Countdown to Crankworx Innsbruck (and the return of spectators!) Begins
COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO FIRST CRANKWORX WORLD TOUR STOP OF 2022, JUNE 15-19
11 weeks from now, Crankworx Innsbruck 2022 will bring the world together for the ultimate experience in mountain biking at Bikepark Innsbruck and on Red Bull TV
WHISTLER, B.C. – The Kings and Queens of mountain bike. Slopestyle’s elite. Up-and-comers, amateurs, junior and teeny-tiny shredders. The media, industry, and top brands in the sport. 11 weeks from now, they’ll all be making tracks to the first Crankworx World Tour stop of the season in Innsbruck, Austria, June 15-19.
One additional core group will be joining the crusade to Crankworx Innsbruck this year: the fans. For the first time in three years, Crankworx will be welcoming back fans in full capacity to get up close to all the action.
“Crowd has been missed,” said Tomas Lemoine. “I hope they still remember how to go crazy and get us dialed af!! So excited for Innsbruck as the vibe is always amazing out there, Austria is really cool it’s always a good trip out there!”
“We are more than proud to have successfully conducted two Crankworx Innsbruck events in the last years despite the pandemic,” said Georg Spazier, Head of the Crankworx Innsbruck organizing committee. “Now we are euphoric to finally be organizing an event that will have a real festival feeling again. We can’t wait until the first rider hits the legendary whip-off jumps to kick of the Crankworx World Tour 2022 with an extended sundown session, to see kids’ eyes lighting up at out Kidsworx program, and have riders from all over the world grab a cold drink together at our expo. With the assumption that the COVID pandemic will continue to decrease, we can’t wait to celebrate mountain biking properly again. We are counting down the days and the crew is working hard to set the stage and finally make it happen as we are used to.”
Crankworx Innsbruck will mark the first point in the season that Crankworx’s global mountain bike family have gathered in competition and celebration.
“So pumped to come back to Innsbruck!” said Harriet Burbidge-Smith, who had a stellar Crankworx Innsbruck in 2021, finishing first in Dual Slalom, fifth in Pump Track, and third in Speed & Style. Haz said she’s excited for the racing, and that special Innsbruck flair that makes it unique on the tour. “I always enjoy the vibe there, and I know this year will be no different. Excited for the Speed & Style course, and the cows!”
It will also mark the beginning of the battles for the King & Queen of Crankworx, the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship, and the first of two chances that Slopestyle athletes will have to make a push for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle.
The festival will host seven races and competitions and a ticketed venue ready to welcome back spectators. The festival site at Bikepark Innsbruck will include a full expo bringing together the best of the bike industry with unique local offerings, woom Kidsworx presented by Tirol Tageszeitung providing a unique arena for the littlest mountain bikers out there, and all the great festival vibes that come with the ultimate experience in mountain biking in Europe.
The preliminary sport schedule includes:
Wednesday, June 15: Official European Whip-Off Championships presented by POC
Thursday, June 16: Specialized Dual Slalom Innsbruck and RockShox Pump Track Challenge Innsbruck
Friday, June 17: CLIF Speed & Style Innsbruck
Saturday, June 18: Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle and Unofficial Official Scrub-Off
Sunday, June 19: deuter Downhill Innsbruck presented by Raiffeisen Club