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Gearing up for Crankworx

Top athletes confirmed for five-day mountain bike festival

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25. Trond Hanson, Norway

26. Wayne Goss, Smithers.

The last few names will be confirmed in the week prior to the competition.

Garbanzo Enduro

The Garbanzo Enduro downhill takes place on Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This is one of the longest downhill races in North America, starting at the top of Garbanzo Chair and descending 3,400 vertical feet to the village. The course includes Upper Freight Train, No Joke, Side Track, Golden Triangle, World Cup Single Track, Ho Chi Min and the GLC Drops. The fastest times are expected to be in the neighbourhood of 15 minutes.

This event is open to the public, and there will be a training session on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kona Jump Jam

The last event on the roster in the Kona Jump Jam, which takes place on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the new Kona Jump Farm outside of Olympic Station. This event is also an invitational, and will likely include many of the same athletes as the Slopestyle.

"The Jump Jam is almost what I would call a demonstration event," explained Fremont. "If it’s successful and works really well we’ll probably step it up next year and make it a bigger part of Crankworx, and run it over a couple of days."

If the event is successful, organizers will also have to decide whether to bring it to the base of the mountain, or to create a system to get people up to the jump site at Olympic Station.

Although it is a demonstration event, there is still $3,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Other Events

There’s more to Crankworx than competitions. For five days Whistler will also showcase mountain bike and mountain culture with demonstrations, fun rides and clinics, and live performances.

Through the entire festival the top mountain bike manufacturers will host an expo to showcase their latest products and innovations, with many offering demonstrations to riders.

The Dangerous Dan Flow Show will also return to the village, with team riders showing off their North Shore skills on a series of expert stunts.

Another village attraction is a mountain bike trials riding competition called Trialsworx, hosted by the Baia Brothers Trials Team. The contest has Novice/Sport, Kids and Expert/Elite categories, and will take place on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Mountain Square with riders from around Canada and the U.S. The Baia Brothers will also put on demonstrations throughout the festival.

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