One of Whistlers biggest festivals begins on August 10, attracting mountain bikers, families and tourists from around the world! Crankworx World Tour has already stopped in New Zealand, Austria and France in the months prior before finally returning to Whistler for its 15th year.
Over the last decade and a half Whistler has been an audience to unimaginable athletic feats, free concerts and arts exhibitions for photography and cinematography, slowly but surely securing Crankworx as one of the biggest freeride mountain biking events in the world.
With events such as the Red Bull Joy Ride, The Official Whip-Off World Championship, RockShox Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge, Dual Slalom competitions, Clif Duel Speed & Style, Canadian Open Downhill, Fox Air Downhill and Garbanzo Downhill, there is always something to watch during this week.
There are also women only events such as the A-Line Session, SRAM Women’s Clinics, a Women in Action Sport panel discussion and a Riverside Jump Jam. Kids races and events include activities like the BMX Challenge, Endure race, and Run Bike Races as well as a scavenger hunt, an invitational Air Downhill event, Cross Country races and a Pump Track Challenge.
Corona Sunset Festival | Saturday, August 11 | 7 PM - 12 AM @ Roundhouse Lodge
As well as the downhill events, there is also the Corona Sunsets Festival which will include 5 cities across Canada, starting in Halifax and ending in Whistler to showcase the phenomenal golden hour views from across the country. Each city will be having their own event with artists and open air venues included, but there will also be a livestream of all 5 sunsets online. The Whistler chapter of Sunsets Festival will be celebrating in the Roundhouse Lodge, so take the gondola up to enjoy DJ sets and beautiful patio views, tickets are $35 and include a gondola pass and one beverage.
Deep Photo Challenge | Wednesday, August 15 | 8:30 PM @ Whistler Olympic Plaza
In addition to the competitive downhill events, there is also the Deep Summer Photo Challenge held from August 11-13 where 5 photographers and one wildcard contestant will be immersed into the downhill environment, shooting all the big tricks, flips and whips in the summer heat. The photos offer an opportunity to see the mountain biking experience through a whole new perspective, celebrate the competitors artistic endeavours and the athletic excellence of the riders. The Photo Challenge begins at 8:45pm on August 15, grab a VIP experience ticket for just 10 dollars to be able to relax in the licensed VIP zone with a beer!
Dirt Diaries | Tuesday, August 14 | 8:30 PM @ Whistler Olympic Plaza
Not only interested in showcasing photography, Crankworx also has a cinematic competition, called Dirt Diaries, which has been a part of the festival for 7 years. Six film makers spend 3 months curating, creating and shooting their own 4 to 6 minute video focused on one athlete. The film makers are given almost complete free rein over their creative endeavours, besides the mandatory one quarter of the film being focused on the Whistler Valley and Bike Park. The showcase of the Dirt Diaries is held on August 14 at the Olympic Plaza, VIP tickets are available for $10 and will be open at 7:30pm, the pre show begins at 8:00 but the real show starts at 8:45.
Red Bull Joyride | Saturday, August 18 | 4:30 PM @ Base of Whistler Mountain Bike Park
By far the biggest event of the week, and the high stakes conclusion to the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle Championship and the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, Red Bull Joyride is the most challenging event of the festival. Only the best downhill free riders are invited to show their most extreme tricks, using a custom built course to creatively and smoothly descend to the Boneyard. This event takes place all day on August 18th, and can be viewed from the patio of the Garibaldi Lift Co.
World Tour Awards & After Party | Saturday, August 18 | 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM @ Whistler Conference Centre
To close out this high intensity week, Crankworx will be hosting its first ever World Tour Awards & After Party celebration to congratulate the world champions, best athletes and trailblazers in the sport. The awards ceremony has a large attendance of over a thousand people who attend to honour the passion, fearlessness and determination the competitors commit to for the love of their sport. After the awards are given out, there will be a lively afterparty where athletes and fans alike will join together to commemorate another great year for the sport. Tickets are available for $35 in advance or $40 at the door. The awards ceremony begins at 8:30pm August 18 at the Whistler Conference Centre and will be a raucous conclusion to an adrenaline filled 8 days!