Gearing up for Crankworx 

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For people who would rather ride than watch, the Ride With The Stars program will return to Crankworx this year, with pro riders giving guided tours to all levels of cyclists. Times, riders and meeting places are still to be announced.

WORCA’s weekly Loonie Race takes place on Thursday, meeting at the base of Whistler at 5:30 p.m. You’ll need to be a WORCA member to take part in this cross-country race for insurance reasons, but members can participate in Loonie Races, Phat Wednesday downhill races, events like the West Side Wheel Up and Samurai of Singletrack, and also receive substantial discounts for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Registration is available on-site, or in advance at Behind the Grind.

WORCA may also be hosting recreational rides on Whistler’s trails on Sunday. More details to follow.

For younger riders, Crankworx will also bring back the Kids race in the village. The race will feature a short course on the Village Stroll, with prizes for participants.

The evenings will also feature live entertainment. The Jim Beam Outdoor Music Series features Aqueduct, a Seattle one-man outfit, at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by Canadian indie rock band Boy at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s show kicks of with Threat From Outer Space at 4 p.m. Jah Orah takes the stage after the slopestyle awards at 8:30 p.m, with Oakland’s Bukue One. The final act is DJ Zac Hendrix a.k.a. Del Tha Funky Homosapien.

A nightclub event series will also take place, featuring various DJs and performers. More details will be available prior to the festival.

For more information on Crankworx, or to register to take part in any of the events, visit

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