Dawid Godziek practices at Crankworx in Cairns, Australia, 2024, raising his arms out during a mid-air jump on his bike
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Crankworx Cairns: Dawid Godziek lands major surprise

The Polish MTB rider's long journey finally came to a happy end at the popular mountain bike festival series. Here are all the results and how to rewatch.
Written by Rajiv Desai
5 min readUpdated on
The Crankworx World Tour moved on to the second of four stops of 2024 in Cairns, Australia. As the the relative new kid on the block of the Crankworx festival series, there's always plenty that's fresh to enjoy in Cairns, with the slopestyle contest as always being the headline-grabber.
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Catch the replays from Crankworx Cairns on Red Bull TV

Crankworx Cairns took place from May 22–26 and five events from the festival were broadcasted live on Red Bull TV:
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What happened at Crankworx Cairns 2024?

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Slopestyle top 3 runs – Cairns

Catch the top three women and men's runs from the Slopestyle event at Crankworx in Cairns.

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History was made at this edition of Crankworx Cairns because, for the first time ever, men and women competed on the same slopestyle course at a Crankworx event.
In a major surprise, the men's contest was won by Poland's Dawid Godziek, who beat outright favourite Emil Johansson into second place. The Swede was unable to overcome Godziek's score of 93.00 on his two runs, scoring 90.25 first time out and 92.25 on his second run. Frenchman Timothé Bringer rounded off the podium.
"It was always my dream to get this gold medal here. It's been a long journey as well. I dreamed about it, so it couldn't be any better. It's the best feeling ever," said Godziek.
In the women's event, Swede Alma Wiggberg took the win after her second run of 89.75 saw her trump the 86.00 score of New Zealand's Robin Goomes Australian Harriet Burbidge-Smith's score of 75 was good enough to secure third place.
David Godziek, Harriet Burbidge-Smith, Emil Johansson are awarded at Crankworx in Cairns, Australia, on May 26, 2024.

The joint men's and women's slopestyle podium

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Earlier in the week, competition at Cairns started with the Specialized Dual Slalom. There were wins for Australia's Ryan Gilchrist in the men’s race and American Jordy Scott in the women’s. Next up was the RockShox Downhill races. Australian and New Zealand riders featured strongly in the rider lin-ups. Australian Connor Fearon won the men’s competition and compatriot Tracey Hannah dominated the women’s race.
In Speed & Style, Jody Scott claimed top honours in the women's event, with American rider Garret Mechem securing victory in the men’s event. The Pump Track finals saw further wins for Gilchrist and Scott, giving the Australian and American two and three contest wins over the week.

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Pump Track women's and men's final heats – Cairns

Watch Jordy Scott win the women’s Pump Track final and Ryan Gilchrist win the men’s at Crankworx Cairns 2024.

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The latest in the race to be King and Queen of Crankworx

With two stops of the 2024 Crankworx Festivals now done after Cairns, the battle for the King and Queen of Crankworx overall competition is beginning to take shape.
Currently, Ryan Gilchrist and British athlete Martha Gill top the 2024 men's and women's standings respectively. Gilchrist leads the King race with 538 points, with New Zealander Tuhoto-Ariki Pene in second on 518 and another Australian, Jackson Frew, third with 413. Gill leads the Queen race with 560 points. She's ahead of Jordy Scott who is on 532 points, while New Zealander Shania Rawson is in third on 496.
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Tell us more about where Crankworx Cairns takes place

Crankworx Cairns happens at Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, which is set in the confines of a World Heritage tropical rainforest. The Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, which is around a 20-minute drive north of Cairns Airport, boasts an impressive trail riding network of more than 60km that's hard to beat given its rainforest surroundings.
The rainforest at Smithfield near Cairns, Australia.

The rainforest that covers the Smithfield area

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The Venue for Slopestyle contest at Crankworx in Cairns, Australia on May 20, 2023.

The venue for the slopetyle course in Smithfield Bike Park

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Smithfield is also on the Queensland coast of Australia, with the Great Barrier reef nearby, so who wouldn't want to come to compete here or make a trip to spectate?
Smithfield has its own place in the history of mountain biking, having been the location for two UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and two World Cups in the past. The UCI World Cup-standard downhill track and parts of the courses that have been used in World Cup cross-country races can be ridden by those visiting the bike park.
Watch below for the winning runs from the 2023 Crankworx Downhill event on that track.

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Winning runs: Downhill – Cairns

Mick Hannah and Jenna Hastings take the downhill wins at the 2023 Crankworx World Tour in Cairns, Australia.

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In response to challenges posed following tropical cyclone Jasper in December 2023, the Cairns team have had to repair damage across the bike park. As a result, the team have had an opportunity to reimagine certain areas, including the Slopestyle course and Whip-Off section.
Competitors performs during the Speed and Style contest at Crankworx in Cairns, Australia on May 18, 2023.

The Speed & Style course in Cairns

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What happened at Crankworx Cairns 2023?

Emil Johansson claimed yet another slopestyle win at a Crankworx Festival to take his tally at that time to 11 titles.

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Top 3 Slopestyle runs – Cairns

Here are the top 3 runs from the Slopestyle event of the Crankworx World Tour 2023 in Cairns, Australia.

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Australians came to the fore in terms of competition wins in the women's events. Harriet Burbidge-Smith picked up two wins – her first gold at Cairns came in the women's Speed & Style contest and her second gold followed a day later in the Dual Slalom. Caroline Buchanan took victory in the Pump Track event.

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Speed & Style final heats – Cairns

Watch the final runs from the Crankworx Speed & Style 2023 in Cairns, Australia.

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The men's winners in those competitions were American Garret Mechem in the Speed & Style, Ryan Gilchrist in the Dual Slalom and Jayce Cunning in the Pump Track. The downhill races saw wins for Mick Hannah in the men's and New Zealander Jenna Hastings in the women's.

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