2019 Crankworx Whistler Stories

About the Crankworx World Tour
Crankworx is the ultimate experience in mountain biking. Born in Whistler, B.C. in 2004, Crankworx has evolved into a multi-stop international festival series. The Crankworx World Tour brings together the best mountain bike athletes to compete in elite-level competitions in a variety of disciplines. Crankworx World Tour festivals also host races for amateurs, Kidsworx contests for young riders, participatory events, and celebrations of mountain bike culture, all while showcasing amazing destinations. For additional information, visit crankworx.com.

Crankworx Whistler – for Mountain Bikers
Crankworx and Whistler are two words synonymous with the pinnacle of the sport of mountain biking. Combine the two, and you have the ultimate. Nowhere else will you find this caliber and collection of athletes, from across disciplines, together in one place. Along with athletes, the annual festival brings together industry, fans and spectators for a celebration bigger than any other on the planet. The 10 day spectacle includes races and competitions (for pros, amateurs and kids), cultural showcases, a vibrant expo throughout Whistler Village, a demo zone to check out and test new bikes and products, movie screenings, parties, and more.

Crankworx Whistler – for Non-Mountain Bikers
For lovers of the outdoors looking to explore a different side of the famed resort, visiting Whistler during Crankworx offers an opportunity to experience a unique and awe-inspiring branch of mountain culture that’s growingly rapidly. Whistler is home to the world’s biggest bike park, and is arguably the planet’s most iconic riding destination. During the festival, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and surrounding trails in the Whistler Valley are at their most vibrant, teeming with pro riders, those testing the waters for the first time, and everyone in between. The energy and welcoming spirit of the global mountain bike community is sure to entice visitors to get amongst the action and get a taste of what it’s all about. The 10 day festival includes races and competitions (for pros, amateurs and kids), cultural showcases, a vibrant expo throughout Whistler Village, a demo zone to check out and test new bikes and products, movie screenings, parties, and more.

Crankworx Whistler – Key Messaging
-Crankworx started in Whistler in 2004.
-Crankworx Whistler is now in it’s 16th year.
-Crankworx has also expanded beyond Whistler. In 2019 the Crankworx World Tour includes three stops: Crankworx Rotorua in March, Crankworx Innsbruck in June and Crankworx Whistler in August.
-Crankworx Whistler events are hosted in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain, in and around Whistler Village, and on the trails in the Whistler Valley.
-In 2019, Crankworx Whistler will take place over 10 days, from Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 18.
-Crankworx Whistler showcases a variety of disciplines of mountain biking, including Slopestyle, Downhill, Enduro, Dual Slalom, Speed & Style, and Pump Track
-Once again in 2019, Crankworx Whistler will host the Enduro World Series (EWS) as part of the festival. The EWS brings together the best enduro riders on the planet to compete in the season’s sixth multi-stage race. The event’s notoriety has prompted some athletes to call the Crankworx Whistler race the “World Champs” of enduro. The CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized will take place on the first weekend of Crankworx, in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Whistler Valley trails.
-Every year, the marquee event of Crankworx Whistler is Red Bull Joyride. Dubbed “the Super Bowl of mountain biking”, the event bring upwards of 30,000 spectators to the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to watch the top 14 slopestyle mountain bikers in the world. Each puts together a run of tricks over a series of jumps and features. The competition is the final stop of the season-long Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship.
-On top of pro competition, Crankworx features Kidsworx, a series of both competitive and recreational events for young riders.
-Every year, Crankworx features women’s specific programming, including the popular Liv A-Line Women’s Only Session, in which A-Line, arguably the most famous trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, is closed for a private session for women, including coaches and guides.
-Two cultural events round out the Crankworx Whistler experience. The Deep Summer Photo Challenge and Dirt Diaries film competition will take place on the evenings of Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14 in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Each event showcases and celebrates the creative spirit of mountain biking, bringing together top photographers, filmers and athletes to tell their stories of riding in and around Whistler.

Crankworx Whistler by the Numbers
16: years since Crankworx debuted in Whistler in 2004
10: # of days the festival spans
30,000: spectators on site for the biggest event of the week, Red Bull Joyride
1181: athletes from around the world
1090: Kidsworx racers
30: total events
7: new events in 2019, including the Adaptive MTB Jam Session and a women’s category in the CLIF Speed & Style
339: members of the Crankworx Whistler Volunteer Crew

Story Ideas
Programming for Adaptive Mountain Bikers expands at Crankworx Whistler
For years, adaptive mountain biking (aMTB) has had a presence at Crankworx Whistler, with 4 Wheels and Adaptive categories in the legendary Air DH race. Adaptive mountain biking utilizes 2, 3 or 4 wheeled bikes which can accommodate riders post-injury that are now paraplegic, quadriplegic or amputees, riders with Cerebral Palsy or degenerative conditions such as Parkinsons, MS. and Lou Gehrig’s, among others.

New for 2019, Crankworx Whistler is paving the way for beginner and intermediate aMTB riders to experience mountain biking at Crankworx, ensuring the sport is accessible to anyone with accessibility needs.

The first Crankworx Adaptive Jam Session will be held in 2019. The event will be for riders of all abilities on 3 or 4 wheel bikes, giving them access to coaching in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park learning area and to the blue graded B-Line trail. Bikes will also be available to try for riders new to adaptive riding. The event will take place Monday, August 12.

Details and registration: https://www.crankworx.com/event/adaptive-mountain-biking-jam-session/
Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/li8r63zd1301x7t/AAC0BnKuUdZy3eHVVZ4I2-_Ka?dl=0

Kidsworx events for youngsters continue to expand and grow
Since it started in 2014, Kidsworx programming at Crankworx Whistler has grown to include multiple events and over 1000 young shredders (1090 in 2018, to be exact). Four new events will be added to the roster in 2019, bringing the total number of Kidsworx events at Crankworx Whistler up to 13. New additions will include:

Clif Speed & Style Kidsworx Invitational: Featuring 32 invited riders (16 boys and 8 girls) between the ages of 13 and 15, this invitation-only event will give experienced young riders the chance to show off their skills on the same course as their heroes. Fans can expect to see some young Crankworx regulars, new faces, and a mix of local and international competitors, and get a glimpse of the mind-blowing talent sprouting from the current crop of groms.

Kidsworx Beginner Skills Clinic with Curtis Keene and Christopher Grice presented by Specialized: For little pedallers ages 5 to 10, this is the perfect event for beginner riders looking to learn and develop some basic skills. Mountain bike all-stars Curtis Keene and Christopher Grice will be leading this session focussing on body position, braking, cornering, and FUN.

Kidsworx Intermediate Skills Clinic with Marshall Mullen and Spencer Rathkamp presented by Specialized: This FREE event for kids ages 7 to 11 years will give beginner to intermediate riders the chance to meet and learn from their heroes. Hosted by pro riders Marshall Mullen and Spencer Rathkamp, this clinic will focus on technical skills and tackle features like rock rolls, roots and rollers.

Kidsworx Pump Track Clinic with Anneke & Martin presented by SRAM & Specialized: Kids at Crankworx Rotorua earlier this season got the unique opportunity to session the Pump Track with superstars Anneke Beerten and Martin Söderström. We had so much fun, we’re bringing the event to Whistler. The Kidsworx Pump Track Clinic with Anneke & Martin presented by SRAM & Specialized will give young riders ages 6 to 12 the chance to session the pros’ Pump Track, while fine-tuning their skills with coaching from two all-time athletes.

Details and registration: https://www.crankworx.com/cwx-kidsworx/whistler/
Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j5bv05a87v6ypk3/AABgf3fsKGDZroqrE8jOc6awa?dl=0

Crankworx continues to drive participation from women in mountain biking
In its continuing quest to pave the way for women in all aspects of mountain biking, two new categories have been added to events at Crankworx Whistler 2019. A new women’s category will debut in the CLIF Speed & Style, while the return of the Best Trick competition will include a women’s category for the first time. The hope for both events is that they will help set a foundation from which female riders can launch, showcasing their style and taking their skills to the next level.

“The ultimate goal is to have women competing in Slopestyle at Crankworx one day,” says Crankworx World Tour General Manager Darren Kinnaird. “We’re working to give the women competing now more opportunities, and to pave the way for the future. I believe the first female Red Bull Joyride competitor is out there. She’s probably10 to 12 years old, but she’s out there, and she’s watching.”

Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hwn6tjmz8ezcw9x/AABADRHwp5d-k1VahwipHirDa?dl=0

Crankworx’s biggest event goes even bigger in 2019
Saturday, August 17, the Super Bowl of the mountain bike world goes down in Whistler. Red Bull Joyride, the marquee event of Crankworx Whistler, will bring out 14 of the world’s best Slopestyle mountain bikers to show the world what they’ve got. Each rider has worked their way up the ranks to earn their chance to drop in to this storied course, known as the toughest in the world. What makes it so? The enormity of the features on which riders are judged, the size of the crowd (30,000+ on site in Whistler, with hundreds of thousands more watching around the world on Red Bull TV), the mystique that surrounds the event, and the pressure that rises to the surface when all of the above come together.

How do you keep one of the most iconic events in the sport fresh 16 years in? With inspiration, innovation and hard work. The build crew from Joyride Bike Parks has been working since May to form, scupt and perfect eight features on which riders will be judged. Included in the mix are some that have never been seen before, and that will remain shrouded in secrecy until early August when the full course is unveiled.

Expect innovative tricks and mind-blowing performances as the athletes at the pinnacle of the discipline bring everything they’ve got to the biggest event of the year.

Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/517azxhomxcf8dj/AACk4LxSDrm53_Vd4zsHWYCga?dl=0

Deep field of homegrown talent comes together for world’s largest mountain bike festival in Whistler
When Crankworx launches from Whistler, August 9-18, the best of the best will make their way to Canadian soil to get amongst the dirt in one the planet’s most iconic riding destinations. Among the athletes, a deep field of homegrown talent hailing from across B.C. Here’s who to watch for at Crankworx Whistler 2019:

Sea to Sky
Finn Iles (Whistler)
DOB: August 15, 1999 (20)
Downhill specialist, Whistler local and 2019 men’s Canadian National Downhill Champion, Iles won the Air DH last year on his birthday. He’ll be back to defend in 2019, as well as taking on the Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by SPANK, an event he’s won before, and the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS.

Max Leyen (Whistler)
DOB: July 15, 1997 (22)
In his first year racing in the Elite category in the Enduro World Series in 2018, Whistler’s Leyen pulled in his strongest EWS result of the season in Whistler, coming in 15th out of field over 200 deep in the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized.

Miranda Miller (Squamish)
DOB: March 2, 1990 (29)
This former Downhill World Champion has changed gears and is focusing mostly on enduro in 2019. Watch for her in the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized, as well as the Air DH and Canadian Open DH presented by iXS.

Andréane Lanthier Nadeau (Squamish)
DOB: July 3, 1993 (26)
ALN has been pulling in solid top 10 results across the Enduro World Series in recent years, including a fourth place finish in the 2018 CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized at Crankworx Whistler.

Metro Vancouver
Ethan Shandro (North Vancouver)
DOB: February 18, 2002 (17)
This Junior Expert racer has been making his mark on the international Downhill circuit. He took a first and a second place in the 15-16 category of his races at Crankworx Whistler in 2018, and will be back racing the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS.

Vancouver Island
Magnus Manson (Victoria)
DOB: March 19, 1998 (21)
2018 saw this former Canadian National Champion (2018) finish in the top 20 at World Championships, and take home second and third place hardware at Crankworx Whistler. This year, he’ll be back racing the same events he podiumed in – the Air DH and the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS.

Mark Wallace (Duncan)
DOB: June 1, 1995 (24)
A consistent top 10 finisher on the international Downhill circuit, Wallace has finished third (2017) and fourth (2018) in the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS. He’ll be back to push for the top again in 2019.

Okanagan
Brett Rheeder (Vernon)
DOB: February 16, 1993 (26)
7x Crankworx Champion and 3x overall Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Champion, the Ontario rider, who now calls Vernon home, is the most decorated Slopestyle mountain biker currently competing on the circuit. Rheeder has won both Crankworx Slopestyle contests so far this season, queuing him up to win the overall once again, as well as the elusive Triple Crown of Slopestyle, if he can take the win at Red Bull Joyride 2019.

Vaea Verbeeck (Coldstream)
DOB: November 25, 1990 (28)
Verbeeck is one of the strongest and most versatile female mountain bikers currently competing at Crankworx, as we;; as the women’s 2019 Canadian National Downhill Champion. With multiple first places finishes across the Crankworx World Tour this season, she is the current points leader for the overall Queen of Crankworx title. She’s also one half of one of MTB’s most powerful couples (with partner Bas van Steenbergen – listed below). Watch for her in: Garbanzo DH, Air DH, 100% Dual Slalom, Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank, RockShox Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, Canadian Open DH presented by iXS.

Bas van Steenbergen (Coldstream)
DOB: February 15, 1994 (25)
Known for his style, speed and versatility, van Steenbergen is the top Canadian male in the overall points race for the King of Crankworx title (he sits in fifth place going in to Crankworx Whistler). His partner Vaea Verbeeck (listed above) is currently first in the running for Queen. Watch for him in: Garbanzo DH, Air DH (which he won in 2017), 100% Dual Slalom, Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank, RockShox Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, and CLIF Speed & Style.

Tom van Steenbergen (Kelowna)
DOB: June 6, 1996 (23)
The younger van Steenbergen brother is all about style. Last year he finished fifth in CLIF Speed & Style at Crankworx Whistler, and this year he’s back for more, as well as taking on the Best Trick contest.

Kootenays
Casey Brown (Revelstoke)
DOB: October 27 1990 (28)
The Queen of Style, Brown is one of the most well-known mountain bikers in the world today. One of her signatures is her whip, a move that involves maneuvering the bike sideways in the air mid-jump. She’ll be bringing her style to an all-new arena this year, taking on the women’s category of the CLIF Speed & Style, and the first-ever women’s Best Trick contest. Watch for her big smile and mammoth skills in: Garbanzo DH, Air DH, 100% Dual Slalom, Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank, RockShox Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, Speed & Style, Best Trick, Canadian Open DH presented by iXS.

Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/11uoj83nnku674d/AABpL6tyIZlo7zAg6J_twgpYa?dl=0