Crankworx 2013 Preview

Crankworx 2013 is upon us! And to celebrate the occasion your friends at Our Whistler Retreat have compiled a top 5 list of things to do during the festival. Of course hitting the mountain bike competitions is a must but let us not forget that Crankworx Whistler is much more than just mountain biking. Check out the can't miss event's for this year's Crankworx Festival.

Watch the Red Bull Joyride

When: Saturday, August 17 | Where: Skiers Plaza | Time: 5 PM - 7 PM | Cost: FREE

Whistler Redbull Joyride

How could you make a list and not include the most popular event of Crankwork?  The Red Bull Joyride gathers 20 of the best freestyle mountain bike riders in the world and unleashes them on the Whistler Bike Park. Riders start at the top of a course meant to mend the natural contours of the land with enormous handmade creations. Competitors have three runs to bust their combinations of tricks over huge jumps, step-ups and step-downs.

Riders have three chances to lock in their best score and bring down the house in the process. Thousands of patrons pack Skier's Plaza for this event located at the base of Whistler Mountain at the Whistler Bike Park. If you're only going to watch one bike event all week long don't miss this event as the wild atmosphere along with the insane tricks on display will blow your mind.

Chase a Wheel of Cheese

When: Saturday, August 17 | Where: Base 2 Blackcomb Mountain | Time: 12 PM - 4 PM | Cost: FREE

Cheese Rolling Festival

The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival may take place on the same day as Joyride, but that doesn't mean it should be forgotten.

If you're not familiar with cheese rolling it involves contestants chasing a wheel of cheese down a steep hill while tumbling, falling and rolling down after it. The winner is decided when the first person catches the cheese wheel at the bottom of the hill. The event is pure humour to watch and for those brave enough to compete the event is pure mayhem to take part in.

If you want to take part in this year's cheese rolling event then you're in luck because entry into the event is absolutely FREE. There is a men's and women's category and you must be 19+ in order to take part.

Whether you're competing or watching this event is a hoot for the whole family. Along with the cheese rolling event, there's children's activities, cheese and wine tastings, cheese seminars and much more. For more information on the event including how to register for cheese rolling head on over to the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival website.

Party on down at Jordie Lunn's Shipwrecked

When: Thursday, August 14 | Where: GLC | Time: 10 PM - 1 AM

Jordie Lunns Party

Pro mountain bike rider Jordie Lunn host's Shipwrecked at the GLC on Wednesday, August 14. Jordie will be joined by his DJ compadre Hans Vans Biets who will be throwing down party tunes all night long.

The party is sponsored by Captain Morgan, Rock Shox and Pinkbike and keeping with the Captain Mo theme the night will be a pirate-themed soiree. Prizes from the aforementioned sponsors will be handed out to the best pirate inspired costumes of the night.

So throw on a Pirates of the Caribbean DVD and start looking for costume ideas because Jordie Lunn's Shipwrecked party is trending to be one of the biggest parties of Crankworx.

Catch a FREE concert

When: August 9 - 11 | Where: Olympic Plaza | Cost: FREE

WSSF Concert

Catch a FREE concert during the Bud Light Concert Series. You can watch a FREE show at Whistler Olympic Park from August 9 - 11. Check out the bands set to perform during the series below.

August 9
Rich Hope and His Evil Doers - 7:45 PM
Matt Mays - 8:45 PM

August 10
Daniel Wesley - 7:45 PM
Mother Mother - 7:45 PM

August 11
Nightbox - 7:45
Humans - 8:45 PM

Watch the film premiere of 'Arrival'

When: Wednesday, August 14 | Where: Olympic Plaza | Time: 8:30 PM - 10:15 PM | Cost: $5

Whistler Olympic Plaza Concert

The world premiere of the mountain bike film 'Arrival' will be screened at Whistler Olympic Plaza on Friday, August 16. The film takes a look at the next wave of progressive riders and photographers in the mountain bike industry. Watch where the future of mountain bike racing and freestyle riding is heading and the new technologies being designed to capture those images.

'Arrival' is set to premiere at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Curtain drop is at 8:45 PM. Tickets are $5 for seating or you can catch the show in the back for FREE.

Photo Credit: Mike Crane & Crankworx

Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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