May 25th, 2020 12:00am
Well this stupid flu, virus or whatever you want to call it has ruined one of or sports biggest events with the annoucenent of Crankworx cancellation for 2020.
As the world begins to go out in public again, the powers that be, say that Crankworx Whistler event date is too early for staged repopulation of Canada at that time.
Its a tough spot to be in for everyone and this is not the forum to debate the "realness" of Covid, so we will just leave you with the official world from Crankworx on the cancellation and their PR team.
outta here, gotta ride....
CRANKWORX MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL CANCELLED IN WHISTLER
August event cannot be held due to restrictions on event size for Summer 2020
WHISTLER, BC, Tuesday, May 26 — Crankworx mountain bike festival, the annual celebration of gravity-mountain biking held in Whistler Village and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, will not be held this August.
Whistler Blackcomb and Crankworx Events Inc. can now confirm the Whistler stop of the Crankworx World Tour cannot be staged in its hometown in British Columbia, due to provincial restrictions barring events of its size during Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan.
“I would like to acknowledge the Crankworx team, and our entire Whistler Blackcomb summer staff, who have worked hard for years to grow this festival to the major event is has become. While it is disappointing to put this great community event on hold, we fully appreciate the need for discretion and are very supportive of all provincial decisions made to keep our community safe,” says Geoff Buchheister, Whistler Blackcomb COO.
Whistler’s festival stop marks the largest of three legs in the Crankworx competition circuit. The marquee event of Crankworx Whistler is Red Bull Joyride, which attracts up to 35,000 fans to watch the best slopestyle mountain bikers from around the world from the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. 2020 was set to be the 10th anniversary of Red Bull Joyride but the milestone will now be celebrated in 2021, provided Whistler is once again safe to host events of this size and nature.
“Our thoughts are with the athletes who train so hard for Crankworx Whistler, and our global community of mountain bikers whose enthusiasm and excitement is what drives us,” says Darren Kinnaird, General Manager. “We’re very lucky to have the support of the industry, especially our partners and sponsors. This enables us to focus on what’s next, and on getting back to doing what we do, bringing the world together for the ultimate experience in mountain biking, when the time is right.”
August was to mark the 17th Crankworx Whistler. The festival lasts 10 days and features professional gravity mountain biking, programming for children and youth, female-specific riding clinics, an exhibition of the latest bikes and products, and cultural programming designed to showcase the incredible photography and filmmaking intrinsic to the mountain bike scene.
This is one guy who is going to be bummed about the covid cancellation at Crankworx..Mitch Ropelato who makes this annual event his pay day winning King of Crankworx for a bunch fo years now. Come to think of it, Jill Kitners going to miss a meal or too also as the dominating Queen of Crankworx.