It has been a minute since we were able to witness some of the most epic multi-discipline riding in the world at Crankworx, Rotorua. With Innsbruck initially delayed and Whistler cancelled, we were unsure if one of the biggest festivals in mountain biking was going to take place. Practice started today and finals will be live on Red Bull TV from tomorrow, Crankworx Innsbruck is all go and we took a look at what you need to know!
There’s set to be five live broadcasts on Red Bull TV for the Crankworx Innsbruck event, making sure we get plenty of time to sit down with a beer and some mates and watch some of the best mountain bikers in the world hit the slope style course, pump track, dual slalom course, dual speed and style course and the Downhill course. It is set to be a blockbuster event with some big names hitting the entrant list including the return of Brook MacDonald after recovering from his spinal fractures from last year’s UCI DH World Cup crash at Mont Sainte-Anne.
Thursday October 1 (6pm AEST)
Dual slalom is the event that sees riders race down a short course over rollers, berms, grassy flat turns and pin it to be the fastest down the trail, two runs, one victor. Last year saw Matt Sterling and Vaea Verbeek take the title and it looks set to be another heater.
Thursday October 1 (Friday 2am AEST)
The super simple format of pump track makes it easy to follow, 2 riders, no chain, nothing but gravity and pumping to propel them; best of two rounds wins. Riders like Tomas Lemoine will pump their way to the finals and battle for the title. Last year’s winners were Adrian Loron and Kialani Hines.
Friday 2 October (5PM AEST)
The main event and the best reason to sit down with a beer on Friday, the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle is going to be an epic event. The world’s best slopestyle riders will compete with flips, whips, cash rolls, bar spins and twisters to see who will take the title. Will it be Nicholai Rogatkin, Brett Rheeder or Emil Johansson that takes the title? Or will it be someone else? There’s so many riders with the skill and technique to take the win and we look forward to tuning in to watch the action on Red Bull TV.
Friday 2 October (1130pm AEST)
One of the most entertaining events on the Innsbruck calendar is the Dual Speed and Style. Riders will compete in both time and tricks with the fastest overall time winning after two rounds. Each trick will be awarded time and this time will be taken off your overall time for the lap, meaning that not just the fastest rider can win. Prepare to see backflips, suicide no-handers and riders pinning it to the line. Last year’s winner was Martin Soderstrom and expect to see a stacked field for the event this year!
Sunday 4 October (9:30pm AEST)
The last event on the calendar for the 2020 Crankworx Innsbruck Festival is the IXS Downhill on Sunday. Set to be a blockbuster race with a stacked field due to the lack of World Cup races and World Championships a week away, the IXS Downhill Innsbruck will be worth the watch. Last year’s winner Brook MacDonald is back after a long time off the bike after his back injury in Monte Saint Anne last year and fair to say he’s hungry. Last year’s Women’s category winner Tracey Hannah will have to compete with the Austrian favorite Vali Höll for the title, which we think may be too much to ask….. time will tell.
This will be the last Crankworx for the year and it will certainly be an awesome mountain biking event that will be well worth the watch. In a year where so much negativity has brewed in the world it’s going to be great to see some world class riding and a bunch of fun!