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GoPro Proud Sponsor of Kokanee Crankworx Whistler 2011

Tyler Allison & Marcelo Gutierrez take us through the Canadian Open DH Course at Whistler BC for Kokanee Crankworx 2011

GoPro HD HERO® Cameras to be Used for Live Webcasts

HALF MOON BAY, CA (July 16, 2011) – GoPro, the world’s leading activity image capture company, is excited to be sponsoring Kokanee Crankworx, the largest and most prestigious freeride mountain bike festival on the planet taking place in Whistler, BC from July 16 – 24. Whistler Blackcomb is home of the Whistler Bike Park, Whistler Summer Gravity Camps and Camp of Champions Ski-Snowboard Camps, all of which GoPro is a proud sponsor. Click to read more and watch live webcast


Over the past seven years, Kokanee Crankworx has become the most respected off road bicycle festival, globally. It is a supercharged magnet for the world’s best riders and dirt enthusiasts. As the North Shore of Hawaii is to surfing, Whistler BC is to mountain biking. And it is where athletes launch and maintain their careers based on results given while attending Kokanee Crankworx.

GoPro team rider and Whistler’s own, Tyler Allison, along with GoPro team riders, Brian Lopes, Mike Montgomery, Darren Berrecloth and Brandon Semenuk (the current Freeride World Tour Points Leader), in addition to the Marzocchi GoPro DH Team, will be riding and competing in events throughout the Kokanee Crankworx Festival.

For the first time in the history of mountain bike racing, television production teams will be using GoPro HD HERO cameras in the live feed of several events throughout the Kokanee Crankworx Festival to establish never before seen perspectives. Boombox will broadcast the live webcasts, and as part of their production, they turned to GoPro to use cameras for these specific shots.

The HD HERO cameras will be placed at strategic spots along the courses of the Dual Slalom, the Canadian Open DH, the Jeep Air downhill as well as the headlining event at Kokanee Crankworx, The Red Bull Joyride Slopestyle. Footage captured from these events will be included in the live webcasts. Click on the video player below to watch the live webcasts of the races using the GoPro HD HERO.

(all times Pacific Standard)

  • - Dual Slalom Amateurs from 3-5:30pm on July 16
  • - Dual Slalom Finals from 6-7:45pm on July 16
  • - Canadian Open DH from 5-5pm on July 17
  • - Jeep Air DH from 3:30-5:30pm on July 20
  • - Red Bull Joyride Qualifying from 3-4pm on July 21
  • - Red Bull Joyride from 5:30-7:30pm on July 23

One of the limitations of filming mountain biking for television has always been the challenge of capturing the extensive length of the courses while trying to convey the ruggedness of the terrain and the speed the athletes travel. The GoPro HD HERO cameras’ cost efficiency, coupled with their versatility, durability and ease of use, will allow this year’s footage to more than double the number of camera angles on any given course. This unique footage that will be captured from the extreme elements of Kokanee Crankworx is made possible only by GoPro HD HEROs.

GoPro will also be producing exclusive edits and features from Crankworx that can be viewed at the GoPro video channel

About Kokanee Crankworx

The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, attracting all disciplines of mountain biking. Fromincluding 150 miles of single-track trails, and 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, to jump parks and the 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail, there’s something for every rider.




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