CLIF CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES BRINGS BACK LIVE MTB COVERAGE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA TO THE WORLD
CCSS launches this week, bringing together some of the best of B.C.’s world-class athletes to compete in iconic destinations within the province
Images: Crankworx / Robb Thompson / Reuben Krabbe / Gabe Dylan
WHISTLER, BC, July 27, 2020 — Imagine Finn Iles lining up at the start gate of a Dual Slalom race against Bas van Steenbergen at SilverStar. ALN charging for the win against Vaea Verbeeck in DH racing at Kicking Horse. Mark Wallace challenging Jesse Melamed for Enduro supremacy at Sun Peaks.
Believe it. It’s about to go down July 27 to August 14. Crankworx is bringing the action from its home in British Columbia to you, pioneering the return of live mountain bike racing in 2020.
THIS WEEK IN THE CLIF CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES
This week’s broadcast content will include:
(Events marked with a * are not broadcast – be sure to tune into @crankworx for coverage as the action unfolds, and catch the event recaps after!)
Tuesday, July 28
SilverStar Dual Slalom
Thursday, July 30
Maxxis SilverStar DH
Friday, July 31
SilverStar Air DH*
Friday, July 31
The CLIF Crankworx Summer Series (CCSS) is bringing mountain bike fans something to froth over. 25 of the world’s best mountain bike athletes, three iconic destinations, four races per stop, 12+ hours of MTB action, all culminating in one overall CLIF Crankworx Summer Series title.
“We are truly blessed here in British Columbia,” says Crankworx GM Darren Kinnaird. “Not only do we have some of the most amazing mountain biking anywhere in the world, but we have some of the world’s best mountain bike athletes that have grown up here or have made the choice to make B.C. their home. Some of the biggest brands in mountain biking call B.C. home. We are all so lucky to be able to live in Beautiful B.C. Now more than ever.”
The CCSS will be a made-for-T.V., multi-stop series showcasing epic riding destinations in B.C. While Crankworx Whistler’s cancellation was announced in May, B.C. has continued to fare well in terms of its management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now elevated to Phase 3, the B.C. Restart Plan allows for travel within the province.
“We are thrilled to partner with this initiative that will expose British Columbia’s most talented riders, many of which have developed out of Cycling BC’s high performance program and cut their teeth racing on the BC Cup circuit,” says Cory Ostertag with Cycling BC, who has sanctioned the series. “The silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic is the observed growth in popularity of cycling. We are looking forward to the impact that the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series will have on our community by inspiring new riders to explore the province’s spectacular mountain bike venues.”
With careful and meticulous regulations in place, the CCSS will bring together a mix of top pros and up-and-comers, including some of the best riders from Crankworx, the UCI DH World Cup and the Enduro World Series, all competing across multiple disciplines.
The disciplines that will make up the CCSS include: Downhill, Dual Slalom, Enduro, and Air DH.
“I couldn’t be happier!” says Whistler-based Finn Iles who’s one of the top ranked downhillers in the world. “I haven’t been able to race since last year and I’m really looking forward to getting back between the tape again. It will be fun to go head to head with riders from all different disciplines week after week. I really appreciate Crankworx for giving us this exciting opportunity.”
“I moved to B.C. years ago because it simply has the best riding and so many amazing places to see and ride,” says the reigning Queen of Crankworx Vaea Verbeeck, who calls Coldstream home. “We’ve done our best to embrace the positives of being at home more and finally getting a chance to explore more of the amazing destinations we have around us, which we only get to see a little of during the usually busy summers. Spending more time in B.C. this summer is a dreamy scenario and I’m excited to share it with everyone.”
See the full roster of invited athletes HERE.
With this in mind, the series will be following these five steps to safe competition:
Helping fans to follow along with the action safely from home will be the Crankworx Summer Series Fantasy league. Fans will be able to build their dream roster for a chance to win some great prizes from our sponsors. Details at fantasy.crankworx.com.
The CCSS will also feature Crankworx Connect, an online expo featuring live Q&As from Crankworx athletes on-site and around the world, giveaways, tech talks, and more. Crankworx Connect will be available on crankworx.com as well as on Crankworx’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
Fans, fasten your seatbelts. Mountain bike racing is coming backatcha, live from B.C. to the world.
Get stoked. Be safe. Watch #CrankworxFromHome
About the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series
The CLIF Crankworx Summer Series (CCSS) brings together some of the best of British Columbia’s mountain bike athletes and riding destinations in a made-for-T.V., multi-stop series. 25 invited B.C.-based riders, including some of the best pros and up-and-comers from Crankworx, the UCI DH World Cup and the Enduro World Series, will compete across multiple disciplines for the overall CLIF Crankworx Summer Series title. Through live race coverage, event highlights, weekly recaps, and more, fans will get to follow their favourite riders as they compete in Downhill, Dual Slalom, Enduro, and Air DH, and come along for the ride as they experience some of the best riding B.C. has to offer. Get stoked. Be safe. Watch #CrankworxFromHome. For additional information, visit crankworx.com/festival/crankworx-summer-series/.
About the Crankworx World Tour
Crankworx is the ultimate experience in mountain biking. Born in Whistler, B.C. in 2004, Crankworx has evolved into a multi-stop international festival series. The Crankworx World Tour brings together the best mountain bike athletes to compete in elite-level competitions in a variety of disciplines. Crankworx World Tour festivals also host races for amateurs, CWNEXT categories for next gen athletes, Kidsworx contests for young riders, participatory events and celebrations of mountain bike culture, all while showcasing amazing destinations. For additional information, visit Crankworx.com