Crankworx Whistler Announces Expansion to Blackcomb, New Events & Return of Best Trick Contest

May 24, 2019
by Official Crankworx  
Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2018
Allan Cooke, going big. Real big. The spirit of Crankworx Whistler. Photo: Fraser Britton

PRESS RELEASE: Crankworx World Tour

The event: Where heroes are made and legends begin. A celebration of what and who mountain biking is today, where it’s come from and where it’s going. An opportunity to bear witness to the living history and progression of the sport. A chance to experience mountain bike culture’s many layers. A global movement with a deeply rooted foundation in its home base where it ends every season in August. Good times on two wheels from dawn to dusk and beyond.

The venue: Named for the call of the marmot that inhabits its mountains, and now known for the siren song that draws in seekers, adventurers and boundary-pushers from all corners of the earth. Home to the world’s biggest bike park. Arguably the planet’s most iconic riding destination. Where mountain bikers from around the world flock to commune with gravity. Where the seed of the sport sprouted, and has since grown beyond anything anyone could have ever imagined.

Crankworx and Whistler are two words synonymous with the pinnacle of the sport of mountain biking. Combine the two, and you have the ultimate.

For the bike-minded, nothing else comes close to Crankworx Whistler.

As the countdown begins (77 sleeps) to the 16th edition of the world’s biggest mountain festival (August 9-18 ), here’s a roundup of what’s new in 2019.

Action from the Clif Dual Speed and Style Presented by MucOff Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2018
Taking Speed & Style and Dual Slalom to the next level at Blackcomb Base 2. Photo: Fraser Britton

Expansion to Blackcomb Base 2
Traditionally the action at Crankworx Whistler is centered around the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, with most races descending into Whistler Village through the Boneyard. For the first time since the discipline’s induction to Crankworx in 2007 (when it was won by Greg Minnaar and Tracey Moseley), Dual Slalom is moving.

Rubber will meet dirt on Blackcomb Mountain at an area known as Base 2, a short distance up from Whistler Village. The move will allow for dedicated courses for both the 100% Dual Slalom Whistler (Wednesday, August 14) and the Clif Speed & Style (Friday, August 16).

“Moving the Dual Slalom and Speed & Style action to Blackcomb Base 2 enables us to reimagine the courses, spread out, and really put together something new and exciting for 2019,” says Darren Kinnaird, General Manager of the Crankworx World Tour. “We’ve really seen Dual Slalom enjoy a resurgence in popularity over the past couple years, so the time felt right to try something different with the course. With Speed & Style as well, we’re adding more categories this year. Base 2 has more room to play with, so we can add in some different line choices and make it a great experience for athletes and spectators.”

2019 Speed & Style stars? Photo: Jay French

Speed & Style to add Invitational Kidsworx Category
Up to 24 invited young shredders (16 boys and eight girls, ages 13-15) will have the chance to show off their skills in a new arena in 2019. The inaugural Clif Speed & Style Kidsworx Invitational is set to launch, bringing to light the mind-blowing talent sprouting from the current crop of groms. Expect to see some young Crankworx regulars, new faces, and a mix of local and international competitors.

Full schedule information on the Clif Speed & Style Kidsworx Invitational will be released closer to August.


Last week, it was also announced that a women’s category will be added to the Speed & Style roster for 2019.

Action from the Clif Dual Speed and Style Presented by MucOff Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2018
The big dawgs will be bringing their best tricks to Blackcomb Best 2. Photo: Fraser Britton

The Return of Best Trick
Rounding out a big day of action at Blackcomb Base 2 on Friday, August 16, Best Trick is back.

The invitational jam format contest will take place at 8 p.m. from the final jump of the Speed & Style course. The last time it was staged was in 2014. A list of OG mountain bike legends have laid claim to the title over the years, including Jordie Lunn (2012), Cam Zink (2011), Darren Berrecloth (2010), Andreu Lacondeguy (2009), and Greg Watts (2008 and 2010).

“I love that Best Trick is coming back to Crankworx,” says 31-year-old Watts. “It’s such a spectacle to watch and it allows riders to send their best tricks without having to worry about completing a full run. This allows those ‘dream tricks’ to come out and gives you a glimpse of slopestyle future. I’ll definitely compete if I get an invite, just give me some old man stretch time beforehand.”


We're bringing Anneke and Martin's skills and stoke to Whistler. Photo: Jay French

Kidsworx Pump Track Clinic with Anneke & Martin presented by SRAM & Specialized
Kids at Crankworx Rotorua earlier this season got the unique opportunity to session the Pump Track with superstars Anneke Beerten and Martin Söderström. We had so much fun, we’re bringing the event to Whistler. The Kidsworx Pump Track Clinic with Anneke & Martin presented by SRAM & Specialized will give young riders (ages 6-12) the chance to session the pros’ Pump Track and fine-tune their skills with two all-time athletes. The rollers and berms will be open Monday, August 12 for a jam and coaching session the groms won’t want to miss.


Next up?
The action is getting ready to touch down in Europe for the second stop on the 2019 Crankworx World Tour, setting the stage for what’s the come for the third and final stop. Watch this space as the excitement builds and details come to light on all that’s going down at Crankworx Whistler 2019 this August.

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx


  • 54 2
 My brain only allowed me to read "Expansion to Blackcomb"...then I was sad.
  • 19 0
 I'd say they add in a Megavalanche style top to bottom on Blackcomb. No trails just bombing down glacier, ski runs and access road.
  • 5 0
 @shirk-007: Glacier, Crystal, MC or Hey Bud and you actually have a pretty wild concept there.......
  • 12 0
 @flipfantasia: Other way to do it is with the EWS. Just rough flag / clear the line then let the many hundreds of racers ride in a line. Come back in after and look at what developed then put in some time to clean it up. Bam new trail and I think less work than cutting in the full trial from scratch.

During pre-ride people will be "wtf there is no trail here". Yep that's the point, you're going to make new trail.
  • 3 0
 @shirk-007: probably some good terrain in the crystal/ridge runner zone for that!
  • 2 1
 @shirk-007: They tried that in NWD 9 and it didn't work out too well... Dan Atherton almost killed Bourdo ending his career... Never again!
  • 3 0
 @scott-townes: hahhah I didn't remember that and had to go find it on youtube. Okay official rules no rolling massive boulders down onto your competition.
  • 4 0
 I hope this means more space to change the slopestyle course up finally. Nyquist mentioned Semenuk was possibly designing it for this year.
  • 5 0
 Can't wait to enter Kidzworx, I have a real chance to podium now!
  • 5 0
 Crankworx sucks don’t go
  • 2 0
 ok I'll stay home
  • 4 0
 The best change would be to allow VANZACS to enter Dirt Diaries #vanzacsgotrobbed
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if past "best trick" winners will receive automatic invitations the same way the Slopestyle guys do if they've won joyride in the past? Because in 2011 there was actually two winners. Cam Zink won on the Cabin Booter and Benny Phillips won on the straight jump. Curious to see if Crankworx offers them both a spot.
  • 2 0
 Plz make a full highlights video of the best trick contest!! Idk why they stopped doing it in the first place they used to even have two at the time!!
  • 3 0
 I love trails that are so smooth and wide you can drive a car on them !
  • 2 0
 Dual slalom was held on blackcomb in a past crankworx, near the air dome. Wasn’t it?
  • 6 0
 Pump Track was
  • 1 0
 @Joshmcg: You got it man. The last couple years the PT was built where the Coca Cola tube park usually is. It's a nice change, although I loved the days when the PT was in the village. Pooching it after dark was always a life goal.
  • 2 0
 @hypa: Pooching it after dark

pooched, pooch·ing, pooch·es
To bulge; protrude. Used with out: "a little roll of flab that pooches out above the tight waists of their spandex trunks"

I've been doing that for years. I think you meant poaching it after dark?
  • 1 0
 Should be titled "Whistler announces returns to Blackcomb." They had AMBC DH race and dual slalom races there in 1994. I heard later somebody died in the DH.
  • 1 0
 Going bigger only means better. This is great!!!!
  • 2 1
 New jump for whip off?
  • 1 0
 f*ck no crabapple for life.

edit: actually yeah whip off isn't a renegade event anymore, new jump it is. gatekeeping ftw
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 He said Blackcomb
  • 1 0
 can you enlighten me? (and possibly others)
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