Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival

Crankworx Whistler is over for 2016 - but it will be back! Stay tuned for information on the 2017 event.

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. Visit the Crankworx website for registration and athlete information.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

TimeEventLocation
8:00am–12:00pmKidsworx FunduroWhistler Valley and Bike Park
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

TimeEventLocation
8:00am–2:45pmSRAM Canadian Open Challenger Enduro presented by CamelBakWhistler Valley and Bike Park
4:00pm – 7pmCLIF Bar Dual Speed & StyleWhistler Mountain Bike Park
9:00am–12:00pmKidsworx Run Bike RaceBlackcomb Kids
9:00am–12:00pmKidsworx Scavenger HuntBlackcomb Kids
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
1:00pm–1:45pmKidsworx Village CritWhistler Village
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

TimeEventLocation
9:00am–12:00pmLiv Women’s A-LineWhistler Mountain Bike Park
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
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro

MONDAY, AUGUST 15

TimeEventLocation
10:00am–3:00pmKidsworx DH Race - B-LineWhistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

TimeEventLocation
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
Varied
12:30pm–3:30pm
3:00pm–5:00pm
Garbonzo DH
Amateur Divisions Final
Pro Divisions Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro
8:30pm–10:00pmDirt DiariesWhistler Olympic Plaza

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

TimeEventLocation
11:45am–3:30pmAir DH Kidsworx InvitationalWhistler Bike Park
11:45 AM – 5 PM
11:45am–3:15pm
3:30pm–5:00pm
Fox Air DH
Amateur & Invitational Kidsworx Divisions Final
Pro Divisions Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro
8:30pm–10:00pmSamsung Deep Summer Photo ChallengeWhistler Olympic Plaza

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

TimeEventLocation
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro
3:00pm–4:00pmOfficial Whip-Off World Championships presented by SpankCrab Apple Hits
6:30pm–7:15pmUltimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock ShoxWhistler Olympic Plaza

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

TimeEventLocation
8:00am–10:45amKidsworx X-CountrySpruce Grove
Varied
10:45am–12:45pm
1:15pm–3:15pm
Canadian Open X-Country
Amateur Final
Pro Final
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Varied
2:00pm–3:00pm
5:00pm–7:00pm
GIANT Dual Slalom
Amateur Final
Pro 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–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

TimeEventLocation
Varied
11:45am–3:00pm
3:30pm–5:30pm
Canadian Open DH presented by iXS
Final Elite & Junior Expert
Final Amateurs Categories
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
10:00am–5:00pmKidsworx Wooden Pump Track Daily SessionsDay Lot 2
11:00pm–4:00pmThe Great Canadian Cheese Rolling FestivalBlackcomb Mountain
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro
5:00pm–7:00pmRed Bull Joyride PrologueWhistler Mountain Bike Park

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

TimeEventLocation
10:30am–1:30pmRed Bull JoyrideWhistler Mountain Bike Park
3:00pm–1:00amCrankworx Sunset SessionsBearfoot Bistro

More About the 2016 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.

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.

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.

Crankworx Sunset Sessions

The Crankworx Sunset Sessions take place every day during the festival from 3 pm until late. The Outdoor Lounge food menu is offered at half price from 3 to 6 pm. Great cocktails. Alfresco dining. DJ sets from 3 pm running until late.

The Bearfoot Bistro Outdoor Lounge is Whistler’s hidden secret. Come watch as the sun sets over the mountains and enjoy the most entertaining summer night experience in town. The Bearfoot Bistro Outdoor Lounge is the official venue of sunsets at Crankworx Whistler.

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