WHISTLER, BC June 17, 2010 – The world’s best mountain bikers will descend on Whistler for Kokanee Crankworx 2010, August 7-15. Registrations are still coming in and invitations for the Monster Energy Slopestyle are out to the riders. Here are some highlights of the mountain bikers set to change the game again for 2010.
Kokanee Crankworx’s signature event, the Monster Energy Slopestyle, is the most important slopestyle competition in the world and will once again feature the top 24 slopestyle athletes. Greg Watts, last year’s champion, was enthusiastic about prequalifying for the event and being invited back to Whistler.
“Awesome! Whistler is the best place in the world and I love any chance to come up. Especially for Crankworx. You can quote me on that!” says Watts. Other huge names prequalifed for the big slopestyle show include Brandon Semenuk, Martin Soederstrom, Paul Basagoitia, Cameron McCaul, Mitch Chubey, Darren Berrecloth and Andreu Lacondeguy.
Jill Kintner, one of the most dominant female cyclists in the world, will also be dropping into the action. She holds every title in 4X mountain biking including three consecutive World Titles, 15 World Cup wins, and a Bronze medal from Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympic Games in BMX. Jill will be back this summer to defend her Crankworx titles in Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom as well as to participate in other events with her sights set specifically on downhill racing.
Brian Lopes, Kokanee Crankworx’s most decorated competitor, will also be back to defend his 2009 titles in the Air Downhill, the Canadian Open Enduro and the Giant Slalom. And of course, Kokanee Crankworx wouldn’t be the same without the Atherton family. Gee, Dan and Rachel will be in the house to dominate in their events as cameras capture a Crankworx episode for their exclusive online reality series, “The Atherton Project 2010.”
Remy Absalon, the current European Downhill Marathon Champion, is also confirmed for the Canadian Open Enduro, cementing that event’s importance on the world’s emerging Enduro circuit.
There’s nothing like experiencing Kokanee Crankworx in the flesh but for those who can’t be in Whistler, live webcasts of each and every event will provide a daily outlet August 7 through 15 for competitors’ friends and families to watch on www.crankworx.com. Daily highlight videos will also provide action from each event, insights from the athletes, and all of the parties and mayhem surrounding the biggest mountain bike festival in the world.
With $80,000 in cash for professionals and $50,000 in prizes for amateurs, Kokanee Crankworx will draw the biggest names and the fastest rising stars in the mountain biking world. Registration for Kokanee Crankworx 2010 can be found online at http://www.crankworx.com/whistler/athletes/athletes. The Dual Slalom, Monster Energy Garbanzo Downhill, Canadian Open Enduro, Air Downhill, Giant Slalom presented by Giant Bicycles and the Canadian Open Downhill presented by Kona events are available for athlete registrations.
Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb, home of the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Consistently ranked as North America’s top ski and snowboard resort, Whistler Blackcomb elevates summer adventure to new heights as it welcomes the world to experience the first summer following the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On-mountain activities include high alpine hiking and aerial sightseeing via the world’s longest continuous lift system featuring the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola; epic riding in North America’s number one ranked lift-accessed mountain bike park, and summer skiing and riding on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier. In the valley, sparkling mountain lakes and beaches, four championship golf courses, and Whistler’s vibrant pedestrian village filled with restaurants, patios, cafés, shops, galleries and spas are all surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Located a scenic two-hour drive north of Vancouver up the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, this all season resort is truly spectacular by nature. Check it out at www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
Intrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. The Company has a network of resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. In addition, Intrawest markets and sells real estate at its resorts in North America. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com