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Crankworx 101: An Introduction to the World’s Greatest Mountain Bike Festival

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Crankworx 101: An Introduction to the World’s Greatest Mountain Bike Festival

Crankworx 101: An Introduction to the World’s Greatest Mountain Bike Festival

Quick: you only have a couple of weeks to make plans to get to Whistler from August 8th to 17th. What’s the rush? One word: Crankworx.

For the uninitiated, Crankworx is a 10-day long multidisciplinary mountain biking festival taking place right here in Whistler, home to one of the best mountain bike parks on earth—not to mention more downhill and cross country mountain biking trails than you could possibly imagine.

There’s no doubt that Crankworx is the festival of the summer. Don’t risk being left behind: study our Crankworx syllabus and you’ll be ready to make the most of the fest!  

Lesson 1: You Don’t Need to Mountain Bike to Enjoy Crankworx


Not a pro mountain biker—yet? Not to worry: you don’t need to be a seasoned mountain biker to take in the Crankworx experience. In fact, you don’t even need to mount a bike to take in the concerts, contests, and shows that take place during Crankworx.  

Lesson 2: Start in the Village


Find some central lodgings, preferably right in the heart of Whistler Village: this is where the action will be taking place. Explore the booths lining the Village Stroll, and check out those fancy-looking bikes up close and personal. If you start to feel a little peckish, not to fret—chances are good that there will be a few booths handing out food samples.  

Lesson 3: Head to the Base


Meander your way towards the bases of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. See those sandy jumps built right into the mountain? Crews have been hard at work grooming those perfect piles of dirt for the mountain biking competitions that are about to happen. Don’t even think about missing the Red Bull Joyride on August 16: that’s when the best of the best will power down a thrilling track, throwing down tricks left, right, and centre, culminating right at the base of the mountain.  

Lesson 4: Get Creative


Or rather, be inspired by the creativity of those around you. The passion that people in Whistler feel towards mountain biking is palpable in the creative competitions, allowing artists and athletes to showcase the beauty of the sport.

Start with the GoPro Dirt Diaries on August 12, where filmmakers present short films that capture the spirits of the athletes and the landscapes in which they play.

Follow it up with the Deep Summer Photo Challenge on August 13, which will pit six action sports photographers against one another as they reveal presentations of the photos they captured in the last 72 hours. Featuring photographers from Australia, Germany, Italy, the United States, and—of course—Whistler, the talent this year is out of this world.  

Lesson 5: Get Silly


The nightly parties will surely get plenty of people feeling silly, but we’re talking about another kind of silly: the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival. On August 16, willing participants will compete for a season pass to Whistler Blackcomb—and for bragging rights—as they careen down Blackcomb Mountain after a rolling wheel of cheese. The first one to secure the cheese takes the prize. Anyone can enter—even you!  

Lesson 6: Get Serious


The talented athletes gathered in town for Crankworx are serious about the sport. See them in action throughout the week as they tackle races like the Garbanzo Downhill (August 12) and the Fox Air Downhill (August 13). Finish it off with a little fun: on August 14, the Official Whip-Off World Championships allows the athletes to show off their personal style as they pose with their bikes, mid-air.

Lesson 7: Get Started!


Call your friends, book your hotel, and start planning your trip to Crankworx 2014—or risk missing out on the best festival of the season!  

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