The Official European Whip-Off Championships presented by SPANK kicked off the first day of action, giving those on site a taste of what's to come. The event crowned its first two victors, with Kaos Seagrave (GBR) and Casey Brown (CAN) walking away with the coveted championship belts.
For those following the action from home, Crankworx Innbruck takes off tomorrow as the action goes live to the world.
Over the five days of the festival, five events will be broadcast, totalling over 12 hours of live mountain bike coverage.
Set your alerts. Make sure you have coffee, Red Bull or adult beverages on hand, time zone dependant. Pick your Crankworx Fantasy team. Gather your mates. And get ready to get stoked. It's Crankworx time, baby.
Thursday, June 13
100% Dual Slalom Innsbruck
Where to watch:
Thursday, June 13 @ 2:30 p.m. CEST
Thursday, June 13 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT
Friday, June 14 @ 12:30 a.m. NZST
Dual Slalom will make it's Crankworx Innsbruck debut in 2019, also the first year the Crankworx Dual Slalom World Championship is on the line.
What awaits racers is a short and fast course with two 180 berms, a rhythm section, a couple fast left/rights, finishing with some classic, old-school flat grass turns.
In the words of Elevate Trail Building's Tom Hey, who built the course in Mutters along with Emmerson Wilken, Kepler Rek, Scott Bedford and Remy Morton: "The course is easy to ride but hard to ride fast!"
Wednesday kicked off bright and early with pro training and seeding ahead of Thursday's finals. Riding fastest? On the men's side, Adrien Loron, Mitch Ropelato and Austin Warren. For the women, Vaea Verbeeck, who won the event in Rotorua in March, followed by Anneke Beerten and Kialani Hines.
Check out the seeding results: https://www.crankworx.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Results_TimeTrials.pdf
Where to watch:
Thursday, June 13 @ 8:00 p.m. CEST
Thursday, June 13 @ 11:00 a.m. PDT
Friday, June 14 @ 6:00 a.m. NZST
Another new course will await riders in the RockShox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge, an arena home to some of the tightest Crankworx battles and featuring some of the rowdiest fans. Taking place during the golden hour as the sun sets over the Austrian Alps, the stars of Slopestyle, Downhill, Enduro and BMX will line up at start gate against rider who've distinguished themselves and powerhouse Pump Track masters.
"We've mixed it up this year making the track longer in the same footprint," says Hey. "Riders will loop back around, hitting sections forwards then backwards, meaning longer and more exciting racing."
Check out the full RIDER LIST for more.
Friday, June 14
Mons Royale Speed & Style Innsbruck
Friday, June 14 @ 5:30 p.m. CEST
Friday, June 14 @ 8:30 a.m. PDT
Saturday, June 15 @ 3:30 a.m. NZST
This rider favourite course has been restored to full infamy by the Elevate team. Lauded by riders as one of the best Speed & Style courses in the world, it brings together big speed, flow and style, as well two unique sections where the two tracks cross, sending one racer flying over the over.
Check out the full invited rider list for more:https://www.crankworx.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Speed-Style-Rider-List-IBK-2019-1.pdf
Saturday, June 15
Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle
Saturday, June 15 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
Saturday, June 15 @ 8:00 a.m. PDT
Sunday, June 16 @ 3:00 a.m. NZST
14 of the world's best slopestyle mountain bike athletes are preparing to descend on Crankworx Innsbruck for the season's second Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship contest. Amplitude, originality, difficulty, execution, and flow – it will all be on display come Saturday, lauching from this course designed to help riders go their biggest. Check out the full details in this recent release:https://www.crankworx.com/2019/06/11/second-slopestyle-world-championship-contest-of-2019-to-launch-in-austria-june-15/
Check out the full invited rider list for more:https://www.crankworx.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Slopestyle-Start-List.pdf
Sunday, June 16
iXS Innsbruck Downhill presented by Raiffeisen Club
Where to watch:
Sunday, June 16 @ 3:30 p.m. CEST
Sunday, June 16 @ 6:30 a.m. PDT
Monday, June 17 @ 1:30 a.m. NZST
A new track will see the DH action descend a fast, raw and "full-on, full gas" 198 metres to the finish corral in the main festival grounds in Mutters this year.
"The start is pretty pretty steep, with some small step downs and step up jumps. Super rooty and natural stuff,: says lead course builder Daniel Tulla. "Then we come into the small jumps section, with some table tops and drops. After this we cross the road, and we have the most rooty, off-camber section. And then we built some rock gardens and wooden jumps and bridges and stuff. The lower part is the flow trail, then we have the big, wooden finish jump."
Stay tuned to Crankworx onFacebook,YouTube,Instagram andTwitter. At your fingertips: broadcast coverage streamed directly through Youtube, plus exclusive athlete content, broadcast promotions and partner videos be shared throughout the festival. Fans can expect to see clips of top runs, GoPro course previews, bike checks, athlete and Innsbruck cultural features plus timely highlight pieces.
Crankworx live broadcast and social coverage is reaching a fever pitch. It's time to tune in and turn on as the best riders in the world prepare to drop in.
Catch all the action from Crankworx Innsbruck LIVE on crankworx.com, with the Mons Royale Speed & Style Innsbruck (Friday, June 14) and Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle (Saturday, June 15) LIVE onRed Bull TV andCrankworx.com.
Get the times and details for all live webcasts during Crankworx Innsbruck:https://www.crankworx.com/innsbruck/schedule/