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Crankworx Cairns Preliminary Rider Lists Are Here

Crankworx is set to make its debut in Cairns, October 5-9, and the athletes are getting ready to descend on the Land Down Under for the penultimate Crankworx fest of the 2022 season.

Pro competition at Crankworx Cairns will include (events marked with an * will be live on Red Bull TV):

• Trek Official Australian Whip-Off Championships presented by POC
• Speed & Style Cairns*
• Crankworx Cairns Downhill*
• Crankworx Cairns Slopestyle*
• Crankworx Cairns Pump Track Challenge*
• Specialized Dual Slalom Cairns*

Here’s a taste of who to watch for, how they’re feeling after Whistler, and what they have to say about this all-new stop on the Crankworx World Tour.

“Feeling good. I am back home and I am stoked to get back into the routine again after many weeks on the road and prior to that I had my injury. The season has been amazing so far even though I had a big setback in July. It is sick to have something new, fun challenge to come up with a run and it brings a lot of excitement to go ride something different compared to riding the same thing year after year.” –Emil Johansson, currently undefeated in eight in Crankworx competition, and in contention for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle in Cairns

After Crankworx win #8. How sweet it was. Photo: Chris Pilling.

“Whistler 2022 was probably the best time in my life, I’ll also remember this crowd energy forever. Was in pain with my hand since the first attempt crash that took me out of Red Bull District Ride but I’m getting ready again for the last two Crankworx stops and I’m very excited for those! New courses, I love it! I try to keep the same mindset, I’m probably better when I enjoy the process instead of putting too much pressure on me and starting on counting points. I have in mind to ride my three usual events and will give my best in them! If I can keep that first place and deserve a King of Crankworx title, or a podium spot, then that’ll be the happy bonus to end up the season! I’ve been enjoying this season so far we are on a good roll with such a good vibe with all riders. This is what gives me motivation actually! Let’s see what happen but I’m ready to fight for it!” —Tomas Lemoine, on the energy coming out of Crankworx Whistler, and heading into Cairns in the lead for King

I am really stoked to be leading the Queen of Crankworx after the first two stops. My goal for this year was to see where I’d fall in the overall with it being my first time having the opportunity to compete on the full tour, so you could say my expectations have been exceeded so far. I’ve had a bit of a break from racing after Whistler, and I’ve for sure been extra motivated to train which has been great as I’m feeling more prepared than ever for Cairns. I’m hoping for consistent results among all the disciplines and to keep the ball rolling to the end. My partner is from Cairns, so I actually had the chance to visit there in 2018! I got to check out the World Cup track and surrounding venue the event will be at, so I’m super excited to head back and see the Aussie crowd in full effect for this stop. So far the tracks are looking absolutely insane and I can’t wait to rip them.” Jordy Scott, leading in Queen points

It has been a super hectic summer haha, but in the best way! I’m feeling good coming into Cairns, I feel like I worked on the things I needed to and having so much fun riding. My goal for Cairns is just to ride to my potential and click off consistent results. I know I made some valuable mistakes in Whistler that cost me a little in the overall, so I’m looking forward to a clean week of racing!Bas van Steenbergen, coming off 2X Summer Series in Canada, and defending King title

“Pretty stoked to be back competing in Australia, and to have it be Crankworx is super special! I’ve been away from Aussie and everyone I ride with back home, and while away I’ve met so many rad people! So to combine that and have everyone there will be something special. I’m expecting the crowd to be wild, that’s Australia!” Harriet Burbidge-Smith, on coming hooome

“Yeah I’m really excited to be heading to Cairns for Crankworx. It’s great to have this event in Australia and it will be my first time back racing Downhill in a little while so it’s going to be awesome. I’m really looking forward to the downhill but aside from that I’m going to have my family there so I think it will be a lot of fun watching some of the other events with my kids and letting them experience the whole atmosphere.” –Sam Hill, legend of MTB

“To have the trust to bring this Venue to life and welcome the world’s best MTB athletes into Australia is an absolute dream. Competing all around the world at various Crankworx venues over the past 12 years I cannot believe that the time has finally come to have a stop right here in Cairns. I think this is the biggest milestone Australian mountain biking has reached and it has been an honor to help bring such a high caliber event to our country! I’m so excited for the good times ahead and hope you all enjoy riding the courses as much as we have building them, This will be the proudest moment in my mountain biking career, so far.” –Remy Morton, rider and trail designer/builder for Crankworx Cairns

Harriet Burbidge Smith flying high in Whistler, and set to bring it home. Photo: Clint Trahan

Without any further ado, here are your Crankworx Cairns preliminary rider lists:

Preliminary schedule for Crankworx Cairns, including pro, amateur and CWNEXT racing, is available here: crankworx.com/cairns/schedule/

Athlete registration is live for pro, CWNEXT and amateur events, with a very limited number of spots remaining: crankworx.com/athletes/locations/cairns/

Festival passes for Crankworx Cairns are available here: crankworx.com/festival/cairns/

Next up, a full overview of the events and courses that await athletes.

Crankworx Cairns acknowledges and pays respects to the Traditional Custodians of the Smithfield region, the Djabuguy and Yirrganydji. We recognise their connection to land, sea and community and extend this respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and other First Peoples within the region.

Stay up to date with all things Crankworx: crankworx.com

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