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Crankworx Whistler Celebrates 10 Years Aug. 9-18; Mountain Bike Fest

Crankworx, Whistler Blackcomb

Crankworx mountain bike festival returns to BC’s Whistler Village for its 10th anniversary year Aug. 9-18. Many of the events take place in Whistler Village and can be enjoyed by bikers and spectators alike. Here’s the event schedule: 


The Fat Tire Crit kicks it all off Friday, Aug. 9 with a time-trial style road race on mountain bikes through the village. Women race from 6:30-7 p.m., followed by the men from 7-7:30 p.m. Awards for the technical and tactical race begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Olympic Plaza.


Skier’s Plaza is the place to view the dual slalom and slopestyle racers through side-by-side dual tracks, Sat., Aug. 10 from 5-7 p.m. Style points and overall speed count in this battle in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Boneyard.


You have the chance to be a video critic Tues., Aug. 13, along with an expert panel of judges. Six mountain bikers were asked to create 4-6 minute videos in 7 weeks. Cash prizes range from $2,000-5,000 for the winning teams. Tickets are $5; doors open at 8 p.m. at Whistler Olympic Plaza.


The judging continues Wed., Aug. 14 at the 6th annual photo challenge. Hand-picked mountain bike photographers and their crews had only three days to shoot. Seats are available from $5 and viewing begins at 8 p.m.


The Teva Best Trick Showdown, competition consisting of  24 professional athletes, compete for the title of best trick in the tournament-style elimination, is Thurs., Aug. 15,  4-6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.


The Ultimate Pump Track Challenge also will be held Thursday for riders competing on a 20-second course full of berms, double-tracks and gaps, all without a single pedal stroke. Finals are 8-9 p.m. under the lights.


Free concerts at Whistler Olympic Plaza are spread over three nights, Friday, Aug. 9-Sunday Aug. 11. Each night features two groups beginning at 7:45 p.m. and wrapping up at 10 p.m.


There will be a screening of “ARRIVA,” written, directed and edited by the Coastal Crew that features Crankworx 2012 riders including triple-crown winner Stevie Smith. It begins at 10 p.m. at Olympic Plaza; tickets are $5.


Here’s an event made for cheese-heads as competitors race after a speeding wheel of cheese Sat., Aug. 17. The winner gets a Whistler Blackcomb season pass – and the wheel of cheese. There also will be a cheese farmer’s market and sample cheeses, along with free races and games for kids. It all takes place at Blackcomb Mountain’s Base 2; upload to site via Excalibur Gondola from Whistler Village.


Saturday’s action continues with the Joyride, an invitational showcase where competitors interpret a custom-built, rider-inspired course incorporating natural terrain and man-made features. It begins in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Boneyard from 5-7 p.m.


The Top Dual Speed & Style, Teva Best Trick Showdown, and the Red Bull Joyride can be seen on live Webcasts


A European version of Crankworx was held at Les 2 Alpes, France in July.


Photo: Crankworx (Whistler Blackcomb)


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