The Canadian Cheese Rolling Championships are the only official non-biking (and free) event at Whistler Crankworx, BUT they embody a similar gravity fed experience - not to be taken lightly! Celebrating its third straight year, this young annual event combines all the deliciousness of good old fashioned cheddar with the cheese of a hoard of warriors charging downhill toward the mouthwatering, savoury taste of victory.
Mimicking a century old UK tradition, contestants take a running charge, down a steep, rocky mountain, tripping, flipping, rolling and bailing as they chase down an 11-pound wheel of cheese, past a crew of defense-men, armed with official cheeserolling shields. The first to the bottom, claims the cheese - and a pair of Whistler Blackcomb season passes… not too shabby, eh?
Among a slew of equally worthy competitors, including a few guys in speedos, Aaron Heinzen of Contour took the victory, claiming the cheese wheel and 2 season passes for the upcoming Whistler Blackcomb Season. Filmed by Mark Zealand of PointofViewCameras.com on August 15, 2010 on the final weekend of Whistler Crankworx, he managed to edit some pretty fun shots together, capturing the energy and humour of the atmosphere in a nice, tight clip.
When asked what he planned to do with all that cheese, Aaron answered: ‘Mark, it’s unbelievable, the cheese I cant wait! I can just put it on crackers, sandwiches… its gonna be awesome…’ Truer words have never been spoken, and we congratulate Aaron on his valiant effort on catching the cheese.
Until next year!
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