The second annual Live at Squamish music festival takes place this weekend and Kokanee Crankworx is going to send one lucky fan and their guest to this awesome event. Just leave a comment below with your FAVOURITE 2011 KOKANEE CRANKWORX EVENT before NOON on Friday, August 19. We will be randomly choosing one lucky person to win…the tickets are in Whistler and have to be picked up by the winner by 5pm on Friday so please keep that in mind if you are entering.
Feast your eyes on the Fat Tire Crit photographed by Blake Jorgenson
If you are thinking Kokanee Crankworx came up fast this year…join the club! We are feeling the same way. This super-mega-huge (largest in the world, for the record) freeride mountain bike festival has taken place in August for the past few years. So let’s just say the mid-July dates coupled with a no-show for summer has caught us all off guard!
Ready or not, the two-wheeled masses have descended on Whistler and all signs are pointing to the eighth incarnation of this gravity-fuelled celebration of all things bike to be the biggest ever. I will admit that we say this every year. However, with Red Bull on board to title Joyride, the re-tooled slopestyle event on July 23; free concerts in Whistler Olympic Plaza; and exciting additions like an app for iPhone, Android and mobile site for all other smartphones, things are looking decidedly epic. We wouldn’t expect anything less. And really, who needs the sun when you can have mud. Bring it on Kokanee Crankworx!
Yesterday we watched as Kokanee Crankworx’s first Fat Tire Criterium rallied through the heart of Whistler Village. The Kokanee Zone was open for prime viewing and fresh brews plus some gourmet street food catered y Bearfoot Bistro. Shoestring fries with truffle gravy…um yes please!
The high speed, elbow-to-elbow action circled Whistler Olympic Plaza to compete for the cash and the glory. There were spills, there were thrills and in the end it was Brian Lopes taking home the cash for first and Katherine Short taking home first place for the ladies. OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
When the Crit ended, the party rolled on with the Kokanee Crankworx Kick Off Concerts presented in partnership with the Resort Municipality of Whistler Festivals, Events & Animation Program. Whistler’s own Kostaman opened for reggae, funk, pop, soul and hip-hop musician/emcee K’NAAN with around 5,000 people in attendance. It felt like the Olympics were back in town! It was an amazing concert. Hopefully the rain will give us a break here for tonight’s concert with Current Swell and Hot Hot Heat!
Check back here for updates on the Dual Slalom and everything else Kokanee Crankworx!
Kokanee Crankworx finished its seventh year as the biggest yet. Crankworx continues to progress the mountain bike scene on all fronts, and firmly stakes its claim as “the” event of the year for athletes, industry and fans alike. Though excitement has wrapped for this year, there is plenty to look forward to with next year’s event, now less than 10 months away, July 16 to 24, 2011.
Event dates were selected based on the 2011 UCI World Cup Downhill schedule to ensure continued attendance from world class downhill racers.
Growing on the success of the live webcasts, introduced in 2008, Kokanee Crankworx stepped it up again this year, ensuring that every single event was available to not only the vast on-site audience, but online viewers as well. Add record attendance estimates and this year’s festival went down as the most watched Kokanee Crankworx to date.
“Kokanee Crankworx 2010 succeeded once again in capturing the soul of mountain biking. With so many events over the nine day stretch in almost every discipline, this year’s festival exceeded our expectations in every aspect. And the positive feedback keeps coming in,” says Jeremy Roche, General Manager of Kokanee Crankworx.
Highlights from Kokanee Crankworx 2010 included Can Zink’s come-from-behind victory at the Monster Energy Slopestyle which netted him a cool $15,000; Anne-Caroline Chausson’s punishing performance in nearly every event she competed in; and Brian Lopes dominating once again, winning his fifth Air DH title in a row. This year also marked the return of the Saint Deep Summer Photo Challenge, won by Deep Winter veteran Jordan Manley; the Deraylor Music Festival showcasing 45 acts over three nights throughout Whistler’s hot spots; and the addition of the Ultimate Pump Track challenge to the already diverse group of events.
Through long term relationships with resort partners, sponsors and athletes as well as funding from Canada’s Marquee Tourism Events Program, Kokanee Crankworx delivered an unbelievable nine day ode to mountain biking. The numbers speak for themselves year after year, from spectators, online web views, athletes and cash prizes – the list goes on and on.
· Over 20,000 spectators lined the course and filled Skier’s Plaza for the Monster Energy Slopestyle
· Highest visited period in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park ever
· Over 5,500 Facebook fans and 2,000+ Twitter followers of Kokanee Crankworx
· Mike Montgomery’s GoPro footage of his Slopestyle run; the 13th most tweeted topic of the day in sports with 600,000 views and counting
· Over 300 accredited media from 17 countries, including major bike magazines, filmmakers and bike industry webzines
· Over 1,200 competitor starts throughout the event
With the top Downhill, Freeride and Slopestyle mountain bike athletes, as well as world cup athletes from around the world competing, Kokanee Crankworx continues to prove itself as a world class event.
That was a heck of a ride. 9 days, 20,000 fans, 11 events, and countless parties. I’m actually pretty sad it’s over! But not to worry… Kokanee Crankworx will be back next year and we’ll do it all over again!
Until then, here is a list of our Top Ten Favourite Crankworx 2010 Moments to tide you over…
1) Gee Atherton kicking off Opening Day with a win at the Dual Slalom
2) Chris Kovarik’s solid win at the Monster Energy Garbanzo Downhill with a time of 13:22.99
3) A window into the passions of Whistler individuals at PechaKucha
4) Remy Absalon’s demonstration of skill and fitness at the Canadian Open Enduro. He took home first place with a time of 18:52.44
5) Jordan Manley’s epic slideshow documenting the Whistler Bike Park Trail Crew at the Deep Summer Photo Challenge
6) Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner’s take down at the first ever Pump Track Challenge at Kokanee Crankworx
7) The Deraylor Music Series – 3 days of music featuring 40 artists from around the world
8) Brian Lopes’ 5th consecutive win at the Air DH, conquring A-Line in just 4:15.69
9) The hilarity that is the Canadian Cheeserolling Championships – the only official non-biking event at Crankworx
10) The 20,000 plus fans at the Monster Energy Slopestyle who watched Cam Zink take the cake with an amazing run featuring a huge front flip off the VW Booter
See ya next year!!
Need we say more? Here’s the final video from Kokanee Crankworx 2010. The dust was flying, Hecklers were at their all time best and Gee ‘n Emmy came out on top. Check it out…
GEE ATHERTON AND EMMELINE RAGOT PINNED IT TO WIN CANADIAN OPEN DH PRESENTED BY KONA AT KOKANEE CRANKWORX
Both Riders Earn King And Queen Of Gravity Based On Performance Over Entire Festival
Gee Atherton (GBR) and Emmeline Ragot (FRA) hammered down the steep rock faces and notoriously technical Canadian Open DH course to take first place in their respective pro divisions in the race presented by Kona.
Ragot is the current UCI Downhill World Champion and Atherton won the men’s title in 2008. They are both moving on from dominating downhill events at Kokanee Crankworx to the Downhill World Championships taking place in Mont-Saint-Anne, starting September 2, 2010. The demanding slopes of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park are an ideal setting to train and prepare worldclass athletes for the demands of the Downhill World Championships.
Atherton, who also won the Dual Slalom at Kokanee Crankworx, had a solid run in the Candian Open DH presented by Kona and swept in at 3:04.14, second place went to pinner Lewis Buchanan (SCO) with a time of 3:09.16 while Justin Leov (NZL) maintained a pace almost exactly the same as Buchanan’s to come in at 3:09.20.
“This was a real tough course to ride today,” says Atherton. “It has been a long season and I am excited to go from here onto the World Championships in Mont-Saint-Anne.”
Emmeline Ragot, who has been competing in various events all week also held on for a solid run. She blazed into first place with a time of 3:37.78, more than seven seconds faster than her first place time in 2009’s Canadian Open DH. Claire Buchar (CAD) took second place with a time of 3:43.12 and up and coming racer Miranda Miller (CAD) took home third with a time of 3:46.85.
Find full event results here.
New for 2010 at Kokanee Crankworx was the crowning of the King and Queen of Gravity. With a total of three downhill events, one enduro and two slaloms, it was high time Kokanee Crankworx gave props to the athletes are out there all festival long doing everything fast. The data and timing teams calculated the results and the pro King and Queen, and amateur Prince and Princess were crowned at the closing of Kokanee Crankworx 2010.
Gee Atherton reigns as King and Emmeline Ragot took home the crown as the Queen of Gravity. Amateur woman Bridgette Leber (USA) and amateur boy Brennan Walstrom (CAN) were respectively appointed the Princess and Prince of Gravity for Kokanee Crankworx 2010.
One last, very special award, was given out as a wrap-up to Kokanee Crankworx. Rob McSkimming, Senior VP of Business Development for Whistler Blackcomb and bike park visionary was given the “Richard Juryn Award.” This award is given in memory of one of Crankworx’s original organizers and is used to recognize individuals who reflect Juryn’s passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for the mountain bike community.
With the Canadian Open DH on the books, Kokanee Crankworx 2010 has come to a record-breaking end.
For those that missed some of the action, daily on-demand video highlights from Whistler Creek Productions can be found online and webcast replays of all the action will start on August 25 with the Dual Slalom. Find the entire schedule of replays here: http://www.crankworx.com/webcast/