CRANKWORX WHISTLER IS HERE IN LESS THAN A MONTH: HERE’S THREE WAYS YOU CAN GET AMONGST THE ACTION
If Crankworx Innsbruck was any indication of the vibe that Crankworx Whistler will be bringing, safe to say this is a homecoming you will not want to miss.
Proudly brought to you by SRAM, Maxxis and Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Crankworx comes home this August 5th to 14th. After a two-year hiatus, Crankworx is beyond stoked to return to the mecca of all that is mountain biking, Whistler, B.C.
Whether you’re one of the founding members of Heckler’s Rock (siiiigh, this is why we can’t have nice things) or completely green to Crankworx Whistler, allow us to refresh your memory of three ways you can get amongst the action in Whistler.
1 – Experience Crankworx Whistler as a Spectator
During the 10-day celebration, the world’s largest bike park will become the global epicenter of mountain biking, as Crankworx Whistler hosts the best mountain bike athletes from around the globe as they compete in elite-level competitions, such as the EWS Whistler multi-stage race, the RockShox Canadian Open DH race, and the Red Bull Joyride Slopestyle MTB competition, described as the “Super Bowl of the mountain biking world”.
Along with athletes, the annual festival brings together the who’s who of the mountain bike industry, fans, and spectators for the world’s ultimate celebration of mountain biking.
General admission to the festival and all events is free of charge, and the full schedule of events throughout the festival can be found here.
In addition to watching the training and main events, there are endless sport, culture, and family-friendly activities which make the 10-days of Crankworx Whistler so special. From the sport side, there is the Crankworx Whistler Adaptive MTB Jam Session (more details coming soon!), Liv Women’s Only A-Line Session, and many sponsor activated group rides, demos and tech workshops throughout the festival. Be sure to catch the side events that really capture the essence of mountain bike culture such as the Deep Summer Photo Challenge and the Dirt Diaries presented by SWATCH video contest. Strolling through the village expo of the top brands in the mountain biking and outdoor lifestyle industry is also a main attraction in and of itself, especially with all the incredible prizes and freebies you can win. No matter what you’re into, there’s something for everyone at Crankworx Whistler and this is why the stoke-level is high for Crankworx Whistler from both locals and visitors alike.
Did we also mention it’s the 10th Anniversary of Red Bull Joyride this year? Bringing together over 35,000 fans on the ground, and millions more around the world, Red Bull Joyride is the biggest stage in the sport.
Staged in the “Boneyard,” the dirt stadium at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Red Bull Joyride offers the best Slopestyle mountain bikers on the planet two runs – that’s two chances for glory, two opportunities to throw down high-scoring tricks and move up the leader board, and two moments in time to leave their mark on the history of the sport. The 14 best riders in the world bring their A-game to this invitational showcase, interpreting a custom-built course and giving it their all. In honour of the 10th anniversary, riders will be challenged by a special course, including a fan-voted feature from Brandon Semenuk’s “REALM”.
As with all events at Crankworx Whistler, this is free for spectators, but we highly recommend you upgrade your Red Bull Joyride experience with a VIP Pass which gets you exclusive viewing access from the Red Bull Joyride VIP zone “Camp Joyride”, two refreshing beverages, and tasty appetizers. Tickets are on sale now – get yours before they sell out!
A step up from the Red Bull Joyride VIP Pass, the Crankworx Skybox delivers the ultimate view of Red Bull Joyride. A 40-foot tower built on the Red Bull Joyride course, above the action with the most incredible sightlines for the culminating celebration of the Crankworx World Tour. Add in refreshing cold beverages, Red Bull, a full-service host bar and a selection of appetizers and you truly have a once in a lifetime experience.
If you haven’t already snagged a spot in town to crash, check out the sweet deals that our hotel partners are offering during Crankworx Whistler. Pro tip: if you book 4 nights or more, you receive a free voucher which can be used toward transportation or other fun activities within the resort. Most of the hotels in town are bike friendly as well for those of you looking to hit the Whistler Mountain Bike Park while in town.
2 – Be a Part of the Crankworx Crew
Interested in working for the world’s largest mountain bike festival? It’s the best way to get front row seats to the action! There are still some positions available for this year’s festival, take a peek at the list and get in touch with us here.
You can also be a part of the Crankworx Crew as a volunteer. The volunteer team are the lifeblood of Crankworx Whistler and help make Crankworx Whistler come to life. As a volunteer you get to pick your own shifts suited to your schedule and interests. We’ll keep you fueled and provide you with great perks, including a huge wrap up party with tons of prizes. Sign up to be a volunteer for Crankworx Whistler here.
3 – Catch the Action Online
We know it’s not always possible for you to be here in person to experience the stoke (seriously, do you haaaaave to go to your cousin Karen’s wedding?!) which is why we will be sharing the action live on Red Bull TV. We apologize in advance for the serious feelings of FOMO you will likely experience when catching the action online, but hey maybe this is motivation to come watch in person next year. There’s still the Cairns and Rotorua stops of the world tour too, just sayin’.
Schedule and details for all events to come during Crankworx Whistler 2022: crankworx.com