CRANKWORX WHISTLER – Athlete Registration Open and New Events Announced

Athlete registration for Crankworx Whistler is underway. The world’s biggest freeride mountain bike festival will offer over $175,000 in cash and prizes to the world’s best professional and amateur mountain bikers August 10-19, 2012.

Athlete Registration for Crankworx Whistler can now be found online:

http://store.whistlerblackcomb.com/default.aspx?ClientID=973&ThemeName=Crankworx

An exciting addition to Crankworx Whistler’s event calendar is the UnOfficial Whip Off World Championships on Tuesday, August 14. The beauty of this event is there are no rules; the biggest, most stylish whip will take home the $1,000 cash prize.

Developed by Sven Martin, a mountain bike photographer who knows his whips, this event will bring the racers and the freeriders together to end the argument once and for all… who has the best style? The whip is a revered move inspired by moto where the rider airs and throws the rear of the bike to one side; getting the bike flat, sideways and dragged out earns major style points. Athletes confirmed so far include Brendan Fairclough, Thomas Vanderham, and local shredder Ian Morrison.

“You can’t buy style and while you might not pick up a factory ride for winning, you will get the respect of every single rider in Whistler,” says Sven Martin, event organizer. “Fun style, big whips, all going down on the huge Crabapple Hits. Crankworx brings many different types of mountain bikers together with its varied terrain and events, but this is one event that is truly for anyone. Well, anyone that has style.”

The 2012 line-up of Crankworx Whistler also includes the new event Dual Speed and Style presented by Avid on Saturday, August 11. This event will feature head to head action on a tricked out Dual course designed by Kirt Voreis and will feature an invitational field of riders including top FMB athletes, the best dual slalom athletes and some of the best all-around riders in the world. Athletes confirmed so far are Cam Zink, Kyle Strait, Tyler McCaul, Anthony Messere and Voreis.

Athletes cannot register for the Dual Speed & Style presented by Avid, the Teva Trick Showdown or the Red Bull Joyride event, as these events are invitational formats.

EVENT AND REGISTRATION DETAILS

The registration event pages for Crankworx Whistler can be accessed through

http://store.whistlerblackcomb.com/default.aspx?ClientID=973&ThemeName=Crankworx

Amateur registration fees are $60 plus HST and professional registration fees are $70 plus HST. Register online prior to noon, August 9 and save a $10 on-site surcharge. The Athlete Centre will be open from 9am-3pm, August 10-19.

On-site registration will be available space permitting, as some events have caps on registration. No day-of registration will be offered, only check-in for pre-registered competitors. Advance registration is strongly recommended. For Crankworx accommodation offers, including rooms from $99 at Aava Whistler Hotel; check out http://www.whistler.com/crankworx/ for more info or to book.

Stay tuned to www.crankworx.com and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx. Watch the latest video for Crankworx 2012 right now: http://crankworx.com/home.php

Home to hundreds of game-changing moments in freeride mountain biking’s history, Crankworx Whistler is a ten-day festival devoted to celebrating epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. Crankworx Whistler attracts the downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends of the world, to defy physics and blow minds, with their hard-charging, tail-whipping, back-flipping ways. Pay homage August 10-19, 2012 at Crankworx Whistler, the most progressive freeride event of the year.

The ninth annual Crankworx Whistler is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Crankworx Whistler is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world.

Credit: Blake Jorgenson Photo

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