Crankworx Preview

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2013

Crankworx Preview

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Crankworx Whistler and what has become the largest mountain bike festival in North America. During the 10 day event the worlds best downhill mountain bikers flock to Whistler to take part in some of the biggest mountain bike competitions in the world.

Along with the daily mountain bike competitions Crankworx offers amazing parties, film premiers, photo galleries, FREE concerts and much more.

To help you navigate through the madness that is Crankworx your friends at the Holiday Inn Whistler have created a quick index off what to expect from the week to come.

Mountain Bike Contests

The main draw to Crankworx Whistler is off course the dozens of mountain bike competitions taking place all festival long. All in all there are 15 contests over 10 days. While we won't get into all of the contests in great detail our two personal picks have to be the Red Bull Joyride and Canadian Open Downhill. Both of these contest take place on the final two days of the festival and for good reason. These two event's are the marquee competitions of Crankworx.

Red Bull Joyride

Redbull Joyride

When: Saturday, August 17 | Where: Skiers Plaza | Time: 5PM - 7PM | Cost: FREE

Twenty of the best freestyle mountain bike riders in the world compete for the chance to win $50,000. During this event riders take three runs down an insane bike park track meant to combine natural features with huge man made obstacles. Riders create their own lines down a track full of huge jumps, drops and step-ups. Competitors have three chances to land their best combination of tricks with their best score standing in the end. This event draws huge crowds to Skiers Plaza where you have a front row view of the Whistler Bike Park and all of the action.

Canadian Open Downhill

When: Sunday, August 18 | Where: Skiers Plaza | Time: 3PM - 5PM | Cost: FREE

The best downhill mountain bikers in the world tackle one of Whistler's nastiest single-track bike trails during the Canadian Open DH. The course demands laser focus and an all out pedal to the metal mentality. Thousands of loud and rowdy fans line the track to cheer on these amazing athletes as they race down. The rider who makes it down the fastest win's the big check and becomes the entrenched in Crankworx folklore for years to come.

Concert Series


During Crankworx Bud Light will be holding a FREE concert series at the outdoor venue Olympic Plaza. The concert series will take place from August 9-11 and will feature the following artists;



August 9


Rich Hope and His Evil Doers
Matt Mays


August 10


Daniel Wesley
Mother Mother


August 11




Official Crankworx After Parties


Every night of the festival there will be an official Crankworx After Party. While it would be pretty hard to hit them all here are a couple of the can't miss nights.

Jordie Lunn's Shipwrecked Party

When: Thursday, August 14 | Where: GLC | Time: 10PM - 1AM

Pro mountain bike rider Jordie Lunn and his DJ pal Hans Vans Biets team up to host Shipwrecked at the GLC on August 14. The theme of the night is pirate attire so make sure to dress up in your best pirate threads to sail the high seas. Rock Shock, Pinkbike and Captain Morgan's are the party's official sponsors and will be giving away FREE swag all night long including a treasure chest full of goodies to the best dressed pirates of the night.

Dual Crankworx Kick-Off Parties

When: Thursday, August 14 | Where: GLC & The Longhorn | Time: 10PM - 1AM

It's a night so big that one party isn't big enough, thus two parties were created. Join us Saturday, August 10 for the Crankwork Kick-Off Parties at the GLC and The Longhorn. Both parties begin at 10PM and rage on until 1AM. These are the first big parties of the Crankworx Festival so you know they're going to be going off.

Best of the Rest

When you're not checking out the biking, FREE concerts or partying all night check out one of these cool events happening throughout the week.

Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Cheese Rolling Festival

When: Saturday, August 17 | Where: Base 2 Blackcomb Mountain | Time: 12PM - 4PM | Cost: FREE

Watch or compete in this wild event as men and women chase, tumble and roll down a steep hill in pursuit of all wheel of cheese. The event is FREE to take part in or watch and takes place on Base 2 of Blackcomb Mountain. While the Cheese Rolling event is the main course there are several other events on tap throughout the day including, children's events, wine and cheese samples, cheese seminars and more. For more information on this event head on over to the Cheese Rolling Festival website.

Deep Summer Photo Challenge

Deep Summer Photo Challenge

When: Wednesday, August 14 | Where: Olympic Plaza | Time: 8:30 - 10:15 | Cost: $5

Six professional photographers have three days to shoot, edit and submit their best photos of mountain bikers in action. The photogs finished works will then be put on display for the masses during a large slideshow on Wednesday, August 14 at Olympic Plaza. You can grab ticket's for $5 in up close fenced off area or if you don't mind sitting far away you can catch the show for FREE in the background.

World Premier of 'Arrival'

When: Friday, August 16 | Where: Olympic Plaza | Time: 8:45PM | Cost: $5

Olympic PlazaCheck out the world premier of mountain bike video 'Arrival' on Friday, August 16. The movie takes a raw look at the next wave of up and coming riders and photographers in the industry. Riders push the limits of the sport and photogs capture these amazing images in this ground breaking film. You can catch the world premier of 'Arrival' at Olympic Plaza for only $5.

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