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CRANKWORX INNSBRUCK 2019

Well, that's a wrap on Crankworx Innsbruck 2019. But before you cut off your wristbands, pack up your bikes and hang up your helmets, let's take a walk down memory lane and relive some of the best moments from the week.

DAY ONE

Things kicked off on a high for day one of Crankworx Innsbruck with the Official European Whip-Off presented by SPANK. 

Mons Royale ambassador Peter Kaiser clinched the win in this event earlier in the year at Rotorua and he was hoping to maintain a podium streak.

With Speicher Lake and Nordkette framed in a beautiful backdrop, the event began with several missteps, as athletes struggled to clear the jump. Eventually, everyone got into a rhythm and the sending began.

Kaos Seagrave took the top spot, white zebra-print pants and all. Peter Kaiser, despite cracking his frame during his last whip, earned himself third place.

Peter Kaiser at the Whip-Off at Crankworx Innsbruck
Peter Kaiser sails over the kicker
Competitors at the Whip-Off at Crankworx Innsbruck
Some competitors opt for a rogue backy
Peter Kaiser wins third at Whip-Off at Crankworx Innsbruck
Peter Kaiser taking home third place

DAY TWO

The Rockshox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge has become something of a favourite for Crankworx fans over the years. A real nail-bite, Kialani Hines continued her domination of the event, earning her second gold in a row. Meanwhile, veteran Adrien Loron took home the win for the men.

Billy Macleam rides the pump track at Crankworx Innsbruck
Rotorua break-out star Billy Macleam returned to the pump track in Innsbruck
Competitors at the Pump Track Challenge at Crankworx Innsbruck
Head-to-head

DAY THREE

It was the day we'd all been waiting for; the Mons Royale Speed and Style. The Mons crew started the day off with the Mons Royale "Become A Knight" mini-bike jousting competition. The winner walked away with a head-to-toe Mons Crankworx outfit and the crowd left amped for a different sort of dual - Speed & Style.

The beer was flowing in the Mons tent as friends and fans turned out to watch the best all-around rider emerge victorious. Mons rider Peter Kaiser saw his way through to the semi-finals, but unfortunately was beat by Sam Reynolds.

Speed & Style legend Kyle Strait was on absolute fire, but crashed in the final against superstar Martin Soederstroem, leading the Swede to his second straight Speed & Style podium.

Mini-bike jousting at Crankworx Innsbruck
What better way to get hyped than mini-bike jousting?
Peter Kaiser at the Mons Royale Speed and Style at Crankworx Innsbruck
Peter Kaiser styles his way through the Mons Royale Speed & Style course
Kyle Strait at the Mons Royale Speed and Style at Crankworx Innsbruck
Kyle Strait bulldozes his opponents
Competitors at the Mons Royale Speed and Style at Crankworx Innsbruck
Dodge, duck, dip, dive and... style?

DAY FIVE

The Day Four event, the legendary Innsbruck Slopestyle was postponed due to high winds. Therefore crowds got a double whammy in the form of slopestyle and the iXS Innsbruck Downhill on the final day of the festival.

The day kicked off with the Downhill, where riders thrashed their way down the steep rugged slopes of Mutters. Mons friend Caro Gehrig earned fourth place and Kiwi hero Brook Macdonald claimed the win for the men.

Then, on to the Slopestyle. The soft dirt proved troublesome for slopestyle greats like Nicholi Rogatkin. But golden boy Brett Rheeder managed to nail down a solid score during his first run.

But then along came Emil Johansson. Sidelined for much of the competing year in 2018, Emil shook crowds with a comeback at Crankworx Whistler. Now he's back with a vengeance. He took first place over Rheeder in the first round.

It's a rare thing to see Rheeder work for a win these days, but he certainly clocked in for the second round. The Canadian emerged victorious over the young Swede, but the lines have been drawn. Emil is back.

Bookr Macdonald at Crankworx Innsbruck
Eye on the prize for Kiwi Brook Macdonald
Crankworx Innsbruck slopestyle
Hands-up for slopestyle
Emil Johansson competes at Crankworx Innsbruck
Emil Johansson with a birds-eye view
Brett Rheeder at Crankworx Innsbruck
Brett Rheeder spots his landing
Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle
Tuck and roll
Emil Johansson at Crankworx Innsbruck
Feels good to be back Emil?
Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle
Champagne showers

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