COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO FIRST CRANKWORX WORLD TOUR STOP OF 2022, JUNE 15-19 IN AUSTRIA
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, BC, March 31, 2022 — 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
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
As the days to the festival tick away, some exciting changes are in the works at the festival site, including the addition of a quarter pipe as the final feature on the Slopestyle course.
The Dual Slalom, Pump Track, Speed & Style, Slopestyle, and DH will be live on Red Bull TV. MTB fans can also expect their social media feeds to explode in the lead up to and during the festival, with behind-the-scenes content from their favourite riders sharing the full festival experience with those who can’t be on site.
For those looking to get amongst the action, 2022 will feature more CWNEXT (junior amateur) categories, along with the return of Kidsworx to Bikepark Innsbruck, a full roster of side events, and party nights in town.
Athlete registration and spectator tickets go on sale April 11. Stay tuned to for updates: https://crankworx.com/innsbruck
Next, watch this space in May, when Crankworx will release the list of qualified Slopestyle athletes, as well as the lists of preliminary athletes who’ll be congregating in Innsbruck in June.
Crankworx Innsbruck will be the first of four Crankworx World Tour stops in 2022, with the newest location set to be unveiled next week.
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About the Crankworx World Tour
Crankworx is the ultimate experience in mountain biking. Born in Whistler, B.C. in 2004, Crankworx has evolved into a multi-stop international festival series. The Crankworx World Tour brings together the best mountain bike athletes to compete in elite-level competitions in a variety of disciplines. Crankworx World Tour festivals also host races for amateurs, CWNEXT categories for next gen athletes, Kidsworx contests for young riders, participatory events and celebrations of mountain bike culture, all while showcasing amazing destinations. For additional information, visit crankworx.com.