Going sideways… Is it a science or is it an art? How exactly does one return from beyond the point of 90? Are these flying objects birds or planes? Of a great many questions that present themselves during a Crankworx Whip-Off, one need not be asked here in Innsbruck; could the location for a jump contest be any better? Probably it could not.
Two gargantuan jumps nestled in the middle of a mountain paradise by a lake, high above the Innsbruck city-scape played host to the best of today's action at the all-new Austrian Crankworx venue and it proved some start to the event. The typical jam format produced only two winners and no runners-up this time, with Casey Brown and Louis Reboul's massive amplitude eventually rising to the top above the sea of rival ridiculous shape-makers. Let's dip right into the whip from the Tiroler Tageszeitung Official Alpine Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank.
Quite the backdrop, quite the Whip-off.
Bubba Warren with a much better ending this time than in Les Gets.
Shame on you Innsbruck, making all the other whip-off venues feel inadequate...
Brendan Fairclough going sideways.
Austrian trials boss, Fabio Wibmer, knows how to handle a big bike.
Blenky winding up.
Phil Atwil versus the mountains.
Current World Champ Danny Hart pulled some of the gnarliest whips.
E-jack pumping out the sideways action.
German crew represent, Patrick Schweika and Erik Irmisch.
The 'German Steve Peat', Irmisch, was up for a good show.
Schweika keeping check of any mid-air derailleur issues.
Warren whips on a Wednesday.
It is just the start of a great week and everyone has a big smile on their face.
Jackson Davis was one of the first riders to attempt the massive jump and made it look easy right away.
Bubba Warren making 90 degrees a distant memory.
Number one woman-whipper in the World... Miss Brown.
Quite a setting, bravo Austria.
Jono Jones follows Fairclough into land.
Jackson Davis on fine form repping the Vanzacs.
Davis, all smiles after the session.
Sam Reynolds surfing the crowd.
Antoni Rocci came out swinging after winning in Les Gets.
Rocci whips, once again gigantic but graceful as they get.
Dakota Norton, the Neo to his Morpheus.
Some of the huge crashes on the unforgiving jumps were tough to watch.
You can easily see that Caroline Buchanan is getting more and more confident on the big bike.
Winner of the Whip-Offs in Rotorua earlier this year, Reed Boggs, went big but could not convince the judges.
Laurie Greenland came out for a shred and went massive.
Greenland throwing down.
Name that rider!
Wishing fast and full recoveries to today's fallen riders, especially young Cube rider Sara Bohm following her horrible OTB.
Bas van Steenbergen is no stranger when it comes to big whips.
Fresh faces from crew on the road over from Les Gets.
Ratty and Phil had fun, did you?
Danny the champ.
Innsbruck local, Peter Kaiser, brought a strong home game.
The winning whip by the Frenchman Louis Reboul.
Casey Brown doing what she does best.
The crowd pleaser and Whip-Off winner Louis Reboul.
Going nuts on and off the bike seems to be just their thing.
Casey throwing some horns to celebrate her win.
The infamous Crankworx Whip Off belt everyone is hell-bent on winning. Whistler here we come.