Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver sits Whistler, Canada, a world-class resort in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Whistler holds the title as North America’s largest ski resort with 8,171 acres and though it was once known mainly as a winter destination for skiing and snowboarding, the resort has diversified and become a year round destination.
There is no longer an off season; the warmer weather allows visitors to enjoy hiking, four golf courses, shopping, restaurants and bars, and of course, mountain biking. Whistler is now the number one lift-served bike park in the world, and it shows. There are seventy trails in the Bike Park, along with full service bike shops offering rentals, tours, and lessons. There is truly something for everyone.
Whistler is amazing on a normal day, but for ten days every summer, Red Bull Crankworx Whistler turns it up a few notches by transforming it into one of the greatest mountain biking spectacles in the world. Crankworx is a four-stop, world tour culminating in a series of events such as the Dual Slalom, Pump Track, Whip Off World Championships, and the Canadian Open DH.
Red Bull Joyride is one of the main attractions at Crankworx Whistler, offering spectators an up close view of the big air slope style event. The entire season was on the line for the riders since this is the final stop of the world tour, and they did not disappoint. Joyride 2017 was unrivaled; there were new tricks, massive air, and heart stopping crashes- all with a potential triple crown title in the mix.
When the dust had settled at the end of the competition, Brandon Semenuk had won the day, and set a new record by winning Joyride for the fifth time.
Emil Johansson made us all feel like we were looking at the future as he flew into a second place finish in his rookie season, and Ryan Nyquist, the BMX legend, rounded out the top three in what was only his second year at the competition. Nicholi Rogatkin faltered and failed to clinch the triple crown, but he is such an exciting rider to watch and had an amazing 2017 season.
Crankworx is the ten most exciting days in mountain biking competition, and the location is beyond compare. I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2018!
Photos by: Tom Olezeski
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