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Looks like the Red Bull Joyride is the official slopestyle event at Crankworx! -gordo

WHISTLER, BC May 3, 2011 – Kokanee Crankworx, the biggest and most prestigious freeride mountain bike festival on the planet is back for 2011. This year’s competition promises to continue the festival’s reputation for hosting the most progressive events on two wheels.

2011 Kokanee Crankworx Event Schedule:
Friday, July 15        Fat Tire Crit – details TBA
Saturday, July 16        Dual Slalom
Sunday, July 17        Garbanzo Downhill
Tuesday, July 19        Canadian Open DH
Wednesday, July 20    Jeep Air Downhill
Wednesday, July 20    Deep Summer Photo Challenge
Thursday, July 21        Teva Best Trick Showdown
Thursday, July 21        Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge presented by Rock Shox
Thursday, July 21        Red Bull Joyride qualifying
Friday, July 22        GIANT Slalom
Saturday, July 23        Red Bull Joyride Finals
Sunday, July 24              Canadian Open Enduro Challenge presented by Kona

While all of the events on the calendar are returning from last year, there have been a couple of significant changes. First the Canadian Open DH has been moved from its closing position on the final Sunday to Tuesday July 19.

“Moving the Canadian Open DH to Tuesday will make for an action-packed start to the festival with three very different downhill events over four days. There is nowhere else in the world where downhill competitors have this kind of variety and quality of racing,” says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. “Shifting the Canadian Open DH will allow our national team competitors the opportunity to compete in the Kokanee Crankworx downhills and still participate in the Canadian Nationals. Further it allows us to feature the new format of the Canadian Open Enduro Challenge on the final weekend of the festival. A new format and course is being developed with the assistance of Richie Schley, and the event will be apart of the newly formed North American Enduro Tour.”

With exciting new partnerships launching including the Red Bull Joyride freeride event on July 23 (read the press release here: http://pitch.pe/142837) and events getting bigger and better in typical Crankworx fashion, July will be here with ten days of freeride insanity in no time. Besides the scheduled sporting events, the Deep Summer Photo Challenge will be back for it’s third year on Wednesday July 20 and plans are being finalized for the rest of the entertainment line-up.

Stay tuned to www.crankworx.com for upcoming news and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx.

The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a nine-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.
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