Whistler Stats & Facts
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.
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):
Red Bull Joyride spectators: 35,000
Pro Athletes: 1324
Kidsworx Competitors: 946
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.