Crankworx 2017 Heading for Innsbruck, Austria

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Rotorua, Les Gets, Whistler… Innsbruck? Yes, Innsbruck is on the list of stops for Crankworx in 2017. Crankworx Innsbruck will be a five day event from June 21st to June 25th, and will include downhill, slopestyle, dual speed and style, whip offs, and pump track events. The full schedule is available here.

Fancy 1400 metres of singletrack descent into a city? Innsbruck might be the place for you.

Innsbruck is a city nestled between Austrian Alps, and it seems they’re currently realising the economic boost mountain biking can bring to the summer months. More established as a winter sports destination, less well known aspects are perhaps the Nordkette singletrack, a 1000 metre descent fed by a cable car right from the city centre, Bikepark Innsbruck, The WUB-Halle indoor skate park, and though perhaps a bit more established in MTB circles, the Tirol bikepark just a short journey south. Oh, and unlike most places in the Alps, Innsbruck also has its own airport, so no four hour coach transfers!

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

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