Some of the world’s best downhillers will be contesting the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS on the renowned technical course at Whistler that features single-track, steep rock drops and big air features, while Canada’s top cross-country riders will navigate through the single-track trails of Whistler Mountain.
The total cash prize purse will be $30,000, with equal prize money for both the men and women podiums in downhill. For cross-country, the prize purse will be just shy of $5000.
“Again this year, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Canada Cup Finals in Whistler. Canada’s best will undoubtedly be tested on our rigorous and gnarly Mountain Bike trails, some of the best this country offers,” said Darren Kinnaird, organizer of Crankworx. “The downhillers will be treated to a course that requires both technical skills and unparalleled speed and focus. Both events should be a blast for everyone competing here this week.”
“The Canada Cup MTB enjoyed yet another stellar season, and we are pleased to have our Finals in Whistler once again this year. Riders will benefit from outstanding facilities, great courses and an exceptional mountain bike atmosphere,” said Mathieu Boucher, Performance Development Director at Cycling Canada.
The Canada Cup Champions will be crowned in Whistler, with the ultimate cross-country race of the season, the Canadian Open XC, taking place on Friday August 14 on the Whistler Lost Lake Trails.
On the last day of Crankworx on Sunday August 16, the downhillers will attack the gnarly and fearless course at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, racing the Canadian Open DH with the ultimate hopes to win the overall Canada Cup title.
The Canadian Open DH presented by iXS will be broadcast on the RedBullTV Live Webcast starting at 3pm Pacific on Sunday.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Canada Cup series is designed to provide competitive opportunities to the next generation of cyclists, transitioning from provincial race series to international competitions. Hosted in partnership between Cycling Canada, its provincial sport organizations and local organizing committees, the Canada Cup Cycling Series is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union
Current Canada Cup rankings can be found here.
Schedule, registration and technical guide information for the event can be found here.