The competitive field for Crankworx is at last taking shape, and once again the Kokanee Slopestyle promises to be the biggest draw of the festivals for riders and spectators. All spots in the Kokanee Slopestyle that are open to the public have already sold out, and there is a growing waiting list.
“Everything is going really well, one of the greatest crops of athletes in the world is going to be here,” said event director Jeremy Roche. “A lot of the names are going to be recognizable from past years, but it’s basically all the top names from freeriding and downhill. It’s a real who’s who of mountain biking, and we’re glad to have them.”
The Kokanee Crankworx freeride mountain bike festival runs from July 20 to 29, with a mix of pro and amateur events, demonstrations, an industry expo, and live music and entertainment in the village.
According to Roche, registration is strong for all of the sports events, and many of the competitions, such as the Air Downhill and Garbanzo Downhill, are expected to sell out as in past years.
The new WomenzWorx event is also attracting a lot of attention, with free lift passes and discounts for women riding the park, a pro-am slopestyle, and a social.
For the slopestyle, confirmed riders include Cameron Zink, Cameron McCaul, Paul Basagoitia, Kyle Strait, Andreu Lacondeguy, Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, and local rider Alex Prochazka. Prochazka is having a banner year, landing the second ever double backflip on a mountain bike, in a European contest, and placing fifth overall at Crankworx Colorado.
Confirmed downhill riders include Steve Peat, Nathan Rennie, Cedric Gracia, and Brian Lopes, among others, all of whom are competing in multiple events.
With pro and amateur categories broken down into age groups for most events, riders can test themselves against the top mountain bikers in the world. The are also junior categories, with a minimum age of 13.
Organizers are still looking for volunteers to help out, and have spots available on the sports crew, stage crew, competitor relations, media and VIP accreditation, expo crew, and logistics to organize other volunteers. All participants who can contribute a minimum of two six hour shifts will receive a T-shirt, tickets to the volunteer party, and be entered to win daily draws for prizes donated by industry sponsors.
To register as a competitor or to volunteer, visit www.crankworx.com.
Volkswagen Biker Cross — July 20-21
This event opens this year’s Crankworx festival with competitors being seeded by their qualifying times, and racing against three other riders in each heat of the finals. All the action takes place on the Biker Cross course at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, with lots of room spectators.