Crankworx Whistler: The Ultimate Canadian MTB Festival

Whistler, Canada, North America’s largest ski resort hosts Crankworx

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.

Riders sitting at the start of the Joyride course

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.

Troy Brosnan flying through the trees on his way to win the Canadian Open DH at Crankworx 2017

Red Bull Joyride

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.

Brandon Semenuk put on an incredible performance locking up his 5th win at Joyride

Brandon Semenuk on the way to winning Joyride

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.

Emil Johansson, in his rookie season on the tour, was nearly flawless in each of his two runs taking 2nd place.

Ryan Nyquist, a BMX legend, absolutely stomped his second run to clinch a spot on the podium with a 3rd place finish

Nicholi Rogatkin missed his opportunity to win the triple crown this year, but put on a stellar aerial display

Logan Peat with a back flip, tuck no hander

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!

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Photos by: Tom Olezeski

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Tom Olezeski

Originally from the suburbs of New York City, Tom fled to the American West as soon as he was old enough to drive. As a student at Colorado State University, Tom became an avid photographer, mountain biker, trail runner, and snowboarder. He is happiest roaming around the mountains or desert with a camera in his hands and fast moving subjects all around.

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