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Crankworx heads to Ontario and Quebec for Summer Series Canada

Bas van Steenbergen

Crankworx is expanding its Summer Series Canada to three provinces for 2023. After launching the first two Summer Series’ in B.C., the third edition roamed through Quebec. Now, the development-focused events are turning into a national calendar ranging across B.C., Ontario and Quebec.

For 2023, Horseshoe Bike Park joins as the newest venue on the Crankworx Summer Series Canada tour. Ontario’s only lift-accessed riding area joins returning venues, cash prizing and, now, FMB slopestyle events for men and women at each of the three venues. There’s more than cash on the line, though. Racers will also be able to qualify for spots at Crankworx World Tour’s Whistler stop.

“The summer series had a massive impact on me and my career,” 2022 Crankworx Summer Series Canada Overall Women’s Leader, Shealen Reno says. “Competing in all the different events and riding all these mountains changed my life. I had the opportunity to ride the world-class slopestyle course at SilverStar last summer, and now I’m hooked on learning new tricks and jumping big jumps.”

2023 Crankworx Summer Series focuses on progression

Three weekends of racing will cover four riding areas this summer. Quebec City splits racing between Sentiers du Mouline and E47 while Horseshoe Resort and SilverStar Bike park will play host in Ontario and B.C.

Crankworx intends the Canadian series to be a step between grassroots and Crankworx World Tour racing. Each stop will feature events, like pump track, dual slalom, air DH and slopestyle competitions, that make up the usual Crankworx World Tour events.

Slopestyle riders will have three chances to compete at FMB (Freeride Mountain Bike) sanctioned events. Horseshoe and Sentiers du Moulin will host FMB Bronze events for men and women. SilverStar hosts the Gold-level Rheeder Slopestyle at SilverStar event for men and, in a Crankworx-first, FMB Silver-level women’s slopestyle competition.

“We’re thrilled to be building another piece in the sport pathway for women in Slopestyle with the introduction of a Crankworx-first FMB Silver-Level Women’s Slopestyle event,” Darren Kinnaird, Managing Director, Crankworx Events Inc. “This stepping stone is an important milestone for the sport, and we’re excited to provide women with more access to Crankworx FMB Slopestyle World Championships (SWC) courses. Our goal is to help pave the way for more women to compete and excel at the highest level of the sport.”

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