Brett Tippie’s Favourite Crankworx: A Love Story
Left: Recognize the stoke? Photo courtesy Brett Tippie
Brett Tippie is a living legend in mountain biking. He pioneered freeriding along with Wade Simmons and Richie Schley and has stayed in the spotlight by highlighting his on-dirt skills with a natural charisma and humour that’s perfect for webisodes and event hosting.
Tippie is also an easily recognizable regular at Crankworx Whistler. He rides hard, laughs harder and he’ll be back in town this August 12-21, 2016 hosting daily video reports on Pinkbike as well as his regular show “Just the Tip” which is probably the best regular web-show in any sport, period.
We caught up with the hardest working legend in mountain biking to ask about his favourite Crankworx memories.
There’s plenty to love about Crankworx Whistler.
“Every Crankworx is a highlight of that year,” Tippie tells The Insider, “but for sure my favourite was 2007 when I met my wife. I was up in Kamloops going a bit stir-crazy and I knew I had to come down to Whistler. It was a party, I was high-fiving old buds everywhere and I went to the Longhorn and saw this absolute babe that knocked my toque right off.”
(Editor’s note: “knocked my toque off” is a Canadian expression to convey surprise and awe. The girl didn’t actually touch Tippie’s toque. It also remains unclear why he was wearing a toque in July.)
“I wanted to go say hi,” Tippie continues, “and she was talking to Wade Simmons so I introduced myself and next thing I know I have met Sarah, this absolutely gorgeous woman who mountain bikes, and we are set to go on a biking date. I fell in love. ”
Left: Photo courtesy Brett Tippie. Right: ALE DI LULLO PHOTO courtesy Brett Tippie.
The following year, Tippie and that mountain biking woman were engaged, at Crankworx. “I asked her to marry me in front of 20,000 people at the slopestyle finals,” Tippie recalls with his signature giggle. “I took the mic and went down on one knee and she didn’t answer right away. She was almost crying and I said, into the mic, ‘you gotta say something’… So she said ‘yes’.”
To keep the streak alive Tippie and Sarah opted to tie the knot at Crankworx three years later. “We did it at the Roundhouse on top of Whistler and then we had a train of 75 people riding down. It had rained for three days and then the sun cracked so we had tacky soil and shredded top to bottom on perfect dirt in white and black outfits. Rode right into the GLC…and now our kids are riding at Crankworx.”, Tippie says. “How can I not love it?”
Photo courtesy Brett Tippie
The moral of the story is if you love bikes or are looking for love, Crankworx Whistler is where the magic happens. Keep up to date with Tippie’s adventures on Instagram, and give the Tippie crew a high five if you see them round Whistler this week.