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Crankworx Whistler Cancelled for 2020

May 26, 2020 at 8:34
by James Smurthwaite  

Crankworx Whistler has been cancelled for the first time since the event's inception in 2004 due to the impacts of Coronavirus.

This was due to be the 17th Crankworx Festival however restrictions laid out in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan have led to its cancellation. The plans, released on May 15, include a continued ban on the gathering of more than 50 people until the virus is more under control due to a vaccine, treatment or widespread immunity. With none of these options looking likely by August, the decision has been made to cancel the event for 2020.

bigquotesOur thoughts are with the athletes who train so hard for Crankworx Whistler, and our global community of mountain bikers whose enthusiasm and excitement is what drives us. We’re very lucky to have the support of the industry, especially our partners and sponsors. This enables us to focus on what’s next, and on getting back to doing what we do, bringing the world together for the ultimate experience in mountain biking, when the time is right.Darren Kinnaird, General Manager

bigquotesI would like to acknowledge the Crankworx team, and our entire Whistler Blackcomb summer staff, who have worked hard for years to grow this festival to the major event is has become. While it is disappointing to put this great community event on hold, we fully appreciate the need for discretion and are very supportive of all provincial decisions made to keep our community safe.Geoff Buchheister, Whistler Blackcomb COO

Press Release: Crankworx

Crankworx mountain bike festival, the annual celebration of gravity-mountain biking held in Whistler Village and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, will not be held this August.

Whistler Blackcomb and Crankworx Events Inc. can now confirm the Whistler stop of the Crankworx World Tour cannot be staged in its hometown in British Columbia, due to provincial restrictions barring events of its size during Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan.

Whistler’s festival stop marks the largest of three legs in the Crankworx competition circuit. The marquee event of Crankworx Whistler is Red Bull Joyride, which attracts up to 35,000 fans to watch the best slopestyle mountain bikers from around the world from the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. 2020 was set to be the 10th anniversary of Red Bull Joyride but the milestone will now be celebrated in 2021, provided Whistler is once again safe to host events of this size and nature.

August was to mark the 17th Crankworx Whistler. The festival lasts 10 days and features professional gravity mountain biking, programming for children and youth, female-specific riding clinics, an exhibition of the latest bikes and products, and cultural programming designed to showcase the incredible photography and filmmaking intrinsic to the mountain bike scene

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  • 157 2
 Can you imagine how smooth A-line is going to be this year....
  • 45 3
 it’s going to be terrible. i wouldn’t even bother going to any of the bike parks, they will all be soooo blown out.
  • 33 1
 Limited capacity, lack of international visitors... so jealous right now. You're going to have the best season ever... hopefully.
  • 3 1
 she's already smooth^^
  • 15 0
 @buildstuf: can confirm. Especially if you’re from Texas. Probably best to stay out of the mountains for at least three years
  • 7 24
flag RedBurn (May 26, 2020 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 No reshape needed, the bikepark wont open either
  • 4 1
 @RedBurn: neg rep for you being so realistic/negative :-p
  • 9 3
 @onlyDH: i hope this keeps the texans (and others) from flocking to idaho.

i swear we see almost as many out of state plates around town than locals - its bad.
  • 4 1
 @RedBurn: it’s opening next month. I watched trail builders with my own eyes working on trails this morning
  • 1 2
 @scott-townes: If it opens...
  • 7 2
 @onlyDH: stay home Texas
  • 8 0
 @meathooker: So you see six out of state vehicles? Wink
  • 1 0
 @PeterT: To you lucky Canadians! Not for us down here.
  • 7 7
 @meathooker: same with bc. I've seen New York, Washington, Idaho, Florida, California plates here since this started. Not the mention other provinces. Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan. How stupid can you be? Driving 4000km isn't staying isolated and limiting travel.
  • 2 0
 @makripper: selfishly i'm glad to see at least some Idaho plates leaving Smile

sorry to hear you are going through the same pains we are.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: I had to cancel my late june trip to whistler :'-( So painful after looking forward to it for years
  • 1 0
 @dirtjump132: i truly appreciate that you did postpone your trip to a more appropriate time.
  • 107 37
 The right move, not a popular one, but 100% the right one.

Thanks for keeping it safe.
  • 13 8
 funny the downvotes....
  • 34 6
 Canada is going to ban Americans all summer at this rate. Rightfully so I suppose. Frown
  • 7 1
 @jaydawg69: Up/Down votes sums up the general feeling in America I think.
  • 28 1
 @rewob: BC parks are not accepting out of province reservations for camping. Banff and other Canadian national parks are not accepting any international visitors. It will be a long time before travel restrictions are lifted. Most provinces have done a great job containing the virus and flattening the curve, especially BC and Alberta which tend to get a lot of US and other international visitors to the parks, for biking etc. It's going to hurt financially but it's the right thing to do so we don't backtrack. We look forward to sharing our amazing country with everyone when the time is right! Stay safe everyone and get out on your bike!
  • 6 0
 @rebel12: well said. It's not going away soon but lets try to keep it under control if we can.
  • 3 7
flag idontknowenduro (May 26, 2020 at 13:50) (Below Threshold)
 @rebel12: when will the best time be to buy up bc real estate? Now? Or when it drops another 10%? Asking for the Texans.
  • 14 1
 @idontknowenduro: they won't like it up here, our gun laws are way too strict for them.
  • 6 2
 @idontknowenduro: even if it did drop 10% you still couldn't afford it.
  • 1 0
 @idontknowenduro: -our government has a foreign buyers tax to persuade just this - plus your Government / IRS has a unreal tax grab into Canada on Americans owning Canadian property. - Your better off just buying in Utah or Colorado
  • 1 0
 @idontknowenduro: Dont think it has dropped much at all. Even if it does it wont much.
  • 1 1
 @paulclarke: yeah its dropping fast and not supposed to come back until 2022.
  • 1 0
 @paulclarke: do your research.
  • 60 3
 Brett Rheeder : I'm taking the season off.
Virus : yeah you are.
  • 18 1
 Lmao. I still miss Brandon Semenuk competing.
  • 6 0
 I am curious if the bike park will open. I see many of the hotels in the village are opening in June. Any word on the park opening?
  • 6 11
flag Arcadyus (May 26, 2020 at 9:01) (Below Threshold)
 If they’re not allowing gathering of over 50 people seemingly until there is a vaccine then my guess is no. Maybe won’t even have a snowboard season until 2021.
  • 8 0
 I recently read that they are hoping to open late June or early July. By the looks of it they are doing some trail work at the moment also.
  • 9 0
 @Arcadyus: most bike parks in bc plan to open late june/early july.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully they'll open. Wondering if they'll only sell a set amount of tickets per day to keep the number manageable?
  • 6 0
 They cant decide to open until the provincial government approve opening of resorts and then they have to have a plan approved to ensure social distance and safety of staff and guests. The current thinking is that the province will move to open resorts in June but is subject to continued control of the virus numbers.
  • 2 0
 @EvinReed: curious how many people Vail has working on this - they let everyone go in March, and a few people I know that do grooming in the winter and bikepark summer have heard zero - possible they are bad employees riding the bong and may have missed the come back to work email....
  • 3 0
 @onemind123: pop down to Fitz now and you’ll see trail crew working
  • 3 0
 @PeterT: that is a promising step in an opening direction!
  • 1 2
 Bike Big White opens on June 26th, they have pretty much the same infrastructure as in Whistler, lifts and stuff, so I assume Whistler is to be opened on somewhat the same dates, which also prooves information and rumors about late June opening.
  • 2 0
 @NAELns: Huh... - Big White is a local ski Hill with a really small village- there might be 1 restaurant open in the summer. Maybe 1000-1500 vertical ft of trails. Not really comparable to Whistler. Kinda flat as well considering its a cow pasture in the summer
  • 1 0
 @regdunlop: While it's true, both mountains are under the same phase of reopening, which includes hotels and resorts, I believe. The same rules to be followed and precautions to be taken when reopening happens. But yeah, Whistler sure has a huge flow of visitors though, harder to manage than it is for Big White in this situation.
  • 5 0
 Such sad news. So many great events we will miss this year.
  • 16 11
 In BC there is less than 300 active cases and less than 40 in hospital.
  • 24 3
 I read somewhere that the sky in Sea to Sky is falling.
  • 57 3
 yeah, let's keep it that way.
  • 27 1
 You gotta pump those numbers up, those are rookie numbers in this racket.
  • 28 1
 With the lack of tourists does this mean that Whistler will not be the VD capital of BC anymore. Just asking for an Aussie friend.
  • 9 3
 @flipfantasia: we will be fine as long as we keep yanks away.
  • 5 2
 Pretty sure that's a good thing. Unless you want to reopen too soon and prove everyone except orange faced morons right.
  • 3 3
 Add to this all the ones unaware they got it yet and spreading it all over the place.
  • 1 0
 @Yaan: the drug dealers will be feeling the pinch without the Aussies around
  • 4 0
 Damn. I'm not suprised at all, but this still sucks.
  • 6 1
  • 1 0
 would have been a waste of money to spend all summer building the slopestyle course. only to cancel the event closer to the actual date
  • 3 2
 2020 strikes again!!! This is truly the most depressing year of my life yet.
  • 4 2
 Poor dude. Do what you Love being happy aint complicated
  • 1 0
 Bummer it's a no go for Crankworks but hey, it could be a Canadian locals winter. That would be a treat!
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 i dont say that i said this 2 or 3 weeks ago, so sad...
  • 1 0
 If the Corona virus was a bike, what kind would it be?
  • 5 3
 Definitely road bike! I hate this virus as much as a roadie riding in the middle of the lane with his mate holding up traffic...
  • 1 0
 Look who spelled Ciao wrong
  • 6 7
 Can we pedal up the fire roads and ride?

  • 24 4
 You know that the entire Whistler valley and Sea2Sky corridor is filled with hundreds of trails not in the bike park? While we all want the park to open (with due caution), there's so much riding available for the local community without the park.
  • 6 0
 @whitehonky: Yes I know, I was joking around-an attempt at sarcasm.
  • 9 0
 @whitehonky: Shhhhh
  • 6 2
 @whitehonky: nah, he's just some random joey who doesn't know anything about bikes. He's probably never heard of Whistler.

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