02 May 2013

Crankworx Les 2 Alpes in France is back to showcase nine days of intense mountain bike competition July 6-14, 2013. New events, and the inclusion of Les 2 Alpes’ long standing Free Raid Classic, pack in even more for spectators, families and enthusiasts who want to get blown away by the action and experience the festival firsthand.

Also new this year, Polygon has signed on as the title sponsor of the Polygon Air DH presented by Fox.

“Having Polygon’s support for the Polygon Air DH presented by Fox makes perfect sense for Crankworx Les 2 Alpes,” says Seb Chovet, Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Event Manager. “We’ve adapted the track for this year’s event so amateur athletes are able to race alongside the World Cup pros who will be competing here. Polygon will also be on-hand throughout Crankworx Les 2 Alpes to release their 2014 line of bikes during the festival.”

While the Polygon Air DH presented by Fox is a highlight for downhill race fans and riders, Crankworx Les 2 Alpes has added enough events to its schedule to keep families, spectators and riders entertained for the full nine day line-up.

July 6-7 a new event will kick off Crankworx Les 2 Alpes; the Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes. This event is the third stop on the newly formed, and highly anticipated, Enduro World Series. The best enduro athletes in the world have been announcing their commitment to the Enduro Mountain Bike Association and the Enduro World Series and this event promises to showcase some of the best enduro terrain and athletes in the world.

Another addition to the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes line-up is the Les 2 Alpes Pumptrack Challenge, presented by RockShox. This event is one of Crankworx Whistler’s most exciting spectator events and the Les 2 Alpes version will follow the same format as Whistler; riders will race each other in a dual format on a closed, hand-built track featuring rollers, berms and jumps.

The Free Raid Classic has been a Les 2 Alpes mainstay for the past decade and joins the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes’ roster for 2013. Free Raid incorporates bike demos with epic guided rides suited for bikers of all abilities.

Crankworx Les 2 Alpes and Free Raid Classic Schedule:
July 6-7                NEW: Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes (part of the Enduro World Series)
July 8                   Hutchinson Dual Climb
July 9                   NEW: Les 2 Alpes Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
July 10                 Polygon Air DH, supported by Fox (qualifications on July 9)
July 11                 GT Dual Speed & Style
July 11                 Free Raid Classic – Free Trail: An big mountain bike challenge beginning at the base of the Les 2 Alpes Glacier including 1500m of elevation gain and 3000m of descent.
July 12                 Teva Best Trick
July 12                 Free Raid Classic – La Biker Croute: A fun and easy downhill traverse through Les 2 Alpes terrain.
July 13                 Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle, presented by iXS
July 13-14           Free Raid Classic – The Mythical Bike Ride: A challenging 4935m ride along Les 2 Alpes’ landscapes and a mountain top lunch.
July 14                 Free Raid Classic – The GIANT Black Enduro: GIANT riders and participants will follow the route taken by the pros who competed in the Enduro World Series third stop in Les 2 Alpes.

Registration and information about transportation and accommodation for Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, including the Free Raid Classic, can be found online at www.crankworx.com. Phase two of registration for the Cannondale Enduro Les 2 Alpes will open at 12:00am PST (9:00 CET) on May 2, 2013 and will offer limited registration availability for those not on professional teams or who missed their chance at registration in February.