Crankworx World Tour Announces Dates for 2020

Nov 4, 2019
by Official Crankworx  


PRESS RELEASE: Crankworx World Tour

We have confirmed the Crankworx World Tour calendar for the season ahead. The ultimate experience in mountain biking will bring trademark contests, excitement and good times to three iconic destinations in 2020:

March 1-8: Crankworx Rotorua
June 10-14: Crankworx Innsbruck
August 5-16: Crankworx Whistler

First, Crankworx Rotorua will kick off a new decade of international mountain bike competition amongst lush forests and New Zealand’s famed dirt gold. Building on the distinctive vibe that’s defined the festival over the past five years, locals are gearing up for eight days of competition, amateur racing, Kidsworx contests, participatory events, and celebrations of mountain bike culture. Also in the works: a new Dual Slalom track for the third year of this discipline at our Southern Hemisphere home.

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Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2019
The next gen launching into the spotlight in Kidsworx Rotorua, and Keegan Wright charging for the Dual Slalom win. Photos: Jay French and Fraser Britton

“To have Crankworx in Rotorua is such a sweet feeling,” says Keegan Wright (NZL), who hails from the North Island city. Wright topped two podiums in Rotorua this year, bookending the festival with wins in the 100% Dual Slalom and GIANT Toa Enduro presented by CamelBak. “They always better themselves each year and never fail to make the riders stoked, in all the disciplines. Can’t wait! Each year when Crankworx Rotorua is coming up the buzz levels are out the roof.”

Next, Crankworx Innsbruck ramps the energy up at the mid-point of the season, bringing together the sport’s elite for the only European stop of the world’s biggest mountain bike festival series. Over the past three years, Innsbruck has brought its own distinct flavour to the Crankworx mix with top notch courses set against an unrivalled backdrop, a buzzing expo, high-energy after-parties, and its unique showcase of Tyrolean culture.

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Hometown heroes, present (Peter Kaiser) and future. Photos: Fraser Britton and Crankworx Innsbruck

“Crankworx in Innsbruck is always a season highlight for me and I’m excited it’ll be around for another couple years,” says local rider Peter Kaiser (AUT), who represented on the podium of the Official European Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank in 2019. Working with the local organizing committee, Crankworx has extended its time in the capital city of Tyrol for another three years. Crankworx Innsbruck will continue to be the hub for good times on two wheels in Europe through 2022. “For me, having Crankworx in town is all about a week of good vibes and riding the world’s best courses with friends. It not only involves international athletes but also local competitors and MTBInnsbruck - the local bike community. It connects us all on the same level.”

Rounding things out, Crankworx Whistler will bring it all home for, quite possibly, the best times you’ll ever have on or around bikes. Following on the heels of the Tokyo Olympics, the top riders from all disciplines of gravity-fueled mountain biking will descend on the global mecca of the sport.

In 2020, competition will extend from 10 days to 12, starting on Wednesday, August 5 and rolling on through Sunday, August 16. The change will open up additional training and event windows, enabling more people to participate. Whistler will play host to some tough battles including the seventh round of the Enduro World Series, the conclusion of the King and Queen of Crankworx race, and the hunt for the elusive Triple Crown of Slopestyle. In 2020 the festival will also celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Red Bull Joyride.

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Fraser Britton photo
Quintessential Crankworx Whistler vibes, courtesy of some next gen rippers and Emil Johansson. Photos: Clint Trahan and Fraser Britton

“I love having my biking friends from around the globe come to Whistler at the same time and getting to share this gem with them,” says Canadian Vaea Verbeeck, who took the overall Queen of Crankworx title in 2019. “The locals aren't just fellow riders that you encounter in the village or bike park anymore, they become some of your biggest supporters during Crankworx and they make sure you know they're cheering for you. Whistler is not only a world class bike park, it's also full of really lovely places which make you feel just like home.”

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Queen Verbeeck, asserting her dominance on A-Line. Photo: Fraser Britton

Ticketing and additional info is available here:

Crankworx Rotorua
Festival tickets and VIP passes are currently on sale: https://www.crankworx.com/rotorua/tickets/
Super Saver Tickets are on sale now through December 26 NZDT
Keep on top of all the latest: Crankworx Rotorua Facebook event

Crankworx Innsbruck
Festival tickets and VIP passes go on sale in spring
Keep on top of all the latest: Crankworx Innsbruck Facebook event

Crankworx Whistler

VIP passes go on sale in December
Keep on top of all the latest: Crankworx Whistler Facebook event


39 Comments

  • 12 0
 To those who've gone, how much riding will I get to do if I visit Whistler during Cranworx? Serious question.
  • 4 0
 You will get good riding. The lift lines are much longer, though. A solution to that would be riding garbo laps. If you go during Crankworx, you will get less riding than normal park days. If you get an instructor, you get to cut the lines which saves a TON of time.
  • 15 8
 Not worth it. Lines suck, trails are closed due to events and practice for said events. Its not a great time to ride the park IMO...but it is a good time to ride the valley trails.
  • 15 2
 I've gone during Crankworx twice. The first time I tried to ride park mostly, which was a shit show. The second time I rode valley trails and just partied in the village every night and watched the events. Didn't try to ride in the park once. Was much more fun.
  • 7 0
 @Rucker10: Listen to this man, he is correct.
  • 10 1
 Honestly this really depends on where you live, your priorities and how much patience you have.

If you have to make a long trip to get to Whistler, I think it's worth it to be there during Crankworx. If you are at least a little bit interested in watching Joyride, meeting pro athletes etc. it's 100% worth the longer lines.

If you are just focused on riding it's definitely the worst time to be there. Again, the lines are longer and the trails are more blown out, so the riding is simply awesome and not the most awesome experience of your entire life, but I've always preferred the energy and atmosphere and competition that being present for Crankworx brings.

And finally even with the long lines, you can still get more than enough riding for a 'full day on the hill.' You'll also probably be swayed to try some of the less popular trails and that's always cool because there's a lot more than A Line to ride.
  • 4 0
 Lots of negative here, but here is my two cents: I have been there during Crankworx three times. Yes, lines are a bit longer and if you are there on the 'Air DH' race day, all of A'line is closed. However, if you can only get up there for your first time during Crankworx, absolutely zero reason not to go. The event energy is nuts, jump /flow trails will be busy but you will get to ride them. The 'old school DH lines will be wide open and Garbonzo zone is relatively clear. If all you want is riding and don't care about Crankworx, of course there are better times to go. Shred on!
  • 2 0
 You can go for the event or go for the riding. The riding will not be great if you go during the event, but seeing the competition, races, and industry shit will be awesome
  • 2 0
 I went to whistler for my first time this past summer. I split it up so I went the week before Crankworx and then stayed for the first 3 days. The lift line the last monday I was there was pretty long (about 40 minutes of waiting) but the lines for the other lifts were super short. I would say its still worth it as I had an awesome time.
  • 2 0
 If you do go definitely check out the creekside trails. They are really long so good value per lift. What I did was just get the 3 lift ticket, did 3 runs then go watch the events in the afternoon.
  • 1 0
 I was there for 3 days during the last weekend, didn't ride at all, only rode some trails outside of the park. Lines were long and many trails closed. Best to visit for experience and watching events, not riding this time. Maybe stay few extra days after to get riding in.
  • 1 0
 Thanks all. I want to go for Crankworx, just wanted to know what to expect for riding. 40 min lines are standard right now at Highland so nothing I'm not familiar with. Getting there a few days early sounds like the way to go.
  • 3 0
 Depends on what gets you stoked. The stoke levels are pretty high during the week of Crankworx. It's a mountain biking carnival where the the mountain is the carnival ride. Many companies are there with swag, demos, and raffles. There are afterparties just about every night of the week. There are photo and video shoots going down on the trails. Yes, the lines are longer and some runs will be closed for a 2-3 hour window while a practice/race takes place (just pay to enter the race), but it reminds you we participate in a pretty cool sport. It's magical.

If you just want to bomb laps until your forearms burn, go in June. If you want to get passed by Eddie Masters and some Vanzacs on A-line and chat up mtn biking YouTube stars while waiting in line, go during Crankworx.

Disclaimer: I don't work for Crankworx or Whistler-Blackcomb. Although, I wish I did...
  • 1 0
 If you ride kinda early and kinda late you will get heaps of riding. If you’re there for most of the festival then you will have plenty of time to ride more laps than your body can handle
  • 4 1
 I think the whole "Whistler is too busy to ride during Crankworx" is a bunch of BS. I guess if you are just aiming to do endless A-line (Fitzsimmons) laps then perhaps it's not the best time, but garbo and Creekside basically never have a line more than 90 seconds long. Plus there's a ridiculous amount of trails in the Valley, plus Squamish and Pemberton are very close by. I think it's a great time to visit for any mountain biker to visit - get some good riding in, watch some races/events, etc.
  • 3 1
 compared to the monday morning when everyone has left, absolute feck all. the lift lines suck, half the trails are closed, trail are completely beat up, village is rammed etc. not worth it. best riding in whistler 100% is september
  • 2 0
 @chriskneeland: best of both worlds would be to stretch it out, come for crankworx and the week after
  • 1 0
 @kevin267: I agree. Only that the trails are beat up after crankworx. Depends how much someone want to see the comps. If they do not care too much, then before crankworx is better bc the build crew prep for crankworx. I love when they fill in Aline tech part.
  • 1 0
 Soooooo much. Ride the Park out of Creekside and explore the valley network. tup
  • 1 0
 Ride creekside
  • 2 0
 more than enough. Also, dont expect the major trails to be in bad condition. Especially stuff on A-Trail and Soil Seller gets fixed quite fast. I remember being afraid of the berm after the big table after the rock drop as it was full of ruts and basically f*cked. Next day, not a single hole or bump in it. Cargo Railway always has holes in it (I guess) and just dont ride the DRC Rock Roll unless your hands can take a serious beating.
Only downside to riding during CW are closed trails, usually b-Line for B-Line race, A-Line for Air-DH, Schleyer, Upper Joyride and canadian dh for the canadian open, TOTW and your usual tech-trails for the EWS and the family cross/skillspark for Joyride. And dont think your smart and use garbo and creekside lift on saturday before Joyride, because everyone does and in the end fitz runs the fastest. At least thats my experience.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: Garbo zone is the ticket for Crankworx, most of the crowd is at the bottom of the fitz chair.
I ride the garbo zone each year and its pretty quite up there.
If your bike is a trail bike the Creekside stuff is fun. Parking at Creekside also avoids the parking issues at the main lot. You can bang out laps all day and not go down the the bottom of the Fitz chair where all the action is.
  • 1 0
 Best event of the year, to ride and people watch.
  • 1 0
 @jaybobo: Soil Seller ahahaha
  • 2 0
 @bull-dozer: couldn’t agree more, came over for crankworx this year, it was incredible. Came from the UK with my other half, having been in the winter season a few times and crankworx been somewhat of a bucket list trip it didn’t disappoint. We both shredded days of valley trails then when I hit the park there was always a solid group of like minded folk to join for a ride. The atmosphere is fantastic, as for lift lines, I would say my personal experience was a maximum line time of around 20mins, not such a bad thing when everyone’s having a blast!
  • 1 0
 I went for the first time this past year & was completely exhausted at the end of the day from riding. I expected it to be packed & it was, but I still had a ton of fun.

The main lifts at the base of the mountain (Fitzsimmons and Whistler Village Gondola) have ABSURD lift lines (like an hour plus). Hop in the singles line (15-20 mins) or ride a few mins over to Creekside. I rode amazing trails on Creekside literally by myself. I met a few people & lapped Freight Train to A-Line multiple times.

If you're going solely to ride, go another time.
If you're going to experience whistler & crankworx, expect the lines to suck but have fun.
If you can get out of bed first thing, get a few laps in, then hang out / people watch until the afternoon & hop on the bike again.

Depends on how long you can stay but if it's only a few days to a week, maybe arrive mid-crankworx & stay a few days after. The trails will be worked (I'm sure no worse than Highland after at the end of summer) but the place will be pretty empty.
  • 1 0
 Myself and my partner did 2x weeks out there and caught the last 3 days of crankworx. It was a good mix of the event vibe and trails returned to normal the days after. So if you wernt worried about seeing it all, then the last 20% is worth it as you still see all the athletes dotted aboht but don't get the monster queues.
  • 2 1
 you get the most expensive accommodation in a village full of people, loooong lift queues, bomb holes all over the park.
If you are fan and want to see some action, okay, if you wanna be riding during Crankworx, ride somewhere around, just avoid park. Honestly for me, the TV and web media coverage is so huge I would rather spend a week of riding outside of Crankworx date. But it also depends what you riding, most of the people think A-line and Dirt Merchant are the only good trails, they´ve seen them on internet so must be...which is not true in my opinion, theres not so many people riding technical trails etc so if you spend a day on those, you should be fine, but still....the pass is pretty expensive to be waiting for a lift
  • 1 0
 Quality riding the last 2 years I’ve gone, lift lines can get pretty gnarly. Creekside is fun
  • 1 0
 Down in Washington and finally deciding to make the drive up. What's the best way to experience crankworx, without dropping hundreds on these weird VIP packages... Might ride a little, but mostly wanting to drive up, watch some stuff, party, stay outta jail and have a good time!
  • 1 0
 Anyone have any thoughts why Rotorua is 2 weeks earlier than usual in 2020? Its usually been during 3rd week of March which coincides nicely with spring break to make that trip
  • 4 0
 RIP Heckler's!
  • 2 0
 Crankworx should have an Australian round....
  • 2 0
 Just fly to vegas bro. Save up and spend the week in Rotorua with your bike, Worth it. Airbnbs are very affordable in Rotorua as well
  • 1 0
 @FurryCrew: as much as I want to disagree and have an Aussie round in Bright or similar. Rotovegas is a far better 3 hour trip. I highly recommend
  • 1 0
 I guess it's time to start training for Crankworx Whistler 2020! Someone pass me a Hey Y'all!!
  • 1 0
 they should add more stops to the tour
  • 1 0
 Where is Les Gets??/
  • 31 0
 France.

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