Pinkbike Primer - Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Crankworx Cairns 2022

Oct 3, 2022 at 16:28
by Sarah Moore  

For the very first time, Cairns will be hosting a round of the Crankworx World Tour with riders heading to Australia this week to continue their hunt for the King and Queen titles. This will be the third stop in the Crankworx World Tour after Innsbruck and Whistler and will run October 5-9. The final round of the Crankworx World Tour will run November 5-13 and take place in Rotorua, New Zealand.

All the racing action at Crankworx Cairns will be packed into five days with athletes competing in slopestyle, pump track, dual slalom, whip off, speed and style, and downhill. In addition to the athletes that are headed to all of the stops on the Crankworx World Tour to compete, there are sure to be some fast local Aussies competing as well.

Here's everything you need to know before the event starts this week.

The Location

Smithfield mountain biking trails

The festival will take place in the rainforest trail system of Smithfield Bike Park. It’s the site of 2017 world championships and also the only area where mountain bikers can ride beside two World Heritage areas – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Tom Hey and Remy Morton, along with local legend Glen Jacobs, have been busy building the Crankworx Cairns tracks. Many of the courses are brand new for Crankworx Cairns with the exception of Crankworx Cairns Downhill which many of the elite downhill riders haven’t raced since the last World Cup event in 2017.

The Schedule

Trek Official Australian Whip-Off Championships presented by POC
The Whip Off venue was as scenic as it gets

AEST - Wednesday, October 5th: 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
PST - Tuesday, October 4th: 11:15pm - 12:15am

See 2022 Rider List here.

Speed & Style Cairns

It took no time to get into the swing of things in the first rounds. Genon whipping and Isted spinning.

Live Broadcast Event

AEST - Thursday, October 6th: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PST - Wednesday, October 5th: 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

See 2022 Rider List here.

Crankworx Cairns Downhill
Big weekend for Jackson Goldstone. First place for him in U19 Men s.

Live Broadcast Event

AEST - Friday, October 7th: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
PST - Thursday, October 6th: 10:30 pm - 12:30 am

See 2022 Rider List here.

Crankworx Cairns Slopestyle

Emil Johansson onto the whale tale with an opposite 360 double down whip.

Live Broadcast Event

AEST - Saturday, October 8th: 15:30 – 18:00
PST - Saturday, October 8th: 10:30 pm - 1:00 am

See 2022 Rider List here.

Crankworx Cairns Pump Track Challenge

Last year s winner Mathilde Bernard had a really strong start and began gaining momentum.

Live Broadcast Event

AEST - Saturday, October 8th: 11:00 – 12:30
PST - Friday, October 7th: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

See 2022 Rider List here.

Specialized Dual Slalom Cairns

Ferguson pushes out Hannah in the round of 8

Live Broadcast Event

AEST - Sunday, October 9th: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
PST - Saturday October 8th: 11:00 pm - 12:30am

See 2022 Rider List here.

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!

Current King and Queen of Crankworx Standings

Tomas Lemoine on the second to last feature.

King of Crankworx

1st. Tomas LEMOINE 335
3rd. Adrien LORON 281
4th. Jackson FREW 217
5th. Luca COMETTI 216

Queen of Crankworx

1st. Jordy SCOTT 443
2nd. Vaea VERBEECK 436
3rd. Caroline BUCHANAN 364
4th. Harriet BURBIDGE-SMITH 300
5th. Kialani HINES 208


  • 58 0
 Sam Hill registered for the downhill..
  • 9 0
 Definitely the most important bit of info in there!
  • 20 1
 So, who won the travel Tuesday trip to Cairns crankworks?
Was there an actual winner?
Was it just click bait, so companies gather our info?
Or did it just go to someones mate on the team?

Not sure if it was published?
  • 2 0
  • 9 0
 The Trinity v3 bike is there. Also important.
  • 2 0
 Who's racing it?
  • 3 0
 @Jordanh604: I think Mick Williams himself will be riding it, pretty sure I saw it on the WRP insta
  • 2 0
 Absolutely the most interesting bike of the past decade.
  • 8 0
 Strange selection of pictures, most of them are certainly not from Cairns?
  • 2 0
 Maybe, just maybe it has something to do with this beeing the first Crankworx in Cairns...
  • 8 2
 Will Rob be there or will we have to endure Cam commentating on a discipline he seems to know nothing about and Needles talking about riders leaking oil?
  • 1 0
 Is speed and style at midday AEST (UTC+10)? The Redbull page for Cairns shows Live Stream Schedule to me as 5PM UTC+11 - that's my time, so 4PM AEST.

All the other times line up OK.
  • 2 0
 Cool they bought the Alps, a bit of snow and conifers over for the Trek Official Ozzie Whip-off Camps by Poc. Pure Cairns class, and official too.
  • 3 0
Gloves…… check
Penicillin… check
  • 2 0
 Worth it!
  • 2 0
 Is Moimoi gonna race?
  • 4 0
 Nah, It would have been to close to the trophy of nations ews. Would have been super stressful for him to get back to aus and then go pretty much straight to Cairns
  • 8 7
 Pinkbike Primer about one of your most well liked employees maybe?
  • 19 0
 Or maybe you people stop asking PB to make content out of their colleague's and friend's serious injury? Not to mention publishing health details of an employee without consent. A lot of them are probably there working to help out yet here you are expecting them to write an article. Why do you even need it? You clearly already know about the crash.
  • 3 0
 @bananowy: who crashed? Are they ok?
  • 5 0
 @MrHuntso: Alicia. Bad TBI. According to a gofundme page set up by Chelsea Kimball, doctors kept her in an induced coma for a while and now they've been able to wake her up for a bit, but she's still in ICU and mostly sleeping.

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