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.