Crankworx is quite simply one of the best times of the year to be in Whistler. As the original home of Crankworx, the town fully embraces all this event has to offer. The mountain is at maximum stoke and ready to show itself off to the world. The vibe in the village is spectacular as everyone prepares for this mind-blowing 10-day event. Get the chance to brush shoulders with some of the best mountain bikes in the world as they descend upon Whistler for the final stop of the Crankworx World tour. All the best brands in the industry are here showing off next years products and best of all, handing out a ton of free swag! Here is our essential guide to conquering Crankworx.
The big star that is always put on the events calendar is the Red Bull Joyride. This is the massive freestyle showdown that pits riders against gravity with some truly outrageous jumps and features. If you like watching riders push the sport with massive no handed front flips, cork 360's, huge tail whips or even gnarly 20ft face plants into the mountain side then this event is a must attend. The Red Bull Joyride is happening this Sunday, August 20th. Miss it, Miss out!!
The next great event is the Clif Speed & Style. This is a dual slalom race that pits two riders head-to-head in a showdown of wits and courage. The object of this event is to have two riders race down identical side-by-side courses and the first on to the bottom wins, but there is a twist. Riders can also score points while racing by doing tricks as they tear down the course. This love child between slopestyle and speed is a must watch. Here are some highlights from this year's event.
The final must see event on the Crankworx calendar is the Whip-off World Championships presented by SPANK. This is where riders hurl themselves off massive jumps to see who, once and for all, has the most stylish whip. This fact is highly debated among riders so Crankworx decided to make people put their money where their mouth is. Contestants are judged on style, duration of the whip and distance travelled. It is truly an awesome sight.
The fun of Crankworx doesn't stop just because the sun goes down. Crankworx always brings a party to Whistler. What better way to start the night off than with a quick stretch (don't want to pull a muscle on the dance floor!). Attend one of the Yoga with Abi Stretch & Release session hosted in one of Whistler's beautifully maintained parks or at Forlise's Mountainside location. After that, grab your cooler full of your favourite drinks and make your way to the Whistler Olympic Plaza to take in Dirt Diaries (August 15th) and Deep Summer Photo Contest (August 16th) At these you will get to see through the eyes of some of the best videographers and photographers in the business. Here is one of our favourites from last year Light Cycles by Mike Gamble Media.
After those are done, the party continues at the Garibaldi Lift Co. where Dj sensations and hometown heroes SkiiTour will be performing on Tuesday, August 15th. This will be a packed party so buy your tickets early. Doors open at 10 pm and the party goes until close. Tickets can be bought at the door. If pounding bass is not your style and you would prefer to let your hair down and rock out, then head to the GLC on August 16th when they present Whole Lotta Led, a local Whistler Led Zepplin cover band. These guys rock and their shows are always a great time so don't miss out. Doors open at 10 pm and entry is free!
After the long days of Crankworx & long nights in the GLC, you are definitely going to need some time to heal your bike park wounds & stop those headaches. We suggest hitting up Lost Lake (far dock) or Alta Lake (via Wayside Park) These tend to be quieter spots to rest your head, catch up on some reading or work-off your terrible sock tan. Be sure to take your bike as parking can be just like trying to find a parking spot in Whistler on a powder day! Both parks are easily accessible via the Valley Trail but if you are heading to Lost Lake, watch out for the Western Toads!