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WOMEN TO COMPETE IN CRANKWORX FMBA SLOPESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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Press Release: Crankworx

Freeride mountain biking will enter a new era in 2024 as women prepare to compete in the first ever Women’s Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC). Representing the pinnacle of the Slopestyle discipline, the introduction of a women’s category to the SWC is indicative of the level to which the sport has been elevated through years of development. Seeking to maximize the potential of women in freeride mountain biking, the SWC women’s category will provide equal opportunity access to the highest level of the sport featured across the Crankworx World Tour. Launching in 2024, the SWC will host a women’s category to provide access to FMB Diamond Level courses and equal opportunity for the continued growth of women in freeride mountain biking.

"Since 2015, Crankworx has set out to create gender equality through equal prize money, shared podiums, and equal opportunity for men and women, knowing that Slopestyle would be the most challenging to integrate. Through the development of women's Speed and Style and, more recently, Women's Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour Slopestyle events, the road has been paved for women to compete at the highest level of the sport. After witnessing the women compete at the Crankworx Summer Series in SilverStar this past summer, it became clear to us that they are ready." 
-Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx Managing Director.

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  • In 2024, each SWC women’s category event will host six riders, with qualified riders consisting of the six highest ranked riders on the FMB Women’s World Tour Ranking, with a minimum of 500 points, six weeks before an SWC event. 
  • Equal prize money will be awarded across the women’s and men's categories
  • The Triple Crown of Slopestyle, awarded to any rider who wins three Crankworx slopestyle events in a single season, will be up for grabs to SWC competitors in both the women’s and men’s categories, with a value of $25,000 CAD per crown. 
  • Winners in both the women’s and men’s categories of Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler are granted lifetime entry to Crankworx Slopestyle events. 
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Broadcasts will be available live and on demand on Red Bull TV from the 2024 Crankworx World Tour and will feature both the SWC women’s and SWC men’s categories. 

The 2024 SWC will feature four stops Crankworx World Tour, visiting the following world-class mountain biking destinations: 

More details on the 2024 Crankworx World Tour

An updated FMBA Rulebook is to be released December 2023 reflecting these changes. 

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vantanclub
+4 Pete Roggeman Matt Cusanelli Metacomet Andy Eunson

Great news

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Matthew_Cusanelli
+1 Andy Eunson

Totally, was stoked when this came through!

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kperras
+3 Pete Roggeman Matt Cusanelli Andy Eunson

Nice to see a new category added to the Slopestyle event. There are so many girls riding now; it's good to create opportunities at higher levels and create heroines for younger girls to look up to.

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Matthew_Cusanelli
+1 Andy Eunson

100% - especially as it relates to the compensation being the same in terms of prize money.

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pete@nsmb.com
+3 Matt Cusanelli Andy Eunson BarryW

It's also great that it'll be equal prize money. Of course it should be that way and goes without saying, but despite it being a smaller field for year 1, this is one of the important criteria for supporting women's sport (along with equal attention/broadcast opportunities, access to equipment and facilities, etc). Slopestyle prize money is still woefully low, but kudos to Crankworx for smoothly continuing on with the equal prize money as they have done for years.

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heckler
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Amazing!  Great news.

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