riders around the Olympic Plaza. Spencer finished a close second, while Kris logged a respectable 5th.
The following day, Spencer, along with Kona Team Enduro riders Alex Stock and Karim Amour headed for the hills to get in their practice on the enduro course. Alex was debuting the new Process 153 on the Enduro World Series circuit, with Spencer on his Entourage and Karim on his Abra Cadabra. An early morning and long day lay ahead, and the guys went after it hard. Karim suffered a broken wheel, but carried on, and after taking a fresh wheel between stage 4 and 5, rode himself into a top 10 position before his two-minute time penalty. Alex and Spencer had solid days, keeping it safe and smooth all the way to the finish line. Spencer liked the Gravity event so much he entered the Garbonzo DH the next day, and was riding strong until an untimely puncture took him out of contention.
Connor Fearon flew in from Mont Ste Anne just in time to jump into the event. Connor was feeling strong, but surprised even himself, making it to the final of the Giant Dual slalom and narrowly missing out on the win, taking home a huge second place finish.
Antoine Bizet took to the skies in the marquee Joyride Slopestyle. Antoine’s first run included a ton of tricks and style, highlighted by a front flip followed by a double back flip. In the new two run format, Bizzy went into the final run in 3rd place. Unfortunately, back spasms prevented him from doing a second run. His score would hold up for a super solid 5th place finish in a field of the world’s best slopestyle riders. And to finish it all off, Connor Fearon smashed out an excellent run at the Canadian Open DH on his new Carbon Supreme Operator, finishing 10th spot in a stacked field of competitors. Congrats to the entire Kona Team!