All you need to know about Crankworx Innsbruck
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Check here for all the info from the second of this year's Crankworx festivals. Find out who's riding the big events and where and when to watch the big slopestyle contest.
The Crankworx Series swings back in to action this week with the action coming from Innsbruck in Austria. Innsbruck is now the only European spot for the popular festival series with Les Gets having been removed from the calendar. As ever, there's a lot of gravity-fuelled mountain biking action to fit in over five days of competition.
When to watch the action
The slopestyle contest is the blue ribbon event of any Crankworx festival and the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle contest takes place on Saturday, June 15. You'll be able to watch finals live on Red Bull TV from 5pm CEST. Additionally, you'll be able to catch the Mons Royale Speed and Style live as it happens on Red Bull TV on Friday, June 14 from 5.30pm CEST.
Much more than slopestyle
Other contests going on at Innsbruck include the popular 100% Dual Slalom event, the RockShox Pump Track Challenge, the European Whip-Off Championship and the iXS Innsbruck Downhill presented by Raiffeisen Club.
Athletes will be participating across multiple events of course as they fight for points to see if they can be named the King and Queen of Crankworx (fought over the course of all three Crankworx series events) and claim a share of the $20,000 (€17,700) prize fund.
Riders to watch
Riders participating across these events in Innsbruck from the women's side include Canada's Vaea Verbeeck, Anneke Beerten from the Netherlands and the American Kialani Hines. One name to watch out for in Innsbruck is Austrian downhill sensation Valentina Höll. As well as taking part in the downhill competition, she'll be participating in the dual slalom and pump track events on home turf.
Those battling for the men's King title in Innsbruck include Tomas Lemoine as well as New Zealanders Keegan Wright and Billy Meaclem.
The first 2019 Crankworx stop of the year was in New Zealand at the Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park. Canada's Brett Rheeder took the win with a run that featured an opposite cork 720, a flat backflip tailwhip into a frontflip and a cork 720 barspin. Watch the run in the video below:
Brett Rheeder's 1st place run – Rotorua
France’s Tomas Lemoine took second with Sweden’s Alex Alanko rounding off the podium in third place.
Those results mean Rheeder leads the current Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship standings as we go into the second stop in Austria:
So what happened at last year's Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle contest?
There was a familiar pair of MTB freeride titans battling it out for the win at Innsbruck. Canada's Rheeder and the American Nicholi Rogatkin went head-to-head with Rogatkin coming out top to take the win. Diego Caverzasi came in third place.
Watch Rogatkin's win in the player below:
Nicholi Rogatkin's winning run
Who's going to win in 2019?
For the two years that Innsbruck slopestyle has run Rogatkin has been at the top of the podium on both occasions. Rheeder has come second to the American both times. It this the time for Rheeder to step up to the top spot?
Rheeder has the momentum this season with that win in Rotorua at the first stop of the Crankworx in New Zealand but its Rogatkin who's been more of a regular at FMBA slopestyle events this season and may be more event-honed coming into Innsbruck.
Outside those two, Lemoine has been a consistent performer on the slopestyle circuit the last few years, and will be one to watch. Innsbruck will also see the return of Swedish sensation Emil Johansson after a difficult 2018 that saw him suffer from an autoimmune illness. Find out more about his journey back from that illness by watching the documentary on Red Bull TV.
One person who won't be competing in Austria is Thomas Genon. The Belgian is rehabbing a shoulder injury he suffered at Crankworx Rotorua