Crankworx Whistler 2016 Decoded
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Crankworx Whistler 2016 Decoded

Crankworx Whistler. For mountain bikers, the very name conjures up images of gravity-fueled, fat-tire heroes defying logic and laws of nature, all in the name of Crankworx glory. For the less initiated, Crankworx might mean a busy Whistler village, and many strange full face-helmeted, kneepad-wearing bikers zooming about. Crankworx is ten days of non-stop action, and whether you’re an autograph-hunting aficionado or an MTB newbie, it’s easy to miss out on some of the best events of the week if you’re not prepared. No fear, that’s where we come in. We’ve broken down the Crankworx Whistler 2016 schedule, giving you daily highlights and some local’s secrets sure to make your Crankworx week the best ever.

August 12: Day 1 of Crankworx Whistler 2016

Today, athletes are out training for events happening later in the week, or perhaps out in the bike park shaking off the cobwebs from their travels to Whistler. It’s a great day to grab your own bike, or rent one, and get out in the Bike Park and enjoy some of your own gravity-induced adrenaline rushes. Preparing for a week of big crowds, the Bike Park trail crew will have the mountain running in fine form, and the throngs won’t start to trickle in till tomorrow.

Not into riding the mountain? Why not grab one of Whistler’s best brunches and then go check out the Kidsworx Enduro race on the Lost Lake trails, a timed enduro stage race for the future stars of the sport.

August 13: Kidworx + the Dual Speed and Style

It’s all about the youth today, with Kidsworx in full swing. Run bike races, a Village criterium, and a scavenger hunt are all featured. The kids may be small, but their guts and determination are plus-sized. There’s also a wooden pump track in the Olympic Plaza set up for the tykes to check out.

The first major big kid event of the week takes place this evening; the Dual Speed and Style. This event features two riders going head to head in a short, action-packed course. With time bonuses for extra style in the air, this is one of the best spectator events of the week.

Eli Shostak (#69) and Kaede Gossman (#25) racing in the Kidsworx Crit. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

Eli Shostak (#69) and Kaede Gossman (#25) racing in the Kidsworx Crit. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

August 14: Canadian Open Enduro

Boom. Crankworx Whistler 2016 is in full swing. The Canadian Open Enduro happens today, with riders from all over the world taking on some of the toughest trails in the Whistler Valley. Watch the best in the globe cross the finish line of the final stage right at the Whistler Base after an incredibly grueling day on the bike.

And if you’re a lady looking to get her shred on among the madness of it all, there’s a women’s only A-Line session just for you.

Cecile Ravanel on the first stage of the Canadian Open Enduro. Image: Sean St.Denis

Cecile Ravanel on the first stage of the Canadian Open Enduro. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

August 15: The Kidworx Domination Continues

Looking for autographs? The best mountain bikers in the world are now in town, soaking up the Whistler vibes and shredding the bike park to pieces. If you’re riding the bike park, you may just end up on a chairlift with one of your MTB heroes. If the chaos and commotion in the bike park become too much, you can always escape the crowds with our Whistler local secrets.

The kid’s domination of Crankworx continues, with a DH race down B-Line and the Air DH Kidworx Invitational. Yep, you read that right, a selected group of groms will be tearing their way down the same A-Line course as the pros will in two days time. If you want to check out the future of MTB – these are the races to catch.

August 16: Garbanzo DH + Dirt Diaries

It’s not a live event on the mountain, but Dirt Diaries is not to be missed. Since June, six eclectic teams of riders and filmmakers have been creating their odes to the sport of mountain biking. Some hilarious, some serious, all world class productions in their own right. Tonight, the team’s hard work hits the big screen in the Olympic Plaza and is an event not to be missed. Bring snacks and a blanket, and cozy up to some great mountain bike film entertainment.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Garbanzo DH takes place, featuring thousands of vertical feet of rock and root infested gnar, testing the riders from top to bottom. This endurance downhill ends right at Whistler Square.

The crowd enjoying the show at the Dirt Diaries. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

The crowd enjoying the show at the Dirt Diaries. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

August 17: Air DH + Deep Summer Photo Challenge

A-Line is unquestionably Whistler’s most iconic trail. It’s a jump-filled masterpiece that people travel to from across the globe to ride. This MTB mecca is the site of the Air Downhill, one of Crankworx’s longest running events. Viewing from the village is aided with live coverage on the big screens, but for a real in-your-face experience, hike up from the bottom for only a few minutes, and witness the pros first-hand on the last big jumps of the course.

Evening festivities continue with the Deep Summer Photo Challenge at the Olympic Plaza. After three intense days of shooting, six photographers and their handpicked rider teams present the fruits of their labour, in the form of beautifully crafted slideshows.

Steve Smith railing corners in the Fox A-Line DH. Image: Sean St.Denis

Steve Smith railing corners in the Fox A-Line DH. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

August 18: The Official Whip-Off World Championships + the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge

Book your afternoon off, because you’re gonna be busy getting your mind blown by the Official Whip-Off Wolrd Championships and the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge. The Whip-Off Champs are the yearly people’s choice for the best event, as evidenced by the raucous crowds lining the massive jumps of Crabapple Hits. It is peer judged, riders try and get their bikes as sideways in the air as possible off these huge jumps. There’s usually a clothing-optional lap or two as well.

The Ultimate Pump Track Challenge is another fan favourite. The location has moved this year up to Base 2 on Blackcomb Mountain. There’s a beer garden this year, so get there early to grab a cold one, and stake out a prime viewing spot close to the action.

Bernard Kerr at the Official Whip-Off World Championships. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

Bernard Kerr at the Official Whip-Off World Championships. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

August 19: Dual Slalom

The Dual Slalom is one of the best events to be able to get up close and personal to world-class athletes as they race head to head down a tight, swoopy, berm filled track. The racing is intense and worth checking out. There are plenty of opportunities to view the racing, with practice and trials all afternoon, and the main event taking place in the evening. Don’t forget your cowbells.

August 20: Canadian Open DH

The Canadian Open DH takes place today, an event once dominated by the late, and great, Stevie Smith. Emotions will be high this year, as Stevie tragically passed away this spring. The emotions are sure to carry over to the track, and expect some inspired racing. A classic Crankworx experience is to take in this race from Heckler’s Rock, where shirts off are mandatory, and you quickly figure out how the rock got its name.

Wyn Masters during the Canadian Open DH. Image: Clint Trahan, Crankworx

Wyn Masters during the Canadian Open DH. Image: Clint Trahan, Crankworx

August 21: Joyride Slopestyle

It’s Super Slopestyle Sunday, the day many have been waiting for all week. The Joyride Slopestyle draws tens of thousands of fans to the base of the bike park to witness a face-melting display of mountain bike aerial wizardry. Watch the best freestyle riders in the world push the sport of freeride mountain biking on a course made up of huge jumps and drops. The best place to watch this jaw-dropping event? From the patio of the Longhorn Saloon. Get there early to secure your seat for the mountain bike event of the year.

Cam Zink on course at the Joyride Slopestyle. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

Cam Zink on course at the Joyride Slopestyle. Image: Sean St.Denis, Crankworx

August 22: Back to the Real World

Sleep. After an epic ten days of Crankworx Whistler 2016, take the day off to rest, recover, and go through the hundreds of photos you inevitably took trying to capture all the action.

 

Are you considering a Crankworx Whistler 2016 trip but don’t know where to start? Stressing you’ve missed the boat on booking accommodation? Have no idea where Heckler’s Rock is but can’t wait to be standing on it? There’s no need to worry. By contacting our Whistler concierge service, you can rest easy knowing experienced locals are taking care of all your Crankworx Whistler 2016 holiday planning.

Feature Image: Clint Trahan, Crankworx

Joe Schwartz

From hucking to hillclimbing, Joe has run the full gamut of the mountain bike spectrum. He currently resides in Squamish; riding singletrack, skiing powder and reminiscing about the good old days.