Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival
August 5 – 15, 2022
Following much consideration and discussion, the Crankworx team announced the cancellation of its Whistler festival in 2021. From September 6 – 19, 2021, Crankworx BC will bring some of the world’s top pro riders together to compete at some of the province’s top mountain bike destinations.
From August 5 to 15, 2022, the world will come together in Whistler for Crankworx once again, which includes the 10th anniversary of Red Bull Joyride. Crankworx Whistler is a world-famous festival celebrating the heart and soul of gravity-fuelled mountain biking. The best riders and biggest bike fans in the world come out for 10 days of racing, slopestyle competitions, Kidsworx events, bike demos and the chance to shred Whistler’s trails with other like-minded bike fans.
Please check back for more information on the 2022 event.
2019 Crankworx Whistler Schedule Highlights
The following information is from the 2019 event – please check back for Crankworx Whistler 2022 information when it is released.
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 spectator schedule below to see highlights for each day.
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|10 AM – 6 PM||EXPO||Whistler Village|
|10 AM – 5 PM||DEMO||Day Lot 2|
|10 AM – 5 PM||TECH||Day Lot 2|
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
MONDAY, AUGUST 12
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
Visit the Crankworx website for registration and athlete information.
Crankworx Whistler 2019 Event Details
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Kidsworx Event Series
A series of events designed for the next generation of cyclists, with mini-challenges, races and skills sessions available throughout the week. All levels of rider are provided for with events including Skill Zones, Run Bike Races, Scavenger Hunts and BMX, as well as enduro races, DH races and pumptrack challenges just for kids.
Kidsworx Event Information and Schedules
Crankworx Expo, Demo & Tech
The Expo at Crankworx Whistler gives the biggest names in mountain biking and event 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 the Expo!
The Demo zone is in Lot 2 Across from Pan Pacific Villageside Hotel. 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. On your way, check out the Tech Zone in Lot 2 across from Pan Pacific Villageside Hotel from 10 AM to 5 PM 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.
The Tech Zone Expo and Demo Details
CLIF Speed & Style
An invitational field of the best Dual Slalom racers 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.
After a four year hiatus, Best Trick is back. In this jam-style trick showcase, some of the world’s top riders will be invited to dig deep into their bags of tricks and throw down for the crowds. Back by popular demand, the event was last staged in 2014. The name of the game? Go big. Simple, right? Not when you’re battling it out against riders at the forefront of progression and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels.
CamelBak 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's rooty, coastal rainforest trails and challenging scree steeps of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. This race is Round 6 of the 2019 Enduro World Series.
Liv A-Line Women's Only Session
The Liv A-Line Women's Only Session is the perfect way to start the day off right with some private, fun-loving A-Line laps alongside Liv athlete, Lindsey Richter. Whistler Mountain 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 3,400-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.
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 four- to six-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 Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Since 2004, the Air Downhill has been the heart of Crankworx Whistler. Arguably the most famous trail in the world, A-Line is the stuff of mountain bike legend and lore, renowned for its iconic drops, jumps on jumps on jumps, and giant, sculpted berms. You'll see speed and style in this epic race.
Deep Summer Photo Challenge
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, five photographers – plus one wildcard – will shoot for their lives during the first Crankworx weekend, putting together an epic slideshow set to music. 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.
Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by SPANK
Skill and style reign supreme in this event that brings together the best racers and freeriders in the biz. 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 king of killer whips.
RockShox Ultimate Pump Track Challenge
The Pump Track sees two riders line up head-to-head and drop into a maze of berms and rollers, each racing to cross the finish line first. The catch? No pedalling allowed. Strength, momentum and skill are the name of the game in this arena where pedal-less power reigns supreme and a single mistake can cost the victory.
100% Dual Slalom Whistler
This old-school race format pits two competitors against one another in a side-by-side battle against the clock’s cruel hand, battling to avoid elimination. Enduro experts, downhill champions, freeride legends, and masters of style – they all line up at the Slalom start gate to see who can bring together the most explosive run through tight turns, jumps and rhythm sections. Riders take one run down each side of the course, with the fastest combined time taking the win. Whistler’s race has now expanded into a Crankworx World Championship discipline, with races staged at each stop on the Crankworx World Tour.
Red Bull® Joyride
The season-defining conclusion of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship and the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, Joyride brings together over 25,000 fans on the ground, and millions more around the world. Steeped in 15+ years of tradition, this is the most challenging event on the circuit. The 14 best riders in the world bring their A-game to this invitational showcase, interpreting a custom-built course and giving it their all.
Canadian Open DH presented by iXS
The Canadian open DH course is a a one-run takedown of Whistlers famous terrain, on a trail sporting rooty singletrack, steep rock drops and big air features. Staged on the final weekend of Crankworx, this is one of the biggest events of the festival, attracting elite downhill experts from around the world. Pro, aspiring and amateur racers, claim your spot at the start gate. Fans, grab your spot on the track and get ready to take in the speed and skill of some of the world’s fastest.
Crankworx Whistler 2019 Spectator Information
VIP Tickets & Packages
Riders aren't the only ones who will feel on top of the world at Crankworx. Purchase VIP tickets and packages for exclusive access to VIP zones at major events like Red Bull Joyride, Deep Summer and Crankworx World Tour Awards & After-Party. Visit the Crankworx website to buy tickets.
Getting Around – Parking
Parking in Day Lot 2 is unavailable during Crankworx Whistler. Additional information on parking can be found here.
Biking During Crankworx
With plenty of bike enthusiasts in town for the festival, expect a higher volume of people on the trails, more people looking for services and parts and a lower availability of rental bikes. Book your accommodation, bike rentals and make restaurant reservations well in advance for a smooth festival.
Note that due to events being held in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, trail closures will be in effect. Check out the Bike Park website for trail closures, or check in with Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services on the day.