Crankworx Whistler Cancelled for 2021

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Sadly, after much consideration, the team behind Crankworx Whistler have decided to cancel the event this year. The good news is, it’s set to return in August 2022.

To our riders, core media, festival partners, and fans, we know it’s been tough. Mountain biking is both a career and a passion for many, so to lose an event that I know means so much to so many people…it’s been tough for everyone. We have been exploring our options for Crankworx Whistler 2021 since last summer. We held on to the possibility for as long as we could, while working on alternatives. The province of British Columbia is on a good track and is in the process of lifting restrictions, but unfortunately, there’s not enough certainty or lead time to pull off the festival for this year. That said, we’re hard at work on some exciting things to get riders and fans excited this summer, so watch this space.

Darren Kinnaird, Managing Director of the Crankworx World Tour.

The release reads:

British Columbia is currently at step one of a four-step reopening plan. Travel within the province is restricted, and Canada’s borders remain closed to non-essential travel.

Crankworx Whistler was also cancelled in 2020 due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the team pivoted to create the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series (CCSS) bringing together B.C. athletes to compete in a series of made-for-TV events at some of the province’s top resorts.

As for the future of the iconic Whistler festival: mountain bike fans need not fear. Crankworx Whistler is already on the calendar for next year. August 5-15, 2022, the world will come together in Whistler for Crankworx once again. The 10-day celebration of all things mountain biking will include the Whistler stop of the Enduro World Series, and the 10th anniversary of Red Bull Joyride.

Stay tuned for some exciting updates on that soon as the hype starts to build ahead of Red Bull Joyride 2022. In the meantime, planning for both the kick-off and finale of the 2021 Crankworx World Tour is in full swing.

Casey Brown at the Whip Off World Championships. Photo: Fraser Britton

Both Crankworx Innsbruck and Rotorua are still set to go ahead and will be live on Red Bull. Crankworx Innsbruck will take place from 16-20 June, with Rotorua following from 1-7 November. See more on the Crankworx website.

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