Arriving a month earlier than normal, Crankworx Whistler started properly today, and for the T2R-Distributors / Ticket2RideBC team, it was a full on day.
We had an early start to the day, as we had to get the T2R-Distributors tent set up in the village between 8 and 9am. With the help of Kris, Sean and Mark, Dan and I got our display of Commencal, Spank and IXS products set up and sorted out by 8.30am, way ahead of any of the other companies in the centre of the village.
Our location was pretty good, being in the main village stroll between the Carlton lodge and Zogs, so we had a good number of people walking past all day.
Once set up, Dan and I pretty much manned the stand all day, talking though the range of Commencal bikes that we has on the stand, including a Supreme DH v3 Atherton edition, a Ramones Cromo, Super 4 and a Absolute AL.
All of the bikes had also been built up with Spank components and we also had a display of IXS Sports Division rider protection products.
There was a lot of interest in the products that we were showing, especially the in the Commencal Supreme DH v3, which has been a top seller this season.
Obviously with Dan and I living in Whistler, and this being Crankworx we saw a number of familiar faces and people that we work and deal with. Gee and Rachel Atherton both stopped by the tent for a catch up, and we also caught up with Richie Schley, Matt Hunter and Ryan Berrecloth about the IXS products and about a signing event we are planning for later in the week.
We also caught up with a couple of the Young Guns team, Brendan Howie and Micayla Gatto as well as their mechanic Mike. Brendan who is currently working on his fitness having suffered a broken ankle earlier in the season isn’t going to be competing in Crankworx this season but he is riding every day as he is coaching for Camp of Champions.
The day’s weather was not good, especially considering that fact it is mid July. All day it was over caste with a large amount of rain. The only benefit I could think of from the weather was the fact that we had a range of IXS Back Country jackets to show off which I was able to wear to keep me dry and warm.
The day rolled by and it was soon 6pm and time to pack up the stand for the night. One of the disadvantages of displaying in the village is the fact that you have to pack up and move out completely every night and then re-set up the following day. Any way with the help of some of the team we were able to get it done in a fairly short space of time and then head up on the hill to watch the pro’s competing on the duel slalom course.
By the time we got up to the side of the Duel Slalom track, Ticket2RideBC’s guest, Jason Carpenter, had already won the master men’s competition, and Spank sponsored Kyle Quesnel had won the senior men’s .
Unfortunately Ticket2Ride BC guest and Madison Team Rider Harry Molloy had taken a big hit to the head in his first heat on the Duel Slalom in the pro men’s division when his Saracen drifted over the top of the berm sending him jaw first into the ground. Fortunately he was wearing a full face helmet, but the impact still knocked him out for a couple of minutes and left him with bad cuts to his lips that needed stitches, meaning he was carted off to the medical centre for treatment.
Standing in the light rain by the side of the track we watched the rest of the pro men’s heats as well as the female pro division.
Of particular interest to me were the heats involving Dan Antherton, Micayla Gatto and Manon Carpenter.
Dan Atherton put in a solid performance on his Commencal Meta 4X, however he was knocked out in the third round of heats. In the pro womens race, Micayla Gatto riding a Commencal Absolute AL was picked against Ticket2RideBC guests, Manon Carpenter for the first heat.
Manon won the first round but Micayla came back strong for the second run of the stage was able to create a margin to progress through to the second round and ended up coming second in the final, with Manon taking third place.
Once the races were over and the awards had been presented I headed off down to the Whistler medical centre to see how Harry was doing. Harry was suffering from a pretty bad concussion, but had improved considerably since he arrived on the stretcher. Having spoken to the doctors about how to look after Harry for the night we were able to take him home, to rest and recover.