Innsbruck, the Olympic city, is famous for its great competence in organizing major sports events. This year Innsbruck hosted the toughest event in the sporting world Crankworkx, the defining celebration of world-class mountain biking.
The sporting event is all about managing energy, sprinting again and again, but not over-spending on any given lap.
If there was a surprise in the Innsbruck downhill this time then it was in the course, rather than the podium, as the fast-running track unearthed holes and ruts, which pushed the racers to their edge.
Here are some of the toughest riders from Innsbruck.
Nicholi Rogatkin- 2017 MTB Slopestyle contest
Nicholi Rogatkin nailed down a major slopestyle contest win after pulling out all the stops on the first of his two runs on the Kelly McGarry-designed Rotorua course.
The American edged out Italian Torquato Testa and Sweden’s Emil Johansson for the title, both of whom put in great second runs to nearly lodge Rogatkin out of the hot-seat.
His winning run of 95.66 included a triple tailwhip, a frontflip barspin to tuck no hander, a cash roll and what is now seen as his trademark trick, the twister, to finish.
Caroline Buchanan- Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge by RockShox Women
Australian Caroline Buchanan has become the story of the year after securing the first position in Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge by RockShox. Pulling herself up into a manual and stretching for the line Buchanan defeated American Jill Kintner on the Innsbruck pump track in such a photo finish squeaker of a win, which could not be detected by the naked eye.
Both Buchanan and Kintner came out of BMX and are two-time Olympians.
Chaney Guennet- Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge by RockShox Men
Chaney ‘Gounette’ Guennet, took Crankworx Les Gets by storm in 2016. Guennet, the young Frenchman wowed the crowd with a second place finish in Les Gets last week, a win at the French stop last year, and the First place finish at the Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge.
He completed the circular track without pedaling and to speed up he pumped his bike up and down over the rollers and obstacles.
Tomas Lemoine- Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style Men
The Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style was on the agenda and there was one big question to answer: Would Jakub Vencl be able to do the hat trick and win three Speed & Style events in a row? But what all happened is history.
Winning the qualification by 0.22s in front of Tomas Lemoine the Czech started the event just the way he wanted but as the day continued Vencl started struggling and got pushed out of the competition in the second round.
Without a doubt, Tomas Lemoine was the man of the day. The Frenchman was on fire making it look easy combining his ridiculous speed and his massive repertoire of tricks. With an absolutely flawless performance, Lemoine made his way through the heats facing the big Swede, Martin Söderström in the main event.
Adrien Loron- Les Gets Pump Track Challenge
Adrien Loron, two-time Crankworx Pump Track World Tour Champion, made his trip to the top step, after missing it since his Crankworx debut. He is considered a pump track specialist and is the undefeated Crankworx Pump Track World Tour Champion. Loron made huge efforts to make it through the practices and matchups just to finish his final match and get this magnificent victory.