mountain biker riding on an eBike with wild flowers around

Another Crafts N Cranks in the Books

Posted On: Jul 21, 2019

MTB riding down rocks in a forest


This wasn’t just another bike race. Crafts N Cranks, is a one-of-a-kind bike and brew festival featuring 40+ craft beers sampling, family-friendly activities and carnival rides, races cashing out over $44k in prize money, plus live performances by Whitekaps, Death by Stereo, The Examiners, and IGNITE. Thanks to everyone who made it out for the 5th annual Crafts N Cranks at Snow Summit (July 20-21, 2019).

girl drinking beer

This year in addition to the adrenaline-pumping MTB action, Crafts N Cranks added in an all-new Dual Slalom race, where riders competed head-to-head on an identical slope course. After a Friday evening of qualifying, the pros spent 2 intense hours in the finals filled with tabletop jumps, doubles and bermed turns. Kyle Strait was named winner for the men's category, and Anneke Beerten was named winner for the women's category. Both took home $1,500 prize purse each. View full results.

dual slalom


The Summit Series highlighted a 1 hour jam session for Best Whip and Best Trick on Saturday, July 20. This year's winners included:

Best Whip
1st Women: Alaina Henderson
1st Men: Collin Timmermans
1st Youth (13 & Under): Cash Shaleen 

Best Trick
1st Greg Watts
2nd Cade Brock
3rd Luke Whitlock

1st Jerik Gifford
2nd Logan Blanchard
3rd Everett Otto 

The real draw to professional riders all over the world were the XC California State Championship, an Endurance Gravel Grinder and Endurance racing, and the Series Final of the Snow Summit Downhill Series. 

Cal State Championship - VIEW RESULTS

Snow Summit Downhill #3 - VIEW RESULTS

So Cal Enduro #6 - VIEW RESULTS

Endurance - VIEW RESULTS

ladies on the podium with awards at crafts n cranks 2019

men on a podium with awards at crafts n cranks 2019

guys spraying champaign everywhere on the podium at crafts n cranks 2019


July 20 was also the official holiday of mountain biking. For the second year, Big Bear Mountain Resort teamed up with Fox Racing to support and participate in the annual “International Ride Mountain Bike Day”. 100 free bike park lift tickets for Snow Summit were given away at the Fox booth at Crafts N Cranks.


Big Bear Mountain Resort had received approval earlier this year from the Forest Service to build a new build a new 1.38-mile double black downhill trail, 10-ply. This highly anticipated addition opened on July 20 for use*.

*Valid Snow Summit bike park lift ticket required.  


We were so excited to have participants and their friends/family attend this event. From vendor booths and free swag to carnival rides and competing, this weekend was one for the books. History is in the making as the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking makes its way to the west coast for the first time. Join us at Snow Summit on September 12-15 for open class downhill racing and new for this year, the US Open will also host the final stop of the EWS North American Enduro Series. First place prize is $10k!



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