Whistler set for biggest Crankworx Festival yet

This world-famous Crankworx festival returns to Whistler this summer. The popular festival celebrates the heart and soul of gravity-fuelled mountain biking.

The best riders and biggest bike fans in the world come out for a week of racing, slopestyle competitions, Kidsworx events, bike demos and the chance to shred Whistler’s trails with other like-minded bike fans.

Here are some of the key extras to look forward to at this year’s festival, according to Whistler.com.

Teva Best Trick showdown at Crankworx (Credit: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane)

Best Trick

After a four year hiatus, Best Trick is back. In this jam-style trick showcase, some of the world’s top riders will be invited to dig deep into their bags of tricks and throw down for the crowds. Back by popular demand, the event was last staged in 2014. The name of the game? Go big. Simple, right? Not when you’re battling it out against riders at the forefront of progression and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels. 

Liv A-Line Women’s Only Session

The Liv A-Line Women’s Only Session is the perfect way to start the day off right with some private, fun-loving A-Line laps alongside Liv athlete, Lindsey Richter. Whistler Mountain Bike Park coaches will also be available to guide you down the trails during this women’s-only session. Expert tips, tricks and guidance will help participants make their descent with confidence and take their skills to the next level. 

Kidsworx Event Series

A series of events designed for the next generation of cyclists, with mini-challenges, races and skills sessions available throughout the week. All levels of rider are provided for with events including Skill Zones, Run Bike Races, Scavenger Hunts and BMX, as well as enduro races, DH races and pumptrack challenges just for kids.

Dirt Diaries

The Dirt Diaries puts creative power into the hands of photo and film-focused mountain bikers, tasking them to capture the essence of the experience we all share and love. Riders assemble a team of up to six people, including film crew, editors and other athletes, and are given two months to put together four- to six-minute videos to tell their own unique story. Submissions are judged based on storyline, videography, riding and editing, then screened in front of a massive audience under open skies at Whistler Olympic Plaza. 

Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by SPANK

Skill and style reign supreme in this event that brings together the best racers and freeriders in the biz. The Whip Off World Championships combines big attitude with big whips, as riders duke it out to win the admiration of the crowd, the respect of their peers and, ultimately, the title of king of killer whips.

Canadian Open DH presented by iXS

The Canadian open DH course is a a one-run takedown of Whistler’s famous terrain, on a trail sporting rooty singletrack, steep rock drops and big air features. Staged on the final weekend of Crankworx, this is one of the biggest events of the festival, attracting elite downhill experts from around the world. Pro, aspiring and amateur racers, claim your spot at the start gate. Fans, grab your spot on the track and get ready to take in the speed and skill of some of the world’s fastest.

14 nations head to Hartpury for Festival of Dressage

Nations including Brazil, Australia, Belgium, Canada and the United States will challenge a strong British contingent at this year’s festival.

A total of 14 nations will be represented at this year’s Hartpury Festival of Dressage, taking place 3-7 July.

The event has once again attracted a strong field of entries across 40 dressage and para-dressage classes. Local riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin lead a strong British contingent.

Carl’s book of rides includes the talented 11-year-old Hawtins Delicato, with whom he achieved an individual sixth placing at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon last year. More recently, the combination came second in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special at Bolesworth.

The highlight of Charlotte’s rides will no doubt be the hugely exciting 10-year-old, Mount St John Freestyle. Owned by the Mount St John Stud, the partnership helped the British team secure a bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018.

Michael Eilberg, Pammy Hutton, Emile Faurie and Isobel Wessels are among a number of familiar faces returning to Hartpury to contest a competitive Premier League fixture.

Hartpury graduates Lucy Pincus and Sarah Rao will also be part of the action, competing in the CDI Big Tour and CDI Small Tour respectively. Graduates and students Stef Eardley, Olivia Oakley, Jess Hickley, and Tesla Whittaker will compete in the Premier League.

The popular gala evening takes place on Saturday 6 July, featuring a demonstration from international dressage rider and former Dressage Personality of the Year, Anna Ross, who made her British team debut in Saumur back in 2007. The demonstration will take place alongside the NAF Superflex CDI3* Grand Prix Final and Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St. Georges Final.

Entry to the festival on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July is free for spectators. Entry on Friday 5, Saturday 6 (daytime) and Sunday 7 July costs £6 per person. Tickets for the Saturday Gala Evening cost £17 including admission to the festival for the entire day. A combined ticket is available for Friday – Sunday at a cost of £15. Tickets can be purchased here.

A brand new daily podcast will round up the day’s action and provide another chance to listen to rider interviews and views throughout the competition.

Stay up to date with all the latest news by following the Hartpury Festival of Dressage on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Credit: Charlotte Colley

Speedel expands events & exhibition portfolio

Leicestershire based courier firm, Speedel, have expanded their events and exhibition portfolio ahead of the summer festival season.

The company has improved the overall booking process too and made updates to their website. Speedel’s sameday courier services cover a host of industries with 60 minute collections and a 365 day service offered.

The company can deliver direct to a venue and offload at your exhibition stand. They can also drop off, pick up and store items for those businesses attending multiple events during the summer.

The events offering is proving popular with businesses in the fashion and lifestyle, engineering, and corporate sectors, where print and display items as well as product and parts are required at venues across the country.

“We are delighted to have expanded our events and exhibition offering for businesses looking to get out there this summer” says Shiraz Sidat, Operations Manager.

“We can deliver print and display, marketing materials, or products directly to your stand at an exhibition venue. We can even store your items between events” he adds.

Destination Canada adds three new signature experiences

Destination Canada today announced the addition of three exciting new members to the Canadian Signature Experiences collection from across Canada. 

The Canadian Signature Experiences is a curated collection of over 200 unforgettable travel experiences offered by Canadians who are passionate to share their extraordinary part of the country with international visitors.  

The three new experiences are:

  1. Guided Tour of the historic 1920s village Val-Jalbert 
    The Historic Village of Val-Jalbert offers visitors an insight into life in 1920s Quebec, with guided tours of a genuine company town complete with forty or so original period buildings, including the convent-school, general store and pulp mill. 
  2. Kasba Lake Adventure
    Visitors to Kasba Lake Lodge, in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories, can experience an outstanding 5-day fly-fishing adventure on the World Heritage Kazan River. Fish for lake trout and arctic grayling, feast on fresh caught fish, and keep the camera poised for grizzlies, moose, wolves and incredible bird life. 
  3. Eat the Castle
    Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta’s very own historic castle, offers an unforgettable culinary excursion at four Banff restaurants, bringing the stories of the Castle to life. In partnership with Alberta Food Tours, guests are invited to eat like royalty during an intimate, hands-on dining experience. 

“From historic communities to innovative gastronomy and remote outdoor expeditions, our newest Canadian Signature Experiences reflect the distinct range of adventures available from coast to coast to coast. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities can only be found in Canada, and they invite tourists to engage with our people, places and cultures.” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. “The vital role that tourism plays in sustaining a vibrant economy in every community across Canada cannot be underestimated.”

Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial tourism marketing organisations work closely with Destination Canada to ensure the most extraordinary experiences are included in the list of Canadian Signature Experiences, revealing the country’s welcoming culture, unique wilderness and urban adventures. 

“The role of tourism in the Canadian economy is incredibly important and continues to grow year-on-year, generating jobs in cities and regions,” says  David F. Goldstein, Destination Canada’s President and CEO. “Our curated list of Canadian Signature Experiences highlights experiences and encounters that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. These exceptional and authentic activities never fail to surprise and enthrall international visitors to Canada.”

Hartpury University appoints Northern Hive

Hartpury University has appointed Northern Hive to support the marketing and communications activities for their equestrian events this summer. The appointment follows a competitive pitch process earlier in the year and is effective immediately.

The public relations brief covers all three international fixtures at the specialist Gloucestershire educational venue including the Hartpury Festival of Dressage (July 3-7th), Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular (July 18-21st), and NAF Five-Star International Hartpury Horse Trials (August 7-11th).

Northern Hive’s CEO will oversee the strategy as Equine Events Marketing Manager.

The agency will handle all press office activities for the three events, and is tasked with managing Hartpury’s online and offline content channels. Social media activity and strategic communications will also form part of the brief.

Hartpury University and Hartpury College are specialist educational providers, sharing a 360-hectare campus in the heart of Gloucestershire. The institutions have almost 4,000 college and university level students studying postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, A-levels and diplomas in the areas of sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing.

Students at Hartpury have access to the largest equine educational establishment in the world, cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry standard equipment and a fully working farm.

Philip Cheetham, Equine Director, said: “This is a very exciting year for our equestrian events, as we invest in their development with new activities for equine professionals, businesses and enthusiasts alike. Alongside showcasing emerging equestrian talent, our events provide unrivalled opportunities for our students to gain real-world experience and make valuable connections for their careers. They also help us to sustain our world-class facilities, which further strengthens their learning.

We’re pleased to welcome Northern Hive as our new PR partner and look forward to hosting our best events yet this year.”

Mark Hayward, CEO of Northern Hive said “I have been involved with Hartpury for a number of years as a commentator at their equestrian events, so am extremely excited to now be working with them in this capacity. The commitment and investment made by Hartpury during recent years is outstanding and the facilities are world class. There are tremendous opportunities for growth and development within their equestrian events offering, and we look forward to playing our part during this exciting phase.”

Northern Hive has enjoyed a flurry of client wins since officially opening its doors this spring. While the agency has its UK bases in Manchester and Leeds, it has attracted clients from across the country as well as in the US and Canada. The agency has plans to expand further into Canada and the US in the coming year.   -Ends-

Speedel appoints Northern Hive

International logistics firm, Speedel, has appointed Northern Hive as its public relations and inbound marketing agency following an expansion of its courier services portfolio.

The Leicestershire based company has briefed the Manchester and Leeds based agency with developing online and social media content and implementing an inbound marketing strategy.

Speedel provides dedicated sameday courier services to companies in sectors including aerospace, healthcare and retail. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the company specialises in urgent and business-critical deliveries. The company recently launched European, international and on-board courier services creating a global courier services offering.

“We are glad to have partnered with Northern Hive to support our marketing strategy. The excellent team has already got to know our business well and delivered on the early campaign goals we established. We look forward to working with them on a number of new and exciting projects moving forward” says Shiraz Sidat, Operations Manager at Speedel.

Despite Northern Hive only recently opening its doors officially, the communications and inbound agency has enjoyed a flurry of new client wins. The agency combines traditional public relations and communications services with inbound and content marketing.

A spokesperson for the agency said “We are really excited to be working with Speedel and helping to establish an inbound public relations and marketing strategy that effectively communicates their offering. Speedel’s attention to detail and commitment to their customers is striking, and we will be working to convey these qualities in our work”.

More information can be found at http://www.speedel.co.uk.