Competition began on March 25, traveled to three continents, and required no small amount of dedication — and on Sunday, August 16, 2015, Anneke Beerten was crowned Queen of Crankworx. To win the title, and the $25,000 check that came with it, the 33-year-old enduro specialist from the Netherlands amassed more points than any other woman — and made more podium appearances than any other Crankworx competitor.
To chase the crown, the Specialized Racing Team rider had to compete in as many Crankworx World Tour events as possible. But, for this former multiple-time national and world BMX champion, and multiple-time World Cup 4X champion, riding different disciplines comes naturally.
"When Crankworx announced their schedule and the Queen of Crankworx overall title, I marked the dates in my calendar," said Beerten. "I love doing different events and it suits my riding style. So I wanted to make these events priority next to racing the EWS [Enduro World Series].
At Crankworx Rotorua, Beerten came out of the gate hot, collecting a win in the Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox and a 4th in Round 1 of the Enduro World Series.
The second round of the Crankworx World Tour didn't have an enduro event on its schedule, but that didn't stop Beerten from attending, and extending her lead, with a 2nd in Pump Track, a 3rd in the Whip-Off and an 8th-place finish in the DH. - Photo by Sven Martin
Her path to the Crankworx throne did not lack for adversity, though. She crashed while racing to an early lead in Round 5 of the Enduro World Series, sustaining a deep laceration to her knee that required stitches. Ironically, and sadly, injury didn't stop Beerten's race for an EWS win, but rather a crash that took the life of another competitor. Further racing was canceled. - Photo by Sven Martin
Realizing that every point would matter, Beerten's Crankworx Whistler schedule was considerably more aggressive than it had been for New Zealand and France: EWS Round 6 (4th place), Garbanzo DH (3rd place), Air DH (2nd place), Whip-Off World Championship, Ultimate Pump Track Challenge (2nd place) and Dual Slalom (2nd place). Before the final-round bracket in the Dual Slalom had even been decided, Beerten's points tally was unbeatable. - Photo by Sven Martin
"It's amazing to win the Queen of Crankworx overall title," declared the new Queen. "It has been a lot of racing, suffering and crashing, but it was all worth it. I enjoyed every single event and was stoked to podium in most of them."
Although she raced purpose-built, SRAM- and RockShox-equipped bikes for all three Crankworx Pump Track events and the Dual Slalom at Whistler, the 2015 Queen of Crankworx nabbed most of her points while riding her Specialized Racing Team issue S-Works Enduro 29, equipped with SRAM XX1 drive train, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes, RockShox Pike fork and Monarch Plus RC3 shock.