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Crankworx is the defining celebration of world-class mountain biking. Come ride with the best, on phenomenal terrain and watch as the most competitive athletes refine and define the sport.
STOP ONE (March 17-25): Crankworx Rotorua brings nine jam-packed days of gravity-mountain biking to the Southern Hemisphere for its fourth year in March 2018. The first stop of the Crankworx World Tour, the festival is staged in the Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park and amongst the famed redwoods in the Whakarewarewa Forest trail network, with events spilling out all over the city. It launches all four Crankworx Series competitions, unofficially kicks off the international downhill racing season, brings the riders out to play for the first whip-off of the season, and establishes the first rider capable of winning the Triple Crown of Slopestyle for the year. With a full complement of Kidsworx events, concerts and its own showcase of the sport’s creative side, Rotorua is the place to experience how the Kiwis revel in the cult of the fat tire.
STOP TWO (June 13-17): For it’s second year, Crankworx Innsbruck will take the lead, kicking off the European leg of the Crankworx World Tour in June 2018. In 2017, this fourth Crankworx venue made its debut, making the world stand up and take notice, hosting undoubtedly the most scenic whip-off of all time, and bringing together the best riders in the world to compete on some of the best tracks Crankworx has ever seen, across all disciplines. It’s no surprise, given Innsbruck’s relationship with gravity goes far beyond a dalliance, inching more toward obsession. On the peaks above this venerable city, rock climbers gather for World Cups, Olympians charge to victory, and ski jumpers converge for the annual Four Hills Tournament. This is the land of daring and decisiveness. For year number two, Innsbruck will build on the momentum generated during its first year hosting the world’s biggest gravity-fuelled mountain bike festival, promising to go bigger, fly higher and get louder, while maintaining its trademark Tyrolean precision, polish and pride.
STOP THREE (June 20-24): Heading back to France for its seventh year, the Crankworx World Tour will once again descend on Les Gets, the global centre of all things biking, and home to one of the most legendary downhill tracks on the planet. Come June, this is where the aeronautic tricksters and unflinching speed demons will converge to session the verdant alpine slopes of the Alps. Les Gets is a pioneer for this sport. It was among the first in Europe to offer lift-accessed mountain biking, and is integral to the early days of downhill racing with four UCI World Cups and the 2004
World Championship to its name. Nestled on the French-Swiss border, and part of the 12-resort Porte du Soleil mountain-riding circuit, this is ground zero for Europe’s gravity obsessed.
THE HOMECOMING (August 10-19): Whistler is where it all began, where careers take flight and where the season culminates in a raucous showdown of gravity-mountain biking’s finest riding. For an unprecedented 15 years, the festival has been staged in the number one lift-accessed mountain bike park in the world, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and surrounding Whistler Valley. The area’s craggy cliffs and root-riddled rainforest are Mecca for downhill and North Shore-style riding, offering up 4,900 vertical-feet of bold, brash terrain to fuel 10 days of boundary-defining riding each August. From fans cresting the Top of the World to seasoned Slopestyle athletes battling in the storied Boneyard, Crankworx Whistler merges every rider’s talent, creativity and power to form the ultimate riding scene. And as the home of the Crankworx World Tour, it’s where the toughest and most exclusive titles in the sport are awarded: the King and Queen of the Crankworx World Tour and the Triple Crown of Slopestyle.
The Crankworx World Tour is where ordinary humans perform the extraordinary and launch into the realm of the unimaginable, riding faster, climbing further, flying higher, and going bigger than what was once thought to be possible, taking on the world and the challenges set before them with seemingly superhuman power and passion. In 2018, Crankworx brings their feats of two-wheeled magic to Rotorua, New Zealand (March 17-25), Innsbruck, Austria (June 13-17) and Les Gets, France (June 20-24), before bringing it home to Whistler, Canada for the 15th year of Crankworx competition (August 10-19).