INNSBRUCK CRANKWORX KICKS OFF WITH HIGH-FLYING ACTION

The Thule Official European Whip Off Championships have been completed

CRANKWORX NEWS RELEASE

Innsbruck, Austria, June 13, 2024

(Photos by Clint Trahan/Crankworx)

The much-anticipated final edition of Crankworx Innsbruck has officially kicked off with the Thule Official European Whip-Off Championships pictured by Fujifilm at Bikepark Innsbruck.

Edgar Briole

 

Georgia Astle and Edgar Briole took gold in the competition against a big field of local and international riders, getting lots of sideways airtime. This first day sets the stage for three more days of thrilling events, available for spectators both on-site in Mutters, and on Red Bull TV.

On the arguably most scenic Whip-Off course on the planet, riders opened this year’s Crankworx Innsbruck festival with a bang. Battling to gain airtime, whipping their bikes into a 90-degree angle before whipping it back for a smooth landing, athletes put on a spectacular display of skill and style. The course boasted the largest Whip-Off jump in Crankworx World Tour history, meticulously groomed into great shape despite recent heavy rainfalls.

Georgia Astle

 

In a close contest, Georgia Astle outperformed Kirsten Van Horne, transforming her bronze medal from last year into gold. Lucy Van Eesteren secured third place, completing an all-Canadian female podium.

Georgia Astle

 

On the men’s side, Edgar Briole, last year’s silver medalist, impressed with his impeccable whips, earning him the top spot on the podium. Eddie Reynolds, last year’s Whip-Off champion at Crankworx Whistler, took second place, followed very closely by Gaspard Mahieu Pin in third. The course build crew was working up until the last minute to groom the jump, making it “the perfect jump for Whip-Off. It was a little bit slow in the beginning but after that, it was just so sick,” as Edgar Briole describes it.

Whip-off Podium— 1st: Georgia Astle, Edgar Briole; 2nd Eddie Reynolds, Kirsten Van Horne;  3rd: Gaspard Mahieu Pin, Lucy Van Eesteren. Thule Official European Whip-Off Championships pictured by Fujifilm.

Women’s Podium:

1. Georgia Astle (CAN)
2. Kirsten Van Horne (CAN)
3. Lucy Van Eesteren (CAN)

Men’s Podium:

1. Edgar Briole (FRA)
2. Eddie Reynolds (USA)
3. Gaspard Mahieu Pin (FRA)

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Tyrolean Alps, this action-packed event in jam session format had the crowd cheering and eager for more. The excitement continues on Friday with head-to-head racing at Speed & Style before the festival heads into a busy weekend. Double-header Saturday promises to be action-filled with the crowd-favourite Thule Slopestyle and the Crankworx Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge presented by Raiffeisen Club Tirol. The festival concludes on Sunday with the Specialized Dual Slalom Innsbruck, another head-to-head competition.

Lucy Van Eesteren was happy to make the top three in the women’s part of the competition.

Mountain bike fans across the globe will not want to miss the final edition of Crankworx Innsbruck. Tickets are available on-site and at the door in Mutters. For those who can’t attend in person, all events will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV.

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