Shaping the Next Dimension – Highlights at Crankworx Innsbruck
In the run-up to the city’s first Crankworx event this June, Innsbruck is taking the slogan “Shaping the Next Dimension” literally! Since 9 May a team of trail builders and shapers have been hard at work in the new Bikepark Innsbruck (Mutters, Götzens) shifting 30,000 cubic metres of dirt in order to create the perfect conditions for the world’s best mountain bikers to do battle.
The countdown to Crankworx Innsbruck is well and truly on. From 21 to 25 June, the crème de la crème of the mountain bike world will gather in the regional capital of Tyrol and go head-to-head in the disciplines Whip-Off, Dual Speed & Style, Pump Track, Downhill and Slopestyle. Locals and visitors alike can hardly wait for the event to begin. Further highlights at this five-day bike festival include the Expo Area, lots of great side events and a cool after-show programme. Access to all the sporting competitions and the festival area are free of charge.
In order to provide the world’s top mountain bike riders with the best possible conditions for their spectacular tricks, the team at the Bikepark Innsbruck is moving mountains – almost literally! Huge diggers have been hard at work since early May shifting dirt to create a series of kickers, berms and drops which are set to make Crankworx Innsbruck a truly spectacular event.
“Preparation work for Crankworx Innsbruck is in full swing. We are making excellent progress and will have moved around 30,000m³ of dirt by the time this big international event starts in June,” explains Werner Millinger, manager of the Muttereralmpark.
Legendary trail designer Tom Hey and his team at Elevate Trail Building have gained a reputation for building some of the best tracks in the world, including those used at Crankworx Rotorua. The New Zealander has also been involved in the construction of the trails in the new Bikepark Innsbruck. “As with every stop of the Crankworx World Tour, this event will play host to only the very best bikers in the world. Therefore, the trails and courses have to be up to the usual tip-top Crankworx standard. That’s the way the riders like it – plenty of speed and obstacles for the big tricks. That’s also what the spectators like to see. What’s more, the Dual Speed & Style course will include a spectacular new element never before seen at Crankworx,” says Tom Hey.
Check out the current state of progress at the Bikepark Innsbruck by clicking on the link below to see the live webcam: http://webtv.feratel.com/webtv/?pg=494A8293-D7F0-40D9-9604-16B7B9E7AD7F&design=v3&cam=5997&c1=0
The Crankworx Innsbruck events in detail:
Wednesday, 21 June: Tiroler Tageszeitung Official Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank
The Crankworx Whip-Off is an absolute highlight at every stop on the Crankworx World Tour and is always guaranteed to create a party atmosphere. Kicking off the action on day one of Crankworx Innsbruck, it will take place in front of a stunning mountain backdrop next to the reservoir in the Bikepark Innsbruck. Male and female riders from all disciplines take part in a jam session to see who can perform the best whip, a trick which involves swinging the back end of the bike around as far as possible while in the air. The knockout system means that riders must continually impress both the judges and the crowd in order to progress. The tricks will be performed on a table and a dirt-to-dirt double. Nine Austrian riders will be on the start line at this event, with the rider receiving the most points from the judges declared the winner.
Tickets for the cable car can be purchased at the ticket offices in Mutters and Götzens.
Finals: Wednesday, 21 June, from 5:30 PM; next to the reservoir
Thursday, 22 June: Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style Innsbruck
The clue’s in the name at the Dual Speed & Style. Two riders go head-to-head on a parallel course, with both the speed of the descent and the difficulty level of the tricks counting towards the score.
The 230m Dual Speed & Style course at Crankworx Innsbruck is not for the faint-hearted. Designed by Tom Hey, it comprises a dirt jump, a rhythm section, a gap jump and a second large dirt jump. For the first time ever at a Crankworx event the two parallel courses will cross over several times and see riders even jump over each other’s heads as they make their way down.
A total of 50 riders will compete in the first Dual Speed & Style to be held in Innsbruck. After the seeding runs the remaining 32 athletes compete in a dual eliminator format.
The riders with the best chances of winning are the all-rounders of the gravity biking scene. After all, at Dual Speed & Style competitors need both good speed and eye-catching tricks to make it through to the final rounds.
A number of spectator spots offer a good view of the entire course.
Finals: Thursday, 22 June from 4:30 PM in Mutters
Friday, 23 June: Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
“Pump for victory” is the name of the game at the Pump Track Challenge held on a 35x35m course in the Bikepark Innsbruck. The 15 female and 50 male athletes taking part must build up as much speed as possible by pumping their bikes over rollers and through banked corners – pedalling, on the other hand, is strictly forbidden. The track has five corners and around 20 “pumps” per course, including a final parallel section up to the finish line. The head-to-head finals make for spectacular racing as the riders compete for the title of best pump track athlete at Crankworx Innsbruck.
The rider who makes it through the knockout rounds and wins the final is declared the overall winner of the Pump Track Challenge.
Finals: Friday, 23 June at 7:00 PM in Mutters
Saturday, 24 June: Crankworx Innsbruck Downhill presented by iXS
On Saturday all eyes will turn to the downhill course in Götzens. This 2.2km natural trail known as the Bulgarian Way will put the field of around 300 riders through their paces with a combination of roots, rocks and technical sections as the world’s best downhill riders go up against Innsbruck’s local heroes in a race against the clock.
This action-packed event is perfect for spectators. Come along, cheer on the riders and be amazed!
Finals: Saturday, 24 June from 11:30 in Götzens
Sunday, 25 June: Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda
Crankworx Innsbruck will culminate on Sunday with the spectacular Slopestyle event. The course has been designed just the way riders like it: simple, not too steep and packed with sick features. The 18 invited riders on the FMB World Tour will take to the dirt in the Bikepark Innsbruck to thrill the crowd and impress the four international judges.
The 290m course starts with a flat drop and a dirt-to-dirt double, followed by a cannon log, two hip jumps, a fruit bowl und and finally a large wood-to-dirt jump. Each run is scored in the categories difficulty, amplitude, execution, trick diversity and overall impression. Riders complete two runs, with the better of the two counting.
Freestyle MTB stars such as Brett Rheeder (CAN) and Max Frederiksson (SWE) will be in Innsbruck to take on each other in a battle of tricks and try to topple current overall leader Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) in their quest for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle.
Finals: Sunday, 25 June from 15:30 in Mutters
Innsbruck is ready for Crankworx
“It has been a long and intense planning phase leading up to Crankworx Innsbruck, but this event is the ultimate sign that mountain biking in general and more specifically gravity mountain biking has not only arrived in Innsbruck but is a major part of our outdoor scene. Even if disciplines such as Slopestyle and Pump Track may be unfamiliar to some locals, I am sure that Crankworx Innsbruck will have something to offer for everyone. Admission is free, so we look forward to welcoming lots of visitors in what is set to be a real festival atmosphere,” says Georg Spazier, head of the organising committee at innsbruck-tirol sports GmbH, which is responsible for Crankworx Innsbruck.
Even after Crankworx 2017 is over, the focus will remain on Innsbruck as a “Bike City”. Karin Seiler-Lall, head of Innsbruck Tourism: “The infrastructure being put in place for the event (Slopestyle, Dual Speed, Pump Track, Whip-Off kicker) will continue to be maintained and used after Crankworx has concluded. Some of the courses will be made a little easier to ride, but they will all be available to visitors and locals. We are also putting a lot of effort into improving the overall bike infrastructure in and around the city.”
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