Crankworx/Whistler Trip 2010

New to the Unrealcycles Family, Tim Mangini heads off with his trusty Junior for its debut road trip.

Tim Writes:

“Having never been to Whistler I was pretty stoked to get the opportunity to be there for 10 days during the 2010 Crankworx festival”.

My trip started from my home in Benicia, CA, I flew from there to Utah to spend a few days in Ogden (about two hours north east of Salt Lake) with the Ropelato family before driving the rest of the way to Whistler BC.

While in Utah I got to ride Deer Valley Ski Resort as well as the Layton Skate Park. Both were a good time but Mitch and I were more than ready to embark on are road trip to Whistler.

After driving close to a thousand miles we stopped to spend the night near Seattle, WA. The next morning we picked up Bernard Kerr and our “Team Manager” for the weekend Clint.

The trip was now in full swing with everyone in the car we could finally make our way to Whistler.

We didn’t get in till close to 1 AM, and had a lot of work to do before Pro Dual Slalom the next morning.

The morning came faster than we thought and it was time to head up for practice, with only two practice runs I had to go straight into qualifying.

The first run went flawless and I posted a time that placed me in the top 20 for that round, as I only needed to be in the top 32 to qualify into the finals.

The second run was on the “blue” course which I didn’t get a practice run on so I had to go into it blind.

I ended up having a big crash ¾ of the way down the track and it put me to the bottom of the scoring tower.

I missed making it in by only 8 places. I was a bit disappointed but looked forward to watching Mitch who qualified 3rd, and Bernard who also made it in.

After qualifying we headed up on the mountain for our first downhill runs of the trip. We had to ride the famous “A LINE” trail. After some downhill laps we went back to the dual slalom to watch the finals.

Mitch ended up with a second place and in my opinion should have won the event.

With an eventful day 1 in Whistler wrapped up we hit the town for the night.

The night life in Whistler is like nothing I’ve ever seen, massive parties almost every night and all the riders are out and about.

The nights in Whistler were some of the best we’ve had.

There is more from this trip, watch for the next update as they head to a Pump Track Challenge race and then to Karaoke Jump Jam.

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