Sunday, August 17, 2008

Kokanee Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival

Today August 17th the closing event of Kokanee Crankworx 2008, the Canadian Open DH -one of the world's premier downhill mountain biking events-, will take place in Whistler.
Five years ago Kokanee Crankworx was created to showcase mountain biking's incredible progression to a worldwide audience. The TELUS Dual Slalom kicked off Opening Day at Kokanee Crankworx 2008. The Monster Energy Garbanzo DH, one of the longest, most grueling downhill course in mountain biking, was the highlight of Day Two. Womenzworx, presented by Sombrio, was the highlight of Day Four at Kokanee Crankworx 2008. The Jim Beam Air Downhill was the main event of Day Five. The VW Trick Showdown, a winner-take-all, rider-judged event based on two 45 minute sessions on two features within the Boneyard Slopestyle course, was the highlight of Day Six. The Giant Slalom was the highlight of Day Seven. The Giant Slalom weaved its way through the Boneyard Slopestyle course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with two riders going head-to-head over jumps and through berms into the finish line in Whistler. The Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx dominated the Boneyard Slopestyle course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park yesterday. Every year this event draws the biggest crowd of the festival, watching the best athletes in the world of mountain biking compete for $30,000 in prize money.
Yesterday also the 1st Annual Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival took place. The event is one of the world's most eccentric, hilarious races with cheese lovers chasing and rolling down a hill after a cheese wheel.
Whistler has the world's most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, attracting all disciplines of mountain biking. This year the Whistler Mountain Bike Park celebrates its 10th Anniversary.