The second round of Crankworx world tour stops at the central hub of the Port du Solei area of Les Gets, France. Surrounded by miles of endless trail, bike park and downhill runs, the Les Gets area was set to be a firm highlight of the event calendar.
With riders flown in from all corners of the globe, the impressive Slopestyle course, Pumptrack and Whip Off jumps took centre stage as the festival began.
Marred by historically bad June weather, the organisers were always going to be challenged to keep things running through the rain, it was a frustrating time for many riders as event after event was cancelled, moved and practise cut short.
SixSixOne riders Kyle Strait (Dual Speed & Style / Pumptrack), Tomas Lemoine (Dual Speed & Style, Pumptrack, Whip Off & Slopestyle) and Specialized Gravity riders Loris Vergier (DH) and Finn Iles (DH & Whip Off) were all pumped to get going and enjoy the atmosphere.
Sadly due to the weather, and a number issues with the set scheduling, many riders were left with only 1 day of practise to fit in all their events. Sadly down to a rider vote, the slopestyle was cancelled and replaced with a final “best trick” only comp. The Whip off, Pumptrack and Dual Speed and Style went off without a hitch, but the weather potentially damping down the crowd attendance. The only events not to have many rain worries was the Downhill – set on a classic hillside with natural features and wideopen corners, it was to be the highlight of the weekend as all the riders were praising the natural nature of the track.
Great representation of 661 on the global stage, Tomas Lemoine rode tirelessly in all of his events but never progressed through the knockout stages. Kyle Strait looked strong in the Pumptrack and Dual race, but highlight of the weekend was Finn Iles taking the junior win in the Air DH. Foot out Flat out!
Photo's - Dave Trumpore