5 Questions With: Casey Brown

This week, I had the opportunity to try downhill mountain biking for the very first time at Crankworx in Whistler Blackcomb. One of the top athletes in the sport in British Columbia’s own Casey Brown. She was on the World Cup circuit for several years before continuing her journey with Crankworx and working on tons of rad creative projects related to the sport. She is just about to start filming a new project in the mountains around Revelstoke and will be heading to Italy for the last round of the Enduro World Series. She was also part of the Women in Action Sports forum presented by Red Bull just last night in Whistler and took some time to answer a few questions below.

1) What first got you interested in downhill mountain biking? 

What got me interested in mountain biking in the beginning was my brother, he was my main inspiration, I saw that mountain biking gave him so much freedom and reward with his progression and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

2) You were part of the Downhill World Cup circuit for quite some time, how much has the sport and circuit evolved since you initially joined? 

I’ve seen a big progression in the World Cup circuit, on the female side the bar has been consistently rising and the way they ride has changed to be more aesthetically pleasing (chicks are riding with better style now).

3) You’re part of the Crankworx tour and though you won’t be biking this weekend due to an injury, how do you usually prepare for such an event? What does your training regime look like these days? 

For Crankworx my training regime is always changing for the events that are coming up. If I’m racing an Enduro, I’ll have to get my cardio up and if I’m doing Whip offs, I’ll need to spend some time on big jumps. I do incorporate yoga and gym time as much as I can.

4) Do you find there’s a growing and supportive community of women in the sport at the moment?  

I’ve seen a decent growth on the women’s side of the sport, when you see more chicks on big teams, it’s a good sign that companies are figuring out the value in having female influence.

5) For those who have yet to try mountain biking or for young riders, what is the one piece of advice you would give them? 

My one piece of advice is have fun with it, you don’t necessarily need to race or be the best, just have a good time with the wind in your hair!

Crankworx

The biggest mountain biking event in the world is current taking place at Whistler Blackcomb.

Crankworx started in the early 2000s due to the increase popularity of the sport in the area. Originally called the Whistler Summer Gravity Fest, the event began in 2003 and included events such as the Joyride Bikercross and “Slopestyle Expression Session” and really kicked off Cranworx as we know it today. In only a few short years, it has become the world’s premier mountain biking festival that attracts both riders and biking enthusiasts from all over the globe.

In addition to the festival organized in Whistler, Crankworx now stops in three other countries throughout the year – France, New Zealand and the newly added destination: Austria. One of the reasons why this festival stands out from the rest is that it showcases not only the top athletes in the sport but also legends as well as gives a platform to up-and-comers, which includes a great program for children called Kidworx.

They have also been working hard at promoting female athletes in the sport, giving them the opportunity to shine as brightly as their male counterparts. This Saturday August 19th 2017, Crankworx and Red Bull will be hosting a Women in Action Sports panel, to celebrate some of the top athletes in action sports from 7:30-8pm at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. This will be a chance for everyone to get to hear these athlete’s journeys, what they love about their sports, etc.

Crankworx has become the most popular event held in Whistler each year, attracting over 300 000 spectators. The Red Bull Joy Ride, the most popular event of the festival, attracts 30,000+ fans each year!

As part of my inaugural Crankworx experience, I decided to give mountain biking a try and had the best time with the folks at Whistler Blackcomb Bike School yesterday. Whistler Blackcomb has so many amazing trails for riders of all levels. It is definitely worth giving the sport a try if you haven’t already!

Crankworx is on in Whistler until August 20th 2017. For more info on the festival or how you can attend, go here.