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The Untold Stories of Crankworx

Sean St.Denis' Top 10 Photos

Words by Sean St. Denis. Photos by Sean St. Denis.
August 23rd, 2013

Sean St.Denis may claim not to be much of a writer, but the emotion comes through in this piece. Sean spent Crankworx week chasing the moment and admittedly doing quite well at it, dropping beauty shots into the Crankworx media pool. We asked him to pull his top 10 photos and tell a bit of the story behind them…


I’m Sean St.Denis. You probably have no idea who I am. Usually I’m the guy that fixes your busted up, beat down rig, when you visit Whistler. I’m the guy that has to tell you the bad news. The guy that has to explain that Whistler is here to eat your bike. When I’m not doing that, I’m volunteering every free second to capture the world as I see it. I’ve heard the word “banger” a lot over the past couple weeks here in Whistler. Here are my top 10 bangers from my time shooting Crankworx 2013.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

Probably the most badass photo I have ever taken. Shirtless amongst drunk wildmen, perched carelessly on the edge of a booze covered muddy rock. Screaming at the chainsaw guy that he needs to have his picture taken with a legend. People I give you Steve Smith. Just wish we could see the moustache, then it would be the greatest cycling picture ever taken. Darn, maybe next year…

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

After hours of sweet pump track action. The checks have been handed out. All but a few have left. One small man sneaks his way in. Seb calls out to those lingering around to get off the track, Jackson needs to have a lap. Martin Soderstrom is watching this little ripper of our future tear around smooth as any pro rider twice his size. Soderstrom challenges him for a race. Probably the coolest moment most people never knew happened. Get well soon Martin. I need you in top shape for photos next year.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

We all knew it was going to happen. It wasn’t a question of “if” but of “when”. I have no idea why I was in that spot. The angle was terrible for cool shots. Jebus must have drawn me to it. As a photographer I had to just keep pushing the button. Sorry I didn’t save you. But I’m happy you are ok. Aside from the mass embarrassment. “DON’T, FALL, OFF, THE ROCK. DON’T FALL OFF THE ROCK!!!!”. I’m making that sign for next year.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

What can I say. He is steezy. Just look at that flip whip. It won him gold. Don’t be a hater. The badassatude of his run was off the sickterscale. Ya I made lots of those words up. I’m not a writer – just enjoy the picture.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

Bernardo Cruz has the whip on lock down. Most of the time his back wheel is in front of him. Whenever I talk to him he never says much… could be that he speaks another language, or it could be that he lets his whips do all the talking.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

After winning yet another race. Can’t even remember which one. He wins them all. I got to experience the passing of the Canadian racing torch from one legend to the next. Andrew Shandro congratulating Steve Smith on his umpteenth victory.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

Cedric Gracia. Don’t call him old. Dude has style and can still work his ladies, I mean bikes. One word Steeezzzz.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

Well this may not be the best photo ever. It still means something to some of us. Local rider Jesse Melamed went up against the big boys of Enduro and placed a solid 6th amongst the pros. At 21 years old, he is part of the future of Enduro. Now if only he would listen to me when I tell him that he will never win these races eating like he does. Trust me, you won’t always burn it off.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

I’m not one for selfies. But when you are allowed to camp at the peak of Whistler to document the volunteers who have to be up at the crack of dawn to be ready for the Enduro racers. A picture of ones self editing into the wee hours of the night are ok in my books. Shooting for 48 hours straight with 2 hours sleep in the middle is tons of fun. Probably should have had more than two slices of pizza in that time. Easiest way to lose 10lbs in 10 days.

Sean St. Denis, Crankworx, 2013, photos, bangers, banger, gallery

I don’t drink, nor do I usually have showers in beer. But this guy made it really enjoyable. In the crazy half naked sausagefest, this picture made me realize what Hecklers Rock is all about. A damn good time. Leave the winning time to Smith. Lets party. Crankworx was amazing. Just look – not a frown amongst them. See you next year…

I have tons of photos from Crankworx – these are just the few that stand out the most. Check out the complete set HERE. Hope you enjoyed my terrible writing skillz. Maybe I’ll stick to letting my photos do all the talking from now on…

- Sean St.Denis


Just when you thought nothing new could come from a week flooded with Crankworx coverage, Sean comes through with a pile of untold stories. Good stuff.

  • KazYamamura

    Sweet photos Sean!

  • pete

    Beauty photos and the words to match. Let’s have some more!

  • Dirk

    The full album is pretty great too.

  • Sublime

    The first photo is perhaps the best photo I have seen of Crankworxs. Sweet!,

    • seanstdenis

      Thanks. It was the the best way to end the week.