Crankworx Reveals the Slopestyle Course at SilverStar Bike Park Ahead of Next Week's Contest

Sep 22, 2021
by Official Crankworx  


It's Day 1 of Crankworx British Columbia. For Brett Rheeder and Matt MacDuff, this means the Slopestyle course they’ve been dreaming of and working on for two years will make its debut in 10 days.

The Title Slopestyle @ SilverStar Bike Park will host 14 of the world’s top ranked Slopestyle riders, each vying for the win and eager to be among the first to get a taste of Rheeder and MacDuff’s handiwork.

The course’s eight trick options will be on six features:
 Whale Tail
 Trick Jump (Small)
 12ft Flat Drop
 Trick Jump (Large)
 Step Up to 15ft Flat Drop
 Trick Jump (Large)

Here's your first look. Photos and video shot by Clint Trahan Sunday, September 19.

“The whale tail is different from most. It was built to allow for more progression than a typical whale tail. I felt that the classic 3ft lip out of the whale tail wasn’t cutting it for the currently level of slopestyle, so we doubled the size and made it 6ft tall. By doing this we will see a new level of tricks out of this type of feature.

This course wasn’t designed to have the biggest, gnarliest features. It was designed to have features more similar in size to what riders actually practice on at home. Features that allow the rider to focus on their runs, rather than the course itself.

Seeing the course finally come together has been awesome. It’s taken a lot longer than expected due to Covid (two years) but worth the wait. The course is 90% complete, we’re in the testing phase right now, making minor tweaks and changes where needed. The Slope guys are arriving this weekend and I think they will be stoked when they arrive.” – Brett Rheeder

“SilverStar has some of the best building materials I've ever seen. Everything from beautiful tall straight trees, to shale rock for foundations and of course the legendary 'coffee grounds' like dirt. In all my travels, I've never seen better conditions for building machine trails as good as SilverStar.

It has been a dream come true to have the opportunity to be a part of a Crankworx course build. Having my feet on the ground and my hands in the dirt for 26 days, I can tell you the entire SilverStar staff are amazing, and have been incredible to work with. Most of all, I'm extremely grateful to Brett for looping me in on the project, and believing in me to hold the job to his high standards. Helping him bring his vision of the sport to life on such a big stage has created memories I will cherish forever.

I'm excited for the riders, because I know they will have the opportunity to pull some of their biggest tricks in the safest environment possible. Most of all I'm excited to watch the action, take notes and apply my new learnings to the next project.

I'm feeling great, this has been a big project with a lot of weight and responsibility on my shoulders. As the riders show up I'm confident in my work, Brett's vision and the teams of both SilverStar and Crankworx to host an incredible event. On a personal level, I'm happy to get out of the machine and back on the bike.

I'm really proud of my wood and dirt crew, they have really stepped up to the occasion! Amazing work guys! Big Thank you to everyone involved. I hope to be a part of more Crankworx events in the future.” -Matt MacDuff

Tuesday, September 28, riders will drop into Rheeder and MacDuff’s course for their first practice session.

Four days later, on Saturday, October 2, it’ll all boil down to two runs, eight tricks each, as riders vie for the top in the Title Slopestyle @ SilverStar Bike Park live on Red Bull TV.

Rider list: Title Slopestyle @ SilverStar Bike Park.

Schedule and details for all events to come during Crankworx B.C. 2021:

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  • 24 0
 i love staring at jumps i cant ride
  • 8 1
 I acknowledge that I have no clue, or relevant experience, surrounding the topic of building or riding such features... but those square edges on the whaletail railing give me goosebumps! Course looks sick and I'm stoked to watch this go down!
  • 3 0
 a 6ft lip out of the whale-tail is definitely a big change. If riders can get the timing down they will be throwing huge bangers.
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: True, but I think booMcaT is referring to the guardrails on the sides of the whaletail. That would be baddd news if a rider came in a few feet to the right or left.
  • 2 0
 They can put a pads on the sharp edge, like they do with trees at dh races. Not sure if it's necessary tho, their speed there won't be super high.
  • 6 0
 I was sorta expecting some unique or unusual features given MacDuff worked on it. I mean that in a positive way. Looks super well built tho.
  • 2 0
 Same, but after reading MacDuff's update/thank you note it sounds like Rheeder envisioned the course and Matt brought it to life, so more of a Rheeder course design. And agree the build looks mint.
  • 6 0
 I'll be honest, came here for the machinery photos. Those steelwrists are magic in the right hands.
  • 5 0
 Thanks for being honest mate
  • 5 0
 Hope it don't rain or snow for them
  • 1 0
 Hope its not too dry
  • 1 0
 If it snows they can get the snow scoots out….. make it a slope-scoot contest.
  • 4 0
 looks like a slope course
  • 2 0
 I don't know anything. pictures make the course seem flat, i hope there is enough speed to make full use of those massive jumps.
  • 1 0
 Hello! Have a question, can we be there as a spectator for the event?? Thanks!
  • 1 0
 looks mega. stoked to see the tricks that'll be thrown down on these.
  • 2 0
 Is Rheeder competing?
  • 1 0
 Should have had the Snowshoe crew create those whale tales
  • 1 0
 Can we get an excavator check?
  • 1 0
 Looks rad can’t wait!
  • 1 0
 broooo soo sickk
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Epic \m/
  • 1 0
 I just peed a little
  • 2 5
 So we can't have Joyride in Whistler this year but we can have a bunch of other Crankworx events at smaller mountains in BC?
  • 2 1
 It’s about time. Whistler can suck it.
  • 4 0
 No, Vails just looking for an excuse to not host it #f*ckvail
  • 1 0
 Crankworx Whistler is returning for 2022. It's also a much bigger operation (usually 10-14 days) than these smaller Crankworx events (5ish days). Being the worlds biggest mountain bike festival takes a shit load of planning ahead (not to say these other events don't, but it's to a lesser extent), and with all the uncertainty over the last two years, didn't end up happening. Now the world is somewhat calming down, they have been able to properly slot the event back into the schedule.

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