Gearheads Unite in Whistler for Crankworx

7/6 | Josh Cooley

Head to Whistler Crankworx early to get a spot next to

Head to Whistler Crankworx early to get a spot next to "Heckler's Rock" for the Canadian Open DH.

Copyright: Jorgenson

Dates

Aug. 9-18, 2013

Cost

Online athlete registration is $60-$70 depending on category ($10 surcharge on-site), Registration info can be found here; discounted Whistler Bike Park day passes for training ($42 adult/$39 youth) and race days ($15); Crankworx spectators—no charge to watch events at the base, but Whistler Mountain Bike Park passes and a bike are required for bike park events.

Highlights

Joyride slopestyle; Dual Speed and Style; Fat Tire Crit; Ultimate Pump Track Challenge; Canadian Cheese Rolling Championships (free).

Insider Tips

Arrive early to get good viewing spots at the finish lines; check out “Heckler’s Rock” underneath the Fitzsimmons Chair for the raucous Hecklefest during the Canadian Open DH. Get a spot on the deck at the Garibaldi Lift Co. at the base of Whistler Bike Park; don’t miss Joyride slopestyle.

The Scoop

Earth’s elite mountain bikers descend on Whistler Blackcomb this August for the Crankworx Whistler freeride mountain bike festival. Top downhill racers and freeride specialists will engage in super-human aerial maneuvers, feats of endurance and style with ease, to vie for $175,000 in cash and prizes.  

Thousands of dedicated fans will witness the evolution of mountain biking on the fly, as athletes test gravity and progress their sport to unfathomable levels. Crankworx Whistler draws hundreds of pros and amateur athletes, all with voracious appetites to launch the biggest airs and ride longer and faster than everyone else.

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Big crowds take in big air every summer at Crankworx Whistler. Photo Courtesy of Jorgenson.

The crème de la crème event of Crankworx is Joyride slopestyle held in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Industry-leading bike park designer Joyride Bike Parks built the course with input on course design from athletes. 

Joyride fuses elements of slopestyle, dirt jump and North Shore mountain biking, which is synonymous with precision technical riding and huge airs on natural and mind-boggling manmade features. The Freeride Mountain Bike Association classifies Joyride as a Diamond Stop, one of only two worldwide.

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Whistler's diverse terrain makes it a perfect destination for so many different mountain biking disciplines. Photo Courtesy of Jorgenson.

The off-mountain entertainment will include a free outdoor concert series. A beer garden will be available in Olympic Plaza near the Fat Tire Crit course. Vendor tents will be located throughout Whistler Village. For après shred, check out the Dubh Linn Gate Irish pub, Garibaldi Lift Co., the patio at the Brewhouse and the Longhorn Saloon.

 

 

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