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Crank it up

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News

WINTER PARK RESORT – The fourth annual Crankworx Colorado kicks off this week, July 29-Aug. 1, at Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park.

The biggest bike event of the summer at the resort, and one of the most-televised bike events in Colorado, Crankworx offers interactive events for guests and athletes alike.

Pulling from tradition in Whistler, where Crankworx has long been a huge draw for athletes and spectators alike, the Winter Park event attracts some of the biggest names in the world of mountain biking.

The festival is free to spectators. A demo and vendor village will be open at the base all weekend.

Friday features two events: super downhill, from 9:45 a.m. to noon on the Super D course, and best trick, from 2-5 p.m. in Sorenson Park.

Rose Hill Drive performs for free in the Village Plaza at 5:30 p.m., and the Official Crankworx After Party (21 and over) kicks off at Doc’s Roadhouse from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday, July 31, features the cross-country race, starting from Elk Creek Road in Fraser at 10 a.m., and the slopestyle semi-finals, starting at 1 p.m. in Sorenson Park.

Also on Saturday, fans will be able to meet some of the well-known riders competing at the 2010 Crankworx Colorado festival, including Cam McCaul, Darren Barrecloth, Geoff Gulevich, Paul Basagoitia and Graham Aggassi. From 10-11 a.m. athletes will be signing posters in the vendor village. Posters will be available or guests can bring their own.

The new Intergalactic Pond Crossing Championships takes place from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the Winter Park Village Pond. Athletes will race their bikes across a floating course of 8-inch-wide wooden track attached to inner tubes. The fastest racer takes all and will become $500 richer.

Athletes will pay $5 for each time (max of four times) they race across the pond, allowing riders more than one chance to best their time. Athletes must use their own bikes. Helmets and PFD’s will be provided.

Each bike will have a floating tether and boats will be in the pond to assist with exiting. Registration is open Wednesday to Saturday until 3:30 p.m. At 3:30 the start order is created. Costumes are encouraged! Awards will be given to fastest time in each of the following divisions: Junior men (18 and under), junior women, men, women, and the overall fastest time wins $500.

Katchafire performs on the Plaza stage from 5:30-7p.m. and Anthill Films “Follow Me” mountain bike movie premiers on the Jumbotron in front of the Zephyr Express chairlift from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The movie is free and appropriate for all ages. The Crankworx White Hot Summer After Party(21 and over) will rock Doc’s Roadhouse from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 1, the weekend’s events conclude with the pro downhill races from noon to 3 p.m. on the Trestle Downhill Course.

A course preview camera and live feed videos are available at

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or