Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival

August 12 - 21, 2016

This world-famous festival celebrates the heart and soul of gravity-fuelled mountain biking. The best riders and biggest bike fans in the world come out for a week of gravity-fuelled racing, slopestyle competitions, Kidsworx, bike demos and the chance to shred Whistler's trails with other like-minded bike fans.

Crankworx Whistler 2016 Schedule

Every day of the festival is packed with events, races and demonstrations, many of them free to watch. Learn about the events and view the full schedule below to see what's on each day. Note that dates and times are subject to changes.

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FRIDAY, 12 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
8:00am–9:00amSRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized (Athlete Meeting - Pro)Garibaldi Lift Company
8:00am–8:00pmSRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
2:00pm–5:00pmCLIF Bar Dual Speed & Style (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park

SATURDAY, 13 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
8:00am–9:00amSRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized (Athlete Meeting - Amateurs)Garibaldi Lift Company
8:00am–9:00amSRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
9 AM – 7 PM
9:00am–11:00am
11:00am–11:45am
1:00pm–3:00pm
3:15pm–4:30pm
4:30pm–5:00pm
5:00pm–7:00pm
CLIF Bar Dual Speed & Style
Training
Seeding
Qualifying (Round of 32)
Training (Top 16 finalists)
Final
Live Broadcast Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
9:00am–12:00pmKidsworx Run Bike RaceTBA
9:00am–12:00pmKidsworx Scavenger HuntTBA
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
1:00pm–1:45pmKidsworx Village CritWhistler Village

SUNDAY, 14 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
8 AM – 7 PM
 
8:00am–4:00pm
4:00pm–7:00pm
5:00pm–7:00pm
SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized
Stages 1 to 4
Stage 5
Stage 5 Live Broadcast
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–1:00pmKidsworx Speedster Time TrialsFlo Park Trail
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2

MONDAY, 15 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
10:00am–3:00pmKidsworx DH Race - B-LineWhistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
11:30 AM –
1:45 PM

11:30am–12:45pm
12:45pm–1:45pm
Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank
Training
Qualification
Crab Apple Hits
3:00pm–5:45pmGarbanzo DH (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
6:00pm–8:00pmFox Air DH (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park

TUESDAY, 16 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
10 AM – 5 PM
10:00am–12:00pm
12:30pm–3:30pm
3:00pm–5:00pm
Garbonzo DH
Training
Amateur Divisions Final
Pro Divisions Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
5:45pm–8:00pmFox Air DH (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
6:00pm–8:00pmRed Bull Joyride (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park

WEDNESDAY, 17 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
9 AM – 5 PM
9:00am–11:30am
11:45am–3:45pm
3:30pm–5:00pm
Fox Air DH
Training
Amateur & Invitational Kidsworx Divisions Final
Pro Divisions Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
11:00am–2:00pm
6:00pm-8:00pm
Red Bull Joyride (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
11:45am–3:45pmAir DH Kidsworx InvitationalWhistler Mountain Bike Park
2:00pm–3:45pmUltimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock Shox (Training)Whistler Olympic Plaza

THURSDAY, 18 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
Varied
8:30am–11:00am
3:45pm–6:30pm
Canadian Open DH presented by iXS
Pro Division Training
Amateur Divisions Training
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
11:15am–1:45pmGIANT Dual Slalom (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
1:00pm–5:00pmCanadian Open X-Country (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
2:15pm–3:15pmRed Bull Joyride (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
3 PM – 9:30 PM
 
3:00pm–5:00pm
5:00pm–6:00pm
6:00pm–6:30pm
6:30pm–7:15pm
7:30pm–9:30pm
Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock Shox
Training
Time Trials
Training
Final (round of 32)
Final Live Broadcast
Whistler Olympic Plaza

FRIDAY, 19 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
8:00am–10:45amKidsworx X-CountrySpruce Grove
8:00am–12:00pmRed Bull Joyride (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Varied
8:00am–9:30am
1:15pm–3:15pm
Canadian Open X-Country
Training
Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
8 AM – 7 PM
8:00am–9:30am
9:30am–10:00am
10:00am–11:00am
11:00am–12:00pm
2:00pm–3:00pm
4:30pm–5:00pm
5:00pm–7:00pm
GIANT Dual Slalom
Pro Division Training
Pro Division Time Trials
Amateur Division Training
Amateur Division Time Trials
Amateur ladders
Pro Division Time Trials
Pro Division Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
2:00pm–5:00pmKidsworx Speedster Time TrialsFlo Park Trail
3:00pm–4:00pmOfficial Whip-Off World Championships presented by SpankCrab Apple Hits
4:00pm–7:15pmCanadian Open DH presented by iXS (Training)Whistler Mountain Bike Park

SATURDAY, 20 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
8:30 AM-5:30 PM
8:30am–10:30am
10:30am–12:45pm
1:00pm–3:00pm
3:30pm–5:30pm
Canadian Open DH presented by iXS
Pro Division Training
Amateur Divisions Training
Final Pro Division
Amateur Divisions Training
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
9 AM – 2 PM
9:00am–12:00pm
12:00pm–1:00pm
1:00pm–2:00pm
Spawn Cycles Kidsworx Pump Track Challenge
Open Session
Training
Competition
Whistler Olympic Plaza
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
3:30 PM – 7 PM
3:30pm–5:00pm
5:00pm–7:00pm
Red Bull Joyride
Training
Prologue
Whistler Mountain Bike Park

SUNDAY, 21 AUGUST

TimeEventLocation
9:00am–12:00pmKidsworx Run Bike RacesWhistler Village
9:00am–12:00pmKidsworx Scavenger HuntTBA
1:30 PM – 6 PM
1:30pm–2:45pm
3:00pm–6:00pm
Canadian Open DH presented by iXS
Amateur Divisions Training
Final Amateur Division
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
8 AM – 1:30 PM
8:00am–10:15am
10:30am–1:30pm
Red Bull Joyride
Training
Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park

More About the 2015 Events

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Kidsworx Event Series

Event Description
Kidsworx Village Crit
The next generation of criterium speedsters will take to the cobblestoned streets of Whistler Village for the Kidsworx Village Crit on Friday, August 7. This event is open to emerging athletes, ages 5 to 15, with four race categories available (5–6, 7–9, 10–12 and 13–15). Competitors will race along the same tactical and technical course as their older counterparts, but with adapted course lengths for each category. For children aged 2–4 years old on run bikes, and 2–4 years old on pedals bikes, there will be a fun participatory race. Both categories of little rippers will have the chance do one lap around the Village Crit course.
Kidsworx Run Bike Fun Races
The Kidsworx Run Bike Fun Races will be a great chance to get the youngest athletes at Crankworx together for a fun race and a taste of the two-wheeled action. Lots of fun features, including rollers and pylons, await to challenge young riders or those looking to try out a run bike for the first time. For more advanced run bike racers, challenges will be added to the course to increase the level of difficulty, ensuring fun for kids of all ages. Without pedals or training wheels, run bikes encourage kids to use their motor skills to power themselves forward while maintaining balance. Four GIANT 'Pre' run bikes and helmets available for use.
Kidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily Sessions
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to session the Kidsworx wooden Pump Track during this all-ages event. During the times listed above, the expertly-designed and meticulously-crafted Pump Track will be open to the public for a free all-ages Pump Track jam. Session it once, or every day, to learn the art of pumping over this rhythmic circuit of rollers, berms and jumps.
Kidsworx Scavenger Hunt
Bike-minded families will be on the hunt during the first weekend of Crankworx. The Kidsworx Scavenger Hunt will challenge teams to scour the village for clues at specific locations, with a special focus on popular biking areas and Crankworx hotspots. Families can start any time, but must complete their hunt by 5pm. Scavenger hunt can be completed on foot or on bike
Kidsworx B-Line Race
A race exclusive to Kidsworx during the Crankworx festivities, the Kidsworx B-Line Race will take racers through Joy Cross to the bottom of Mountain Road. Three race categories (7–9, 10–12, 13–15) will give competitors a chance to test their speed and skills against others in their age group. For those in the 7–9 category, qualification standards must be met before registering in order to compete.
Air DH Kidsworx Invitational
Young athletes will now have a chance to test their mettle on the tacky flume of Whistler's most iconic trail. For the second year in a row, an invitational category will be added to the Air DH race, giving up-and-coming 10–12-year-old shredders a chance to make their mark on the racing scene. This invitational category will follow the same course as the adults—1200 vertical feet of mind over matter.

Fat Tire Crit

When the dirt-adorned descend on Whistler Village for the Fat Tire Crit it's the nearest thing Whistler has to the Running of the Bulls. The criterium brings speed, stoke and spandex to the cobblestone streets of Whistler Village as racers whiz past deep throngs of spectators through a technical course of winding chicanes and ramps. Winning the Crit requires more tactical and technical mastery than savagery, making the Fat Tire Crit a crowd-pleaser as racers embrace the law of rider Darwinism: "lap or be lapped."

Crankworx Expo, Tech and Demo Zone

The Expo at Crankworx Whistler gives the biggest names in mountain biking and our sponsors a chance to showcase their stuff. Whistler Village comes alive with the vibrant tents and interactive displays of all the industry heavyweights. For all the latest information on products and services, you've gotta check out our Expo! The demo zone is in Lot 2 Across from Pan Pacific Villageside Hotel from 10am–5pm daily. The most respected brands in the industry will be in the demo zone with their newest Trail, DH and Freeride bikes for you to try for free. The Tech Zone is in Lot 2 Across from Pan Pacific Villageside Hotel from 10am–5pm daily. The beating heart of professional mountain biking, where bike savants wrench on prototype bikes, interacting with riders as they chill at their team trailers between training runs and races.

CLIF Bar Dual Speed and Style

An invitational field of the best Dual Slalom racers will go head-to-head against slopestyle's superstars, racing through side-by-side tricked-out Dual Tracks. The fastest down the course wins the speed points, but while speed ultimately decides the victor, it by no means trumps style. Racers earn a time credit for points accrued via mid-race Supermans, backflips and spins.

SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized

Riding clean and fast on showcase trails with friends and legends is the order of the day in Enduro racing. The trails selected for this multi-stage race will reward the generalist over the specialist, while showcasing the best of Whistler rooty, coastal rainforest trails and challenging scree steeps of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Liv Women's Only A-Line Session

The Liv Women's Only A-Line Session is the perfect way to start a Sunday morning off right with some dirt-loving logging A-Line laps alongside Liv ambassador athletes Katie Holden and Leigh Donovan. Whistler Bike Park coaches will also be available to guide you down the trails during this women's-only session. Expert tips, tricks and guidance will help participants make their descent with confidence and take their skills to the next level.

Garbanzo DH Race

A vertical marathon, the Garbanzo DH is a gruel-fest, a magnet for masochists, a 3400-foot top-to-bottom toll-taking test of mountain biking supremacy. The unrelenting seven-kilometre descent requires sustained intensity as riders match stamina with smoothness and strategy to stay on their game for one long, lonely ride through three bioclimatic zones, with only pain and the mountain's mood swings to accompany them. A killer link-up, the Garbanzo DH course snakes through some of the most aggressive terrain the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has, making it a leg-busting, stand-up-and-pedal tour de force.

Dirt Diaries

What happens when you combine a passion for pedals with storytelling power and masterful use of technology? The Dirt Diaries puts creative power into the hands of photo and film-focused mountain bikers, tasking them to capture the essence of the experience we all share and love. Riders assemble a team of up to six people, including film crew, editors and other athletes, and are given two months to put together five minute videos to tell their own unique story. Submissions are judged based on storyline, videography, riding and editing, then screened in front of a massive audience under open skies at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Fox Air DH

Pushing, pulsing, and relentlessly driving, for over a decade the Fox Air Downhill has been the primordial heart of Crankworx. Down the tacky flume of Whistler's most iconic trail, every turn's a berm, every jump's a tabletop and every moment is a battle of mind over matter. Some 400 racers, one by one, sprint down the mountain, scrubbing bumps and airing 1200 vertical feet of non-stop bank and boost.

Deep Summer Photo Challenge

Crankworx Whistler's preeminent mountain bike photo contest, the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, is a crowd favourite every year, capturing the best of mountain bike culture in the Sea to Sky Corridor, from Squamish to Pemberton. Over the course of the challenge, six elite mountain bike photographers – five pros plus the winner of the Pinkbike Deep Summer Wildcard Photographer Search – will have three days to put together an epic slideshow. Slideshow presentations will then light up the night under the stars at Whistler Olympic Plaza and a massive crowd will experience deep summer in Whistler through six different lenses with two $3500 prizes on the line. One prize will be awarded by the judges and one by the audience and online voters.

Official Whip-Off World Championships

Skill and steeze reign supreme in this event that brings together the best racers and freeriders in the biz. Developed by Sven Martin, a mountain bike photographer who knows his whips, the Whip Off World Championships combines big attitude with big whips, as riders duke it out to win the admiration of the crowd, the respect of their peers and, ultimately, the title of sovereign of style.

Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock Shox

Welcome to the dirt laboratory, where 85 flow-rats are pitted against one another, tasked to master a maze chock-full of berms, doubles and gaps. Riders duel back-to-back, without making a single pedal stroke, in this ultimate stripped-down skill showcase that's a true test of a rider's horizontal momentum mettle.

Canada Cup X-Country Finals

The 2015 Canada Cup series will take to the Whistler trails for another season this year, wrapping up its season during Crankworx. Competitors will plough through a fast and challenging course, racing for coveted points that will ultimately crown the Canada Cup Series Champions.

Giant® Dual Slalom

Rivalry at its most naked, the Giant® Dual Slalom's crowd-pleasing format pits two competitors, side by side, with the clock's second hand as the guillotine dropping to eliminate one rider per round. A bike-handling battleground, the finely sculpted track of jumps, berms, rhythm sections and drops pits fourcross specialists against gnar-chasing downhillers. Riders take one run down each side of the course. The fastest combined time wins. Each lap through the track raises the stakes and works up everyone's appetite to win.

Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Not a pro-athlete? The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is one of the most unique ways to get a taste of the adrenaline pumping action during Crankworx. For the love of Canadian cheese, competitors race and tumble downhill after a rolling wheel of cheese for a chance to win Whistler Blackcomb season passes and, of course, the prized wheel of cheese. Spectators can also get in on the excitement, enjoying the hilarious races and sampling delicious cheese, made from 100% Canadian milk, at the cheese farmers' market. What's more, the seminar tent will bring together everyone from cheese specialists to famers and restauranteurs, each bringing their own cheesy expertise to the slopes. There will also be free activities, races and games for the kids.

Red Bull® Joyride

Fusing elements of Slopestyle, dirt jump and North Shore-style mountain biking, Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler brings full-on, gravity-fed, season-defining freeride mountain biking to Crankworx. Part of the FMB Diamond Series, Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler marks the climax of 10 days of mountain bike revelry. The best riders in the world bring their A-game to this invitational showcase, interpreting a custom-built course melding natural terrain with impressive manmade features. For 2015, Slopestyle at Crankworx Whistler will continue its mandate to progress mountain bike Slopestyle through innovation and inspiration from the people that know best by incorporating as much of the Whistler's wicked natural terrain as possible and working directly with athletes to get course feedback from last year.

Canadian Open DH

Straight down, no mercy - the Canadian open DH course is a ripper, a one-run takedown of Whistler’s rooty single-track, steep rock drops and big air features. This technical test-piece calls for blazing guns and laser focus from those who dare to drop in. This notoriously rough course demands nothing less, and each year continues to solidify its place in the mountain biking world as a premier downhill course of gnarly character and raucous renown.

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