Kokanee Crankworx Evolves Canadian Open Enduro

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Kokanee Crankworx and Richie Schley Evolve Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Kona Bicycles
Rally Style Format Has Five Timed Stages Linked By Transfer Stages

Whistler, BC July 6, 2011 –The Canadian Open Enduro, presented By Kona Bicycles will feature a total re-design by mountain bike athlete Richie Schley, evolving the event into a five-stage race and the epitome of all-mountain challenge.

Last year’s Enduro champions Remy Absalon and Anne Caroline Chausson will be expected to defend their titles in the newly formatted race that now more closely resembles European Enduro races. Ross Schnell, former All-Mountain World Champion and Nicolas Vouilloz, a rider who has won the Downhill World Championships an unprecedented ten times, will also be competing.

The Canadian Open Enduro will take place over Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24 and will be all about speed, power, endurance and bike handling skills. The crew at Kona Bicycles and Richie Schley have teamed up with Kokanee Crankworx to create the ultimate all-mountain challenge in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and on some of Whistler best valley trails.

“Enduro is a growing genre of off-road racing that pits cardio and strength against nerve and skill. The race design is new to North America and uses a rally-style format involving five timed ‘competition stages’ linked by ‘transfer stages’ that are not factored into the overall time,” says course mastermind Richie Schley. “While the transfer stages are not timed, there is a set time limit for each one. We’ve chosen a cross-section of some of Whistler’s best single-track trails to test the competitors all-around riding skills.”

This redesigned event will be a feature stop on the newly formed North American Enduro Tour. Richie Schley and Brian Lopes give a sneak peak to the course and talk about the new staged format in this short video by Ryan Kenny of Family Tree Films.

Watch the video here:

Entry Fee: $55 Amateur / $65 Pro Category

Canadian Open Enduro Format & Rules

Prize Money

  • Men – 1st $2500, 2nd $1500, 3rd $1000
  • Women – 1st $1500, 2nd $1000, 3rd $500

Event and Registration Details
The registration event pages for Kokanee Crankworx can be accessed through http://www.crankworx.com/index.php/athletes/kokanee-crankworx/athlete-registration.

Amateur registration fees are $55 plus HST and professional registration fees are $65 plus HST. Register online prior to July 14, 2011 and save a $10 on-site surcharge. The Athlete Centre will be open from 12-5pm July 15 and then from 9am-3pm for the balance of Kokanee Crankworx.

On-site registration will be available space permitting, as some events have caps on registration. No day-of registration will be offered, only check-in for pre-registered competitors. Advance registration is strongly recommended. For special Kokanee Crankworx accommodation offers, including rooms from $99 at Aava Whistler Hotel; check out www.whistler.com/crankworx for more info or to book.

Stay tuned to www.crankworx.com for upcoming news and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx.

The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.

Source: Michelle Leroux
www.crankworx.com

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