French ski resort of Les Deux Alpes promises to become a new Klondike for the fans of winter and summer extreme. This summer season resort will attract visitors by the Crankworx festival, which will be held in Les Deux Alpes from 9 to 15 July, 2012.
Crankworx is one of the biggest competitions of the best mountain bikers in the world. Throughout its history the festival has been held only in one place the famous Canadian resort of Whistler. Here the leading mountain bikers have been competed for 6 years. For the first time Crankworx will be held in Europe in the French mountains.
It is expected that the French Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will attend at least four world modern mountain bike stars: Nicolas Vouilloz, Steve Peat (World Champion 2009), Guy Atherton (World Champion 2010) and Danny Hart. In Les Deux Alpes will also appear iconic persons of the world mountain biking Cam McCoul, Paul Basagoitia and Kurt Sorge. The best representatives of women mountain biking will also take part in the competition. Thus, 2012 world champion Emmeline Ragot has already confirmed her participation in the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes.
This season ski resort in France will become not the only new venue for the famous festival. The first Crankworx outside Canada has already passed in the U.S. The American version of Crankworx was held in Colorado. The French Crankworx will include traditional races, which have become common in Whistler, and know-how especially designed for France.
Athletes speak enthusiastically about the idea to hold the famous event on the Alpine slopes of France. According to many athletes, Crankworx in Les Deux Alpes is attractive not only by its participants, but also picturesque landscapes. The new festival will be an additional point of growth for the resort’s ski lift operators. Many winter recreation centers in France offer their facilities for mountain biking during the summer season. However, the scale of the new Crankworx allows Les Deux Alpes this summer to be ahead of its main competitors by the number of visitors.