Preview: Kokanee Crankworx
By BikeRadar | Friday, August 8, 2008 4.00pm
Crankworx, the annual freeride mountain bike festival based at the Whistler Bike Park, Canada, starts on Saturday, 9 August.
Organisers say that this year’s festival will have some groundbreaking new additions along with refinements made to the festival’s core events – including the reintroduction of the dual slalom, a revamped slopestyle course, and an improved entertainment programme.
Sam Hill, fresh from his world cup win at Bromont last week will return to Crankworx to defend his Garbanzo Downhill title. Other big names confirmed for the week include Brian Lopes, 2007 Jim Beam Air downhill champion; Cedric Gracia, 2007’s Biker X Champ, 2007 Canadian Open Champion Fabien Barel, as well as Gee and Rachel Atherton – UCI downhill world men’s and women’s champions.
The action kicks off on Saturday with the dual slalom race, followed by the Garbanzo Downhill on Sunday – the ultimate test in mountain biking skill and endurance. Cross country returns to the festival on Sunday too with the Ken Quon “Ride On” team cross country event.
WomenzWorx takes over the festival on Monday and Tuesday offering two days of group rides, clinics and The Gala – a women-only freeride event.
The infamous Jim Beam Air Downhill returns to the A-Line trail on Wednesday, 13 August, and with over three hundred racers and some of the world’s best downhill riders competing with local racers, the event promises to be a big hit.
The invitation-only Best Trick Contest takes place Thursday, 14 August, as part of a drive to re-invigorate slopestyle competition at the festival – it'll be a sneak peek to the main Slopestyle event on the Saturday.
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Friday sees the world’s first Giant Slalom, featuring a two-up, head-to-head format on a course designed by Gravity Logic, the team behind the Whistler Bike Park.
The invitation-only Slopestyle event on Saturday, 16 August is the climax of the nine day festival which last year drew a massive crowd of over 20,000 people. The heavy hitters of the slopestyle world including Paul Basagotia, Darren Berrecloth, Andrew Lacondeguy and Cam McCaul will all be there gunning for the $20,000 prize purse.
The Canadian Open Downhill will bring a close to the event on Sunday, 17 August.
All the action will be available to watch live at crankworx.com.
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