I landed in Vancouver on 31st July, about 4 hours later I was in Whistler with my friend Luis.
Let’s skip the fact that I forgot my helmet and goggles on the bus that took us here and Nick (Pescetto) “forgot” to tell us that he had decided to move to Whistler until his return to Italy.

The day after, we were all in the bike park, ready to settle and spend the week getting the right flow on its trails.
You know, risks are everywhere, and in those days I played a trumpcard that will remain stucked in my mind forever: first rides on “Crabapple”, a trail with big jumps. The third one is built after a bend. I don’t know how and most of all why, but I landed with my bike on the trail edge, let’s say already on the ski run beyond.

I survived by chance, as I decided to save my body but sacrifice the bike that landed into a drain pipe full of stones. At a first sight, just the gears went to the wall, luckily or not, then I found the rear fork totally gone, and after that I realized
that the inner hub axle was cracked.The best I could do was riding for 10 days without gears and chain. Now the bike is in good health, I swear, all the spokes are in place, the gears work, and in the next days I’ll ask for a “fork service”.

 

On the 13th of August we welcomed 4 friends of us. The Crankworks contest had already begun from some days.
For those of you who never heard about it, Crankworks is a big festival lasting more than a week, during what the village gets overfilled with people on their bikes and booths of biking Companies showing the news coming the next season. What better chance to plan any kind of contest?! Beside all, there’s one in particular that made me hesitate: the Whip off contest.

In a first moment I didn’t give my ride for granted, then the day came and the choice I made revealed itself as one of the best ever made in my life. We immediately began lanching bombs on the trail! I was not hyped up, I was much more than pumped!

And I was still in those “chainless” days I told you before, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying. I also headed up a whole european “train”in one run!
What’s best is that during the contest it happened to me to “fall” among the pros, and I found myself following riders such as Bizet or Miles…unreal!

Unfortunately, even in amazing places like Canada there’s a sort of “Canadian Pizza Connection”. It’s clear, I hadn’t whipped so big, but I could afford the qualifying run after paying 10$, couldn’t I?!
Anyway, I was not the only one who came under the canadian abuses! Some friends from Germany had whipped very well, but they couldn’t get qualified either.

Do you think it was over?! Not yet!
From some days Nick was saying he meant to flip the 4th jump of the line, a 15-mts-bomb with a practically unexistent kick.
During a run it’s like getting a wall in front of you, but you can be sure that the corner is lousy. Suddenly I looked at Nick going up with Andreu pumping him to flip, telling everybody he would have made it despite Nick didn’t feel it at all.
After struggling a bit with the judges who didn’t want them to start, I saw them coming, and just before the 4th jump Andreu turned to look at Nick.

This was the sign. Nick jumped off the kick going really high and cork-flipping sooo huge!
Unfortunately he landed a little bended and couldn’t close it…but all the people got crazy! Just to give you an idea: only 2 riders flipped “Crabapple”: Graham Agassiz in 2011 and Nicola Pescetto in 2012!
Since that moment, something has changed.