Pinkbike Primer: Crankworx Summer Series - Week 1, SilverStar

Jul 28, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

Although there is no Crankworx in Whistler this year and the Innsbruck stop of the World Tour has been delayed until later in the year, that doesn't mean we have to miss out on Crankworx this summer. The team have come together with a new Summer Series that sees Crankworx hold smaller events at SilverStar, Kicking Horse and Sun Peaks over the next three weeks. With 25 B.C. based pro riders from Crankworx, World Cup DH and the EWS competing, you're not going to want to miss the action. Especially because it may be the one of the few races we get this year.

Excited? Here's everything you need to know about the first Cranworx Summer Series event.

The Crankworx Summer Series is not open for spectators. Any public on-site will be kindly asked to leave.

What is the Clif Crankworx Summer Series?

bigquotesThe Clif Crankworx Summer Series (CCSS) is bringing mountain bike fans something to froth over. 25 of the world’s best mountain bike athletes, three iconic destinations, four races per stop, 14 hours of live MTB coverage, all culminating in one overall Clif Crankworx Summer Series title.

The CCSS will be a made-for-T.V., multi-stop series showcasing epic riding destinations in B.C. While Crankworx Whistler’s cancellation was announced in May, B.C. has continued to fare well in terms of its management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now elevated to Phase 3, the B.C. Restart Plan allows for travel within the province.

Each stop of the Crankworx Summer Series will see the 25 pro riders face off in Downhill, Dual Slalom, Enduro, and Air DH with the goal of winning the overall Summer Series title. All athletes will compete in every event with all important points on offer in each discipline. You can read the full rules list here.

The Location

SilverStar Mountain Resort biking trails

Photo: SilverStar Mountain Resort
Photo Robb Thompson
Photo: SilverStar Mountain Resort

Located near the Silver Star Provincial Park just northeast of Vernon in British Columbia SilverStar Mountain Resort is a ski resort that has built an extensive range of mountain bike trails for summer riding. The arrival of the Crankworx Summer Series will offer the pros a chance to sample some of the great riding on offer at the resort.


Photo Robb Thompson
Photo: SilverStar Mountain Resort

- Course previews from all events will be released through out the week

- Highlights shows will be released for the SilverStar Enduro and SilverStar Air DH

- Before each live broadcast there will be the Crankworx Connect pre-show featuring additional content from riders and brands.

Thursday, July 30

SilverStar Dual Slalom

- Crankworx Connect: 12:30-1 p.m. PST
- Broadcast: 1-3 p.m. PST

Friday, July 31

Maxxis SilverStar DH

- Crankworx Connect: 12:30-1 p.m PST
- Broadcast: 1-2:30 p.m. PST

Rider List


There's a heat warning for Interior British Columbia and hot temperatures will continue through Friday.

Tuesday, July 28 - SilverStar Enduro
Clear throughout the day // 26°C

Wednesday, July 29 - SilverStar Dual Slalom
Clear throughout the day // 26°C

Thursday, July 30 - Maxxis SilverStar DH
Clear throughout the day // 28°C

Friday, July 31 - SilverStar Air DH*
Clear throughout the day. // 25°C

Weather forecast from SilverStar website as of July 28. Check out the mountain webcams here.

How to watch

To keep up with all the action from each Crankworx Summer Series round we will be providing our own coverage of the event alongside the live streams of each race so you can stay in the loop on what could be one of the few major races to happen this year.

The broadcast schedule will be published just before each Summer Series stop but this may change as the organiser want to ensure that no one turns up to each location to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Safety Precautions

The Crankworx Summer Series is not open for spectators. Any public on-site will be kindly asked to leave.

To ensure that everyone involved in the Crankworx Summer Series is kept safe the organisers have put together the following procedures.

bigquotesWith no spectators, remote production, and strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place, the CCSS’ #1 priority will be to ensure rider, staff and community safety. But with restrictions easing as a part of Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, the risk of resurgence is real. That’s why the CSS is taking every precaution with procedures to protect all involved.

With this in mind, the series will be following these five steps to safe competition:

- Closed Events
- CCSS events are made-for-TV, with spectators encouraged to tune in from home.
- Limited Numbers
- These invite-only events will be limited to 25 invited athletes, along with minimizing the number of staff, suppliers and volunteers on-site.
- Tracing and Monitoring
- Contact tracing 14 days out, and daily throughout.
- Daily temperature and symptom checking.
- Distancing and Disinfecting
- All resort community guidelines and provincial health guidelines will be strictly adhered to.
- Isolated Travel
- All participants will travel in pre-arranged groups.

Regions in Article
Silver Star Mountain Resort


  • 13 2
 What an awesome format! It's so cool to have racers from different backgrounds competing against each other, in each others disciplines. Will the DH racers perform on an enduro course? Will the Enduro racers know what to do with gates on the slalom course? Will anyone do a crank flip in their race run? (looking at you, juniors)

Genuinely looking forward to seeing how this all plays out—and rooting for team Squamish, lets GOOOO!
  • 4 0
 There seems to be a broadcast time but not a link to where the broadcast will be hosted. Is Pinkbike hosting the broadcast?
  • 2 0
 Under "Schedule" the Maxxis Silverstar DH is on July 31st. Under "Weather" it's on July 30th. Would like to know when this event is actually occuring.
  • 2 0
 I feel like I'm missing something really huge here... How do I actually watch these events?
  • 2 0
 26C is 78F. THAT'S a heat warning?
  • 4 1
 The heat warning is for the valley floor which hit 39C yesterday 102F. The mountain is usually 10-15C cooler then in town.
  • 1 0
 In canada yeah Wink It's like when we see a little snow shut down entire cities in the US....
  • 1 0
 @bikeparkmemes: Haha except we don't shut down our cities when its hot... Snow is so much fun to drive in, so it should be a bonus your cities get shut down! means open roads for fun driving! Wink haha
  • 2 0
 If the pandemic deals you lemons, you make lemonade. Well done, Crankworx!
  • 1 0
 Hey man, what happened to the OG Pinkbike Privateer? Seems like a good situ
  • 1 0
 So I am not sure about this as info is vague but are the actual events going to be livestreamed?
  • 1 0
 I see results being posted but no links to livestream of those races.
  • 2 3
 Why would you pair a photo from Switzerland with the weather section?
  • 2 0
 To make it more international.
  • 1 3
 if i'm riding for fun and i come over to say hi to a rider am i allowed or will i be kicked out? Lol
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