RockShox Canadian Open DH

Started in: 2007
First pro winners: Fabien Barel (FRA) and Tracy Moseley (GBR)
2022 pro winners: Troy Brosnan (AUS) and Tracey Hannah (AUS)
Whistler Bike Park trails: (New for 2023) 1199

RockShox Canadian Open DH Location: Whistler Mountain Bike Park – Spectators with a bike and a Whistler Bike Park lift ticket can catch some of the action by riding down adjacent trails to view races. Spectators without a bike can catch the finish line at the Timing Flats above Creekside. Kindly note that open alcohol is not permitted.

Straight down, no mercy, under the watchful eyes of downhill fans around the world. The Canadian Open DH course is a one run take-down of Whistler’s rooty single-track. Staged on the opening 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 track and get ready to take in the speed and skill of some of the world’s fastest.

Thursday, 20th July
10:00 am – 4:00 pmTrack Walk
Friday, 21st July
9:30 am – 12:30 pmGroup B Training
12:30 pm – 3:30 pmGroup A Training
Saturday, 22nd July
9:30 am – 12:30 pmGroup B Training
12:30 pm – 3:30 pmGroup A Training
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmGroup A Seeding Runs
Sunday, 23rd July
9:00 am – 10:15 amGroup B Training
10:30 am – 12:30 pmGroup B Finals
12:45 pm – 2:00 pmGroup A Training
2:15 pm – 4:00 pmGroup A Finals
4:00 pm – 6:00 pmGroup A Finals


Registration will open on Tuesday May 9, 2023 at 10:00am PDT
Registration Deadline: Saturday July 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PDT
There will be no onsite registration.

To view athlete profile, please login into the Crankworx Registration Platform

Entry Fee
U15, U17 + Amateur categories: $97.71 CAD (includes 5% GST & processing fees)
Elite + U19 categories: $119.43 CAD (includes 5% GST & processing fees)

Cycling BC One-Event License Fee
Canadian Youth 16 years and under: $5 CAD + 5% GST
Canadian Adult 17 years and older: $25 CAD + 5% GST
International Participant, all ages: $25 CAD + 5% GST
**See license section below to determine if you need to purchase the one-event license

Lift access is required for this race. Whistler Mountain Bike Park tickets/passes are not included in the entry fee and will need to be purchased separately.

Cancellation Policy
Entry fees are refundable (less processing fee) providing cancellation notice is received in writing to athletes@crankworx.com by the registration deadline. Registration deadline is July 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PDT. All entries are non-refundable or transferable after the registration deadline (even in the case of injury or mechanical problems).

Competitors who need to withdraw after the registration deadline should email athletes@crankworx.com to confirm their withdrawal otherwise they will appear on the start list as a DNS.

Whistler Blackcomb Creekside Guest Services (2036 London Lane, Whistler BC)

Wednesday July 19 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday July 20 | 8:30am – 1:00pm
Friday July 21 | 8:30am – 1:00pm
Saturday July 22 | 8:30am – 1:00pm
Sunday July 23 | Closed

MEN | Elite
MEN | U19 [2005-2006]
WOMEN | Elite
WOMEN | U19 [2005-2006]

MEN | U15 [2009-2010]
MEN | U17 [2007-2008] 
MEN | Senior Amateur 19-34 [1989-2004]
MEN | Master Amateur 35-39 [1984-1988]
MEN | Veteran Amateur 40+ [1983+]
WOMEN | U15 [2009-2010] 
WOMEN | U17 [2007-2008]
WOMEN | Senior Amateur 19+ [2004+]

300 riders
No special provisions are made for Canada Cup Series racers, or others, in the event that the race sells out.

The Canadian Open DH is sanctioned by the UCI and Cycling Canada. All categories will require a race license.

The Elite and U19 categories are sanctioned by the UCI as a C1 race. A UCI license is required to race in the Elite and U19 categories.
UCI and Canada Cup points are available for Elite Men/Women, U19 Men/Women.

The U15, U17, Senior, Master and Veteran categories are sanctioned by Cycling BC. Either a Cycling BC or UCI-affiliated Cycling Federation license (example: USA Cycling, Cycling NZ etc.) is required to race in the U15, U17, Senior, Master or Veteran categories. Competitors in these categories can purchase a one-event license through Cycling BC as part of the Canadian Open DH registration. It will be an add-on through online registration. One-event license fees are outlined above in the ‘Entry Fee’ section.

Lift access will be via Creekside Gondola

Lift tickets or a Bike Park Pass will be required and are not included in the entry fee. Discounted lift tickets are available. Pricing and location to purchase the discounted tickets will be announced soon.

The 2023 Canada Cup will take place at Crankworx Whistler. Canada Cup points and podiums will be awarded from the results of the Canadian Open DH race. There is no separate registration required. Canadian competitors can sign up for the Canadian Open DH and will automatically be registered for the Canada Cup per Cycling Canada’s rules and regulations.

Prize giving and awards will immediately follow the Canadian Open DH podiums/wards.

Group A = U19 and Elite categories
Group B = U15, U17, Senior, Master and Veteran categories

There is a mandatory training requirement for the event.  Minimum 2 training runs must be completed during the scheduled training sessions and verified by a commissaire. Riders who have not completed the training runs during the scheduled training sessions won’t be allowed to start in Finals or the Seeding Run (Elite and U19 Only).

Riders must start all training runs at the official start gate.

Finals Only, 1 Run for the following categories: U15, U17, Senior, Master and Veteran categories
Seeding Run & Finals for Elite and U19

Seeding Runs are for the Elite and U19 categories only.

Seeding Runs are mandatory. If a rider does not start for the seeding run, they will not be placed in the start list to race in finals.

Start order for finals for the Elite and U19 categories will be determined by the results of Saturday’s Seeding Runs.

Timing for the DH race will include laser timing for start and finish times and timing chips for on-course split times.

  • Elite & U19 competitors will have timing chips for Seeding & Finals
  • U15, U17, Senior, Master and Veteran competitors will having timing chips for Finals
  • Athletes will receive their Timing Chips at the top of the course and be expected to mount the Timing Chips to their bikes with two zip ties, provided by the race organizers
  • Athletes are responsible for ensuring their Timing Chip remains on their bike during the race, and gets returned to a race official in the finish corral before leaving the race
  • If an athlete does not return a Timing Chip that has been allocated to them, they will be responsible for getting the Timing Chip to the race organizer after the festival or will be subject to a replacement fee of 80.00 EUR

Full face helmet with peak mandatory for all riders. Gloves, elbow and knee protection mandatory for riders 15 and under.

Will be on the new 1199 track in the Creekside zone. Exact course details will be released soon.