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Gearing up for Crankworx

Top athletes confirmed for five-day mountain bike festival

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The Air Downhill is open to the public with both pro and amateur categories and $2,100 in prize money. The course will be open for a training session from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Because the event is limited to 175 competitors, advance registration is recommended.

Nissan Biker Cross

Friday, Aug. 5 is the Nissan Biker Cross, another event that is in its fifth year.

As always this event is expected to attract the top World Cup 4X riders, as well as the top B.C. Cup challengers and local talent. The $5,600 prize purse is a strong draw, as is the size of the crowd and all the media attention that Crankworx receives. It also doesn’t hurt that the course itself has been described as perfect, with lots of opportunities for passing from top to bottom.

Some of the riders expected include Brian Lopes, Cedric Gracia, Eric Carter, Michal Brokop, Sabrina Jonnier, Jill Kinter, and Claire Buchar.

"We won’t really know who’s racing until the day of the event, but we’ve been told to expect a lot of the same World Cup riders from past years," said Fremont.

The course at the base of Whistler Mountain is spectator friendly, and will have even bigger features than last year. Freeride legend Richie Schley once again had a hand in the design.

The time trials take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the main competition starts at 6 p.m. with a maximum of 150 athletes in different categories.

This event is open to the public, but early registration is recommended because of the limited number of entries. There will be training on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pro Invitational Slopestyle

Saturday is all about the Full Throttle Pro Invitational Slopestyle event, which will take place in the Boneyard at the base of Whistler Mountain from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In two short years the slopestyle has emerged as the signature event of the festival, with more than 5,000 fans lining the competition site and hundreds of videographers and photographers taking refuge on course.

In the first year B.C.’s own Darren Berrecloth took the title with a huge 360 followed by a massive superman seat-grab, punctuated with a sideways scissor kick. Last year top prize went to Nevada’s Paul Basagoitia with backflip over the gap jumps, a tailwhip over the quarterpipe, a backflip onto the scaffolding and a tailwhip off the scaffolding onto the final transition.

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