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New Crankworx Festival at Les 2 Alpes, France

Rumors about a European Crankworx festival have been circulating for several months. Those rumors were strengthened when an announcement was made that the event wouldn't return to Colorado in 2012, possibly opening up a slot for a new venue. It's not "official" yet as we haven't received a news release, but this photo posted to Landscape Magazine's facebook page is further evidence that Crankworx is indeed headed to France from July 9-15, 2012.

New Crankworx Festival at Les 2 Alpes, France

Les 2 Alpes was scheduled to host the K-Mikaz Games during this time, so it's reasonable to assume to that the event name has been changed. The recently released 2012 FMB World Tour schedule listed the K-Mikaz Games as a "gold" event, so it's not likely that Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will be upgraded to the "diamond" level during its first year.

The DH1 series was also supposed to visit the resort as part of the K-Mikaz Games, but as of right now all signs point to the series not happening.

New Crankworx Festival at Les 2 Alpes, France
Vital visited Les 2 Alpes back in 2010 for the Mountain of Hell race with the GT Factory Team. Everyone had very positive comments about the resort and its vast network of trails.

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It sure is scenic, but can they party like Whistler? We'll find out this summer. - Photo: Gary Perkin

Who's excited to see another venue for the World's largest freeride festival? More when we get it!

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