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Crankworx // Photo: © Boris Beyer

08/04/2017, Canyon CANYON FACTORY RACING AND FREERIDE

CANYON CRANKWORX WHISTLER PREVIEW

With all of the biggest names in Enduro, Freeride and Downhill converging on the tracks and trails of mountain biking’s mecca, you won’t want to miss any of the action at this year’s final Crankworx event in Whistler, Canada. Find out what to watch and when, as all three of our mountain bike teams head to British Columbia.

Will you be in Whistler? Have you always wanted to try out a Canyon? We’ll be hanging out in Whistler Village all week long with an array of Sender and Strive models for you to test out at Whistler Bike Park. We’ll even be giving away a Sender at the end of the week! Come sign up!

Also, don’t forget to check the Canyon Factory Racing site for more behind-the-scenes and in-depth coverage.

Enduro World Series, Round 7 – Sunday August 12th

The action starts on Sunday with the Canyon Factory Enduro Team on the line for a single jam-packed day of racing at Round 7 of the Enduro World Series. It’s been an up and down season for the team, but they still sit in third in the overall rankings. Individually, Ines Thoma is also in third overall and only 10 points shy of second place. Joe Barnes is a mere five points from moving into the top ten of the series’ most competitive year yet.

CLIF Dual Speed & Style – Saturday August 12th 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Can Thomas Genon defend his title? The Belgian won this event last year, but sustained an ankle injury early in the season. To win, he’ll have to go up against his Canyon Factory Freeride teammate, Tomas Lemoine, who is coming off a win in the Dual Speed & Style in Innsbruck a few weeks ago. Either way, it’s looking good for Canyon.

Pump Track Challenge – Thursday August 17th 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

Last year, Tomas Lemoine won the Pump Track Challenge in Rotorua. He hasn’t been racing the pump track so far this year, but if he does, he’s always a threat for gold.

Canadian Open DH – Saturday August 19th 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

Troy Brosnan
 is having a spectacular downhill season with wins in both Vallnord and Les Gets and a second place in Lenzerheide. There might not be World Cup points on the line in Whistler, but when Troy shows up, you can bet that he’s racing to win. Mark Wallace has been having a breakout year and has solidified himself as a top ten World Cup rider. He was sixth in Les Gets and will be excited to be racing so close to his home in Vancouver Island. We’ll give him the home court advantage here and call him for the win. Plus, we'd like to see Troy have to do push ups again.

Red Bull Joyride – Sunday August 20th 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT

The slopestyle world’s main event, every year Joyride serves up a new generation of impossible tricks from the world’s best riders. Thomas Genon made history when he won the event as a relatively unknown teenager in 2012. In 2017, his season has started off slow due to an ankle injury, but he’s worked his way back in the mix placing fourth and sixth in the last two Crankworx events. Lemoine is also looking especially strong coming off of a third place in Innsbruck. Anton Thelander and Nico Scholze haven't been lighting up the results sheets this season, but are both capable of throwing down serious runs.

The Bikes:

Justin Leov and Ines Thoma race on the Strive.

Joe Barnes races on the Spectral.

Mark Wallace and Troy Brosnan race on the Sender CF.

Thomas Genon, Tomas Lemoine, Anton Thelander and Nico Scholze all compete with the Stitched.

Scroll through the gallery and get to know all of the riders.