Crankworx World Tour
The Crankworx World Tour is a multi-stop series of mountain bike festivals, bringing together the best mountain bike athletes to compete in elite-level competitions in a variety of disciplines. It began in Whistler in 2004 and has since grown into the largest event of its kind in mountain biking.
Crankworx World Tour festivals also host races for amateurs, a category for CWNEXT athletes, the next generation of racers, Kidsworx contests for our youngest riders, participatory events, and celebrations of mountain bike culture, all while showcasing amazing destinations
King and Queen of Crankworx
The race to be crowned King or Queen of the Crankworx World Tour is the most difficult competition in mountain biking. This season-long, multidisciplinary challenge tabulates results across events, disciplines and World Tour stops, in an epic test of a riders’ skill and will. Racing from the Southern Hemisphere to the Alps and home to Whistler, athletes aim to collect as many points as possible for a shot at winning the $20,000 prize. The most points wins.
The top ranked athletes competing at the Crankworx World Tour are recognized through the following title and awards.
The two top ranked riders (male and female) will each receive $20,000 CAD. The second place overall riders (male and female) each receive $10,000 CAD. The third place overall riders (male and female) will each receive $5,000 CAD.
There are five core disciplines that are staged at all Crankworx World Tour stops, and that crown champions at the end of the season.
The five disciplines are:
Speed & Style
Each stop on the Crankworx World Tour hosts a contest that is a part of the season-long battle for the discipline championship:
Crankworx Pump Track Challenge World Championship
Crankworx Speed & Style World Championship
Crankworx Dual Slalom World Championship
Crankworx Downhill Championship
Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship
At the end of the season, the following champions are crowned:
Crankworx Pump Track Challenge World Champions (M/F)
Crankworx Speed & Style World Champion (M)
Crankworx Dual Slalom World Champions (M/F)
Crankworx Downhill Champions (M/F)
Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Champion (M)
To secure one of the titles, athletes accumulate points over the course of a season, with the victors named at the final stop of the Crankworx World Tour.
Prizes for each champion vary by the degree of difficulty, and relative prestige, of the win. The Pump Track World Champions, Dual Slalom World Champions and Speed & Style World Champion are each awarded $5000. Crankworx Downhill Champions pick up $5000 as well for winning the series, with another $5000 bonus up for grabs to the athlete who can win all three events in a single year.
The Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Champion is in a separate category, as it’s managed by both Crankworx and the FMBA. Overall, more than $150,000 USD is awarded throughout the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship season, with the Slopestyle World Champion named at the end of the season.
Slopestyle: Gravity-fed and loaded with man-made features—giant sculpted jumps, narrow canon logs, near-vertical wallrides, huge drops—Slopestyle delivers tricks, flips and high-energy, mind-blowing action. Crankworx Slopestyle is sanctioned by the Freeride Mountain Bike Association.
Pump Track: Speed, flow and power are what push riders to the top in this head-to-head style competition. Without the ability to pedal, riders use the explosive starts, raw strength and the momentum of rollers on man-made tracks to pump enough speed to round the berms and cross the finish line first.
Speed & Style: The art of a Speed & Style win lies in the rider’s ability to pull off the best tricks on the fastest run down a gravity-fed course, out-witting all opponents by duking it out in pairs to slowly narrow the field.
Downhill (DH): Natural trails, a mix of technical features and steep, gnarly lines, plus riders’ innate ability to pin it down the mountain, make this full-throttle race a heart-stopper from top to bottom.
Dual Slalom: Raw rivalry is the name of the game in Dual Slalom. This crowd-pleasing format pits two competitors against one another in a side-by-side battle against each other, and the clock, to avoid elimination.
The sport of Slopestyle mountain biking entered a new era in 2018. The Crankworx World Tour and the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) joined forces to create a singular elite-level series of Slopestyle mountain biking events.
The Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) replaces the FMB Diamond Series and the Crankworx Slopestyle World Tour. SWC events on the Crankworx World Tour represent the pinnacle of the discipline of Slopestyle.
Overall, more than $200,000 USD is awarded throughout the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship season, with the Slopestyle World Champion claiming his crown at the end of the season.
14 spots are up for grabs for SWC events. The top six riders according to the SWC Standings from the previous year automatically qualify for all SWC events. These six pre-qualified athletes are joined by the next best six riders according to the FMB World Ranking six weeks before an SWC event. The two final spots are awarded to FMB Wildcard entries who can win their spot on the start list by competing at designated FMB Gold events taking place before an SWC event. Additionally, winners of Red Bull Joyride, Slopestyle’s ultimate event, are granted lifetime entry to SWC events.
All news and highlights relating to the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship are available on crankworx.com.
For all the latest from the FMB World Ranking and Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship Standings: fmbworldtour.com
The mystique of the elusive Triple Crown lies in the allure of the near-impossible. A rider must win three Crankworx Slopestyle events in a single year to wear the crown. Created in 2015, the Triple Crown is intended to sit just beyond the grasp of most riders, truly pushing the sport into the next dimension. As the marquee event of Crankworx, the honour is worth $25,000.
All three events in the quest for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle are broadcast LIVE on all your devices exclusively on Red Bull TV.
They are also LIVE on Crankworx.com and Pinkbike.com.
WHAT IS CWNEXT?
CWNEXT (pronounced C-W-Next) includes categories for young men and women, in the following age classes: 13-14, 15-16, 17-18.
This category for the next generation is run alongside the main Crankworx events, separately from Kidsworx. It bridges the gap between Kidsworx and Crankworx competition and provides a development path for young athletes.
The creation of CWNEXT category involves the following:
- the addition of new categories to existing events
- the inclusion of younger racers in existing events
- a shift of existing junior categories under the CWNEXT umbrella
To register in CWNEXT events, check out the Athlete Info & Registration pages listed under each individual festival.
Over the past 16 years, Crankworx has solidified its reputation as the ultimate experience in mountain biking. Pros get the opportunity to ride with the best of the best from all disciplines. Amateurs can race the same tracks as their heroes. Spectators get up close and personal with the top names in the sport and watch history unfold before their very eyes. Through Kidsworx races and events, young riders and families can get in on the action themselves.
Kidsworx started in its current iteration (a separate program featuring multiple events for kids and families) in 2013. As it has blossomed over the years, many young athletes have sprouted. Groms have grown into seasoned riders. There are now budding young stars in the mix – the next generation of amateur shredders and professional athletes. These competitors have shown themselves to be worthy of their own event category that reflects their level of skill and dedication.
The next generation of youth are on the rise. As we head into a new decade, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the future of mountain biking. The launch of CWNEXT signifies the creation of an arena in which the next generation of Crankworx Kings and Queens can show the world what they’ve got.