Photo Epic: Downhill - Crankworx Innsbruck 2021

Jun 21, 2021
by Andy Vathis  


For many here at Crankworx Innsbruck, it's been a long, hot, and dry week filled with multiple discipline events and an absolutely packed schedule. Many racers on the downhill start list had pushed themselves to the limit countless times since the festivities kicked off last Wednesday. Today, however, it all comes down to one run on a very dry and pedally track. This is the first race of the year, counting the World Cup in Leogang last week, that dust was seen flying. To most, this was a welcome change while others struggled to wake up their legs and power through the mulchy bits. Keeping momentum going was top priority on this track as it's not particularly steep all while watching for a hidden rock or root to send you off line or through the tape. As always, it was a game of milliseconds once the clock started ticking with not much time margin separating the top 20 or even 30. This was indeed a mini World Cup in disguise.

Morning traffic from the gondola to the start gate was slow moooving.
Morning traffic from the gondola to the start gate was slow moooving.

Anouk Arendt into third for U19 Women.
Anouk Arendt into third for U19 Women.

Second for Sophie Gutohrle.
Second for Sophie Gutöhrle.

Phoebe Gale is the newest addition to the FMD team and Phoebe deliveres the goods. first place for the junior
Phoebe Gale is the newest addition to the FMD team and Phoebe delivers the goods. first place for the junior

Your U19 Women s podium 1st Pheobe Gale 2nd Sophie Gutohrle 3rd Anouk Arendt
Your U19 Women's podium: 1st Pheobe Gale, 2nd Sophie Gutöhrle, 3rd Anouk Arendt

Lachlan Stevens-McNab closes the podium in third.
Lachlan Stevens-McNab closes the podium in third.

Remy Meier Smith is riding his first year of juniors and is looking pinned
Remy Meier Smith is riding his first year of juniors and is looking pinned

Big weekend for Jackson Goldstone. First place for him in U19 Men s.
Big weekend for Jackson Goldstone. First place for him in U19 Men's.

Your U19 Men s podium 1st Jackson Goldstone 2nd Remy Meier-Smith 3rd Lachlan Stevens-McNab
Your U19 Men's podium: 1st Jackson Goldstone, 2nd Remy Meier-Smith, 3rd Lachlan Stevens-McNab

Emilie Siegenthaler bouncing through the rocks and into ninth.
Emilie Siegenthaler bouncing through the rocks and into ninth.

Cam Balanche did her first Crankworx and seemed to enjoy the different disciplines
Cam Balanche did her first Crankworx and seemed to enjoy the different disciplines

Tahnee Seagrave is back on her groove and into third.
Tahnee Seagrave is back on her groove and into third.

Hell of a week for Robin Goomes and into the top 15.
Hell of a week for Robin Goomes and into the top 15.

Casey Brown ticked off a huge week full of competitions.
Casey Brown ticked off a huge week full of competitions.

Vali did not look as aggressive as we might have seen her before but she rode her bike just rock solid and claimed the W.
Vali did not look as aggressive as we might have seen her before but she rode her bike just rock solid and claimed the W.

Vali Holl took her frustration out from her fall in Leogang on the course. She d win the Elite Women s race by two seconds.
Vali Höll took her frustration out from her fall in Leogang on the course. She'd win the Elite Women's race by two seconds.

Seventh today for Frida Helena Ranning.
Seventh today for Frida Helena Ronning.

Top ten for Vaea Verbeeck after competing in nearly every event this week.
Top ten for Vaea Verbeeck after competing in nearly every event this week.

Mikayla Parton rode hard into sixth place.
Mikayla Parton rode hard into sixth place.

Eleonora Farina was always seen following her team mates of MS Mondraker in practice. She came in 5th
Eleonora Farina was always seen following her teammates of MS Mondraker in practice. She came in 5th

Tahnee Seagrave slowly starts to build her confidence and is back on the podium in 3rd place.
Tahnee Seagrave slowly starts to build her confidence and is back on the podium in 3rd place.

Nina Hoffmann isn t fully recovered from her crash in Leogang but did not hold back in her race run. 2nd place for her.
Nina Hoffmann isn't fully recovered from her crash in Leogang but did not hold back in her race run. 2nd place for her.

Nina Hoffman pleased with second had a solid day out on the dusty track.
Nina Hoffman, pleased with second, had a solid day out on the dusty track.

Balanche will be looking for redemption in a couple weeks in Les Gets.
Balanche will be looking for redemption in a couple of weeks in Les Gets.

Vali Holl winning on home soil and now bringing that same momentum to France for the next World Cup.
Vali Höll winning on home soil and now bringing that same momentum to France for the next World Cup.

Tahnee gaining confidence and momentum with her podium appearance now.
Tahnee gaining confidence and momentum with her podium appearance now.

Your Women s Elite podium 1st Vali Holl nd Nina Hoffman 3rd Tahnee Seagrave
Your Women's Elite podium: 1st Vali Höll, 2nd Nina Hoffman, 3rd Tahnee Seagrave

Champagne showers to end a long week.
Champagne showers to end a long week.

Crankworx Innsbruck is done and dusted. One last sip and it s time to recover for Les Gets.
Crankworx Innsbruck is done and dusted. One last sip and it's time to recover for Les Gets.

Troy Brosnan coming off a win in Leogang that was no easy feat. Taking a win here in Innsbruck won t be any easier looking at the start list.
Troy Brosnan coming off a win in Leogang was no easy feat. Taking a win here in Innsbruck won't be any easier looking at the start list.

Pans from practice and Loris was putting in work.
Pans from practice and Loris was putting in work.

Dean Lucas had a stellar run and went on the hot seat for quite some time
Dean Lucas had a stellar run and went on the hot seat for quite some time

In a stacked field Kye A Hearn ended in a solid 18th
In a stacked field Kye A'Hern ended in a solid 18th

Oliver Zwar spent his fair share of time on the hot seat and finished in 12th starting from way back.
Oliver Zwar spent his fair share of time on the hot seat and finished in 12th starting from way back.

Tough day in the saddle for George Brannigan crashing out in his run. He was literally smashing it all weekend.
Tough day in the saddle for George Brannigan crashing out in his run. He was literally smashing it all weekend.

Finn Iles scrubbing the dust off the course.
Finn Iles scrubbing the dust off the course.

After watching Remi Thirion was one of our favrites for the podium. He finished in 13th
After watching Remi Thirion was one of our favorites for the podium. He finished in 13th

Adrian Loron is pure talent on the bike. Just 9 seconds seperated him to the top field of world cup racers.
Adrien Loron is pure talent on the bike. Just 9 seconds separated him to the top field of world cup racers.

Laurie Greenland over the triple.
Laurie Greenland over the triple.

Jacob Dickson smashing rocks into 11th.
Jacob Dickson smashing rocks into 11th.

Great to see Mick Hannah up in the mix.
Great to see Mick Hannah up in the mix.

Sam Blenkinsop boosting onto the many ladder bridges.
Sam Blenkinsop boosting onto the many ladder bridges.

Loris Vergier
Loris Vergier airtime

Ed Masters
Ed Masters

Phil Atwill coming in hot into the lower rock garden
Phil Atwill coming in hot into the lower rock garden

Reece Wilson went into 7th place
Reece Wilson went into 7th place

Luca Shaw is coming closer to be on the podium. A great progress from Leogang to an 8th place finish in Innsbruck.
Luca Shaw is coming closer to be on the podium. A great progress from Leogang to an 8th place finish in Innsbruck.

Finn found another gear today and locked it in. He was your race leader until the last few riders came down and would take third.
Finn found another gear today and locked it in. He was your race leader until the last few riders came down and would take third.

Sixth for Charlie Hatton but only a second off podium. The men s times were tight.
Sixth for Charlie Hatton but only a second off the podium. The men's times were tight.

Vergier raced hard and took the win. We can t wait to see how this season evolves.
Vergier raced hard and took the win. We can't wait to see how this season evolves.

Loic Bruni off the final jump into the finish. He d finish just off the podium but only .055 from third.
Loic Bruni off the final jump into the finish. He'd finish just off the podium but only .055 from third.

Brosnan on the final jump into the finish area.
Brosnan on the final jump into the finish area.

Finn finding the podium today right were he should be.
Finn finding the podium today, right were he should be.

Loris gets his win after laying down the law. That almost two second gap is no joke.
Loris gets his win after laying down the law. That almost two-second gap is no joke.

Looking for more Bruni is back in form ready to go.
Looking for more, Bruni is back in form, ready to go.

Crankworx has its own vibe and the results are more secondary.
Crankworx has its own vibe and the results are more secondary.

Troy Brosnan backs up his world cup win with a solid run into 2nd.
Troy Brosnan backs up his world cup win with a solid run into 2nd.

Your Men s Elite podium 1st Loris Vergier 2nd Troy Brosnan 3rd Finn Iles
Your Men's Elite podium: 1st Loris Vergier, 2nd Troy Brosnan, 3rd Finn Iles

Cooling off after heating up the track.



16 Comments

  • 122 6
 Hey Pinkbike!
There is a great story behing this race you didn´t mention! In U17 women category, Vanesa Petrovská won by 28 seconds, she would beat all U19 womens and would place in 5th place in elite women category, she is only 15yo!!. How about writing about this?
Placing a photo and one sentence can make a huge diffrence in her future career, how should sponsors get to know about her?
  • 3 0
 @likehell: what a ripper!
  • 1 0
 Look at Vergier's right shoe, seems like he was in a hurry not only to get down the hill? =)
Wicked run though, and great to see him get some revenge from Leogang.
  • 1 0
 yeah great for building confidence on home soil for July
  • 4 5
 Anyone notice the Velcro strap on loris’ shoe looks like it broke? The trek factory equipment doesn’t seem to hold up to the abuse he puts out. Handlebar snapped pre season and a race ruining flat at leogang...
  • 3 0
 It looked like it was on purpose, he had an ankle brace and didn't strapped the velcro, more confortable because of the swellness maybe???
  • 1 0
 JG opening allot of eyes I think .... that Trek DH bike looks good underneath the Miranda rider....
  • 1 0
 Trek winning elite mens, womens (Vali) Jackson in u19 on trek and Tegan Cruz winning u17 on trek. Sheeeesh! wisconsin crushing
  • 2 0
 That photo of Brannigan.... jesus
  • 1 1
 Mentioned the sixth, the fourth and the podium for Men Elite.

But where's the fifth? Andi Kolb? No pics of him or not worth mentioning?

Very disappointed, Pinkbike!
  • 1 2
 Great shots!

Pinkbike - can you add these to you CSS so the captions don't ruin the viewing experience? Big Grin
pastebin.com/raw/rjTmwfUk
  • 2 0
 Slow Mooooving

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