For the first time in three years, Crankworx welcomed back fans in full capacity at the Innsbruck stop of the Crankworx World Tour. Festivities started in earnest with the annual sundown session of the whip-off contest which sees most of the athletes take part to see who can do the most outlandish styled out whip – Canada's Jackson Goldstone and New Zealand's Robin Goomes took the honours. The atmosphere generated by the athletes and crowd was electric, and it set the vibe for the rest of the week. Watch the best of the action below:
Scroll down for the winning runs and highlights from the 2022 events at Innsbruck:
Whip-Off raw highlights – Innsbruck
The Innsbruck Whip-Off never fails to deliver and 2022 was no different. Here’s what went down.
Emil Johansson put down a near perfect slopestyle run on his way to winning Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle for the third time in a row while also extending his Crankworx slopestyle contest winning streak to seven. The Swede was awarded a score of 98 on his first run, the highest ever awarded at a Crankworx event. Johansson's run was heavy with technical tricks, with both regular and oppo variations in combos. Johansson doesn't go all out for crowd pleasers like twisters or spin combos, instead preferring to make sure that his tricks are performed with precision, and very little mistakes, if not any.
Second place was taken by Erik Fedko. The German scored 95.25 on his first run, his highest ever Crankworx score. The standout part of his run was being able to showcase a pencil-straight superman seat grab. Frenchman Timothé Bringer was able to put two good runs together, with his second run of 93.75 improving on his first, and it was enough for him to finish third.
Watch the winning top 3 runs of Johansson, Fedko and Bringer below:
Slopestyle top 3 runs – Innsbruck
Watch Timothe Bringer, Erik Fedko and Emil Johansson claim the slopestyle medals at Innsbruck.
Commenting on his seventh straight Crankworx win, Johansson said: "It’s what I put my heart and soul into so to see the hard work pay off, it’s more like a relief than a surprise, you know? I used to cry a lot on the podiums, now I’ve just been in disbelief in the past year or so. I don’t even have any words to put into this. I am speechless, I guess."
Emil Johansson (SWE)
Erik Fedko (GER)
Timothé Bringer (FRA)
Deuter Downhill presented by RAIFEISSEN
Downhill winning runs – Innsbruck
Check out the fastest downhill female and male racers at Innsbruck 2022 – Valentina Höll and Charlie Hatton.
Austrian rider Vali Höll delighted the home fans who gathered to watch the downhill race by taking the win in the women's race, her third successive Innsbruck victory. Britain's Charlie Hatton took top spot in the men's field in a race that for a long time had Aussie veteran Mick Hannah sitting in the hot seat.
Charlie Hatton (GBR)
Vali Höll (AUT)
Finn Iles (CAN)
Tracey Hannah (AUS)
Mick Hannah (AUS)
Anna Newkirk (USA)
CLIF Speed & Style
For the second year running the speed & style event was the place to be with some incredible progression on show from the athletes. Doing backflips in this format were thought of as madness a few years ago but this event was littered with attempts, and successes.
Last year, New Zealand's Robin Goomes did the first backflip in women’s competition. Now she's throwing down backflip nacs and backflip one foot cans in her runs with regularity. Unsurprisingly she took the women's win with those tricks gaining her the advantage in her finals heat run-off with American Jordy Scott. Caroline Buchanan of Australia was another female athlete pulling out backflips, and she took the final place on the podium.
Women's Speed & Style final heat – Innsbruck
Watch the action from Jordy Scott and Robin Goomes the final heat of the women's Speed & Style at Innsbruck.
In the men's, Frenchman Tomas Lemoine is very much the king of Innsbruck in this event, and he secured his fifth Innsbruck win in five years. Lemoine got the better of Czech athlete Teodor Kovac in his finals heat, while another newcomer to the Crankworx world in Mike Ross of Australia took the bronze medal.
Men's Speed & Style final heat – Innsbruck
Watch the action from Tomas Lemoine and Teodor Kováč in themen's Speed & Style final heat at Innsbruck.
Tomas Lemoine (FRA)
Robin Goomes (NZL)
Teodor Kovac (CZH)
Jordy Scott (USA)
Mike Ross (AUS)
Caroline Buchanan (AUS)
Specialized Dual Slalom presented by Thule
Dual slalom brings together some of the best all-round bike athletes to race head-to-head on a twisting track made up of rollers, berms and tricky grass turns. Dual slalom tends to suit the downhill mountain bike riders more than BMX athletes who can also take part in slalom, and so it proved in terms of the winners on a rain affected course.
In the women's comp, Germany's Nina Hoffmann won out over Vali Holl in the final, with Anna Newkirk of the US third. Hoffmann had won the first heat of the final but Höll then took back time in the second run, crossing the line for what she thought was the win. However, officials looked back at the tape of the heat and then added on time to Höll's finishing time for running over a gate, from that Hoffmann's time came out on top.
Women's Dual Slalom final heat – Innsbruck
Watch as Vali Höll and Nina Hoffmann battle it out in the 2022 Dual Slalom finals at Crankworx Innsbruck.
In the men's there was an Austrian winner in Andreas Kolb who beat George Brannigan in the final. Like the women's final, New Zealander Brannigan was was punished for going over a gate. Brannigan crossed the finish line in their first matchup but officials added the max differential to his time for going over a gate. Kolb thus had a lead of 1.5s going into the second run, which he won to become champion.
Men's Dual Slalom final heat – Innsbruck
Watch Andreas Kolb and George Brannigan battle it out in the 2022 Dual Slalom finals at Crankworx Innsbruck.
Andreas Kolb (AUT)
Nina Hoffmann (GER)
George Brannigan (NZL)
Valentina Höll (AUT)
Collin Hudson (USA)
Anna Newkirk (USA)
RockShox Pump Track Challenge
A feverount crowd made sure they were heard for the pump track competition, so much so that the athletes taking part couldn't hear the announcement for the start gates to drop at times. The women's final was a run off between Australian Caroline Buchanan and Kialani Hines of the US with Hines having the advantage of 0.161s after two rounds.
Women's Pump Track final heat – Innsbruck
Watch Kialani Hines and Caroline Buchanan face off in the Pump Track final heat.
Bas Van Steenbergen and Niels Bensink contested the men's final. Canada's Van Steenbergen won the first heat despite a bad start after not hearing the starting gate countdown but Dutch racer Bensink took the second heat and had enough of a time gap to overhaul Van Steenbergen's advantage from the first heat.
Men's Pump Track final heat – Innsbruck
Watch Niels Bensink and Bas van Steenbergen race to the line in the final heat of the men's Pump Track event.
Niels Bensink (NED)
Kialani Hines (USA)
Bas Van Steenbergen (CAN)
Caroline Buchanan (AUS)
Tommy Zula (USA)
Jordy Scott (USA)
King and Queen of Crankworx standings
Strong showings from Vali Höll in the downhill and slalom events means she tops the Queen standings after Innsbruck with 180 points. Caroline Buchanan is second on 170 points with Jordy Scott in third on 163. Niels Bensink is currently in the Kings position with 136 points, just ahead of Tomas Lemoine on 135. Third is Bas Van Steenbergen.