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Crankworx Celebrates Female Heroes in ‘Shifting Perceptions’

Since launching in 2004, Crankworx has been the venue for countless milestones within the sport of mountain biking. For female riders, this especially rings true. In the beginning, ladies were vastly outnumbered and underrepresented. Still, the few that competed did so with grit and tenacity. Jill Kintner, Claire Buchar, and Anne Caro Chausson are just a few of the early pioneers who carved a space for women to follow.

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There's been a surge of female racers like 2017 World Champion Miranda Miller, who are redefining the sport. Scott Robarts Photo.  

Follow along with these trailblazers, for Crankworx's three-part series Shifting Perceptions. Episode one "Spark to Flame" explores the festival’s efforts to showcase the best mountain bikers in the world, female and male. Meanwhile, these female leaders have spurred a new generation of riders, who are ready to rid the world of the caveat “riding well for a girl”.

Since 1998 Downhill racing legend Claire Buchar has ignored the status quo to dominate countless Crankworx races. Fraser Britton Photo.

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Matt MacDuff’s Title Edit is on Another Level
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Matt MacDuff’s Title Edit is on Another Level

Matt MacDuff’s Title Edit is on Another Level

If a mad scientist decided to become a mountain biker, they’d probably ride like Matt MacDuff. The guy is always building mind bending features to ride—remember when he sent a double backflip on an open loop? His recent edit with Title is exactly what you’d expect from MacDuff: insane builds, and even crazier tricks. We’d recommend watching it a few times through to try and grasp what he’s doing, and good luck trying to name the tricks. We're still stumped. 

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Rampage Was Canceled, But That Didn’t Stop Kyle Strait
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Rampage Was Canceled, But That Didn’t Stop Kyle Strait

Rampage Was Canceled, But That Didn’t Stop Kyle Strait

October is a magical time to be in the desert of Southern Utah. With perfect temps, generally dry weather, and riding elsewhere getting sloppy, it’s no wonder that the world’s best mountain bikers gather every year for a few weeks of red dirt shredding centering around Red Bull Rampage. Unfortunately, 2020 threw a wrench into those festivities, canceling the event and preventing most riders from traveling to this mecca of freeride. Despite that, a few riders did show up – including none other

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David Godziek Channels His Inner Mafioso in NS Bikes’ Latest Film
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David Godziek Channels His Inner Mafioso in NS Bikes’ Latest Film

David Godziek Channels His Inner Mafioso in NS Bikes’ Latest Film

Imagine this: you’re just putzing around on your BMX bike one day, having a ball hitting curbs and such, and two scary looking dudes with neck tattoos throw you in the back of their car. You’re terrified, unsure what you’ve done wrong, and they bring you out to a forest, mysteriously full of freeride features, hand you a dirt jumper, and are like ‘send it.’ You’ve basically imagined the premise of NS Bikes' new film. Featuring David Godziek as the shredding kidnapee, the film takes an