A Thrilling Guide to the 2023 Whistler Crankworx Festival

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Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure at the 2023 Whistler Crankworx Festival. Crankworx is the ultimate celebration of all things mountain biking. Whether you're a seasoned rider or an enthusiastic spectator, Crankworx Whistler offers an unforgettable experience, with heart-pounding races and competitions, vibrant expo, family-friendly events and more. Come and join the festivities from July 21st - 30th!


Competitions and Events

Crankworx is renowned for its adrenaline-fueled competitions, showcasing the incredible skills and talents of riders from around the globe. From downhill racing and slopestyle to speed and style contests, spectators can expect to witness gravity-defying tricks and awe-inspiring feats of athleticism. Here are some of the highly anticipated events at Crankworx. 


1. Red Bull Joyride

Date: July 29th (4:30 PM to 7 PM)

Location: “The Boneyard,” located at the base of Whistler Mountain













Photo Credit: Crankworx World Tour / Lucas Huppert

This competition is the highlight of Crankworx and it is the most spectated Crankworx event. Be prepared be for an adrenaline rush, the top 14 slopestylers will be showcasing their extreme tricks and gravity-defying stunts on a custom-built obstacle course with gigantic drops. This is the event where athlete Thomas Lemoine made the crowd go wild with his infamous 80-foot gap jumps last year. Don't miss out on this legendary competition!


2. Ultimate Pump Track Challenge

Date: July 26th (Finals 6 PM to 7:30 PM)

Location: “The Boneyard,” located at the base of Whistler Mountain













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What happens when you put two riders head-to-head on a pump track without chains or pedals? You get a fierce competition that showcases pure strength and skills. At this challenge every maneuver becomes crucial as riders skillfully navigate the track, leaning into the turns, pumping their bikes for speed, and fiercely battling for the top position.


3. Whip-Off World Championships 

Date: July 27th (11:30 AM to 1 PM)

Location: Crabapple Hits, Whistler Bike Park













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If you prefer style more than speed, this is the event for you. Daredevil riders will hit Whistler Bike Park's most renowned jump, launch themselves up, and throw their bikes as sideways as possible before smoothly bringing it back down for a perfect landing. Bring your cameras with you as this event promises big style and lots of action.


Expo, Demo & Tech

Location: Whistler Village

Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Take a stroll at Whistler Village and check out the newest products from the biggest names in mountain biking. You can even try out the newest Trail, DH and Freeride bikes from respected brands in the industry for free during Crankworx. Stop by the Tech Zone where professional mountain bikers hang out at their team trailers between races.


Family-Friendly Events and Activities

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Young shredders can also join in on the festivities. At Kidsworx, children will not only have the opportunity to try out some of the pro Crankworx courses, they can enter junior races to test their speed and skills against their peers. There will also be a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones during the festival.


Photo and Video Challenges

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1. Deep Summer Photo Challenge

Date: July 25th (8:30 PM to 10 PM)

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza

Five photographers and one wildcard contestant will bring their Whistler mountain biking story to live on the big screen with six slideshows set to music. They will spend three days under the sun taking photos during the first Crankworx weekend. The showdown will give the audience a fresh perspective of this biking haven.


2. Dirt Diaries

Date: July 27th (8:30 PM to 10 PM)

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza

In this filmmaking contest, six filmmakers will show us part of the diary of an extraordinary athlete. Each entry is a four to six minute short film that is partially filmed at the Whistler Valley and Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Submissions are judged based on storyline, videography, riding, and editing. Make surer to catch the cinematic showdown at Whistler Olympic Plaza.


Crankworx is for Everyone

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This year, Crankworx is featuring an Adaptive MTB Jam Session and an Adaptive Downhill Race. Riders with varying mobility can shred the bike park and the Whistler Valley Trail Network. At the complimentary Jam Session, all rides will be guided by certified coaches from Whistler Adaptive Sport Program and Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association. 


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Photo Credit: Crankworx World Tour


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Photo Credit: Crankworx World Tour