Weather conditions were less than favorable in Innsbruck over the Crankworx weekend, but riders battled through the windswept and rainy conditions and mountain bike fans from all around the world witnessed a spectacular show from the comfort of their own homes, filled with actionpacked riding amongst all disciplines and a clean sweep for the RASOULUTION athletes at the Slopestyle competition!
For the first Crankworx event since Rotorua in March 2020, quite a few challenges had to be overcome. With the event being held fully digital and accessible via livestream only, things were a bit different for riders, spectators and organizers. Yet the motivation was high to kick things off after a long break from competing.
Rock Shox Pump Track Challenge
Crankworx Innsbruck is traditionally opened up by the Rock Shox Pump Track Challenge. In a thrilling head to head format, some of the world’s best mountain bike athletes’ race for the win on a circular track made of berms and rollers. Fast paced racing and happy faces all over made for a successful start of Crankworx Innsbruck 2020.
RASOULUTION athlete Tomas Lemoine, one of the only Slopestyle athletes to also compete in both Pump Track and Speed & Style competitions, was able to move up the ranks heat by heat, wrapping up his day with a 3rd place podium finish.
Just a few hours later, at 9:00 in the morning, the big show was about to go down. Originally scheduled one day later, the Slopestyle competition had to be rescheduled due to predicted rainfall on contest day. Even though riders were battling the wind throughout the entire morning, the level of riding was as high as usual. RASOULUTION athletes Emil Johansson and Tomas Lemoine only needed their first runs to prove that they hadn’t missed a beat. With runs scored at 94.00 and 90.00 respectively, both riders put on a clinic and put down runs that would see them finish in first and second place. While Erik Fedko was not able to finish his first run due to strong winds picking up while he was on course, he was also one of the few riders that was able to dramatically improve his score – scoring 3rd with an 88.00 in his second run to complete the podium. Thomas Genon also saw his score improve after slightly underrotating a Cash Roll in his first run, showing highly technical tricks like a Truck Driver to Tail Whip and a Cash Roll in picture-perfect Tommy G fashion, leading to a score of 80.33 and a 6th place finish. Swedish rider Max Fredriksson, who joined the Slopestyle competition as an alternate, made his way down the course with a flawless run, showing technical combos on every feature and scoring 79.00 after his first run, finishing in 7th place.
Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle Top 10:
- Emil Johansson (SWE) | 94.00 | TREK
- Tomas Lemoine (FRA) | 90.00 | CANYON
- Erik Fedko (GER) | 88.00 | ROSE
- Timothé Bringer (FRA) | 85.33 | COMMENCAL
- Lukas Knopf (GER) | 83.00 | ROSE
- Thomas Genon (BEL) | 80.33 | CANYON
- Max Fredriksson (SWE) | 79.00 | NS BIKES
- Lucas Huppert (SUI) | 77.00 | RUFF CYCLES
- Alex Alanko (SWE) | 75.33 | CACHET BIKES
- Torquato Testa (ITA) | 73.00 |ROSE
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Speed & Style
This iconic mix between timed racing and tricks is always one of the favorite disciplines for both fans and competitors. Max Fredriksson, who is still relatively new to the Speed & Style format, proved he also has the speed to match his style, finishing in 7th with a time of 22.964 seconds in front of big names like Szymon Godziek (POL) or Kaos Seagrave (GBR). The rider with the longest week of competitions during Crankworx, Tomas Lemoine, showed no signs of fatigue. Tomas was rocketing down the track without slowing down at all after technical tricks and took the win with a time of 21.376 seconds over Sam Reynolds and Lukas Schäfer.
The Downhill competition wasn’t spared the pouring rain either, making the wet roots of the course a lot harder to master. Both Fabio and Gabriel Wibmer got caught off guard by the slippery conditions of the track, preventing them to climb to the top ranks. Despite the crash, Gabriel still managed to finish 12th in the U19 class and he seems hungry for more.
Missed the action or want to see the highlights? The Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle LIVE replay is now available on-demand on Red Bull TV.
Pictures by Sebastian Sternemann.