Pinkbike Primer - Everything You Need to Know About Crankworx Innsbruck 2019

Jun 11, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Kade Edwards amp R-Dog.

Innsbruck is the Crankworx stop that hosts the fewest disciplines but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be excited. The festival is packed into five days of intense action with everything from pump track to downhill to slopestyle.

There are also a few change ups for this year including a new event in the dual slalom and a new track for the downhillers. Now into its third year as part of the tour, it's a well-established venue and always delivers some great competition. Here's everything you need to know before the event.

The Location

Innsbruck mountain biking trails

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Bikepark Innsbruck plays host to Crankworx Innsbruck, with the events being centered in the village of Mutters, which hosts every racing event, as well as the expo area. Public transport is free and complimentary Crankworx shuttle buses are available to and from the site. Gotzens, which hosted the downhill last year, will not be part of the program this year as there is a new track in Mutters.



The Schedule


Official European Whip-Off Championships presented by SPANK
Peter Kaiser.

Set next to a lake in the late evening, the Innsbruck Whip-Off is the most picturesque of the year. Riders who produce peak perpendicular performance will be crowned as European Whip Champions for 2019.

When?
CEST - Wednesday, June 12th: 5:30pm
PST - Wednesday, June 12th: 8:30am
NZDT - Thursday, June 13th: 3:30am
GMT - Wednesday, June 12th: 4:30pm

2018 Results:

Men:

1st. Louis Reboul
2nd. Ryan Howard
3rd. Kaos Seagrave


Women:

1st. Casey Brown
2nd. Vaea Verbeeck

Full Results.

100% Dual Slalom
Vaea Verbeeck was looking strong in practice. She was defintely one to watch.

The week starts in earnest with the 100% Dual Slalom, as riders battle it out over the course featuring jumps and berms it will be exciting to see who comes out on top. This is a new event for Innsbruck so expect a totally new course and some high-intensity racing.

When?
Live Broadcast Event

CEST - Thursday, June 13th: 2:30pm
PST - Thursday, June 13th: 5:30am
NZDT - Friday, June 14th: 12:30am
GMT - Thursday, June 13th: 1:30pm

2018 Results:
N/A

RockShox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge
The big Swede Martin Soderstrom was eliminated by the champ Chaney Guennet.

Thursday evening will see the riders race side by side again as they take on the Rockshox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge. The intense racing will take place over a number of heats before the winner is crowned. Last year saw some extremely close racing and we expect no change for this year's event. This is one you don't want to miss.

When?
Live Broadcast Event

CEST - Thursday, June 13th: 8:00pm
PST - Thursday, June 13th: 11:00am
NZDT - Friday, June 14th: 6:00am
GMT - Thursday, June 13th: 7:00pm

2018 Results:

Men:

1st. Chaney Guennet
2nd. Adrien Loron
3rd. Austin Warren


Women:

1st. Jill Kintner
2nd. Kialani Hines
3rd. Vali Höll


Full results.

Mons Royale Speed & Style Innsbruck
Reeed Boggs found his way into the 1 4 final rather easily due to Soderstrom s injury at the whip-off.

Offering a mix of Slopestyle and Dual Slalom, the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style offers exhilarating racing as riders try and to be both fast and stylish. The course in Innsbruck is a work of art and you can expect backflips, tailwhips and crashes as everyone pushes their limits. Look out for this amazing event on Friday.

When?
Live Broadcast Event

CEST - Friday, June 14th: 5:30pm
PST - Friday, June 14th: 8:30am
NZDT - Saturday, June 15th: 3:30am
GMT - Friday, June 14th: 4:30pm

2018 Results:
Pro - open:

1st. Tomas Lemoine
2nd. Sam Reynolds
3rd. Greg Watts

Full results.

Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle
Flip-can dropping with Szymon Godziek.

Big jumps mean big tricks. Innsbruck's slopestyle course has now seen two intense events and is a crucial stop for riders hoping to take the Slopestyle World Championships.

When?
Live Broadcast Event

CET - Saturday, June 15th: 5pm
PST - Saturday, June 15th: 8am
NZDT - Saturday, June 16th: 3:30am
GMT - Saturday, June 15th: 4pm

2018 Results:
Pro - Open:

1st. Nicholi Rogatkin
2nd. Brett Rheeder
3rd. Diego Caverzasi

Full results.

iXS Innsbruck Downhill presented by Raiffeisen Club
SIcMic was on fire all week long but he was 7 Whenseconds too late on the finish line to beat Danny Hart.

We're expecting a totally new track in Innsbruck this year for the downhill, which is a welcome change as the last one was in a different village to the rest of the event. A new track means the win is anyone's for the taking and all we know is that riders will be licking their chops at the chance to thrash some fresh terrain.

When?
Live Broadcast Event

CET - Sunday, June 16th: 3:30pm
PST - Sunday, June 16th: 6:30am
NZDT - Monday, June 17th: 1:30am
GMT - Sunday, June 16th: 2:30pm

2018 Results:

Men:

1st. Danny Hart 2:47.29
2nd. Samuel Blenkinsop +1.5
3rd. Charlie Harrison +1.94


Women:

1st. Tracey Hannah 3:11.39
2nd. Jill Kintnter +5.57
3rd. Emilie Siegenthaler +7.11


Full results.


Note: These times are subject to change. Pinkbike and Crankworx will provide updates to the coverage if they change - remember to keep checking Pinkbike’s homepage to avoid disappointment!




What Happened Last Round?

Rotorua opened the curtains on the 2019 race season in style with a full schedule of events and an EWS to round it off. Billy Meaclem was the breakout star and he announced himself on the scene with strong results in the Whip Off, Pump Track and Speed and Style however it was Thomas Lemoine who stacked up the most points of the weekend and leads the King of Crankworx championships. In the women's events, Jill Kintner was not competing, which allowed Vaea Verbeeck to step up and return from the southern hemisphere with a huge lead.

Read the Ultimate Guide to Crankworx Rotorua here.




King and Queen of Crankworx Standings

Tomas Lemoine stretched out.

King of Crankworx

1st // Thomas Lemoine // FRA // 230
2nd // Keegan Wright // NZL // 224 // -6
3rd // Billy Meaclem // NZL // 195 // -35
4th // Bas Van Steenbergen // CAN // 178 // -52
5th // Adrien Loron // FRA // 162 // -68

Queen of Crankworx

1st // Vaea Verbeeck // CAN // 282
2nd // Anneke Beerten // NED // 205 // -77
3rd // Shania Rawson // NZL // 186 // -96
4th // Tahnee SEAGRAVE // GBR // 180 // -102
5th // Kialani HINES // USA // 155 // -137





Fantasy League


Get ready to show your skills for picking winners and you could be in the running to win a trip to Crankworx Whistler, a RockShox Lyrik and a Maxxis prize pack. With a fictional budget of $1.5 million, you will choose your ultimate team of 6 riders to go to battle during each Crankworx Innsbruck live broadcast. Before each of the five broadcasts, select your team of athletes to collect the most points possible. For every event, you can select your dream team. You can change out your team up to the start of each live broadcast event.





MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx


Regions in Article
Innsbruck


26 Comments

  • + 90
 The bikepark innsbruck/muttereralm, where the event is taking place is in a lousy and ridiculous condition all year long, except for the week of crankworx. Nobody is giving a sh#t about the locals or people who want to go ride there during the summer. Hardly any infrastructure, a laughable bikewash and a ridiculous day ticket price of 36€ (!!!) for actually one trail. For crankworx, everything is dressed up to give the mountainbike-world the impression of an epic venue. it definitely isn't. Mountainbikers, just do not go there. there are plenty other opportunities in the near region (fiss-serfaus, nauders, sölden) just wanted to share this with you. peace.
  • + 3
 Thank u so much !
  • + 3
 You get an upvote just for your name!!!
  • + 2
 @Iwanttoride: same haha gave him an upvote also for putting out that info, I already thought of it, sadly...
  • + 22
 On top of that, it's practically impossible to reach via public transport. The Bikepark Innsbruck is located 8km and 390m vertical from the town center of Innsbruck. It's quite typical for the region, make everything look nice for advertising, and once you're here they don't give a fuck. Plenty of tourists in town anyway, so there's no incentive to make anything nice or special. Stay clear if you can.
  • + 3
 While I'm the first to criticize the"Innsbruck bike city" bs, I can't agree with "practically impossible to reach via public transport".

There is a bus and a tram that go there, and until this year there was no problem with DH bikes in public transportation. It is still currently possible/tolerated to take the STB tram. I have seen "enduro bikes" taking the tram this week end.
And then there is the most logical option for any actual mountain biker. Pedal for 25 min and you're there.
Also since 50% of people have ebikes nowadays , it probably takes 10min without a drop of sweat.
  • + 2
 @zede: yes but are they going to open the lift?
  • - 16
flag SnowshoeRider4Life (Jun 11, 2019 at 6:05) (Below Threshold)
 Gov't sucks, be responsible for your own transportation
  • + 14
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: we're on the other side of the pond. Government is way more useful here, we pay taxes and expect something from it (in this case public transportation). Sometimes we expect a bit too much and sometimes we are right to complain that we get not enough in return.
  • - 17
flag SnowshoeRider4Life (Jun 11, 2019 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 @zede: there is no return on investment with taxes.
  • + 9
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: classic trump voter
  • - 5
flag SnowshoeRider4Life (Jun 11, 2019 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 @wilflucky: nope, nice try
  • + 13
 @wilflucky: I think he is just not very bright
  • + 10
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: so you paved the road yourself that you drive your car on?
  • + 22
 Have fun at the Crankworx Event but leave your bike at home. There are no trails around except the one that's closed for the DH! so true @grobes-hack!
  • + 0
 What about the Bergeralmbahn, Elferbahn, Nordkettenbahn and their trails? Not all in Inssbruck itself but still in the region. And not so far away if you're there with your car/bus.

I've never been to Innsbruck but we're going to watch Crankworx and planed to ride so trails! So just leave the bike at home?
  • + 1
 @Seebach: Arzler Alm Trail is open, but the Nordkettenbahn doesn't want to transport bikes anymore "Wichtige Info: Ab 1. Mai 2019 werden bis auf weiteres keine Downhillbikes mit der Hungerburgbahn befördert. " www.nordkette.com/de/nordkette-singletrail.html
I heard that before 10 AM and after 3 PM a few bikes will be transported in the future but I'm not sure.
You can take the J bus to the Hungerburg or ride uphill (450m height difference).
  • + 0
 @jmjr: wrong, you can take the Hungerburgbahn again, only till 10 and after 3 o'clock: tirol.orf.at/news/stories/2986054
  • + 3
 @ts1996: he just said that ?!
  • + 1
 @jmjr: Elfer should be open by now, in Innsbruck it's best to take the J Bus to Nordkette for Arzler Alm Trail. Go for some other places in the region like grobes_hack said in the top comment.
Image of mountainbikers in Innsbuck is kinda damaged these days.
  • + 6
 Why are they even allowed to call themselves bike city when they do so little for the sport?
  • + 3
 @Seebach Just check if the lifts/trails are open, some of these open quite late in the season.

Elfer is fun for half a day because there aren't many trails.
Bergeralm (Bike Park Tirol) is also fun for half a day because there are only two overlapping trails.

So unless you have a skill in mind to practice, maybe improve your cornering - those places get boring rather quickly.

The Gotzens side of Mutters won't be open in 2019 with the exception of Crankworxx.
On the Mutters side there's one trail split in two - a natural top part and a flow trail at the bottom.
It's also fun for half a day.

Hopefully, the one they built for CW which is also on the Mutters' side will be open for everyone afterwords.
So, there's some progress I guess, although painfully slow.


@Rodeodave I went to Mutters last Sunday afternoon by tram (STB). No one said anything. I couple of elderly people smiled at me. But yes, I do understand your frustration.
  • + 0
 Hey @jamessmurthwaite , is there any reason behind Vali Höll not being elegible for Fantasy? I know normal world cups Juniors are not in, but she's gonna be in the normal events for Crankworx, isn't she?
  • + 0
 An die Locals in Innsbruck:
Lohnt es sich für die Slopestyle finals nach Innsbruck extra 300km zu fahren? War noch nie in Innsbruck und erst recht nicht während Crankworx? Wie is da die Situation?
  • + 4
 Hey, entschuldigung fur meine Deutsch, ich sprach es nicht fur mehr als 10 Jahre. Crankworx ist gut, wir gehen dort jedes Jahr, 300km. Innsbruck ist eine schoene Stadt und Crankworx ist sehr gut organiziert. Aber wir fahren dort ohne unseren Fahrraeder. Wir hatten ein eurobiketrip in August 2018 und wir wollten auch Gotzens DH und Mutteralm bikepark probieren. DH track ist toll, aber das ist alles.
  • + 1
 @ohboyjd: Und dieses Jahr ist der DH nach Götzens leider geschlossen

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