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Crankworx Summer Series Canada Returns With 3 Rounds for 2023

May 3, 2023
by Official Crankworx  
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SilverStar Dual Slalom riders: Vaea Verbeeck, Caroline Buchanan. Photographer: Clint Trahan

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Crankworx Summer Series Canada returns for summer 2023, bringing Crankworx-caliber racing, with a grassroots vibe, to Canadian destinations outside the Crankworx World Tour. This year, the action will be coming to three of Canada’s provinces: Horseshoe Bike Park in Ontario, followed by SilverStar Bike Park in British Columbia, to then the final stop in Quebec with events held at Empire 47 and Sentiers du Moulin.

Paving the path for progression is and always will be the cornerstone of Crankworx Summer Series. This summer’s series will feature Crankworx-caliber racing such as pump track, dual slalom, air DH and downhill, as well as bronze-, silver- and gold-level Slopestyle events amongst each of the three stops. Horseshoe Bike Park and Sentiers du Moulin will host FMB (Freeride Mountain Bike) Bronze-Level Slopestyle events for women and men, and SilverStar Bike Park will once again host an FMB Gold-Level Men’s Slopestyle competition, the Rheeder Slopestyle at SilverStar. In addition to the men’s slope competition, we will see a Crankworx-first (!!!) at SilverStar Bike Park with an FMB Silver-Level Women’s Slopestyle event.

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Rider Robin Goomes at SilverStar Bike Park Slopestyle course. Photographer: Clint Trahan

"We're thrilled to be building another piece in the sport pathway for women in Slopestyle with the introduction of a Crankworx-first FMB Silver-Level Women's Slopestyle event,” Darren Kinnaird, Managing Director, Crankworx Events Inc. “This steppingstone is an important milestone for the sport, and we're excited to provide women with more access to Crankworx FMB Slopestyle World Championships (SWC) courses. Our goal is to help pave the way for more women to compete and excel at the highest level of the sport."

This nationwide summer mountain bike roadie will award the top three Series Overall Leaders for Women and Men, along with over $60,000 in prizing up for grabs across the three stops. Additionally, the winners, not pre-qualified, for the following events and categories will be awarded a reserved entry spot to Crankworx Whistler 2024:

Horseshoe:
Dual Slalom: The winners of M&W U19, U17 and U15 categories

Silverstar:
Pump Track: The winners of M&W U19, U17 and U15 categories
Dual Slalom: The winners of M&W U19, U17 and U15 categories

Quebec:
Pump Track: The winners of M&W U19, U17 and U15 categories
Downhill: The winners of M&W U19, U17 and U15 categories

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Rider Bas van Steenbergen at SilverStar Bike Park Pump Track. Photographer: Clint Trahan

“I think the summer series is an amazing opportunity for lots of younger riders to make a name for themselves,” 2022 Crankworx Summer Series Canada Overall Men’s Leader, Bas van Steenbergen says. “If I would have had that when I was growing up, it would have been amazing. Jumping straight into the big leagues of the world tour would be super intimidating if you’ve not done too much racing before, especially with type of racing that happens at Crankworx like dual slalom and pump track. There’s not a ton of this type of racing available so having a series that is more at a grassroots level is so key to just feed riders into the sport and make everybody realize how awesome that kind of racing is. You need a feeder series into every world series, and so this is the perfect steppingstone for kids to be getting into racing like this.”

“The summer series had a massive impact on me and my career,” 2022 Crankworx Summer Series Canada Overall Women’s Leader, Shealen Reno says. “Competing in all the different events and riding all these mountains changed my life. I had the opportunity to ride the world-class slopestyle course at SilverStar last summer, and now I’m hooked on learning new tricks and jumping big jumps.”

Check out all the details below to learn more about the events and how to register for each of the three stops. Note that full schedule details such as training, qualifiers, Kidsworx and side events will be released over the coming weeks.

Crankworx Summer Series Canada – Horseshoe
Kicking things off in a brand-new location for Crankworx this July 6-8, 2023, the Crankworx Summer Series Canada will launch from premier mountain biking destination of Ontario, Horseshoe Resort. Taking mountain biking to a whole new level in the province, Horseshoe Bike Park is Ontario’s only lift-operated downhill mountain biking resort.

Here's what’s on schedule for the Horseshoe stop:
July 6: Air Downhill
July 7: Dual Slalom
July 8: Slopestyle at Horseshoe (FMB Bronze-Level Women & Men’s Slopestyle Event)

See full details for Crankworx Summer Series Canada – Horseshoe here.

Crankworx Summer Series Canada – SilverStar
The second stop of Crankworx Summer Series Canada brings us back to SilverStar Bike Park for three days of racing and events. SilverStar is no stranger to Crankworx, having hosted the first iteration of Summer Series in 2020 (a made-for-TV race series for B.C. pros), World Tour racing as a part of Crankworx B.C. in 2021, and was the first stop of Crankworx Summer Series Canada 2022. Scheduled just a week after Crankworx Whistler, it is likely that many of the top world tour pros will be on deck to compete at this stop of the summer series. 2022 saw tight racing, [L=https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cgkfs8JF8fb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link]world’s first tricks being thrown down on the slope course[/L], stoked spectators, and all-around good times.

Here's what’s on schedule the SilverStar stop:
August 4:
• Air DH Finals
August 5:
• Pump Track Qualifiers
• Dual Slalom Finals
August 6:
• Pump Track Finals
• FMB Silver-Level Women’s Slopestyle Finals
• Rheeder Slopestyle at SilverStar (FMB Gold-Level Men’s Slopestyle Event)

The Slopestyle course designed by Brett Rheeder and Matt MacDuff will once again bring out some of the top riders to throw down, as a Gold-Level event on the FMB World Tour.

See full details for Crankworx Summer Series Canada – SilverStar here.

Crankworx Summer Series Canada – Quebec City
For the final stop of the summer series, the action heads back out east to Quebec City, September 2 to 4.

The Quebec City stop will feature three race events in two iconic mountain bike destinations: Empire47 and Sentiers du Moulin. These two locations played host to the 2022 Crankworx Summer Series Canada, and new for this year, Empire47 will also host the downhill event, DH Descente du coude.

September 2: Pump Track at Empire47
September 3: Slopestyle at Sentiers du Moulin (FMB Bronze-Level Women & Men’s Slopestyle Event)
September 4: Downhill at Empire47

See full details for Crankworx Summer Series Canada – Quebec City here.

Registration is now open for those looking to get amongst the action. There will be race categories for Pros, Amateurs and CWNEXT (junior amateur) racers. Visit the Crankworx Summer Series Canada website to register, and more details on each event. Those keen should also keep their eyes locked on the Crankworx Summer Series Canada Instagram for details and updates.

For spectators who want to watch it all go down, the Crankworx Summer Series Canada will be free to attend, and highlights will be featured on @Crankworx and @CrankworxSummerSeries_CA Instagram accounts. Crankworx Summer Series Canada events will include all levels of racing across multiple disciplines, plus exciting festival activations, gear demos, and family friendly activities.

For more information on the Crankworx Summer Series, visit: crankworx.com/festival/crankworx-summer-series-canada/

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15 Comments
  • 14 0
 I’m excited that the Summer Series came to Ontario. Horseshoe has committed to keeping lift access riding alive in Ontario. They don’t have the vertical, but, they have the passion. It’s a great place to ride, great place for kids and adults to ride DH/Park for the first time and other riders to progress their skills. Any riding is good riding in my books..
  • 9 1
 Horseshoe is a premier mountain biking destination? Damn, I guess I didn't get that memo!
  • 1 0
 The only-est lift access park in Ontario, donchya know! Fortune doesn't count!
  • 1 1
 @j-t-g: Camp Fortune is in Quebec
  • 1 1
 @inthenude: No shit, but Ottawa folk like to claim it for themselves. Back in the day it featured as a stop on the "O-Cup" DH circuit.
  • 4 0
 Hey Man... those 1m37s laps down sandy hillside tracks are serious buisness. Wild to think such a small venue is hosting Crankworx
  • 1 0
 @KDix85: I'm not familiar with Horseshoe and trying to get perspective... is this like COP hosting a Crankworx event?

Dear Crankworx: if you want to expand slopestyle to a massive audience, somehow convince COP to build a course and host an event in Calgary. Bonus: competitors can ride the bus with their bikes to the venue.
  • 2 0
 @plyawn: basically, I used to race the o-cup series in Ontario, and now live in Calgary. The terrain was actually steeper and more technical at horseshoe, but similar elevation if you include the built up part of COP. But last time I rode horseshoe was probably back in 03/ 04 ish
  • 1 0
 @kingfish666: those races were across the street at the private ski club. The trails are still there, mostly Smile Horseshoe itself is less steep and technical than over there and definitely more sandy haha
  • 2 0
 Congrats to Horseshoe Resort for putting in the time and effort to bring an event of this Scale to our province that gets forgotten a lot. Matt and the crew have been putting in crazy work over the last bunch of years and it looks to have paid off.
  • 2 0
 Cool that Horseshoe is bringing it to Ontario but $124 plus tax for a one min thirty sec air dh run and $95 for slalom?? That’s twice the price of the same event at Silverstar and QC. Gravity mountain biking in Ontario shouldn’t just be accessible to rich Toronto folks
  • 1 0
 Imagine how much Blue Mountain would have charged!!! Ahahahaha Blue Mountain lol
  • 1 0
 @vr6ix: We'll be able to check, Blue Mountain is hosting an Enduro and a Dual Slalom for Sea Otter Canada. When the prices come out for the Dual Slalom we can make the comparison.
  • 2 0
 Slalom picture at the top is AAA
  • 1 0
 And that drop in the pic below it looks massive!







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