The Rise of Dual Slalom
Formerly an exclusive to Crankworx Whistler, Dual Slalom is expanding to two other stops on the Crankworx World Tour in 2018. This season, both Crankworx Rotorua and Crankworx Les Gets will be adding the discipline to their roster of events. The inclusion of Dual Slalom was largely inspired by the athletes, who often cite the discipline as one of their favourites. If Crankworx Whistler is any indication, the new events are sure to bring out a unique mix of athletes who revel in the raw rivalry of the head-to-head racing format. On top of adding another contest to the mix, the dual slaloms in Rotorua and Les Gets will also offer up highly sought after points in the battle for the King and Queen of Crankworx titles.
Crankworx World Tour 2018 Shines Spotlight on Female Stars of MTB
The Crankworx World Tour will shine the spotlight on its female athletes more than ever before in 2018. While Crankworx events have always featured an array of events for women, including downhill, pump track and dual slalom, 2018 will bring two addition dual slalom events into the mix, giving female competitors two additional contests to take part in in both Rotorua and Les Gets, as well as increasing the number of events on offer with Queen of Crankworx points up for grabs. Additionally, Women of Crankworx athlete signings will now take place across the Crankworx World Tour. The event made its debut at Crankworx Whistler in 2017, giving mountain biking fans the opportunity to come out and meet some of the top women in the sport today. Expanding the event to all four tour stops will give fans around the world the same dose of face-to-face shred-spiration, and shine the spotlight on the women who are are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels today.
Will 2018 be the Year the Triple Crown Will Be Claimed?
Three years deep, and still unclaimed. The Triple Crown of Slopestyle was first introduced in 2015, challenging riders to win three of the slopestyle events across the Crankworx World Tour. In the first year, Brett Rheeder rose to the challenge, winning in both New Zealand and France, but he ultimately fell to the immense pressure in Whistler. In 2016, the crown was sidelined by the weather, with the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle cancelled due to rain. Most recently, Nicholi Rogatkin put on the charge, topping the slopestyle podiums in Rotorua and Innsbruck but, once again, clinching the win in Whistler proved too tall an order. Will 2018 be the year one slopestyle mountain biker rises to never-before-reached heights? Will one athlete do the unimaginable and win three Crankworx slopestyle contests in a row to take early possession of the Triple Crown in Les Gets, or will the Triple Crown war be waged all season, with the final victory claimed in Whistler? Tune in for the quest for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle LIVE, and on demand, on all your devices exclusively on Red Bull TV and crankworx.com and watch the story as it unfolds in 2018.
A New Generation of Royalty
The battle for the titles of King and Queen of the Crankworx World Tour has entered a new era. In 2017, many competitors started their seasons with declarations they were setting their sights on the titles. For many this meant working toward goals outside their normal disciplines and expanding their skillsets. Two prime examples were Caroline Buchanan and Adrien Loron. Buchanan got back on a downhill bike, hoping to challenge reigning Queen Jill Kintner, while both women worked tirelessly to bring their best to the pump tracks across the tour. The result was an intense season-long battle between the two fierce competitors. On the men’s side, pump track specialist Adrien Loron focused on both his speed and his style. His efforts paid off. He won the CLIF Dual Speed & Style, bringing new tricks to the table, while also charging to the top of the Fox Air DH podium ahead of a roster of downhill specialists, including Sam Blenkinsop and Marcelo Gutierrez. The world will be watching in 2018 to see who will raise their game in the hopes of being recognized as the world’s most well-rounded competitor on a mountain bike across the Crankworx World Tour.
Daily Prizing Locked in for Crankworx Fantasy Contest Across World Tour
In 2018, the Crankworx Fantasy contest will be giving away more prizes than ever before. Daily prizes will be on offer for all live webcast events, with grand prizes being awarded for the top teams picked during the slopestyle events at all four stops. So far, the Crankworx Fantasy contest has awarded two trips to Crankworx Rotorua, two trips to Crankworx’ european stops, and two trips to Crankworx Whistler, plus a huge array of daily league prizing, including forks from SRAM and RockShox, custom kits from Fox, custom helmets from 100%, and more. As in past iterations of the contest, leagues will be built ahead of each festival. Participants have up until game time to lock in or edit their teams in for each event. To enter, visit fantasy.crankworx.com and sign up to receive updates about all things Crankworx Fantasy, then follow the instructions to pick your Crankworx Fantasy team for a chance to win amazing prizes from Crankworx in 2018.