Crankworx World Tour

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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.

Elite riders battle at each stop for individual event supremacy and, while doing so, earn points toward an overall prize, considered by many to be the most difficult in mountain biking. The titles of King and Queen of Crankworx are awarded at the end of the season to athletes who’ve shown their multidisciplinary mastery over the course of the season, amassing points across events, festivals and continents. In addition, the tour includes five series events in the disciplines of Downhill, Pump Track, Speed & Style, Dual Slalom, and Slopestyle. Each Crankworx World Tour stop features each of these disciplines. In addition to the King and Queen of Crankworx points, athletes accumulate points across individual disciplines. At the end of the season, series champions are crowned in all five.

Rotorua

March 1-8, 2020

Location: Crankworx Rotorua takes place in the Central North Island of New Zealand set amongst rainforests, surrounded by pristine lakes and steaming geothermal landscapes of bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers. This Spa of the Southern Seas features thermal bathing and exhilarating adventure experiences, world-class mountain biking and a rich heritage, all in New Zealand’s cradle of Māori culture and history. Crankworx competitions are based out of Skyline Rotorua, home to the Skyline Gravity Bike Park, and the Whakarewarewa (/Fah-kah-ray-wah-ray-wah/) Forest. New Zealand’s coolest hot spot truly embodies the spirit of Crankworx, celebrating the trails that bring people from all over the world to Rotorua, as well as the dirt gold, the culture and the spirit of the people.

History: Crankworx Rotorua was announced in August 2014, marking the first time the festival set down in the southern hemisphere. It launched in March 2015 and was immediately embraced by residents and visitors. 2020 will mark the sixth time Crankworx will kick off its season in New Zealand, something that’s set to continue – in December 2016 a 10-year contract was signed, ensuring many more years of magic from Crankworx Rotorua.

Crankworx Rotorua by the numbers (2019)
Days: 6
Spectators: 43,000
Pro Athletes: 1037
Kidsworx Competitors: 335 (nearly double 2018)
Volunteers: 490
Events: 17

Innsbruck

September 30-October 4, 2020

Location: Innsbruck, Austria is the capital of the country’s western state of the Tyrol, situated in the Heart of the Alps. It’s an Olympic City, famous for its great competence in organizing major sport events and with a history with the kind of competition Crankworx does best: defying gravity. Having staged the famous Air + Style Contest since 1993, several Boulder World Cups, and lots of other World Championships, this Crankworx World Tour stop has distinguished itself as the perfect place for mountain biking’s elite to go big, fly high and make history.

History: Crankworx Innsbruck was announced as the fourth stop of the Crankworx World Tour in August of 2016. 2020 will mark the fourth time the urban mountain city will play host to the best mountain biker’s in the world.

Crankworx Innsbruck by the numbers (2018):
Days: 5 Spectators: 20,000 (8% increase from 2017)
Pro Athletes: 314 (13% increase from 2017)
Kidsworx Competitors: 490 (145% increase from 2017)
Volunteers: 108
Events: 28

Whistler

August 5-16, 2020 (cancelled for 2020)

Location: Crankworx Whistler takes place in the Resort Municipality of Whistler, located in the Coast Mountain Range north of Vancouver, in a region known as the Sea to Sky. Many events during Crankworx Whistler take place within Whistler Village in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The stage for the festival’s signature event, Red Bull Joyride, is set at the base of the bike park in an area known as “The Boneyard.”

History: Crankworx Whistler began in 2003 under the name Whistler Summer Gravity Fest, changing its name to Crankworx the following year. Since then, the festival has grown exponentially year after year, and has become known as the Superbowl of mountain biking. 2020 will mark the 17th year of the festival in Whistler.

Crankworx Whistler by the numbers (2019):
Days: 10
Spectators: 310,000+
Red Bull Joyride spectators: 35,000
Pro Athletes: 1324
Kidsworx Competitors: 946
Volunteers: 360
Events: 22


Crankworx has the the largest economic impact of all major events in Whistler.

The resort is now busier in the summer months than in winter, partially due to the growing popularity of mountain biking and Crankworx.