Volunteering at Crankworx Innsbruck – the ultimate experience

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Volunteering at Crankworx Innsbruck – the ultimate experience

Innsbruck, Austria, 16.04.2019 – Known as the “ultimate experience in mountain biking”, Crankworx will be taking place in Innsbruck for the third year in a row from 12 to 16 June. Those interested in following the event up close as part of the volunteer team tirol should act fast, because this year volunteering roles at Crankworx Innsbruck will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Festival vibes, dazzling sunshine, amped riders, happy fans, smiling children taking part in Kidsworx presented by Tiroler Tageszeitung, impressed media representatives and an enthusiastic team of volunteers – that is pretty much the perfect description of the last two years at Crankworx Innsbruck. In June 2019 the event will be returning to the heart of the Alps for a third edition. Volunteers can sign up now to be part of the ultimate experience in mountain biking and follow all the insane action from behind the scenes.

“This year we will need a team of 150 volunteers to support the event. They, together with the local organising team, Crankworx Events Inc. and many other partners, will help ensure top conditions and an amazing atmosphere for the athletes, fans and everyone else involved in Crankworx Innsbruck,” explains Georg Spazier, head of the local organising team and CEO of innsbruck-tirol sports.

Volunteering – experience Crankworx Innsbruck close up

Plenty of volunteers have already registered to be part of the event, but there are still some spaces available in all of the working areas. Anyone interested in volunteering at Crankworx Innsbruck can sign up quickly and easily via the online platform and indicate which area they would like to work in.  Options include everything from Sport Operations, Accreditation, Logistics and Event Services to Marketing and Media & Communications. In total there are twelve different working areas open to volunteers.

The two areas requiring the largest number of volunteers are Marketing and Sport Operations. The Marketing team starts its work in the run-up to the event by travelling around and telling people all about Crankworx and the highlights they can look forward to. During the event itself the Marketing team is responsible for decorating the event location with all manner of banners, flags and signs in order to create a real festival vibe. The Sport team works on-site at the places where the best freestyle mountain bike riders in the world go head-to-head. Tasks within the Sport team include working as a course marshal, helping out in the race office or assisting with timekeeping. It is the Sport team which, together with the local organising committee, makes sure that all the events go smoothly and the riders are able to compete in the best possible conditions.

Lisbeth and Günther Peirer have volunteered at a wide range of events in recent years. Crankworx Innsbruck is one of their favourites, which is why they will be back again in 2019. “We are both now retired and have used the extra time to try out different volunteering roles. At Crankworx 2018 I worked in Event Services. During the 2018 UCI Road World Championships I was responsible for checking tickets and accreditations as people entered the event area. I also volunteered at the IFSC Climbing World Championships, where I was assigned to Food & Beverage Services. This year at Crankworx Innsbruck I have decided to be part of the team distributing the uniforms. I always find it cool to try out a new area and make new friends,” comments Lisbeth Peirer as she looks forward to the event in June 2019.

Launched by innsbruck-tirol sports, the volunteer team tirol is an initiative unlike any other volunteer platform in Austria. Just a few years since its creation, the team last year passed the mark of 200,000 hours volunteered. Martina Wolf is responsible for Volunteer Management at innsbruck-tirol sports: “We allocate volunteer jobs depending on people’s personal preferences. That means it is possible to try out a new area if you want to. If, on the other hand, you have already found the perfect job for you and want to do that over and over again, that is no problem either.”

One volunteer who has found his favourite area is 33 year-old quality engineer Simon Rissbacher. “In 2017 I worked at Crankworx Innsbruck as a shuttle driver. I had such a good time that I decided to volunteer at a range of other events, where I was responsible for coordinating the drivers and the shuttles. It is a huge advantage to know the job from both perspectives. The praise and recognition we receive from athletes, VIPs and everyone else we transport in the shuttles is a great motivation for us to try and offer an even better transport service,” comments Simon, who already knows many of the drivers well from his work as a volunteer. “Every event is a new learning experience. Of course we have to be very precise and conscientious, but we still have plenty of fun,” he adds with a smile.

Repeat volunteers like Simon Rissbacher mean that over the years a community has grown up within the volunteer community. These people, who have volunteered together many times before, know not only each other but also the members of staff from local organising team in Innsbruck and the Crankworx international team from Canada. “We are always so impressed by the professionalism of the volunteer team tirol and are hugely grateful for the time and energy they invest in order to make the event a success. It’s always a really special moment when we arrive in Innsbruck and see the team has grown by 150 people. There are lots of volunteers who have been supporting us for years. We know them well – their names, their personal stories, the areas they like to work in – and consider them part of the Crankworx family,” says Darren Kinnaird, General Manager of the Crankworx World Tour.

Details on the working areas, benefits and requirements for volunteers as well as more information on Crankworx can be found at: www.crankworx.com/innsbruck/volunteers/

Photo: At the heart of the action – volunteers experience Crankworx Innsbruck close up. ©fancy tree films

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