Live Coverage from Crankworx Whistler Starts Tomorrow

Aug 8, 2022
by Official Crankworx  
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The Sphere has been installed and awaits riders. Red Bull Joyride practice kicks off tomorrow head of the big show Saturday.

The athletes are here, with a migration from MSA is on its way (Finn, Jackson, Gracey...we can't wait to welcome you home). The racing has begun, with three days of enduro just wrapped (congrats to competitors in the EWS Kids, EWS80, EWS100, and EWS Whistler!), Kidsworx racing kicking off, and a full day of Air DH scrubs and sends ahead. Outside the tape, the good times are well and truly rolling with park laps, group rides, après sessions in the sun, and parties going late into the night (shoutout to Pinkbike for throwing the kickoff party on Friday).

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Kidsworx B-Line racer Graham Shepherd. Photo: Sara Kempner

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The next gen, collecting hardware. Photo: Sara Kempner

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Liv Women's Only A-Line Session kicking off Sunday morning. Photo: Christie Fitzpatrick

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EWS80 and EWS100 getting us stoked on Saturday. Photo: Scott Robarts

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Harriet Harnden, sending it on 1199. Photo: Clint Trahan

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Locals sharing the podium. Photo: Chris Pilling
 
World, it’s time to get in on the action. The second stop of the Crankworx World Tour kicked off from its home base of Whistler on Friday, and August 9-14 fans around the world can tune into nine hours of live mountain bike coverage over five events on Red Bull TV and Pinkbike, and catch exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on Crankworx’s Instagram and TikTok.
 
Get a preview of all the athletes making tracks to Crankworx Innsbruck here: crankworx.com/news/rider-lists-released-for-crankworx-whistler-2022/
 
The full roster of Pro events to come includes (events marked with an * will be available to watch live and on demand on Red Bull TV and Pinkbike):

• Monday, August 8: Crankworx Whistler Air DH
• Tuesday, August 9: Specialized Dual Slalom Whistler*
• Wednesday, August 10: Ultimate Pump Track Challenge*
• Thursday, August 11: CLIF Speed & Style Whistler*
• Friday, August 12: Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by POC
• Saturday, August 13: Red Bull Joyride*
• Sunday, August 14: RockShox Canadian Open DH*
 
Get the full schedule here: crankworx.com/whistler/schedule/
Red Bull TV broadcast details: redbull.com/ca-en/events/crankworx-world-tour-whistler
 
Key changes to watch for this year include the epic 10th anniversary Red Bull Joyride course, and an all-new Pump Track Format.
 
Slopestyle
The iconic Slopestyle competition will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special course, including the fan-voted “Sphere” feature from Brandon Semenuk’s “REALM.” The Sphere will add a unique technical element to the course. Elevated above a 2-way Hip, this skatepark-inspired bowl sends riders into a tight corner, before launching them back onto the course. Whether riders choose to trick in/out, stall, or plant, the Sphere will add more options for creatively and individuality.

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Pump Track
Traditionally, the Pump Track sees two riders line up head-to-head and drop into a maze of berms and rollers, each racing to cross the finish line first. The catch? No pedaling allowed. 2022 will see a remix of the discipline in Whistler. Instead of two racers, four will race head-to-head-to-head-to-head. Each racer will be on an identical side-by-side lane on a fast and unforgiving track. The single-run format will see the two fastest riders advance from one round to the next. This is tight Pump Track action and good times, next-levelled. A debut not to be missed.

Crankworx Whistler is going off, and #crankworxfromhome is about to join the party. See you there.
           
Stay up to date with all things Crankworx: crankworx.com

Crankworx Whistler is grateful to be on the shared, unceded territory of the Lil’wat People, known in their language as Lil̓wat7úl, and the Squamish People, known in their language as Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh.

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15 Comments
  • 19 4
 I'm boycotting this event...once again they blocked our efforts to get a eGravel race scheduled and replace Joyride. Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 13 0
 Holy moly that slopestyle course is insane! So hyped to see what the guys will throw down on these features.
  • 5 0
 Yeah it looks really creative this year! I can't wait
  • 6 2
 Please add Bodi Kuhn to the list of Great Canadians...Finn, Jackson, Gracey. His first podium..and unsponsored to boot.
  • 1 1
 Not really understanding the 5th feature with the jump that splits left or right before the sphere.If you jump left, then into the sphere feature (left to right), then two berms into boner log. That works, but how do you take the right option, then into sphere (right to left) and be lined up for the boner log?
  • 1 0
 In some of the testing practice I've seen so far it seems the right to left is then followed by a swoop around the catch berm the to the boner log.
  • 3 0
 CRANKWORX WHISTLER BRAAP OFF
  • 3 3
 They need to get rid of that on and off feature at the end of the joyride course. That shit is a momentum killer, athletes can’t even do a flashy trick off that!!
  • 2 0
 Good point. Riders usually do a big trick at the end and will have to do them earlier (3rd or 4th feature), possibly crashing and not even getting full runs in.
  • 1 0
 It has become iconic for Joyride. A lot of slopestyle courses seem pretty similar and Joyride does need to be a bit different. The original courses features and drops that made it feel more freeridey so I think it's good to retain some of that.
  • 1 0
 No stream of Aline race this year?
  • 3 4
 I got 22:31s before lifts open #UpAline #Ebike
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