Kokanee Crankworx 2009 event dates

Mar 25, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
Source: Whistler Bike Park

Whistler’s 6th Annual Freeride Mountain Bike Festival Returns August 8-16, 2009 Including Perennial Favorites and New Event

After celebrating a year of milestones in 2008 including more than 800,000 webcast and online content views; the first-ever double backflip at a major mountain bike competition; the birth of the Giant Slalom and the VW Trick Showdown, Kokanee Crankworx is ready to blow the lid off in 2009.“Every year it gets harder to raise the bar but we are confident that we have developed an incredible line-up for this year,” says Jeremy Roche, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “We are fortunate to be able to tap into so many key industry insiders who help ensure we keep our events fresh and relevant to the ever-changing mountain bike fraternity.”

Kokanee Crankworx 2009 will take place August 8-16 in Whistler, B.C. As always, the Festival will provide events for all ages and abilities. “One of the hallmarks of Kokanee Crankworx is the opportunity for all levels of riders to enter events and compete on courses with some of the best pros from around the world,” says Roche. This year will be no exception with eleven events over nine days open to recreational riders and pros alike.

A hot new event this year is the Canadian Open Enduro taking place on Saturday, August 15. The Enduro combines the best elements of downhill and x-country to create a hybrid event that showcases true all-mountain riders. It will begin with a mass start, by categories, on the upper reaches of Whistler Mountain and will follow a course featuring some of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s best all-mountain trails. The total vertical descent will be in the range of 4,000 feet (1,210 meters) and the fastest times are expected to be over 25 minutes. Plans are for the course to be designed with input from the gurus of this emerging discipline including Mark Weir, Brian Lopes and Richie Schley.

The full athletic schedule is as follows:
August 8: Dual Slalom
August 9: Monster Energy Garbanzo Downhill
August 9: Ken Quon Memorial X/C Race
August 10: Ride the Whistler Mountain Bike Park
August 11: WomenzWorx presented by Sombrio Girl
August 12: Air Downhill
August 13: VW Trick Showdown
August 14: “Giant” Giant Slalom
August 15: TrialsWorx
August 15: Canadian Open Enduro
August 15: Monster Energy Slopestyle
August 16: Canadian Open Downhill presented by Kona

The Canadian Open Enduro will be part of Kokanee Crankworx’s final weekend featuring the highly anticipated Monster Energy Slopestyle on Saturday night and the entire Festival will be capped off with the third running of the Canadian Open Downhill presented by Kona on Sunday, August 16th.

This year’s Monster Energy Slopestyle course will, once again, be built by legendary designer John Cowan who promises to create a completely redesigned course that will act as the stage for the most progressive riding by the best slopestyle athletes on the planet. The course will also be used for the VW Trick Showdown contest back for a second year on Thursday, August 13. Preliminary course layouts will be available shortly at crankworx.com.

The Dual Slalom will kick off the Festival on Saturday, August 8 and will also be take place on a brand new course. The next day the Monster Energy Garbanzo DH will continue to live up to its infamous reputation - challenging riders on one of the longest, most competitive downhills in the world.

WomenzWorx will return on Tuesday, August 11. A team of mountain biking’s most talented women are working to finalize a new event format which will be announced before the end of April.

Finally, the Air DH takes its familiar spot on the calendar on Wednesday, August 12. The question everyone will be asking is, can World Champion Brian Lopes three-peat?

Kokanee Crankworx’s action doesn’t stop with the athletics. A retooled nine-day downhill and x-country mountain bike Demo Zone, a village-wide expo and non-stop after-hours festivities will keep the pace high on and off the mountain. And don’t miss the 2nd annual Canadian Cheese Rolling Championships on Saturday, August 15th!

Shortly before the action hits Whistler, Crankworx Colorado will be back for the third year in Winter Park, Colorado. Featuring the final qualifier for Whistler’s Monster Energy Slopestyle, Crankworx Colorado is gaining stature as one of the best mountain bike events in the US and it will feature several new trails and features built in the Trestle Bike Park.

Stay tuned to www.crankworx.com for upcoming news.


91 Comments

  • 10 3
 sick im totally gunna be there the whole time
  • 5 2
 same i'm so pumped!
  • 6 0
 This year is gonna be stellar. I cant wait for summer.
  • 4 3
 Ooo, Can I think I smell daily webisodes from us?
  • 3 1
 Ooo, I think I ***
  • 1 0
 Im there, 3rd year in a row and second year competing. Whistler's the shit, stoked for this year
  • 0 0
 oh ya cant wait to go. im going to be competing in the Canadian open DH and the monster energy grabanzo DH.

any one know when the online registration is going to be up??
  • 0 0
 yep i'l be there too Big Grin are the dh races completely open or is there an invite only race??
  • 0 0
 Yeah im wondering the same thing
  • 0 0
 i think there open to every one.
  • 0 0
 There's categories for everyone, amateur or pro, for the races.
  • 0 0
 If i were to go for one day, which day should i go??
  • 1 0
 to watch or ride?
  • 0 0
 to watch Razz
  • 1 0
 probaly for the best action August 15: Monster Energy Slopestyle

but its SUPER busy

still good action but not as good as the slope style the August 13: VW Trick Showdown

or a good one i liked last year

August 14: “Giant” Giant Slalom
  • 0 0
 thanks alot, haha, you just made up my mind Smile
  • 5 0
 sick event,sick place, GO CANADA!!
  • 3 0
 Sooo I'm guessing the 26Trix double backflips didn't count as a major event?
  • 1 2
 i was thinking the same thing, the first 3 pros that did double flips did them on the same jump at 26trix
  • 2 0
 ya im probably goin! can u rent bikes there? this will be my first time there
  • 3 0
 there;s a number of shops you can rent bikes from, but during crankworx, there's a huge demand for rentals, so go early.
  • 0 1
 k sweet!! i cant wait!!
  • 2 0
 alot of the stores let you book online/on the phone too, might be a good idea.
  • 1 0
 also, dont forget a credit card.... its 100% required at every rental shop, i almost didnt get to ride because of that. they were even skeptical about it with a friends card. so get one lol
  • 0 0
 also, during crankworks, you can demo bikes for free as long as you have a credit card too.... so wiked, im gona assume you can still do that... three years ago there was a few companies that let you
  • 0 0
 nothings free at crankworx in whistler bud
  • 0 0
 o crap then! lol. im only 14 and dont hav a credit card lol. but my dads goin so its all good
  • 0 0
 Actually a lot of stuff is free at Crankworx. You can get free stuff from TONES of companies up their.
  • 0 0
 yeah if you like monster energy drinks and free razors. but i have a feeling you don't need razors.
you mean TONS of companies?
  • 3 0
 im thnking that trialsworx is going to be kick ass
  • 2 1
 starts on my birthday seeing as it does i predict its gunna kick some buttocks.
  • 2 0
 August 10: Ride the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

whats that about?
  • 0 0
 I was wondering exactly the same thing - sounds like a no event day.
  • 1 0
 That is gonna be super-duper-awesome. I think that I'm gonna hitch hike my way up to Whistler just to see it. Looks cool.
  • 1 0
 Im gutted. Im going the week before Crankworx and arrive home on the 8th of August Frown
  • 2 1
 Weew dual slalom and Air Dh
  • 1 0
 No 4X ?????? What gives? Looks solid otherwise!
  • 0 0
 They have Giant Slalom now instead,pretty much the 4x track with 2 lanes 2 riders.
  • 1 1
 WOO HOO! hopefully going to Colorado Crankworx this year with some buddies.
  • 0 0
 what gives with garbonzo downhilll being on the first day how do we get practice runs in
  • 1 0
 Well you know the park is open before then right? So You can always ride the trail the week before... It's not like they open the race course on just that day...
  • 1 0
 Garbanzo is on second day
  • 0 0
 Wonder how the corse is gonna be this year? Hmmm

I'm so stoked, it's gonna be great
  • 0 0
 I wanna go soooo bad, but my bike sucks for most of the stuff there (I have a 07 Kona Shred), and I'm flat broke.Frown Confused
  • 0 0
 I rode dirt merchant, a-line, frieght train, duffman, crank it up and lots of other trails in whistler (not just in the park) on a devinci district 2.

Got some funny looks and "dude, you're brave" from the weekend warriors but it was well worth it, makes you a better rider, go get some air Smile
  • 0 0
 yeah man. go with a hardtail or fully, doesnt matter still fun either way if you dont haev a fully
  • 0 0
 first double backflip in a major comp was actually 26tricks, but soooooooooooooo stoked!!!!
  • 0 0
 Does not count as a "major" contest cause it was not at Whistler. Haha
  • 0 0
 ahahah pretty much
  • 0 0
 My first trip to Whistler specifically scheduled with Crankworx in the middle!Gona be an awesome summer, can't wait!
  • 0 0
 ya i will definetly be there does anyone know what the dates are for air air afair
  • 0 0
 and redbull round up
  • 0 0
 Are you going in those tanner?
  • 0 3
 How retarded is the fact that crankworx wants to claim "first ever double backflip in a major mountain bike competition"
every body who follows freeride mountain biking because they are actually into it, ie, not the people who organize crankworx, knows this happened before.
crankworx organizers don't even ride bikes
yay, our sports gone mainstream
glad nobody cares about real mountain biking anymore, thats where i'm going
  • 0 0
 Dude it said MAJOR event....doing it in front of 20,000 people and being filmed by the whole world is a little different than busting it with a group of bro's around. Doing it first is huge and deserves full prop's - but doing it first in front of the world is also notable!
  • 1 1
 its bullshit marketing. don't stand up for them
  • 0 0
 Mountain biking needs some money, and support. Woot woot.
  • 0 0
 Quit complaining.:mad: So what; the organizers are idiots. WHO CARES!!!!! It's still an awesome competion.Big Grin
  • 0 0
 I say it does sound terribly good, i hope we can go bicycling with mother it'd be spiffy!
  • 0 0
 I hope this is on freecaster so I can watch it lol, last years event was sick
  • 0 0
 They had it all over go211.com - totally free
  • 0 0
 going down to catch the VW trick showdown and the Slopestyle, got a condo ready to go up there, gonna be a party!
  • 0 0
 i cannot wait,I arrive Monday to Crankworx! Air DH here I come...
  • 0 0
 how old do you have to be to enter a dh? (air dh)
  • 1 0
 13 if im not mistaking
  • 0 0
 sweet im guessing im entering on becuz i just turned 13 Razz
  • 0 0
 yahhhhhhh man this is gonna be good
  • 0 0
 air dh is swwwweeeeeetttt
  • 0 0
 man it sucks living in texas
  • 0 0
 You know, maybe I will. If my parents let me.Big Grin
  • 0 0
 Im there this yearSmile racing the air dh!Smile
  • 0 0
 Ripper for the masters win!
  • 0 0
 no way beeeotch polley's gonna take it! rippers washed up
  • 0 0
 Word on the streets is that Polley's giving away the bikes and getting into extreme knitting knit one, purl one, backflip one, purl one
  • 0 0
 he's been huffing gas all winter. he doesn't know what the hells going on anymore
  • 0 0
 It's always sad when you lose the young ones...
  • 0 0
 Okay, so that smiley doesn't work.
  • 0 0
 Is 26 trix a major contest???
  • 0 0
 i hopin to get down this year
  • 0 1
 i know where i will be in august
  • 0 1
 same here
  • 0 1
 omg! i'm wanna be there!!!
  • 0 1
 i wish they still had it in july
  • 1 1
 woot!
  • 1 1
 What, no "Death Race"?
  • 0 0
 See you there!
  • 0 0
 i'll be there! Big Grin
  • 0 0
 STOKED!!!
  • 0 1
 YES!

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