One of the best events that goes on during Crankworx is the Official Whip Off competition. This year the competition raised the bar even more and the fans were quite pleased. Casey Brown and Andreu Lacondeguy took the top spots. Pictures and more inside.
Th field of riders for this year’s Whip-Off was 120 riders deep. The womens field grew quite a bit compared to last year which was also great to see. Casey Brown took the win again this year but the other girls gave her quite a bit of competition.
Anneke Beerten, pictured below, even threw her hat in the ring to secure more points for the Queen of Crankworx but sadly went down hard just after this shot and got some more stitches on the second jump mid-way through the competition.
“We had the biggest showing of talent we’ve ever seen. It was so difficult to narrow it down to the top five,” said Riffle. “Overall, the whip is about aesthetics. It all comes down to how cool it looks. Whips feel amazing to execute and they look even cooler. It’s poetry in the air. I love the whip.” – Duncan Riffle
In the men’s field the riders threw down to say the least. Andreu Lacondeguy won the competiton in the final minutes that won the judges over. Earlier in the day he was mixing things up with Supermans and other trickery that elated the crowds.
“I’m stoked! I’ve never won a whip-off before and I was just whipping it as hard as I could,” says Lacondeguy. “I saved it all for the end and whipped my biggest whip on my final run.”
There’s always that guy…
Tyler McCaul knows how to throw his GT whip and went strong the entire competition while others were resting more.
Bernardo Cruz also rips on his GT and of no surprise to anyone found himself on the podium. Second place for him at the end of the day.
Brendan Fairclough is always a fan of this competition and didn’t disappoint fans. Here he is boosting over Sven Martin in some fresh TLD gear.
There aren’t many people who would send these jumps on a hardtail but this is Crankworx so here we go with Lars Sternberg.
Official Whip-Off World Championships Presented by Spank