Crankworx World Tour

TELUS OPTIK LOCAL FEATURE DELIVERS THE DIRT ON THE BEGINNINGS OF CRANKWORX

Top trails and great courses key to Whistler’s main summer event

WHISTLER, BC, Dec. 14, 2015 – It’s the largest mountain bike festival in the world, and it all started with “a little event called Joyride,” trail building grand master Paddy Kaye explains in a new Telus Optik Local feature video on Crankworx Whistler.

The final video in a triology of stories from behind the scenes of the largest summer event in Whistler, Inside Crankworx: Sculpting Dirt gives B.C. and Alberta viewers a chance spend a day with the man who created its main attraction, Red Bull Joyride.

“It took a few years, and I had some great people helping along the way, but the big challenge, to me, was to build the world’s best Slopestyle course,” says Kaye, owner of trail building company Joyride Bike Parks.

This is the second year Telus Optik Local and Crankworx have partnered to give B.C. and Alberta viewers a taste of what it takes to compete in, and stage, the 10-day final stop of the Crankworx World Tour.

Crankworx is ground zero for a global community of gravity-fuelled pro and amateur athletes, fans and the next generation of riders seeking to find the edge, and push the boundaries, of what’s possible to do on a bike.

As the marquee event of the Crankworx festivals, each Slopestyle competition brings the top riders from the Freeride Mountain Bike Association’s ranks together to compete on a feature-laden course built for tricks, akin to freestyle skiing.

Drawing over 30,000 fans to the base of Whistler mountain each year, Red Bull Joyride is the culminating event of the Crankworx season. It is the final win needed for any rider to secure the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, a new crown awarded for placing first at all three Crankworx festivals in a single year, and it is often referred to as the Super Bowl of Slopestyle by the athletes. Refining the banks and berms of the course is, thus, critical and, after a dozen years, the Joyride crew have made it an art form.

“There’s no way we would have a course like we have today without feedback from all the top riders. How big. How safe…It’s a constant back and forth, and what it does is give us the best possible product, in this day and age, that we can deliver,” Kaye explains in the video.

Inside Crankworx: Sculpting Dirt follows the release of Inside Crankworx: 15 years a Pro, a video feature released last week on the youngest person to win the Official Whip-Off World Championships, 15-year-old Whistler local Finn Iles. The second Crankworx story, Inside Crankworx: The Queen of Crankworx, gave viewers a look at Revelstoke-based pro-rider Casey Brown’s fight to become the Queen of the Crankworx World Tour. It was released Thursday.

This was the 12th year of the Crankworx Whistler, and the first year of the Crankworx World Tour. For 2016, the tour brings Crankworx to Rotorua, New Zealand, in March, and Les Gets, France, in June.

Telus Optik Local supports compelling, original storytelling in British Columbia and Alberta by providing funding to filmmakers to produce their content, training to maximize their potential and exposure to new audiences. Content is distributed for free on TELUS Optik TV as well as online.

Video: http://bit.ly/1QjoGj8

Crankworx media photography bank:  http://bit.ly/1GiT9UT

Jennifer Smith

Crankworx Communications Manager
604-848-8801

2021 CRANKWORX WORLD TOUR IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE

October 29, 2020

DOUBLE AUSTRIAN WIN WRAPS FIVE DAYS OF ACTION AT CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK

October 4, 2020

TOMAS LEMOINE EARNS THIRD MEDAL IN 24 HOURS, WITH FIRST PLACE FINISH IN CLIF SPEED & STYLE PRESENTED BY GOPRO

October 3, 2020

EMIL JOHANSSON MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW WITH WIN AT CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK SLOPESTYLE

October 3, 2020

FRENCH RIDERS SWEEP DAY 1 OF CRANKWORX COMPETITION, AS LORON TAKES SECOND WIN AND BERNARD PUSHES TO TOP STEP

October 3, 2020

FRENCH RIDERS DOMINATE IN DUAL SLALOM AT CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK

October 3, 2020

10+ HOURS OF LIVE MOUNTAIN BIKE COVERAGE COMING TO RED BULL TV OCTOBER 1-4

September 30, 2020

10+ HOURS OF LIVE MOUNTAIN BIKE COVERAGE COMING TO RED BULL TV OCTOBER 1-4

September 30, 2020

CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK TO MARK RETURN TO RACING FOR BROOK MACDONALD

September 24, 2020

Get the skinny on who and what’s coming to Crankworx Innsbruck 2020

September 24, 2020

Crankworx Innsbruck City Expo – Here’s what you need to know!

September 16, 2020

Get a taste of Freehub magazine’s latest Crankworx-focussed feature: Due Time

September 3, 2020

CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK TO BRING LIVE MTB ACTION TO RED BULL TV IN OCTOBER

August 31, 2020

It’s Happening – Crankworx Innsbruck set to launch September 30

August 31, 2020

VERBEECK TAKES WINNING VICTORY LAP AND VAN STEENBERGEN SOLIDIFIES SECOND IN OVERALL WITH WIN IN SUN PEAKS AIR DH

August 15, 2020

SERIES LEADERS CHARGE FOR THE WIN IN MAXXIS SUN PEAKS DOWNHILL

August 14, 2020
More Crankworx News