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Crankworx 2015 is upon us! The largest freeride mountain bike festival in North America is taking place August 7th - 16th. To help you prepare your friends at Evolution have put together a list of our top 5 must do’s at this year's festival.

Crankworx Whistler's Free Ride Mountain Bike Festival Considering Crankworx has 60+ events planned throughout the 10 days, narrowing them down to just 5 is no easy task. Kicking things off at number 5 is:

#5 – Cruising the Village Stroll

August 7 – 16 | Whistler Village 

Crankworx Whistler's Free Ride Mountain Bike Festival During these 10 days, the atmosphere in Whistler Village is like no other time of year. Take a stroll and take in all the action. As you’re cruising there will be samples of things such as beef jerky, sunglasses and much more coming from all directions.

#4 – Attending the Dirt Diaries

Tuesday, August 11 | Whistler Olympic Plaza | 8:00 - 10:00 PM | FREE

The Dirt Diaries includes 6 teams of up to six people, including film crew, editors, and athletes, and they have two months to film, shoot and edit a five-minute video that tells their own unique story. The video will then be screened in front of a massive audience in Whistler Olympic Plaza. With the shots they get, the lines they ride and their finished product, this is a chance for mountain bikers and videographers to distinguish themselves within the industry. Judging is based on storyline, videography, riding and editing.

Cheese Rolling Festival

#3 - Taking part in the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Saturday, August 15 | Base 2 Blackcomb Mountain | 12 PM - 4 PM | FREE

For cheese rolling, you need a steep hill, a wheel of cheese and a bunch of people willing to race down after it. You can watch or take part… as bodies cartwheel, tumble and downright roll down the hill chasing the cheese! The first person to reach the glorious cheese is crowned the winner.

Crankwork Whistler Cheese Rolling

There will be a Cheese Rolling event for both men and women, with the winner of each not only living in cheese folklore for years to come but also winning a Whistler Blackcomb season pass and the beloved cheese wheel they caught.

To sign up for this madness, you can register on the day of the races August 15 at Base 2 of Blackcomb Mountain. Registration is FREE and is open at 11 AM. Organizers of the Cheese Rolling Festival advise you to get there early, as spaces fill up quickly. You must be 19 years of age or older and have a valid ID proving it. *The Excalibur Gondola will be shuttling people up to Base 2 (The site of the event) for FREE or you can get there by car.

Crankworx Whistler Music Concert

#2 - Attending the Deep Summer Photo Challenge

Wednesday, August 12 | Olympic Plaza | 8:30 - 10:00 PM | FREE

6 photographers plus 3 days equals 1 epic Deep Summer slide show! Six elite mountain bike photographers has been tasked with the challenge of capturing the best of mountain bike culture in the Sea to Sky Corridor, all the way from Pemberton to Squamish. They have only 72 hours to shoot, edit and submit their best photos. Join the thousands in attendance as these 6 photographers reveal the photos they captured along this journey. There are two $3500 prizes to be won, one prize will be awarded by the judges and the other by the audience and online voters. The event will be held underneath the stars at Whistler Olympic Plaza, tickets for the event are only $7 for the seated area or you can catch the event in the back rows for FREE.

Crankworx Big Air

#1 - Catching the Red Bull Joyride

Saturday, August 15 | Skiers Plaza | 4:30 - 8 PM | FREE

The Red Bull Joyride is without a doubt the biggest and most impressive event of Crankworx.

The best freestyle mountain bikers in the world will navigate a custom-built course designed to blend natural terrain with enormous man-made features. Including elements of slopestyle, dirt jump and North Shore style biking. During the event bikers will choose their own custom lines down the area of the bike park known as the boneyard to hit huge jumps and bust out amazing tricks. It is a sight to see as, thousands of spectators will pack Skier’s Plaza to cheer on these amazing athletes.

Home bred Canucks Brandon Semenuk, Paul Genovese, Logan Peat, Anthony Messere, and Brett Rheeder are among the 20 athletes looking to capture a glorious win. Witness the spectacle that is Joyride and head to Skier’s Plaza on Saturday, August 16. The event starts at 4:30 PM but you need to get there early if you want a decent spot.

A few of our other favorite events include:

  • Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank – Thursday, August 13th 
  • Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox – Thursday, August 13th

Evolution Accommodation Don't miss out on this action packed 10 days in Whistler and book your accommodation today at Evolution in Whistler Creekside.

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