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WORLD’S TOP SLOPESTYLE + KING AND QUEEN CONTENDERS SET TO TAKE CRANKWORX B.C. BY STORM

Athlete list and full schedule released for second Crankworx World Tour stop of the 2021 season

WHISTLER, BC, August 18, 2021 — 10 days in British Columbia, September 22 to October 2. Three stops. Nine races and contests. Five live broadcasts on Red Bull TV. What’s left to share? Oh yeah, who’s coming to Crankworx B.C.

Well, here’s who:

King and Queen Contenders (and those keen to disrupt)

Slopestyle’s Elite (final list will be determined August 23 based on FMB World Tour rankings)

“So stoked to come back in Canada,” said Tomas Lemoine, who’s currently in the lead in the King of Crankworx standings. “I wish there were Crankworx every months during the season ahaha. I feel good on the bike lately, riding a lot and getting ready! Excited to see a new location, some new courses and obviously spend a week of good times and competition with all riders!”

“I’m so excited!” said Harriet Burbidge-Smith. “It’s been two seasons missed due to injury and COVID, so I haven’t been back to Canada in a long time – I feel ready physically, but mostly I am just so stoked to ride a bunch of different spots with my friends!” And on being in the lead for the Queen of Crankworx title coming out of Innsbruck? “It’s a cool feeling, I am just living out my dream at the moment! What was supposed to be a 3 week trip has turned into a 7 month trip and I am just loving being on my bike and feel confident in my riding.”

Athletes will be competing in the following. Events marked with an asterisk will be live on Red Bull TV.

Stop 1 (September 22-24) – Sun Peaks Resort:

Stop 2 (September 26-27) – Golden and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort:

Stop 3 (September 30-October 2) – SilverStar Mountain Resort:

The full schedule of events is now available online:  https://www.crankworx.com/british-columbia/schedule/

In addition to the new Slopestyle course being built by Brett Rheeder and Matt MacDuff at SilverStar, a highlight is sure to be the return of Mt7 Psychosis to Crankworx competition. The race was resurrected during the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series in 2020 after a 12-year hiatus. It challenges the brave to charge down 1200 vertical meters of rough and rocky singletrack, including an infamous, mind-bendingly steep entrance, and one equally notorious “choking on glass” (credit to Tyler Morland in Seasons) hike-a-bike section.

“This has been a goal of ours since we got to bring Psychosis back last year,” said Crankworx Managing Director Darren Kinnaird. Psychosis challengers over the years include Sam Hill, Claire Buchar, Stevie Smith and Chris Kovarik. Last year, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau and Henry Fitzgerald added their names to the history books, both taking the win and setting new course records in the 11+ minute race. “To be able to share this experience with our international racers in 2021 is going to be something special. We had a rider briefing at the top of Mount 7 before the race in 2020, talking about the history and explaining the terrain, and you could have cut the anticipation and nervous energy with a knife. This race is a part of our sport’s history. To be able to carry it forward into the present is an honour. It’s a great addition to the roster and I can’t wait to see it all come together in B.C. in September.

The countdown is on, with five weeks ‘til go time.

Coverage of Crankworx B.C. will include live racing and competition on Red Bull TV, event highlights, behind-the-scenes action, and more.

Crankworx B.C. will be the second of three stops on the Crankworx World Tour in 2021.

Schedule and details for all events to come during Crankworx B.C. 2021: crankworx.com

Photos for media use: CWX Media Drive

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, CWNEXT categories for next gen athletes, Kidsworx contests for young riders, participatory events and celebrations of mountain bike culture, all while showcasing amazing destinations. For additional information, visit Crankworx.com.

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