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Crankworx Whistler Kicks Off With EWS and Garbanzo DH

Ahhh August in Whistler. It’s that time of year when the trails are blown up, the brake bumps are relentless, but the greatest minds in mountain biking come by and turn the resort into the epicenter of the two-wheeled world. Crankworx Whistler just kicked off this past weekend, and with the Enduro World Series and the Garbanzo DH already on the books, things are off to a great start.

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For the first time, the EWS was a two-day affair in Whistler, and included an 11.1km stage starting at the Top of the World Trail and ending in Whistler Village. Talk about a bone crusher. After two days of grueling racing, Richie Rude and Isabeau Courdurier stood atop the podium.

In a similar vein, the infamous Garbanzo DH race took place, pitting racers against some of the gnarliest trails the bike park has to offer like Original Sin and In Deep. Mitch Ropelato and Georgia Astle stood atop the podium. Congratulations also to Casey Brown on a second-place finish behind Astle. 

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Enduro racing, especially at a pro level, really is a true test of fitness and bike skills. Sure, downhill racing takes some serious chops and a whole lot of cojones, but enduro racing mixes the gnar with pushing your physical fitness to its limits. Jesse Melamed really shows off that side of the sport in his POV from the Crankworx Summer Series enduro race at Silver Star earlier this week. The tracks aren’t super gnarly, as they’re mostly smooth jump trails, but that means he’s flat-out

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A 2016 crash left Yannis Pelé with a serious spinal injury and slim chances of ever walking again, much less mountain biking at a professional level. However, the then-teenager wasn't content to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, and put his all into physical therapy and rehabilitation. RELATED: Paul Basagoitia - Finding New Life with MTB Now, years later, Yannis isn't yet completely back to his pre-injury capacity, but is well on his way, and clearly has the motivation to finish the

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