The dates have been announced for the fourth annual Kokanee Crankworx freeride mountain bike festival, with the festival taking place over nine days, Aug. 9-17.
Most popular events will be back, including the Kokanee Slopestyle, Garbanzo Downhill, Jim Bean Air Downhill, and Canadian Open Downhill, while the four-cross has been dropped this year. The dual slalom will be returning from last year, as well as the Womenzworx clinics and pro-am events.
New this year is a best trick contest, a giant slalom, a trials competition called Trialsworx, and a kids contest called Kidsworx. The Ken Quon “Ride On” fundraiser has also been moved into the festival, adding a cross-country event to the schedule.
The schedule and roster of events is preliminary at this point, but visit www.crankworx.com in the coming months to get updates.
MOMAR returns to Squamish
If you’ve ever wanted to experience an adventure race for yourself, a good opportunity is the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Racing series. MOMAR has been running one-day adventure races in the province for the past eight years, but this is only the second year that MOMAR is hosting an event in Squamish.
The Squamish event, which takes place May 10, will kick off the series this year with stops in the Cowichan Valley on July 26, and Cumberland on Sept. 27.
Jen Segger-Gigg, currently one of the top adventure racers in the world, will once again design the course using trails and terrain in the Squamish area. The course will include the usual hiking, navigation, trail running, and mountain biking, but with a few added challenges along the way like a rappel line to make things interesting.
Participants can race solo, or as part of a team of two or team of four. The cost is $125 per racer until April 10, when the cost will go up to $140.
Registration is available at www.mindovermountain.com.
Team Whistler on a roll
After a disappointing first bike race, when crashes caused the eventual cancellation of the race and impacted every field of racers, Team Whistler was back in the saddle this past weekend at the Team Escape Velocity Spring Series.
In the first race on Saturday, March 15, taking place on Snake Hill, Mike Boehm placed third, Trevor Hopkins fifth, and Josh Stott 10 th in the B classification, while Shani Laxon made the top-10 in the C group.
The A group also featured a battle of Sea to Sky riders, with Neal Kindree of Squamish edging out Whistler’s Will Routley for third place. To be fair, Routley was working to get teammate Ryan Anderson to the front to win the race.