Although Crankworx has ratcheted up the crowd factor this year with the addition of a second dual slalom and a best trick competition, one of the events never fails to entertain.
In its third year with Crankworx, Trialworx — and Kidsworx for riders 10 and under — is continuing to grow. Organizer Michael Baia, father of trials riders Jason and Scott Baia, is expecting roughly 100 riders in the main event on Saturday, Aug. 16, and between 30 and 40 kids 10 and under in the Kidsworx contest on Friday.
Although his own sons have been competing for years, and Scott remains the only North American ever to win a world event in Europe, Michael says the sport never ceases to amaze him.
“Everything happens right in front of you, you can be 10 feet away watching a guy drop eight feet onto a log from a rock. I’ve been involved for quite a few years now and it still amazes me every time,” he said.
Trials riding is not about riding fast or landing tricks, but about control. Riders will have their choice of six different lines about 50 metres in length. The goal is to get from one end to the other, moving up and down impossible obstacles, without touching your feet on the ground. Riders get deductions for dabs, and for going outside the time limit for each line.
Each line also has different moves, allowing amateur riders to compete alongside the top pros.
According to Michael Baia, three of the lines will be around Ross Rebagliati Park in the Fitzsimmons Creek area, and the other three will be in the village. Spectators can follow riders around, or stay put in one spot to watch how different competitors challenge the same line.
The Kidsworx competition takes place on three smaller lines, with the kids 10 and under getting encouragement and advice from the pros.
“It’s just as exciting as the main event, it’s exciting to watch all these kids 10 and under ride through the course,” said Baia. “In the village section they have their names announced, and their parents and grandparents are there taking pictures. Everybody gets a medal, and everybody has fun. The main event is a lot more serious, but it’s amazing to watch the up and coming kids out there.”
Some of the kids, including one six year old, will be competing in the main event on the full course.
There is $3,000 in prize money up for grabs this year, including $800 for the top pro rider.