Fun Facts About The Whistler Bike Park

Whistler Bike Park is a paradise for mountain bikers from around the world.. Here are nine amazing facts about one of the best parks in the world. 

70 Marked Trails

Whistler Mountain Bike Park has up to 70 marked trails. The trails span over 80 kilometers and 4,900 vertical feet. The park has four zones, namely Fitzsimmons Zone, Garbanzo Zone, Peak Zone, and Creek Zone. Each zone features trails for different riding abilities and stunning views. 

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Map

Trails Are Classified

To make trails easily identifiable, they are classified using different colors. Green trails are suitable for beginners and blue trails are for intermediate riders. The black trails are for advanced riders, while double black trails are suitable for experts and red trails are marked for professionals. Whether you have never ridden a mountain bike before or you are an advanced rider with years of experience under your belt, there is a trail for you at Whistler Bike Park.

100,000 Bikers

Whistler receives an estimated two million overnight and non-overnight visitors each year. It is not only a winter super sports destination but also a popular spot for extreme sports in the summer. In particular, downhill biking is a sport that’s loved by adults and kids alike. The Whistler Mountain Park specifically attracts an average of 100,000 bikers each summer. You can expect a well-balanced mix of people.

Biggest Mountain Biking Festival

Take the biggest mountain biking festival and combine it with the best mountain biking park in the world, do we need to say more? The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has celebrated Crankworx since 2004. And if you’re lucky, you might just witness some mountain-biking legends.

While it was cancelled due to COVID in 2020 and 2021, it is scheduled to return in 2022.

Hosts Exclusive Events

The well-known mountain park hosts several events, which attract hundreds of participants.  One of the most popular events is Women’s Nights with Liv, which is held every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30. The park also conducts Men’s Night,  Summer Gravity Camps, and  Phat Wednesday.

4,926+ Vertical Feet of Lift Service

Traveling to The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is an experience in itself. Since the elevation is so high, visitors have to take the Fitzsimmons and Garbanzo quad chairlifts, the Whistler Village Gondola, or Creekside Gondola to access different trails. 

Home To Biking Enthusiasts

It’s not just the gravity-fed trails and magnificent views that make the Whistler Mountain Bike Parks one of the best in the world. Whistler is also enriched with a deep biking culture. In fact, the average rider that lives here is likely to be better than 90% of riders from other bike parks. 

Perfect Berms

A perfect berm can leave you with even more speed than what you started with. And the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has plenty of them. And by plenty we mean you can find them everywhere. They are huge and often feature jumps around the corner. 

So. Many. Jumps

There are no clear stats on how many jumps there are in the park. But let’s just say, there are more than enough to satiate every adrenaline junkie. 

 

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Downhill Biking

Downhill mountain biking is a sport of thrill and adventure. As you ride down the hill, you can feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins.

However, the lack of proper knowledge and experience can turn a downhill ride into a fatal journey.

Here are 9 of the most frequently asked questions about downhill biking, if you’re just getting started.

Question 1: Can I ride a downhill bike on the road?

It’s important to note that downhill bikes have bulky tires and squishy suspension. For this reason, it is generally difficult to ride downhill bikes on the road. Even if you take it out on the road, it’ll be super slow and inconvenient.

Question 2: Are hardtail mountain bikes good for downhill?

Many hardtail bikes can be very sturdy and can comfortably withstand jumps as high as two feet above the ground.

If you do not have another option, your hardtail bike will be good for your downhill adventure, though you’ll lose significant comfort over rocks and roots.

Question 3: How to choose a downhill bike?

Keep the following factors in mind:

  • Your height
  • Your level of expertise (if you are just starting out, you may not need the most expensive bike on the market)
  • Service requirements
  • Brand reliability
  • User reviews

Question 4: How to get into downhill mountain bike racing?

Practice on authorized trails. Connect with academies near you. Be active in the circuit and build connections. Keep an eye on the downhill bike racing trials for your age and expertise. Practice regularly and maintain fitness.

Question 5: Should I buy a downhill or enduro bike?

The answer largely depends on your reason behind buying a bike. If you want to go downhill at fast speeds, a downhill bike will be your best bet. However, if you want to go uphill and downhill on the same bike, at moderate speeds, go for an enduro.

Question 6: What size downhill bike do I need?

The chart below will help you decide.

Rider Height (in)Rider Height (cm)Frame SizeFrame Size (in)Frame Size (cm)
4′ 10″ – 5′ 2″148cm – 158cmXS13″ – 14″33cm – 37cm
5′ 3″ – 5′ 6″159cm – 168cmS15″ – 16″38cm – 42cm
5′ 7″ – 5′ 10″169cm – 178cmM17″ – 18″43cm – 47cm
5′ 11″ – 6′ 1″179cm – 185cmL19″ – 20″48cm – 52cm
6′ 2″ – 6′ 4″186cm – 193cmXL21″ – 22″53cm – 57cm
6′ 4″ +194cm +XXL23″ +58cm +

(Source)

Question 7: What are downhill bikes good for?

Downhill bikes are specifically designed for going downhill at high speeds while maintaining control. Downhill bikes are very sturdy but not meant for the road, apart from getting you to and from the moutain.

Question 8: Are downhill bikes worth buying?

In our biased opinion, 100%. If you plan on biking regularly it’s a great investment. If not, or you’re just testing it you, you can consider renting.

Question 9: How to get into downhill mountain biking?

It’s best to start by getting a downhill bike and getting some instructions (click here for Whistler Blackcomb’s training options). They’ll train you and may offer opportunities considering your skill level.

Getting Your Downhill Bike Ready For The Season

Now that the days are getting warmer, and the mountains are opening, it is the ideal time to give your bike a tune-up for the summer season. 

Considering there are several components in a bike, the maintenance process can seem daunting. But getting your bike ready in the spring can be made easier with a maintenance system in place. Regular and timely bike servicing is necessary to ensure a comfortable and safe riding experience.

In this post, we’re sharing expert tips to get your Downhill bike ready for the season.

Start with a Clean

Even if you kept your bike under a tarp in the garage, it has likely accumulated a lot of dust and grime over the winter months. Spring is the perfect time to give your bike a deep clean. 

You don’t necessarily need to buy some expensive bike-washing liquid. A solution of warm water and detergent is good enough to effectively clean it. Use a sponge to thoroughly clean every part of the bike. When you’re done, use a clean cloth to wipe it dry. 

Next, apply a degreaser to remove any residual grime. 

Inspect Tires

If you haven’t taken your bike out for a ride in months, then the tires may have deflated. Check the pressure and use a pump to re-inflate them if required. Apart from air pressure, you should also check the treads. Because of worn-out treads, the tires lose grip on the road and also become susceptible to punctures.

Check the Chain

After you’ve cleaned your bike, it is necessary to lubricate certain parts such as the chain. This should be done after you have wiped it with a degreaser. However, if you failed to properly clean the chain before storing the bike, then it may have corroded over the winter. In this case, you may need to replace it. 

Test The Brakes

Testing the brakes is crucial to ensure you safety. You hardly want to hit A-Line with weak or failing brakes. The three components you need to pay attention to are brake calipers, rotors, and pads. Calipers should be adjusted if your bike is making a scraping noise. Next, if the rotors are jiggling, you should fix them with a realignment tool. Lastly, replace worn-out brake pads. 

Replace Cables

Thoroughly examine gear and brake cables. Because of the change in weather or excessive wear, cables can stretch, fray, or deteriorate over time. If that’s the case, you should immediately replace worn-out cables. Moreover, if you are having trouble braking or shifting through gears, the cables should be replaced.

Check Suspension

Your bike’s suspension plays an important role in helping you control the bike, especially on rough terrains. If there is any clonking or sticking in the suspension, consult an expert for necessary repairs. 

Look at Nuts & Bolts

There are a number of tiny nuts and bolts holding your bike together. It may seem cumbersome, but take some time to make sure all the nuts and bolts are in place. If any nut is loose or missing, you should fix it with a suitable wrench. 

Go Over Your Gear

Apart from your bike, your gear and accessories are also important for biking safely and comfortably. And of course, make sure your Camelback has all the necessary tools for basic repairs such as fixing a flat tire. 

While some maintenance tasks are easy to do on your own, for others you might need a professional’s assistance. In addition to a safe(r) riding experience, essential maintenance also prolongs your bike’s life. So instead of skipping required adjustments, give your bike the TLC it deserves.