If you have never been to Whistler, you are truly missing out. Summer or winter, there are endless activities to keep you entertained. It is like a little bubble, people live to ride, and scrape by to do whatever they can to keep the party alive....
This was my first Crankworx / time in Whistler where I wasn't really able to ride, broke my arm 6 weeks prior, so in a way, I got to see whistler in a whole new light. Like the way normal people who are there to hang out do; watch some events, socialize, have a couple of quiet beverages, etc. I did go to the gym every day, but don't include that to normal fun(rehab:).
Vacation is a bit of a novelty to professional bike riders. All I really ever want to do is ride, so yeah, feels a tad like torture going to a big event and spectating, but lost lake is a good distraction. There are plenty of other people who were in slings, crutches , etc, just comes with the territory of having so much fun going fast. Even Luke from 5.10 was out there cruising down Crank it UP trail with a busted collarbone. So hard to resist going out there. I also got a little carried away racing pump track, but had to do it, too much fun not to. There is a plate keeping things together in my arm, so ya know. Legs do most all of the work in smooth pump track environments, so my arm was mostly safe from and further havoc, kinda, so long as I stayed up:). They did put a finish line jump in, which I was devastated about at first. Pulling up is a bit rough, and casing the jump was not an option. Good thing I didn't Case. Just being on a bike after 6 weeks is incredible, let alone taking home $1000 for the win in something I can do in my sleep from all the BMX. Good times .
I got to watch all the races, slopestyle , photo and video challenges, etc. Things move fast in a week in whistler, never seem to know where the time goes. Slopestyle was probably the biggest event there, with $25,000 to the winner. So much tension watching that, especially when there are 60 foot gaps with massive side winds, and our friends are trying huge 60' backflip variations. Damn. Makes me nervous again just thinking about it. The two heavy hitters- Zink and Semenuk crashed out as well, which was a surprise. Incredible to see the hill lined with so many spectators though, it's worth experiencing in person for sure. Check out pinkbike.com if you want to see some good photos and coverage. Otherwise, get out there next year.