Crankworx Innsbruck 2019
The Crankworx disciplines
The event includes five disciplines: Whip-Off, Pump Track, Dual Speed & Style, Slopestyle and Downhill. Final races are held every day so all five days are full of action.
Party in Innsbruck
When the competitions end, the party's just getting started! The venues are various restaurants and bars in Innsbruck. Sound good? Then keep an eye on this page for updates, news and all of the latest information about Crankworx in Innsbruck, the bike festival extraordinaire.
A quick scroll through Jill ‘Jilly’ Kintner’s 31 past Crankworx podiums almost speaks for itself. A lover of bikes since the age of two, and a competitor from the age of eight when she kicked off her career on the BMX track, Kintner’s two-wheeled dominance has been apparent since Crankworx’ first days, an experience she remembers clearly, and not just for the fact that she took first place in her event: “I did the 4x, and it was raining I think, but it was one of the best events I had ever been to. Well organized, chill vibe, all kinds of stuff going on in the village, and the slopestyle seemed so surreal standing at the bottom looking up the hill. Paul Bas made a name for himself winning that event outta nowhere. I remember that the most clearly, Paul, and then Zinc who loaned him a mountain bike. I was new to the sport and really loved how mountain biking felt to be around, in nature on a mountain, and with solid people.”
With a Crankworx career that’s now spanned well over a decade, she says it’s hard to pin down a favourite moment.
“It’s kind of all the little things that add up for me; I love being in the thick of it with event pressure, the coffee shop in the morning, tweaking on bikes, seeing my friends in one place, riding all day, and then relief after each event. Crankworx is the most hectic week with 3 practices a day, and it goes by so fast, so I enjoy the moments I can with people I meet throughout the process. Taking the crown meant a lot to me as well, and the party after was all time fun with our crew.”
With the memory of winning Queen of Crankworx 2016 fresh in her mind, her goals and intentions for the year ahead are clear: “Win the events I enter, and defend my crown.”
She’s been topping Crankworx podiums since 2007, crowned Queen in 2014, and holds the unofficial, but undisputed, title of Queen of the Whip-Off – in short, Casey ‘Browner’ Brown is a Crankworx force to be reckoned with. She started competing in bike events at 14-years-old, attending her first Crankworx two years later in 2006, an experience she describes as unforgettable: “I’d never seen anything like it before. Probably one of the most influential events of my younger years.” She says her Crankworx career highlight so far came in 2015 when she topped the box in the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS at Crankworx Whistler, her best performance in a downhill race to date. Despite her success in DH and other disciplines, she says the whip-off is her favourite event, and her stoke has translated to many wins at Crankworx whip-off competitions around the world. Heading into 2017, she’s keeping her unmistakable spirit and dedication going strong: “My goal is to focus on 3-4 events each Crankworx and have the most fun!”
Known for his multidisciplinary skill and the wild style he brings to competition, Tomas ‘Stratos’ Lemoine has been carving out a name for himself in the mountain bike world over the past four years, while racking up some solid podium finishes, and always putting on a good show for the crowd. He began riding at five-years-old, then entered his first BMX competitions at six. At 16, he competed in his first Crankworx competiton in Les 2 Alpes, starting off strong, podiuming in the Speed & Style, an experience he describes as “amazing!”
“First podium on speed n style with Cam [Zink] sick on lead. And first time I had the chance to ride a big contest with such big names on the slopestyle scene! I was dreaming!”
Since then he’s continued to podium in both Dual Speed & Style events and on the pump track, taking his first win this past season in Rotorua, while always putting in a solid showing in the Crankworx World Tour slopestyle competitions, which continues to be his primary focus heading into the 2017 season:
“[I’m focusing on] Having a lot of fun and doing well on slopestyle first. And would be stoked for some more podiums in pumptrack and speed n style! Let’s see what happen I’m excited for 2017 as we have now a new stop!”
Cécile Ravanel is a force that’s risen alongside the sport of enduro over the past few years. She started racing as a teen, attending her first Crankworx in Les 2 Alpes in 2013, a festival that saw her take away a silver medal in the enduro: “It was really a cool experience. Bringing together as many disciplines and riders of the gravity environment gives the event an exceptional dimension.” The following year came a Crankworx highlight for her, as she topped the podium in one of the most notoriously challenging enduro races in the world, the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized at Crankworx Whistler in 2014. Two years later, in 2016, she took the title again.
Jack ‘Shark Attack Jack’ Moir stormed the Crankworx scene in 2016, but his life on two wheels began much earlier, when at four-years-old he started racing motorbikes. He they parlayed those skills onto a mountain bike at 13. After a few years of competitions he made his way to mountain bike mecca, Crankworx Whistler, competing in the 2014 Garbanzo DH and Canadian Open DH presented by iXS. The spark of Crankworx stoke and mastery was clearly lit that year, building to a 2016 that was his best Crankworx World Tour season thus far, with four podium finishes, starting at Crankworx Les Gets, home of his favourite Crankworx event so far: “The downhill in Les Gets this year was so much fun! It was the muddiest race I have ever ridden. So many good times getting loose and sliding around with everyone.” Moir then closed out Crankworx season in Whistler with what, for him, has been his Crankworx career highlights to date, placing second in the Canadian Open DH presented by iXS and taking the overall Crankworx World Tour Downhill series title for the season. With a stellar 2016 behind him, he’s aiming to keep that momentum going into 2017, hoping to get on to more podiums and take the overall downhill series title again.
Emilie ‘Fatima’ or ‘Steezenhagen’ Siegenthaler has been a fixture on Crankworx podiums over the past few years, but her two-wheeled journey started when she was just four-years-old: “I started racing xc as a kid, and continued until 2007. In 2008 I switched to DH and never wanted to do anything else since!” In 2014 she attended her first Crankworx in Les 2 Alpes – she says the vibe of having all the best mountain bikers in the world, from all different disciplines, in one spot, blew her away. It’s that Crankworx spirit of camaraderie that also led to one of her favourite Crankworx moments: watching her teammate Bernard Kerr getting crowned King of Crankworx in 2015, after winning the multi-disciplinary all-season race by just one point. With an array of podiums in Crankworx downhill races, pump track and whip-off, she says she’s looking to keep that momentum going, and take it to the next level.
Tomas Slavik took the Crankworx World Tour 2016 by storm, and while his name in Crankworx competition may have been relatively unfamiliar for newer fans of the sport, it was far from his beginning. He started racing at age six, first in BMX, then transitioning to a mountain bike at 16. In 2008 he made his way to Whistler to compete in his first Crankworx: “It was a completely new world to me…I had the best time of my life riding my bike at that time.” After a few podium finishes, he all but disappeared off the Crankworx scene, reappearing with a bang at Crankworx Rotorua 2016, taking the win in the Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style, asserting his speedy dominance and besting a field made up of some of the world’s best. With two other podium finishes, including top of the box in the Giant Dual Slalom at Crankworx Whistler (“when I crossed the finish line on a 1st race and I realised I might become King Of Crankworx by this win which was absolutely amazing feeling after such a hard season and so many races. Big relief!”), over the course of the season, he wrapped his season with one of the most hard-won prizes in mountain biking: the title of King of Crankworx for 2016.