It’s looking bloody good down under as Cairns gets ready for its big debut on the Crankworx World Tour in just over a month. 

Whether you’re looking to join this stop on the party train as an athlete, a spectator, or a volunteer, here’s all you need to know about the paradise edition coming to Australia this October 5th – 9th.  


Athlete registration is still open for select disciplines and categories.

Events open for registration are the following: 

Registration will close Friday, September 30th at 23:59 AEST (unless race sells out in advance). There will be no onsite registration. Registration links and details are available here

Trek Official Australian Whip-Off Championships presented by POC, Crankworx Cairns Pump Track Challenge, Speed & Style Cairns, and Crankworx Cairns Slopestyle are pro invitational events. Online registration is not available, with the exception of the CWNEXT category for Pump Track. 

The rider list for the Crankworx Cairns Slopestyle, along with preliminary rider lists for all other races, will be released in late September.             

The schedule for Crankworx Cairns, including live broadcast events on Red Bull TV and key dates and times for pros, amateurs and CWNEXT racers is available here


“Generally it is always really exciting to get to see a new venue, but this one is very special for me as it’s my home town,” seasoned Crankworx World Tour veteran, and local rider, Mick Hannah says. “I really love the thought of having my industry friends visit Cairns and especially for Crankworx. Crankworx is such a fun festival that will fit very well with the North Queensland lifestyle.”  

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef Drive

The festival will take place in the rainforest trail system of Smithfield Bike Park. It’s the site of 2017 world championships and also the only area where mountain bikers can ride beside two World Heritage areas – hello Wet Tropics Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. 

“Cairns and the surrounding area have such a diverse landscape, so the terrain is always varied,” Hannah describes. “Also the ability to be at the top of a rainforest covered mountain overlooking the ocean and being able to essentially descend to the beach is pretty awesome!”  

Many of the courses are brand new for Crankworx Cairns with the exception of Crankworx Cairns Downhill which many of the elite downhill riders haven’t raced since the last World Cup event in 2017. You’ll have to come check out the race trackside to see if the course has remained stayed fresh in many of the riders’ memories or if it will feel completely new racing again.

Emil Johansson on his way to earn the 2022 Triple Crown of Slopestyle at Crankworx Cairns.

Crankworx Cairns Slopestyle is sure to be a banger with a fresh course full of technical features that the slopestyle athletes can throw down on for the first time. Whether watching in person (which you obviously should) or live on Red Bull TV, it will be a nail biter to see if Emil Johansson can make score his 9th in a row Slopestyle World Championship gold medal and secure the 2022 Triple Crown of Slopestyle. 

All these months of the trailbuilders’ hard work at Smithfield Bike Park is shaping up well for Crankworx Cairns.

The Trek Official Australian Whip-Off Championships presented by POC is promising to be “twice the party” as builder, Tom Hey has said of the course. This track is looking to revolutionize Whip-Off and take it to the next level with a custom-built course allowing for bigger, better, and steeper whips.  As this event is not on broadcast, you will NOT want to miss this. All the more reason for you and your mates to get your festival passes today!   

Check out the full schedule here for all event details, including side events, jam sessions and expo information. Crankworx events are allllllll about the festival vibes, after-parties and over 60 industry brands bringing their A-game for these five days in paradise.  

Last but certainly not least, we can’t forget about our precious little shredders! The Kidsworx Arena is designed for children ages 5-12 years old (and their families), with demo bikes, daily activities, and extra coaching opportunities to help youngsters get in on the action. Registration and more details to come here.

Don’t be a bogan. Get your festival pass today or you’ll be totally devo when it sells out and you can’t be there alongside all your best mates. Festival passes are available for sale here. You could also upgrade your Crankworx Cairns experience like an absolute beauty and get VIP lounge access and food & beverage packages. Have we done the Aussie slang justice yet? Please just trust us, and snag your pass before it’s too late. 


Volunteering for Crankworx is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and get a glimpse into the inner workings of the world’s premier mountain bike festival.

Be a part of a world class event and rub shoulders with the best freestyle riders in the world.  The Crankworx volunteer team are the lifeblood of the event and we need your help! 

There are heaps of different volunteer shifts ranging from on course marshalling & time keeping to venue management and client services.  

The best bit? For every shift covered, $50 will go to your nominated club or organization! Volunteer registration and additional information can be found here

This could be you and your mate at Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island.

As this is new for all of us, we have taken the liberty of pulling the top reccos of where to sleep, where to eat, what to do and how to get to Cairns. Check out our Plan Your Trip page to get you covered the paradise edition of the Crankworx World Tour.  

It’s going to be a legendary premiere of this stop along the World Tour, and not something you will want to miss if you can get here! For those of you who can’t, most of the events at Crankworx Cairns will be live streamed on Red Bull TV, and be sure to follow our socials for the best highlights: Crankworx IG, Crankworx Cairns IG, Crankworx TikTok.  

Crankworx Cairns acknowledges and pays our 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.