Whistler Mountain Biking Events
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Whistler Mountain Biking Events

It’s safe to say Whistler is the epicenter of the mountain bike world. Visitors flock from all over the globe to ride the famous Whistler Bike Park, and more and more riders of all abilities visit each year to explore the endless singletrack trails in and around the valley.

This amazing dirt-based resource sustains a rich and vibrant mountain community in Whistler. A result of this MTB love-in is an amazing lineup of Whistler mountain biking events during the summer. With more celebrations of all things knobby-tired than you can shake a handlebar at, nary a week goes by in the Whistler summer without some cool event or race to attend.

WORCA: Filling Your Week With Whistler Mountain Biking Events

The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) has been going strong for over 25 years, and hosts a number of regularly occurring Whistler mountain biking events. The most legendary of the WORCA happenings are the Thursday evening Toonie races. For a mere toonie (with a WORCA membership) riders get race entry, chances to win great prizes, and food and a beer. Sponsored by local Whistler businesses, the weekly races are a true local’s celebration of the Whistler mountain bike culture. Beer and tasty grub for two dollars doesn’t hurt, either.

WORCA doesn’t stop with just the Toonies. Monday night Social Rides (again, only two dollars) bring like-minded folks together every week to ride bikes, meet new friends, explore new trails, and of course enjoy an adult beverage or two at the prize-filled après. Once the Bike Park opens for the year the Phat Wednesday races begin. These gravity-focused downhill races are quickly becoming infamous. As a racer, you’re just as likely to be lining up next to a World Cup-level DH racer as you are some local dude more focused on the post-race party antics. Whatever the focus, these races are not to be missed for anyone with a penchant for downhill mountain bike action.

Crud 2 Mud: A Celebration of Snow and Dirt

With the Bike Park opening (May 20th this year) the events just keep ramping up. May 21st is the Crud 2 Mud. A celebration of the end of snow season, and the beginning of dirt season, the Crud 2 Mud is an action-packed race combining a ski/snowboard GS course that transitions into a wild mountain bike ride down the Bike Park. Done solo or in teams of two, this race brings together the two mountain cultures Whistler is world-famous for.

Bikes in waiting for the Crud 2 Mud in the Whistler Bike Park.

The calm before the storm. Bikes ready and waiting to be thrashed down the trails on Whistler mountain. Image: Whistler Blackcomb

Mountain Bike Heritage Week: The History of MTB in Whistler

Speaking of culture, do you want to know a bit more about the history of mountain biking, both in the Whistler area and beyond? The Whistler Museum is hosting Mountain Bike Heritage Week, May 19-23. Featuring presentations, film screenings, art shows and more, this week promises to illuminate how integrally connected the Whistler community is to the sport and culture of mountain biking.

Spring and Fall Classics: The North American Enduro Tour

Do you even Enduro, bro? The latest race style in mountain biking, Enduro seems purpose built for the Whistler Valley. All-day endurance combined with multiple stages of action-packed downhill, this popular race format boasts series worldwide, including the North American Enduro Tour, featuring two stops in Whistler; the Spring and Fall Classics: May 29 and September 10-11 respectively. Want to learn more about Enduro racing? Ease yourself into it with the Whistler Bike Park Friday Funduro series, May 29, June 5 and June 12.

Biking in the Whistler mountain bike park.

So Enduro. The trails in and around Whistler are perfect for this latest style in mountain biking.

Outerbike: A Bike Tech Lover’s Dream

A big part of mountain biking is the gear. So much gear. When the chance comes along to slobber over all the newest, greatest, shiniest bits and pieces of mountain bike technology, it can’t be missed, by mountain bike geeks and newbies alike.

This opportunity to ogle (and test ride) all these goodies comes in the form of Outerbike, a massive road and mountain bike gear and technology expo hosted in Whistler June 2-5. Check out the latest in bike technology, ask industry experts all your burning questions, and ride some bikes in Whistler!

Crankworx: Whistler’s Mountain Biking Festival

As summer moves into full swing, anticipation mounts for Crankworx, the main event on the Whistler mountain bike calendar. In reality, this is the main event on the world mountain bike stage. Running August 12-21, this debaucherous display of mountain bike mayhem draws tens of thousands of spectators, as well as the most talented riders on the planet. Every day is a literal assault on the senses, from exhibitions and live music in the Village, to gravity junkies of all types flying around the mountain like modern gladiators.

Events not to miss are the Pump Track Challenge and the Joyride Slopestyle. The Pump Track Challenge brings a party-like atmosphere to the Whistler Village, along with hundreds of tonnes of dirt shaped into a BMX-style head-to-head race course. The races go late into the night, and the action is definitely crowd-pleasing. The Slopestyle is the marquee event of the whole festival, evidenced by the 20,000 plus strong crowd cheering on their bike heroes as they flip and spin their way through a jump and drop filled custom-designed course.

The action of Crankworx viewed from the Longhorn patio.

A crowd favourite. Get caught up in the commotion of Crankworx in the heart of Whistler Village.

BC Bike Race: A Seven-Day Slog Finishing in Whistler

Still looking for more Whistler mountain biking events? The BC Bike Race ends its seven-day cross-country race through the West Coast wilds with the final stage in Whistler. Witness racers complete this arduous (and spectacular) journey on July 13th at the Olympic Plaza finish line celebrations.

Teach Me: Whistler Mountain Bike Clinics and Camps

All these events and races, and ya don’t have the skillz to pay the billz? Coaching and lessons are the best way to go from back-of-the-pack to podium in no time (or just get more comfortable on your mountain bike). Whistler Bike Park offers all types of packages to get you rolling. Ride with the pros at the Summer Gravity Camps or experience women’s only and co-ed coaching with the Trek Dirt Series camps.

Whether you’re spectating or participating, there’s no shortage of Whistler mountain biking events to get out and be a part of. Summer is a fleeting season, so mark some of these onto your calendar, and prepare to enjoy the vibrant MTB scene Whistler has to offer.

Not local to Whistler but keen to be a part of the action this summer? Get in touch with our Whistler concierge service today. They can tailor make your perfect MTB getaway, designed specifically to suit your needs and planned around your must-attend Whistler mountain biking events.

 

Feature Image: Mitch Winton – Coast Mountain Photography

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.