Crankworx is back with summer series at three BC mountain biking destinations
Live mountain biking competition has returned to British Columbia with the new CLIF Crankworx Summer Series on now until Aug. 14.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Crankworx Whistler was cancelled earlier this year, as British Columbia fared well with its management of the issue, a new opportunity arose.
The CLIF Crankworx Summer Series (CCSS) is bringing mountain bike fans something to froth over. 25 of the world’s best mountain bike athletes, three iconic destinations, four races per stop, 12+ hours of MTB action, all culminating in one overall CLIF Crankworx Summer Series title.
“We are truly blessed here in British Columbia,” says Crankworx GM Darren Kinnaird. “Not only do we have some of the most amazing mountain biking anywhere in the world, but we have some of the world’s best mountain bike athletes that have grown up here or have made the choice to make B.C. their home. Some of the biggest brands in mountain biking call B.C. home. We are all so lucky to be able to live in Beautiful B.C. Now more than ever.”
The CCSS will be a made-for-T.V., multi-stop series showcasing three B.C. riding destinations: Silver Star, Kicking Horse and Sun Peaks.
“I moved to B.C. years ago because it simply has the best riding and so many amazing places to see and ride,” says the reigning Queen of Crankworx Vaea Verbeeck, who calls Coldstream home.
“We’ve done our best to embrace the positives of being at home more and finally getting a chance to explore more of the amazing destinations we have around us, which we only get to see a little of during the usually busy summers. Spending more time in B.C. this summer is a dreamy scenario and I’m excited to share it with everyone.”
The disciplines that will make up the CCSS include: Downhill, Dual Slalom, Enduro, and Air DH.
“I couldn’t be happier!” says Whistler-based Finn Iles — one of the top-ranked downhillers in the world. “I haven’t been able to race since last year and I’m really looking forward to getting back between the tape again. It will be fun to go head to head with riders from all different disciplines week after week. I really appreciate Crankworx for giving us this exciting opportunity.”
With careful and meticulous regulations in place, the CCSS has brought together a mix of top pros and up-and-comers, including some of the best riders from Crankworx, the UCI DH World Cup and the Enduro World Series, all competing across multiple disciplines.
“We are thrilled to partner with this initiative that will expose British Columbia’s most talented riders, many of which have developed out of Cycling BC’s high-performance program and cut their teeth racing on the BC Cup circuit,” says Cory Ostertag with Cycling BC.
“The silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic is the observed growth in popularity of cycling. We are looking forward to the impact that the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series will have on our community by inspiring new riders to explore the province’s spectacular mountain bike venues.”