History

The Crankworx bike scene’s seed of stoke began to germinate in the early 2000’s.

Mountain biking was becoming a way of life in the Coast Mountain Range north of Vancouver and, as a ripple of the sport’s popularity moved through the Sea to Sky region – beginning in North Vancouver and running north through Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton – the desire grew to channel this energy into a festival.

The Whistler Summer Gravity Fest launched in 2003, including an Air DH, Joyride Bikercross and “Slopestyle Expression Session,” among others. It set the stage for what was to come, and solidified Whistler’s growing reputation as Mecca for the mountain bike scene.

The following year, Crankworx got its moniker, and what would become the world’s biggest mountain biking festival got rolling.

Over the years, Crankworx has been the place for game-changing moments, legendary performances, unmatched two-wheeled athleticism, and “you saw it here first” examples of the sport’s progression. Crankworx launched mountain biking into a new dimension.

Crankworx is now in a league of its own, spanning the globe, growing to an unprecedented four stops in 2017. For 2018, the Crankworx World Tour will be bringing its trademark excitement and energy to Rotorua, New Zealand (March 17-25) for the fourth year in a row, Innsbruck, Austria (June 13-17) for a second and Les Gets, France (June 20-24), now in its third year. And as it has done for 15 years, this August Crankworx returns with a bang to its Canadian home base of Whistler (August 10-19).

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