Crankworx Whistler Turns 15
The stage was set and the spark had been ignited. 2004 was a seminal moment in time for the sport, as Whistler’s reputation as Mecca for the mountain bike scene reached its crux and Crankworx officially launched onto the scene. Since that first festival in Whistler 15 years ago, Crankworx has been ground zero for superhuman moments that’ve helped shape the sport of mountain biking, launching the careers of superstars, inspiring both recreational riders and up-and-coming pros, and relentlessly pushing the sport into the future. August 10-19, 2018, the Crankworx World Tour, now grown to four stops, will culminate in Whistler once again, celebrating 15 years of going faster, further, higher, and bigger than humanly imaginable.
Taking Women to New Heights
2017 saw women take centre stage at Crankworx Whistler like never before. Former downhill racer Micayla Gatto walked away with top prize in the Dirt Diaries Video Competition for her edit Ferdagirls that put female riders front and centre, encouraging “little bros” to “sit down” and “be humble.” The popularity of the LIV Women’s Only A-Line session once again drew a solid crowd of shred sisters who sent it on Whistler’s most infamous jump trail. And, new in 2017, 13 of the world’s best female mountain bikers came together for the Women Of Crankworx athlete signing, followed by Red Bull’s Women in Action panel discussion. 2018 is set to take the role women play at Crankworx even further, building on the tidal wave of momentum that continues to bring more women into mountain biking.
Slopestyle Saturday is Back
After two years of wrapping up the action at Crankworx Whistler on slopestyle Sunday, Red Bull Joyride will reclaim its Saturday timeslot in 2018, launching from the Boneyard on Saturday, August 18. The marquee event of Crankworx Whistler aired on Sunday the past two seasons due to weather issues and scheduling conflicts. It’s return to Saturday will bring it back to the timeslot it’s traditionally held, launching the final weekend of mountain biking action in Whistler, and wrapping up the Crankworx World Tour season’s slopestyle action in style.