The Best Summer Festivals: Crankworx Whistler 2012

Whistler, British Columbia; August 10-19

Crankworx Whistler

Getting air in Whistler     Photo: Steve Rogers

Leave your daredevil eight-year-old at home. Whistler’s annual 10-day free-ride mountain biking festival is a testament to just how free-spirited (and crazy) this crowd can be. With one of the most progressive free-ride competition lineups in the world and the largest cash purse prize—$30,000—for the Jeep Canadian Open Downhill, Crankworx lures the world’s best mountain biking greats. But amateurs are welcome too.

The festival starts off with the “running of the bulls,” an 800-meter Fat Tire Crit that circles Whistler village, moves into the Teva Best Trick showdown, where participants execute gravity-bending tricks, and winds down with the Red Bull Joy Ride, a competition that fuses slopestyle, dirt jump, and North Shore mountain biking into one race.

Where to Stay: Mountainside Lodge is 60 seconds from the best mountain biking in North America and has lofted suits with kitchens and en-suite dry saunas; from $109 per night.

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