Our 2023 Guide to Crankworx Whistler

Get ready for the adrenaline-pumping action of the Crankworx World Series festival coming back to Whistler July 21-30, 2023! 


As one of the most anticipated events in the mountain biking world, Crankworx showcases the best riders from around the globe competing in thrilling competitions, gravity-defying tricks, and jaw-dropping stunts. With a jam-packed schedule of races, slopestyle competitions, pump track challenges, and more, this festival promises non-stop excitement and a vibrant atmosphere where world-class athletes push their limits on the legendary trails of Whistler.


Below, we’ve highlighted some of the main events you won’t want to miss – Keep reading for our 2023 Guide to Crankworx Whistler!



1. Rockshox Canadian Open Downhill – Finals

Photo courtesy of Crankworx

Date: July 23, 2023

Location: 1199 Trail, Creekside Zone of Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Time: 4-6 PM


Kick off the weekend with the Rockshox Canadian Open Downhill Finals! This course is a one-run takedown of Whistler Creekside’s famous terrain, featuring challenging elements like rooty singletrack, steep rock drops, and impressive air features. This high-stakes event, held during the first weekend of Crankworx, gathers top downhill athletes from across the globe, making it one of the biggest events of the festival you won’t want to miss.


Fans, get ready to post up somewhere along the track and get ready to witness the awe-inspiring speed and skill of the world’s fastest mountain bike riders.


2. Deep Summer Photo Challenge

Photo courtesy of Crankworx

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza

Time: 8:30-10 PM


The Deep Summer Photo Challenge is a local favourite every year, showcasing the vibrant mountain bike culture in the Sea to Sky Corridor, spanning from Squamish to Pemberton. 


During the challenge, five photographers, and one wildcard, will set out to capture breathtaking images during the first Crankworx weekend. They will then put together a slideshow, accompanied by music, and will be presented to spectators under the stars at Whistler Olympic Plaza. You’ll also experience it for free amidst local fans who gather to share the event with their community. Come out and immerse yourself in this exciting local vibe. 


3. Ultimate Pump Track Challenge – Pro Finals

Photo courtesy of Crankworx

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Location: Base of Whistler Bike Park

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM


In the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, two riders face off, diving into a thrilling course filled with berms and rollers, aiming to be the first to reach the finish line. The twist? No peddling allowed! Watch as riders test their strength, momentum, and skill, where victory hangs on harnessing the power of momentum alone, and the slightest misstep can spell defeat.


4. Dirt Diaries, Presented by SWATCH – Video Challenge

Photo Clint Trahan

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2023

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza

Time: TBC


The Dirt Diaries is another creative event of the Crankworx World Series. In this challenge, riders will unite with a team of up to six individuals, comprised of filmmakers, editors, and fellow athletes, to embark on a two-month journey crafting captivating 4-6-minute videos that tell their distinctive narratives. These submissions will then undergo evaluation by a group of judges, assessing their storylines, videography, riding skills, and editing, culminating in a grand screening beneath the open night skies of Whistler Olympic Plaza.


5. Red Bull Joyride – Finals

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2023

Location: The Boneyard, Base of Whistler Bike Park

Time:  4:30-7 PM


Prepare for the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship season finale and the esteemed Triple Crown of Slopestyle — the Red Bull Joyride brings over 35,000 fans on-site, captivating millions worldwide. With a legacy spanning +15 years, this competition is the pinnacle of challenges within the circuit you won’t want to miss.


Witness the world’s top 14 mountain bike riders conquer a custom-built course, giving it their all in a mesmerizing display of mastered skill and artistry. 


For the full 2023 Crankworx Spectator schedule, visit the Official Crankworx website.



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