Brook Macdonald to Return to Racing at Crankworx Innsbruck

Sep 24, 2020
by Official Crankworx  
Credit Fraser Britton Crankworx 2019
The Bulldog is back and on track to defend. Photo: Fraser Britton

Starting next week, the Crankworx World Tour is on track to light up your screens with the return of live mountain bike racing on Red Bull TV. For many of the world’s top mountain bike athletes, Crankworx Innsbruck will also mark their return to the field of play.

For one athlete in particular, this return to racing represents even more.

bigquotes“It feels amazing to be coming back. I haven’t raced in over a year, so to be able to be back in the racing scene is going to be the best...I feel like this (Crankworx) is a great opportunity to get back into the mental side of preparing myself to race again and at a competitive level.”Brook Macdonald

Photo: Fraser Britton

His goal for his first race back, a race that he won last year?

bigquotes“To win it again! Obviously this is a dream, but my biggest goal is just to complete a race weekend knowing how that feels again. That’s a big goal in itself.”

Alongside Brook, here’s a roundup of what’s coming and who to watch for, with a full live broadcast schedule on Red Bull TV to come.

Check out the preliminary start lists here and get ready to tune in to #CrankworxFromHome: crankworx.com/results/start-lists/

Downhill. Is. BACK.

As Downhill racing returns to Red Bull TV for the first time since Crankworx Rotorua in March, Macdonald and his teammates, including Laurie Greenland, will be raring to go. Watch for veteran elite racer Mick Hannah (also racing Dual Slalom and Pump Track), and young gun Lucas Cruz who showed he’s primed for action with a solid showing in the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series in August. And someone who’s proved he’s no slouch in DH, Enduro powerhouse Martin Maes is sure to be in fighting shape following back-to-back weekends of EWS racing.

On the women’s side, the racer who stood atop the podium alongside Macdonald last year. Tracey Hannah will be back and looking to defend. Sure to be gunning for a DH win on home soil, Vali Höll will be representing Austria in the DH. Maes’ teammate Noga Korem and Pivot’s Morgane Charre, currently ranked second in the world in the EWS, will also be channeling their Enduro skills and hoping to pull together a winning race run.

Hannah will surely be looking to continue her streak of Crankworx dominance. Photo: Fraser Britton

Slopestyle riders ready to flex

If recent coverage from the Audi Nines got you stoked to see more big style, Crankworx Innsbruck will have plenty to satisfy. 14 of the more stylish riders in the world are getting ready to take on the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle, a gold event on the FMB World Tour. The rider list includes Emil Johansson, who’s won both Crankworx events that’ve run since Crankworx Innsbruck 2019 (his return to competition, in which he came in second). Others to watch for will be Germany’s Erik Fedko, who placed third in Rotorua, and Dawid Godziek who made his Crankworx Slopestyle debut in Innsbruck last year and took third. Paul Couderc is also riding a wave of momentum after landing a mind-blowing Footplant Flip at Audi Nines earlier in September.

Red Bull's Erik Fedko has been rising through the ranks in recent years. Photo: Fraser Britton

Women’s Speed & Style to make Austrian debut

Throw some speed and a hearty dose of strategy into the style mix, and you have the CLIF Speed & Style Innsbruck presented by GoPro. For the first time in Innsbruck, an invitational women’s field will show the world what they’ve got on this famed track. Germany’s Kathi Kuypers will certainly be one to watch, along with local rider Paula Zibasa and France’s Mathilde Bernard, who’s tasted victory in Crankworx Pump Track before, but will be taking on this discipline for the first time in Innsbruck.

On the men’s side, 2019’s European Whip-Off Champion Kaos Seagrave is likely to be a top contender (he’s also tackling every event in Innsbruck this year, except Slopestyle). He’ll be competing against Sam Reynolds, who narrowly missed out on the event podium last year, finishing fourth, and Slopestyle all-stars like Tomas Lemoine, who’s earned a fair few pieces of Speed & Style hardware over the years.

The stylish and fast Seagrave takes on Boris Rezabek in 2019. Photo: Fraser Britton

Dual Slalom: the great equalizer

Where will you find the biggest cross-section of racers representing different disciplines of MTB? The Dual Slalom track is the mountain bike melting pot of Crankworx and consistently the site of some of the tightest and most exciting battles.

Ed Masters will be fighting for the top against his team manager Bernard Kerr once again. The two have faced each other in head-to-head Crankworx Slalom racing before, finishing 1 (Kerr) and 2 (Masters) in Les Gets in 2018. Back to defend will be young racer Matthew Sterling, who stormed the event and took the W in 2019. Another to watch for will be newcomer to the Crankworx scene, Brady Stone. The Kiwi is currently second overall in the EWS Men U21 category and is set to take on both Dual Slalom and DH in Innsbruck.

On the women’s side, like Stone, EWS racers Ella Connolly and Martha Gill will be battling the likes of Vali Höll, who in addition to DH and Dual Slalom, will also be charging for the top on the Pump Track.

Credit Mitch Chubey Crankworx 2018
Throwing back to Les Gets in 2018 - how good would another Bernie vs. Eddie finals matchup be?! Photo: Fraser Britton

Power and precision on the Pump Track

Playing out on a short, fast and technical track, Crankworx Pump Track action is all about precision and, without the ability to pedal, a whole lot of power.

With the most participation of all the women’s events over the five days of the festival, the RockShox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge will bring on some exciting sunset battles.

Norway’s Mille Johnset, in her first year of elite racing, is set to take on the Pump Track (in addition to racing Dual Slalom and DH). Alongside her, Germany’s Laura Brethauer, a veteran of the event, and the Gehrig twins, who’re shifting their focus from Enduro to Pump Track and DH for Crankworx Innsbruck.

Mathilde Bernhard will be pushing on the Pump Track, as well as in Dual Slalom, Speed & Style and DH

The men’s roster is a who’s who of MTB talent - where else can you see the likes of EWS shredder Adrien Dailly (coming off a win in Pietra Ligure) on the same start list as downhiller Mick Hannah, YouTube star Fabio Wibmer, style-masters like Antoine Bizet and Szymon Godziek, and heavy-hitters of the discipline like Chaney Guennet and Adrien Loron?! That’s Crankworx for you, baby.

Full schedule and details for all live events to come during Crankworx Innsbruck 2020: crankworx.com


53 Comments

  • 124 0
 I cannot possibly have had a better start to my day. What a beast
  • 52 1
 BEST news of 2020
  • 4 0
 @racecase: Beast news for sure.
  • 2 0
 @racecase: YES!!! Sweet as!!
  • 64 0
 Mind blowing Brook! Best of luck
  • 51 3
 Insbrook?
  • 3 0
 I see what you did there!
  • 46 0
 The best damn news.
  • 11 0
 Good luck Brook! So rad to see you back racing after what you went through, huge ups!
  • 8 0
 This guy is such a hero. I've been pumped seeing his process on instagram. Sending harder than I ever will, thats for sure. Keep it up Bulldog!
  • 9 0
 HELL MOTHERFUCKING YEAH BROOKE!!!! So damn stoked for him!!! Congrats buddy!!
  • 9 0
 It’s been so long ... redbull tv frustrations I missed you
  • 8 0
 No telling how many more years sik mik will be racing but what a legacy he and Tracey have.
  • 8 0
 He will be throwing no handers between the tape into his 50’s it feels like.
  • 6 1
 I don't understand why this event is not cancelled. Many countries have advised not to travel to Innsbruck due to the massive clusters we have.

The Tirol tourism mafia is keeping secret the clusters, there is a bar in which 150 people got contaminated and the city is keeping it a secret. Some schools in Innsbruck and surroundings also have cases and the contaminated kids were asked to stay home; but the other parents/kids are not informed by the school or authorities, they learn it by the parents themselves.

The good old tirolian mentality of secrecy is strongly anchored in the local politics and I would really strongly advise athletes (particularly recovering ones) not to risk their health for such a non event.
  • 3 0
 Awesome news! He's absolutely flying at the momment too If his Instagram videos are anything to go by. Amazing considering how serious that injury was.
  • 3 0
 Incredible comeback. I'm so stoked that he managed to recover to this point. Good luck Brook !
  • 3 0
 Yes Bulldog. Can only echo previous comments very good and inspiring news when such things are a scarcity right now.
  • 1 0
 I want some of those highlander/viking genes, seriously, you are one tough tough man Mr MacDonald. Inspiring stuff, best of luck, we're looking forward to seeing you slay tracks again.
  • 2 0
 Wow, that was quick!

Also:
"Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions Crankworx Innsbruck 2020 is a made for TV production without spectators on-site."
Frown
  • 4 0
 2020: not totally shit
  • 3 0
 We should be able to upvote the articles themselves... Amazing news!
  • 1 0
 Man, you're so far beyond proving yourself, go rip up some laps you savage! Well deserved.
  • 2 0
 Beyond stoked for this dude.
  • 3 0
 F*ck. Yes!
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah! Some great 2020 news for sure. Nice to see you back Brook!
  • 2 0
 Let's unleash the Bulldog! Wink
  • 2 0
 Finally some good news in 2020!!!!
  • 1 0
 Man wasn’t able to walk after his injury and look where he is now! Best of luck Brook and be safe!
  • 1 0
 Brook is tough as nails. I hope he completes the race run. He should start slow.
  • 1 0
 Cant keep a good dog or a Kiwi down... beware the Bulldog - who let the dog out!
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah!
  • 1 0
 YYEESSS!!! Finally a 2020 bright spot!
  • 1 0
 Very inspiring to see this
  • 1 0
 Something good, all the best Brook.
  • 1 0
 First great news of 2020 for sure! Awesome!
  • 1 0
 Stoked to see Brook back on the circuit and stoked Innsbruck is on
  • 1 0
 Awesome news. Happy for ya!
  • 1 0
 Bulldog is a beast!! Never a doubt he’d be back in action!!
  • 1 0
 B Mac is a f*kn champion!
  • 1 0
 Wow! Awesome news.May the force be with you.
  • 1 0
 Yeah Bulldog great news, hope you do well
  • 1 0
 Good news
  • 4 4
 Take it easy Brook - not worth it for this year.
  • 1 0
 Beast!
  • 1 0
 Unreal.
  • 1 0
 Hell yes Mr MacDonald!!
  • 1 0
 This scares me.
  • 1 0
 So happy for you Brook!
  • 1 0
 Best of luck Brook!
  • 1 0
 Beast bulldog legend
  • 1 0
 Bulldog FTW!!

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