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25 Aug

Crankworx 2017 Recap: Good Times on Dirt

Crankworx 2017 will go down as a year where Whistler locals showed dominance across the disciplines and visitors reveled in dusty conditions during the week long MTB fest. The final and arguably the most famous stop in the Crankworx World Tour was – as always – a fitting end to the middle of summer, and a reminder that there’s not much time left to get in the laps before the snow flies.

Winners and Grinners

Special congratulations to locals Jesse Melamed and Brandon Semenuk for snaring top place in the Enduro World Series and Red Bull Joyride. Like many Whistler events, Crankworx was an international affair with riders from the Czech Republic, France, Columbia, the US, Canada and Australia scoring top of the podium. And of course, big high fives to Adrien Loren of France and Jill Kintner of the USA for being crowned the King and Queen of Crankworx for 2017.

Thanks to everyone who came out to ride and cheer for the athletes – the atmosphere in Whistler during the festival was unbeatable and you are the ones who make it so. Check out our recap below, and make sure you block some time off in August next year to visit Whistler for Crankworx 2018.

You rode. You cheered. You partied. The suns sets on the final day of Crankworx 2017… what was YOUR favourite part?? #OnlyInWhistler @crankworx | @olliegregoryjones @haileyelisee

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Enduro World Series

Local Jesse Melemed takes the win!

Yesssss! Finally pulled it off! Stoked to do it in front of even more friends and family this year, all the Cheers out there got me fired up and going faster everywhere! Couldn’t do it without all the support! ❤️

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Dirt Diaries

WINNER Micayla Gatto, claiming this year’s Crankworx #ferdagirls!

She’s the biggest park rat after all. @micaylagatto taking the win at Dirt Diaries last night. @ifhtfilms

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Ladies Ride Out, a Prelude to Crankworx

A little chill time off the bike, hosted by Caroline Buchanan.

#LadiesRideOut #3 The @crankworx ladies ride out from the competition and enjoy #Whistler tourism adventure! __________________________________________________ THANKYOU @TAGWhistler @gowhistler @forged.axe.throwing @ScandinaveWhis #tagwhistler #onlyinwhistler #RZRtourwhistler #axethrowing #scandinavespa #scandinavewhistler ____________________________________________________ LADIES ‍♂️ @cbuchanan68 @micaylagatto @vaeaverbeeck @tbroms @sierrawarren_ @ronronracing @rachelstrait1 @laura.bruneau @littletrace13 @jleighmoe @mikekingtv

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Deep Summer Photo Challenge

A night where action photographers get a chance to shine.

What a night of #mtb inspiration and beauty! Congrats to Daniel Ronnback and his team who took the win in this year’s Deep Summer Photo Challenge! Check out the winning slideshow on Crankworx’ Facebook and YouTube. Photo: Boris Beyer

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WINNER Daniel Ronnback

Special Mention – Locals Ollie Hailey


Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by SPANK

Who whipped it best? Allan Cooke and Casey Brown, that’s who. Stay tuned for the highlights of all the sideways and steezy action from the Official Whip-Off World Championship presented by Spank. #ferdagirls #ferdaboys #ferdaworld Photos: Fraser Britton

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Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox

It’s @rockshox Pumptrack day here at @crankworx #whistler Good thing Martin likes to ride a small bike or no one would ever fit all of him in a shot. @martinsoederstroem

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Caroline Buchanan wins!

HIGHLIGHTS @livingtheride x @mikekingtv #livingtheride _______________________________________________________ #crankworx #Pumptrack #onlyataava #springfinancialgroup #rideeveryday #MTB #Ride #findyourfreedom #actionsport #LiveYourLegend #rideeverything #girlswhoride #livingtheride

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Canadian Open DH presented by iXS

@markwallacebike charging his way to 5th in the Canadian Open DH today! • • • • #crankworx #canyon #canadianopen #ridenowsleeplater #vitalmtbdailyshot #mtb #rideordie #photography #nikon #d3300 #mynikonlife @nikonaustralia #littlethingswhistler #whistler #explorebc #seatosky #yeahdude

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The Canadian Open DH is always one of the most impressive and rowdiest of races to watch. Fast as hell on some of the gnarliest of tracks! #canadianopendh #canadianopen #dhmtb #dhracing #downhillracing #downhillmtb #crankworx2017 #crankworx #whistler

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Some Canadian open action today #crankworx #canadianopen #dh #downhill #mtnbiking #loose

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CLIF Dual Speed Style

. Crankworx Whistler…. Yesterday’s CLIF Dual Speed Style in the evening light. Gutted I won’t be here for next weekend! . #whistler #whistlerblackcomb #bc #britishcolumbia #canada #crankworx #crankworxwhistler #crankworx2017 #sendit #mtb #mountainbike #mountainbiking #biking #bike #mtbpics #sram #whistlervillage #whistlerbikepark #srammtb #speedandstyle #outdoors #goldenhour #chasinglight #eveninglight #architecture #architecturelovers #panpacific #panpacificwhistler #tourcanada #whistlerlife

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Red Bull Joyride

This guy was on fire yesterday! @johanssoemil silver medalist at @redbull Joyride 2017 at @crankworxwhistler #crankworx #joyride #joyride2017 #whistler #canada #bc #slopestyle

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@diemtb flying high in the Redbull joyride competition. Perfect finale for an amazing week here at Crankworx! • • • #crankworx2017 #crankworx #joyride #redbulljoyride #whistler #pinkbike #mtb

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#RedBulJoyride LIVE @redbulltv + Our first runs are done, with massive runs from @brettrheeder (☝️) and @nicholirogatkin, but crashes for both! The pressure’s on. @brandonsemenuk is sitting in first () as we head into our second runs.

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A five time #RedBullJoyride champion, an 18-year-old inching his way to the top, and a 38-year-old BMX legend, taking his first podium at the biggest event in slopestyle mountain biking. ⠀ What a way to wrap up an amazing season. Catch up with all the action for Red Bull Joyride 2017 at Crankworx Whistler Red Bull TV and⠀ ⠀ Photo: Boris Beyer

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That’s it that’s all – until next year. The trails are still open in Whistler until the snow falls – for more information on mountain biking in Whistler or planning for Crankworx Whistler 2018, check out

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