Results: Downhill - Crankworx Innsbruck 2018

Jun 15, 2018 at 3:43
by Pinkbike Staff  
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018

The iXS Innsbruck Downhill presented by Raiffeisen Club had close racing on a feature-filled track.

Tracey Hannah took the win at the Crankworx Innsbruck DH, by a solid margin of almost six seconds. She was followed by Jill Kintner and Emilie Siegenthaler who rounded out the top three for the women’s podium. Perhaps the most exciting run of the day, particularly for Austrian fans, was Valentina Holl. The hometown hero is still a junior rider, but with her time she would have placed second in elite women.

Charlie Harrison and Kirk McDowell shared some time in the hot seat, coming across in an unprecedented exact tie, and forcing the timing to be taken down to the thousandths. In the end, Charlie took bronze over Kirk by just one-thousandth of a second. Sam Blenkinsop had a solid run as well, taking silver, but Danny Hart crushed the competition by a huge margin, taking gold in an exciting run as the last man down the track.


1st. Danny HART 2:47.29
2nd. Samuel BLENKINSOP +1.5
3rd. Charles HARRISON +1.94
1st. Tracey HANNAH 3:11.39
2nd. Jill KINTNER +5.57
3rd. Emilie SIEGENTHALER +7.11

Full Results:

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx @iXS


  • + 20
 Healing vibes to norton. Guy is crushing it! Sometimes trees have different plans though
  • - 10
flag r-macattack (Jun 17, 2018 at 12:21) (Below Threshold)
 Wonder if hes out of the fantasy, or enough time left to heal up?
  • + 8
 Healing vibes.... sounds like hocus pocus to me
  • + 2
 Any word on the extent of his injuries? He is on the come up and would hate to see him miss WC events because of crankworks.
  • + 2
 seems like he's optimistic for a fast recovery
  • + 10
 Danny!!!! Bummer for dakota... I hope his shoulder isn't too badly damaged...
  • + 1
 The way he tested his range of motion then sat immediately looked nasty. That is one strong rider and I gotta say when the slow mo kicked in I felt deva vu in my own old shoulder injuries
  • + 1
 @madmon: Honestly it didn't look that bad,, I hope. The fact he was raising his arm is a good sign,,,, heal up wheel up!
  • + 1
 @fecalmaster: except he used his right arm to pick up his left
  • - 4
flag fecalmaster (Jun 18, 2018 at 3:28) (Below Threshold)
 @bulletass He dislocated it, I've seen dumbass people like you do that, pop it in and ride on Sunday. He is already on the way to Les Gets so get the hell out the way.
  • + 8
 Shoulder to tree is never a good look. Nice win for Danny and huge thanks to Cam for great work behind the mic all weekend. The coverage level and the analysis is sooo much better than it used to be, really awesome stuff.
  • + 7
 Vali would have been second in Elite Women - she beat the other u19 by 17 sec :o She really does have to be boosted a class.
  • - 3
 Agreed. I'm sure she is loving her life right now and she is gaining experience but at the same time is she not wasting her time competing alone? Put her in the elite class already.
  • + 103
 No, she doesn't have to be boosted a class. Let the kid be a kid and enjoy her time and domination in a class of her peers. I am struggling to find out why the masses are so incessant on making a 16yr old not race in her class. Calm down, lets enjoy watching the kid grow and do amazing things on her bike in whatever age group she races in. Now, if Vali wants to move up, and the rules allow it, thats her call.
  • + 15
 atleast let her finish high school before she has to race against Atherton, Nicole, and the other elite senders.
  • - 10
flag Boardlife69 (Jun 17, 2018 at 9:01) (Below Threshold)
 @stikmanglaspell: "in a class of her peers" would be the elite class. She would "grow" much faster if she had some competition. Plus we might actually get to see her race once she moves into the elite class.
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69: No she'd probably injure herself.
  • + 12
 Let her just enjoy her time and play in the class of her age .... no need for a hurry ...
  • + 15
 @stikmanglaspell: I agree... she's 16 so let her be 16 and enjoy it. She has plenty of time and it's unnecessary to put pressure on her just to fulfil others' need for sensation...
  • + 13
 @Boardlife69: Just what we need is for kids to grow faster, as if that's not happening enough. You gotta go slow to go fast.
  • + 6
 @stikmanglaspell: Exactly. Putting her into the Elite class would require 100% of her time and energy- it's a full commitment and she hasn't even finished the equivalent of high school yet. There is zero rush here and to launch her into a world full of crazy pressure at the age of 16 would be rather idiotic.
  • + 8
 @ka-brap: Good points everyone, true, let her enjoy the time now! Smile
  • - 6
flag jflb (Jun 17, 2018 at 10:51) (Below Threshold)
 @stikmanglaspell: what? Let Finn in is totally cool, undoubtedly you supported it. Everyone did.
But in this case it’s different for some reason?
  • + 18
 @jflb: It's different on a multitude of levels. First off, Finn wanted "in" and (spoiler alert) Vali wants to finish school- she's not asking to be a part of the Elite Women competition. Secondly, the amount of pressure and stress associated with Whip-Off Worlds is nothing compared to what goes on in Elite World Cup racing. Elite World Cup racing is a full time job, both on and off the bike, all year long (especially for what you are expecting of her!). That's not something you hoist onto the shoulders of 16 year old who still has French tests to pass. Give it a rest. She'll join the Elite Women's ranks when she is willing and ready.
  • + 8
 These are KIDS and NOT OUR KIDS... ppl think its appropriate to comment publicly on a child's life decisions, but its really not appropriate at all.
  • + 4
 @jflb: #letfinnIn was a tongue in cheek, fun, pseudo movement at Crankworx, to let a grom enter the unofficial whip off contest-a fun sideshow event....he also WANTED to enter, but management said no-until the hashtag thing. Apples and oranges of a analogy.
  • + 3
 It would be so exciting to see vali race elite womens but she should at least finish this year as a junior. All of the great riders held junior overall and world champs titles. Can't take that away from her just so she can race the next class up
  • + 1
 Sick result nonetheless. Big Grin
  • + 3
 @stikmanglaspell: agreed. let her rule the class, let her do the full tour of duty in the jr womens class, let her set a bar for all other jr women coming up after her, let her have 2 or 3 rainbow jersey in jr (just like the alien), and enjoy watching her grow up in the jr class.
  • + 3
 didn't she already move up a class? she's 16 and rode U19 instead of U17
  • + 1
 @leopaul: As far as I know and also according to this article she is 17 years old.
  • + 1
 @MrEtnie: She is 16- date of birth is 11 December 2001. She is racing in Junior Women category because her "racing age" is 17 because she turns 17 in the calendar year of the racing period.
  • + 1
 @ka-brap: thanks for clearing that up. Funny that the article also has it wrong...
  • + 5
 That course looks so sick. Glad to see more natural tracks. Next week at Les Gets should be rad too!
  • + 3
 Yay Kirk, Not sure how they determined that it wasn't a tie for 3rd place though.. 1 one thousandth of a second, what is that anyways??
  • + 27
 It's a millisecond.
  • + 2
 Probably photo finish
  • + 2
 @takeiteasyridehard: I don't think anyone got your joke. It was a joke right?
  • + 0
 @sspiff: No its unprecedented bullshit!
  • + 5
 What happened to Tahnee Seagrave? :/
  • + 3
 She wasn’t feeling well and wanted to be 100% ready for the next World Cup
  • + 1
 Still kinda hurt from Leogang, so she sat this one out.
  • + 4
 Kirt had his best run ever! Congrats!
  • + 2
 Was very excited to see Kirt in the top 5!
  • + 2
 So no one is gonna mention the fact, that Fabio Wibmer, the TRIALS rider, is only 10 seconds behind the 2x World Champion?
  • + 3
 Rob Davis ...well done ya loon
  • + 1
 I thought in Australia a ‘Harry Bush’ was the outback, not an elite rider!
  • + 2
 Jamie Edmonson in the U19s Pro... potential legend in the making!
  • + 1
 Everyone turned tree hugger today :-(
  • + 2
  • + 1
 Harry Bush came in 34 th lol!
  • + 1
 Ya have to wonder if his parents knew?
  • + 1
 Isak definitely knows how to ride a Pole. Nice result!
  • + 3
 Except he wasn't on a Pole for this race. He was on a Sender.
  • + 2
 Somebody give Isak a factory ride already.
  • - 2
 @BigballmcCall: the guy can barely qualify
  • + 1
 @mollow: look at his world up results the last two years. Around 30 overall last year. He’s consistently ahead of full support riders.
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