A mammoth 70 foot jump, posed no obstacle for Bredbo's Andrew Crimmins who has claimed the Junior Men's Canadian Open title at the annual Crankworx 10 day Mountain Bike festival in Whistler Canada.
The biggest the 16-year-old has ever taken on, the jump is near the finish line of the downhill race which took place on Sunday.
Crimmins was one of 33 international riders to tackle the course, and fight it out to be crowned the Canadian Open champion.
The race is the pinnacle event at Crankworx and the main reason Crimmins travelled to Whistler.
On race day, he was the fourth rider out of the start gate in the junior men and crossed the finish line with the fastest time. He went straight into the 'Hot Seat', sweating it out for half an hour until the rest of the field crossed the line.
Crimmins claimed the win, crossing in a time of 2:56.97 which was a huge 10.17 seconds ahead of second place. The second and third place getters were from Brazil and Great Britain respectively.
Crimmins said he had wanted to compete at Crankworx since his brother Thomas raced there two years ago.
"There's so many different tracks here and they're so different to home," he said.
"To take the win in the Junior Men Canadian Open was the best I could have hoped for. There was some really stiff competition this weekend with riders from around the world and some of them have raced in World Cups. I think riding and training in Thredbo has helped a lot with these longer and steeper tracks."
The win rounded out a successful campaign for Crimmins who took part in a handful of other races while at Whistler.
His first event was the Garbonzo Downhill which is an unusually long downhill race that takes riders an average of 14 minutes to complete. A normal downhill race is between two and five minutes. After snapping his gear cable near the top of the track and being stuck in top gear for the rest of the race, he still managed to place fourth out of 28 riders in a time of 13:56.12.
On Friday, he raced in the Dual Slalom event which involved going through the time trial elimination round in the morning and race in the afternoon. Crimmins entered this race as a bit of fun as it's not the usual style of racing he's used to but thought he'd have a go anyway. He ended up seeding fourth fastest and making it through to the final.
In between seeding and finals Andrew went up the track to watch the Whip Off World Championships being held on some of the big jumps. When he got there he decided that it looked like fun and entered, making it through to the final with some of the worlds best riders. On a high from that event he gave his all in the final of the Dual Slalom that afternoon, finishing in the bronze medal position, surprising a lot of the local Canadian riders.
There will be little rest for Andrew, who will be racing the next round of the NSW/ACT State series on the Central Coast this weekend when he returns to Australia. He is currently leading the series in the Elite Men category.
Meanwhile, Thomas is leaving on Saturday to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa for the World Championships taking place from August 30 to September 1.