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Crankworx, District Ride and new tricks: Erik Fedko's thoughts on 2022
The first Crankworx event in Innsbruck is about to start, and German mountain bike slopestyler Erik Fedko will be there. Hear his thoughts about it and the event season to come.
Fedko heads to Innsbruck naturally looking to win, but he has his eyes on the overall slopestyle win across all the Crankworx Slopestyle events, of which there are four now, with Cairns, Australia, being added to the Crankworx World Tour calendar in October.
"All Crankworx stops are on my plan, and overall victory is definitely a goal for me, but it won't be that easy. All the athletes have been busy training while I had to sit out two-to-three months during the winter season due to injury. I just want to have fun and get through the season healthy, and the rest will show."
I just want to have fun and get through the season healthy, and the rest will show
At Innsbruck, the world will see what Fedko has been working on since the end of the last year's slopestyle contest season. There are tricks he hopes will convince the judges to give him his first slopestyle win at a Crankworx event.
"I definitely have one or two new bangers on my list, but I won't reveal more just yet. It will be a surprise!"
A season highlight for all slopestyle pros is undoubtedly Crankworx Whistler and Red Bull Joyride. Fedko sees Whistler as a legendary venue for mountain biking, where stars are born, and of course, the trails and places to ride are some of the best in this world.
To round off the Crankworx events, there are Cairns in October and Rotorua in New Zealand a month later. With such events, Fedko likes to spend some time in these countries before or after. Fedko did this last year for Rotorua, staying two months longer in New Zealand to go heli-biking, bungee jumping, surfing, partying and well just enjoy life. It's on the agenda again this year - and his anticipation is growing.
Before Fedko travels to Australia and New Zealand, there will be Red Bull District Ride, the city slopestyle event held in his home country of Germany, specifically the city of Nuremberg, in early September. Undoubtedly, it's a particularly important event for Fedko. At the 2017 edition of Red Bull District Ride, Fedko broke through on the slopestyle scene, finishing fifth. He secured a wildcard for District Ride after doing well at the established slopestyle event O Marisquino in Spain that year.
"I can't wait [for Red Bull District Ride] after it was due to run in 2020 and 2021. The cancellations have made me more excited for the event."
Performing in front of a home crowd is something Fedko loves doing, and at the end of May, he started his preparations for Crankworx Innsbruck at the annual iXS Dirt Masters Festival in Winterberg. He won the pro slopestyle contest there, and in another proud moment in his career, Fedko also presented his own clothing range, Type, to the public for the first time.
"The Dirt Masters is a must for me. I've been there every year since I was 14, and I've always had a great time. All my friends are there, and my family is watching. It's just great fun riding in front of my home crowd!"
Fedko will be going for gold in every contest he enters, but there's also a bit of perspective from the German athlete as he goes into a busy few months of Crankworx events and Red Bull District Ride: "I want to be on my bike as much as possible, have fun, be healthy and stay injury-free!"