Crankworx Innsbruck Announces Return & Confirms New Dates

Mar 10, 2021
by Official Crankworx  
Photo Kike Abelleira
The legend of Tommy G... Photo: Kike Abelleira

Press Release: Crankworx

Hey, 2021. We’ve got a little something for you…

We. Are. Back. And inviting the best riders in the world along for the ride.


June 16-20, Crankworx Innsbruck will return to its spring home in the calendar, bringing the action to Bikepark Innsbruck for the fifth year.

What can you expect? Live coverage on Red Bull TV of racing, competition and good times in the mountains with friends, featuring the world’s best mountain bikers.

Live broadcast action will include:

Thursday, June 17: Dual Slalom Innsbruck
Thursday, June 17: RockShox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge
Friday, June 18: CLIF Speed & Style Innsbruck
Saturday, June 19: Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle
Sunday, June 20: Innsbruck Downhill presented by Raiffeisen Club

The Official European Whip-Off Championships will also be back (after being snowed out in October 2020), with highlights available after.

Photo Fraser Britton
Casey Brown and Kade Edwards, sending on the iconic Crankworx Innsbruck whip-off jump. Photo: Fraser Britton

Preliminary schedule is available here: crankworx.com/innsbruck/schedule/

Red Bull TV’s official event page will also keep you up-to-date with broadcast times and details: RedBull.com/Crankworx

2020’s festival saw a field dominated by riders who opted to base themselves in Europe for the condensed racing season, meaning some of our faves were MIA.

bigquotesI missed being in Innsbruck so bad! It felt abnormal not being there to drop in. I was out in Utah watching, so the event was in the middle of the night for me, but of course I stayed up to watch. I was getting hyped for all the boys putting down their runs! It feels really exciting planning a return to Crankworx in June. All of us Slopestyle riders thrive on preparing for contests all year, so getting my mind and body ready for Crankworx again is getting me super hyped. I’m most excited about the opportunity to feel the adrenaline of doing a contest run again! The nerves and butterflies before a run are always wild. And if the run goes well that feeling is unbeatable when you land the last trick. I’ve missed all of those sensations so I’m most excited to experience it all again! I’ve been working on all kinds of stuff as always! Hopefully I can show some new insane tricks in Innsbruck. We’ll see. But what fans can look forward to is an insane show full of action packed runs. I’m super hungry to throw down a crazy run and I’m sure all of the other riders are just as hungry! So it will be an epic show. Looking forward to it!Nicholi Rogatkin

Photo Fraser Britton
Nicholi Rogatkin's win, circa 2017 (aka Year One of Crankworx Innsbruck). Back when podiums were close and we didn't have to worry about whether biting medals was COVID-safe. Photo: Fraser Britton

Crankworx Innsbruck is being planned in full cooperation with the local health authorities, with the full scope of the event being determined closer to June.

bigquotesWe are planning based on what we know now, with the confidence that we staged two successful made-for-TV festivals last year. Being able to safely get athletes racing and bring some excitement to the world last year was awesome. As we hope things will start to trend in a positive direction, we are setting a strong foundation for the festival in June, with some exciting events for athletes to compete in and for fans to follow along with from home. We’re remaining flexible as we get deeper into 2021 and leaving space to add layers as restrictions allow.Darren Kinnaird, Managing Director of Crankworx

Photo Kike Abelleira
2020 Dual Slalom Innsbruck champs: Morgane Charre, Mathilde Bernard, Luana Chereches. Photo: Kike Abelleira

An added bonus this year will be that amateurs will have a chance to race in the Dual Slalom and the DH. Registration will open for both pro and amateur categories on Thursday, April 15.

Lists of invited riders for Slopestyle, Pump Track and Speed & Style will follow in May.

Our first stake of 2021 is officially in the ground. Stay tuned for more as we start to roll out all the exciting plans we’ve been working on for 2021, and beyond! #crankworxiscoming


26 Comments

  • 31 0
 I would love to see Crankworx to use its name to shed some light on the terrible situation for mountainbiking in Innsbruck.

There are only two legal trails, which are poorly maintained and have very sketchy jumps and are more dangerous than fun. Consequently there’s a fair bit of illegal trails, where riders have to deal with pissed foresters (I got insulted and threatened with being punched, while being extremely polite), hikers constantly destroy trails or throw sticks in them or even nails. There’s so much traffic on these trails that the forest is suffering.

P.S.: The Mountain at 0:17 after he said "and head for the mountains!" is the Patscherkofel - doesn't even have trails on it (well at least nothing legal)
  • 10 0
 Soooo true... Innsbruck is trying reaaally hard to make it seem like a great bike destination, which I dont think it is. It's average, not any better
  • 2 0
 Yep, had to go to Innsbruck for business reasons, and I thought there would be some bike rental place or some guides around, but I found nothing, spotted some local rider and he explained that everything related to mountain biking is basically illegal there, and that some hikers actually destroy the trails on purpose to blame mountain bikers (and he said that they don't ride those exact trails because they are rutted and nearly unridable, or at least that's what I understood, from my poor language knowledge). It really is a shame because it seems like it's a very beautiful area.
  • 1 0
 Where I live it's very similar, except it is for a reason, here we have a very unique set of microclimates that are nowhere found in the world, so they are protected, but Innsbruck? What is the reason? Just like in Innsbruck, we still ride, fines are high and ironically the forestals have Motocross Husqvarnas to chase you which totally doesn't ruin the ground but that's anothed thing. We even have a pretty good rider Edgar Carballo who rides for Orbea and participates in EWS, all of his skill was learnt riding on illegal trails.
  • 1 0
 I find the two legal ones to be rideable and even fun. But with the pandemic there is a noticeable increase of mountainbike beginners but instead of introducing new trails to accommodate the high numbers of bikers all they do is to convert the existing ones to flow highways.They are constantly removing all the technical parts and throw in some berms where it is impossible to carry speed anyways. Such a bummer. And Nordkette Singletrail was officially closed all season last year due to some property issues along the trail. Let's see what happens this summer. Nothing I suppose... At least the bikepark gets to see some love in the beginning of the season.
  • 8 0
 Noice !
It'll be great to have some competitions to watch this summer ! Smile
  • 9 1
 Woo! Can’t wait to come back to crankworx for some
Racing!
  • 11 1
 We can't wait to have you back Luca Confetti!!
  • 2 0
 @officialcrankworx: What a dream it would be to attend my first Crankworx event! Even if it's livestreamed, thanks for putting it together!
  • 4 1
 Told my son we could go watch the slopestyle comp this year.... I guess at home on TV saves a two thousand mile return trip and my wallet!.... there's always next year.
  • 4 1
 Better off saving further for a trip to Whistler to show him Joyride; it's a better experience all around!
  • 9 0
 @Rudy2455: He can take me there for my 50th, he should have a job by then.
  • 1 0
 I was hoping for the best time at crankworx Innsbruck a few years ago. Traveling a day before the slopestyle event we were shocked to hear it was brought forward a day, and we watched the best tricks from the year in a van in 40 degree heat on a phone! We were 2 hours away from the city. Arrrrggh. Great city though
  • 3 1
 Can't wait for the slopestyle comp!
  • 3 1
 another event without spectators, yeehaa
  • 5 0
 I mean I know it sucks for those that live close, and definitely sucks for the tourism businesses in the area. But for those watching at home, no spectators is unique and somewhat interesting. You can hear the bike and rider noises, which I thought was especially cool in WCDH. But without the screaming crowds it is certainly a different feel to an event.
  • 7 1
 @kcy4130: Redbull will edit in bike noises like they do for Rampage. sounds terrible
  • 4 0
 @T4THH: Ughh, I'd forgotten about that. you just made me throw up a little in my mouth.
  • 2 0
 @kcy4130: *insert bag of spanner noises here*
  • 2 0
 @T4THH: They should also add random animal and chainsaw noises
  • 2 0
 @T4THH: SQUEEEK SQUEEEK

Makes rampage unwatchable.
  • 1 1
 @kcy4130: mmh, these event are for the people and not just for the riders.
If all sports stay like that, no crowds watching, it looses the point. you can just make a video session somewhere and let it replay at primetime all around the world. excitement is certainly something else.
  • 3 1
 i need my dose of slopestyle action asap!! its been too long!!
  • 3 3
 hey kids , please don't edit your videos if you have just done a line of coke or a hit of crack .
  • 1 0
 I bet lemoine will win everything this time
  • 1 0
 Exactly On my Birthday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! let's Get Sendy

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