#FullgasMTB: Van der Poel and Ferrand-Prévot win Short Track Debut in Lenzerheide – Costly mistake for Brandau
One year after the succesful World Championships, the world’s best mountain bikers are back in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup was opened with men’s and women’s Cross-Country Short-Track, which had its Swiss debut. The measure of might was championed by Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA) in the women’s field and Mathieu van der Poel (NED) in the men’s race. Four thousand enthusiastic spectators witnessed a battle for the ages and saw their local favorites, Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter, battle tooth and nail for a spot on the podium. Drama unfolded for German racer Elisabeth Brandau, who gave away her potential win with a costly mistake.
With the sun high in the sky, the tracks in prime condition and four thousand specatators on the sidelines of the Cross-Country track, conditions could not have been better for the kick-off of the #FullgasMTB days at the foot of the Rothorn. Exactly at 17:30 / 5.30pm CEST, when the race timer sounded loudly throughout the Lenzerheide Bikepark, the Cross-Country Women Elite opened the proverbial festivities. The race was on, the atmosphere electric. The race pace was high, the battle between the riders fierce – and what unfolded over the next 10 laps was a race filled with overtaking, risky maneuvers and high-stakes drama. Swiss speed machine Jolanda Neff came off the start line on fire – her goal being obvious: to take first place here in Lenzerheide, which could be considered her local playground. It wasn’t until the seventh lap that a number of favorites separated themselves from the pack – including Kate Courtney (USA), Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA) and Jenny Rissveds (SWE), who had to battle back from incidents earlier on the track. Once again, Elizabeth Brandau stepped on the gas pedal during the second half of the race, passing riders as they appeared.
With two laps to go, the German speedsteer took the lead, set the pace and started separating herself from the chase group. Brandau’s performance and pace were one for the history books, which makes what followed all the more dramatic. With just over one lap to go, Brandau once again increased the pace, created a serious gap between her and her chasers and started celebrating her win the moment she crossed the finish line. Brandau rolled to the first turn, got off her bike, exhausted and sat down to catch a breath. Only when the chase group passed in front of her eyes and the screams of the audience became clear, did Brandau realize her costly mistake. She scrambled to get back on her bike, but it was too late – she had lost the lead and had to settle into the mid-pack and once again go flat out in order to salvage her race. The last lap was a thrilling duel between Ferrand-Prévot and Neff, a duel which would be decided at the last possible moment while crossing the finish line, when Ferrand-Prévot crossed the finish line half a wheel length ahead of Neff, just like last week in Val di Sole:
“It’s unbelievable. I had to fight back and knew from last week that I could beat Jolanda in the sprint. After my little crash at the start all I wanted to do was go flat out and do the best that I could. What happened to Elisabeth is awful, but that’s racing,” said Ferrand-Prévot. Neff continues to build her Overall World Cup lead with her second place finish, making the gap between her and Courtney 83 points, but was visibly still disappointed because of the missed home soil victory, especially because it was so close. Following her race, she immediately started analyzing her mistakes: “I have to try to be ahead at the end of the next race. For me, it’s important to find exactly where I need to take the lead. I have to work on that. Other that that, 99% of my race was good. But I am disappointed that I could not take the win here. The fans were already sensational today and on Sunday it will probably be even better. I try to do my best on Sunday,” said Neff.
The third place went to Jenny Rissveds (SWE). The last time she was in Lenzerheide, in 2016, she won the Olympic distance, so a Short-Track podium shows promise for more. “It was a tough race. I was nervous at the start, because this was my first World Cup Short-Track race. But now I’m happy because of my third place.” The podium is rounded out by Anne Tauber (NED) in fourth and Nové Mesto Short-Track winner Chloe Woodruff (USA) in fifth. Courtney finished in ninth place, with Brandau finishing in 21st, which means she’ll start in the third row on Sunday. “My brain turned off. I pushed my limits so far and thought that it was the final lap. It was just stupid of me. It could have been my first win, I feel good and I’ll pay more attention in the future. Now I’m going to recover for Sunday and I’ll attack again,” said a very self-critical Brandau following the race.
With only a few minutes in between the finish of the women’s race and the start of the men’s race, spectators made sure to get the best possible spots once again. At 18:15 / 6.15pm CEST, it was the men’s turn to attack the one kilometer long Bike Arena loop. The men started cautiously into their first lap. With the track lying 1,485 meters / 4,927ft. above sea level, endurance definitely comes into play. Due to the cautious start, the lead pack that came into the fifth lap was still 26 riders strong. One lap later, Henrique Avancini (BRA) cranked up the pace and only Short-Track dominator Mathieu van der Poel (NED) and local speedster Nino Schurter (SUI) were able to stay close to him. What followed was a battle of epic proportions with a number of lead changes. In the seventh lap, it was Schurter who was at the front and setting the pace. The 32-time World Cup winner showed a very aggressive, if slightly unusual, riding style in order to separate himself from the two chasers, both of which are extremely strong sprinters. However, both van der Poel and Avancini showed plenty of resolve and kept up with Schurter. In the ninth lap, van der Poel showcased his signature explosive attack, overtaking Schurter and putting some distance between him, the Swiss racer and Avancini. Avancini was all but beat though – he caught up to the chase pack and it was this exact trio that would decide the race between themselves. Avancini and van der Poel started the last uphill section together, putting distance between them and Schurter, who was unable to keep up, resulting in another battle for top spot between the Dutch dominator and the Brazilian sprinter.
At the end of the race, it was the Dutch powerhouse that celebrated his fifth Short-Track victory of the season – which also means that he’s won every Short-Track race that he’s started this season. “Winning every Short-Track race is great, but also really hard. Especially Nino, who has some new tactics, was exceptionally strong. I’m satisfied with my season. I’ve managed to get better once again and am now riding against the best riders in the world, which is fantastic,” said an ecstatic van der Poel. Second-place finisher Henrique Avancini (BRA) acknowledged van der Poel’s feat: “At first, it was a very strategic race, until Schurter showed his more aggressive side. He wanted to achieve something special in front of the home crowd. I tried everything and really wanted to beat van der Poel, as it was probably the last chance to do so this year. My goal was to be on the home stretch before him, which is why I started my attack on the last long uphill, but his attack was stronger.” The third-place finisher, racing in front of his home crowd, was also satisfied with his result: “I felt really good at the start and tried to attack quickly, but in the end, I was missing something. Mathieu van der Poel is simply the man to beat when it comes to Short-Track, but it was my best Short-Track race so far, which makes me confident for Sunday. The race will be one of my season highlights,” said Schurter.
Following Brandau’s costly mistake, it was Manuel Fumic (GER) who managed to snag a strong finish and a good starting place for Sunday, keeping German Cross-Country hopes high. The 37-year-old not only got his best sprint result to date, but also secured the highest-placed finish in any men’s German XCC race. “I’m happy with my sixth place and the fact that my teammates finished in second and fourth place, makes it that much better. Racing in Lenzerheide is always amazing, there are always so many fans here and they support us all the way,” said Fumic.
The Short-Track debut in Lenzerheide was a showdown of the highest level and the perfect opener for an eventful race weekend.
Saturday is Downhill Day
After the thrilling start of the Cross-Country speedsters, it’s all about the Downhill aces on Saturday. The action starts at 09:45 with the Junior Women’s race, followed by the Junior Men, who take to the track at 10:15. At 12:30, it’s up to the Women Elite to show who manages to champion the Lenzerheide STRAIGHTline, while the men will battle it out for podium spots at 13:30.
The Men and Women Elite races from Lenzerheide will be broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV. The women’s broadcast starts at 12:30pm CEST, followed by the men’s broadcast at 13:45 / 1.45pm CEST. The full broadcast will be available for replay immediately after the conclusion of the LIVE broadcast.
Guide Danxia National Park is surrounded by high-rising mountains on both sides, making it a natural environment for a downhill race.
“Tiandirenyuan – 2019 International Downhill Race in Qinghai Guide National Park” is one of a series of events in the “Tour of Qinghai Lake”.
Taking advantage of the Tour, the special geological position and the international mountain bike race, Qinghai produces a spectacular mountain biking venue.
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Registration is officially open
Registration for the International Chiang Mai Enduro (ICE) 2019 is officially open with the event taking place from November 28th 2019 – December 1st 2019. For the first time, the International Chiang Mai Enduro will be a stage of the Asia-Pacific Continental Series of the Enduro World Series with the top 3 participants of each EWS category being eligible to participate in the Enduro World Series in 2020.
The event, which was established in 2017 is set to be the biggest race yet, with racers from all over the world expected to descend on Chiang Mai to experience some of the best trails in the region as well as the famous culture and hospitality of the locals.
Riders can expect a wide variety of trails, from fast and flowy to steep and rocky, at elevations ranging from 300m (1000 ft) to 1400m (4500 ft) through a mix of evergreen forest to deciduous forest. Typical temperatures can range from 10 degrees C (50 Fahrenheit) at higher altitudes to 25 degrees C (77 Fahrenheit) at lower altitudes.
The registration price is 4800 THB which is inclusive of the following;
– A lifetime experience and a chance to compete in the EWS Asia-Pacific Continental Series
– Professionally timed by SportIdent
– 4 days of Uplift twice daily on practice days ( 28-29 November), and once on each ICE days
– National Park fees for 28 November -1 December
– Finisher medal
– Closing ceremony dinner
– ICE start pack
– Donation to a charitable cause
– A chance to win prizes valued at over 100,000 THB
– Professional quality photos
– 40+ staff dedicated to your good times!
Chiang Mai is a vibrant city and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. The city was capital of the Lanna Kingdom until 1558 and with its rich culture and heritage there are, as expected plenty of sights and attractions to keep riders occupied between riding. Chiang Mai is also renowned for its cuisine, whether it be traditional Northern cuisine or international fare, there is something for everybody.
The International Chiang Mai Enduro has teamed up with Thai Airways to offer benefits for excess baggage to help in reducing travel costs. More information can be found on the official website.
An accommodation package is also available to provide guests with maximum convenience combined with the best value to ensure a memorable experience.
The International Chiang Mai Enduro is presented by Trailhead Thailand, a leading tour company offering the best mountain biking tours in Chiang Mai.
Please visit http://www.internationalchiangmaienduro.com/ for more information and for registration.
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RAJASTHAN'S PREMIER CYCLING EVENT
7th & 8th September 2019
AN EPIC TOUR CUM RACE IN ARAVALI’S
MTB JAIPUR is an Eco-Friendly initiative. It is an act to promote the cycling Enthusiasm for the next generation. It helps in providing a global platform for the local riders to interact with professional and successful riders. It will help them professionalize their skills and position towards cycling. This is a long term vision to organize this event each and every year, so that people across the country can have the fun of the Jaipur Aravali Mountain Ranges and its Warmness. MTB JAIPUR is promoting ‘Wildlife Eco-Responsible Tourism’ with the motto ‘Save Wildlife’.
The second FMB Gold Event of the 2019 season saw the world's best Slopestyle athletes descend on the quaint Austrian town of Saalbach Hinterglemm, a tiny town that became the global capital of Slopestyle this weekend. Coming off of a win at Swatch Rocket Air earlier this season and an impressive 3rd place at Crankworx Innsbruck, Dawid Godziek travelled to GlemmRide with a chip on his shoulder, but also with realistic expectations. Defending Champion Torquato Testa (ITA) and top-level Slopestyle riders such as Emil Johansson (SWE), Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Erik Fedko (GER) and Tomas Lemoine (FRA) also travelled to Austria with a mission of their own - whether it was to defend the title or to score a win to bounce back on the season, but Dawid Godziek (POL) turned out to be the man to beat after laying down a heater of a run, scoring 92.33, and holding onto that score for the rest of the day, and making it two out of two FMB World Tour Gold Event wins this year.
Dawid Godziek managed to secure his place in the finals thanks to a stellar run earlier in the day during qualification, scoring a clean 91.66 points, sandwiched in between Emil Johansson (SWE), who scored 93.00 and Nicholi Rogatkin, whose score also reached into the 90s with a score of 90.33. Jakub Vencl (CZE) and Tomas Lemoine (FRA) also found themselves within the Top 5 after qualifying scoring 88.33 and 87.00 points respectively.
Dawid Godziek was surgical in his first finals run, looking to capitalize on his second place qualifier and looking to keep his recent high-scoring streak going.
Starting things off with a big Barspin to Tuck No Hander on the first stepdown and following that up with his now-signature Twister-No Hand, he continued down the course and hit the new boner log feature with a Cash Roll, pulled a Double Tailwhip on the infamous hotel step-up and finished his run with a Truck Driver over the road gap and a huge Double Backflip X-Up on the final jump. His score of 92.33 sky-rocketed him to the top of the leaderboard, placing him more than 5 points above Erik Fedko (GER), but would prove to be unbeatable for the rest of the night, but that's not saying other riders didn't give it their all to battle it out for first place.
Rewatch all of the GlemmRide 2019 Slopestyle action on-demand right HERE!
Swedish rider Emil Johansson kicked things off with a Truck Driver to Inverted Turndown on the step-down and turned things up a notch with a huge Backflip Tailwhip to Barspin on the second jump. An Opposite Truckdriver to Inverted Turndown and a Fastplant 360 on the step-up put Johansson in front of the last two features - the road gap and the river jump - hitting those with a 360 Tailwhip and an Opposite 360 Tailwhip to Bar, Emil found himself sitting in 2nd place, less than 2.5 points behind Godziek. Visibly stoked in the finish area, the Swede's performance was rewarded with a clean 90.00.
After finishing 9th in qualifying, young German phenom Erik Fedko needed to go big in finals to get within striking distance of the podium - and go big is exactly what he did. Known for his huge flip and whip combinations, the crowd was electric during his run. Dropping in with a 360 Tailwhip and throwing a huge Backflip Superman Seatgrab, the first third of the course was behind him, but those that thought that the German just landed his biggest tricks were in for a surprise. A 360 Downside Whip on the boner log and an Opposite Tailwhip on the step-up put Fedko within sight of the podium - a strong finish stood between him and a potential GlemmRide win. Wowing crowds with a Double Truckdriver over the road gap, Fedko pulled his biggest combo of the day - a super steezy 360 Indian Air Seatgrab to Barspin. While his run put him on the hot seat for quite a while, Erik was bumped down two podium spots by Dawid Godziek and Emil Johansson.
The GlemmRide Top 5 was rounded out by Frenchman Tomas Lemoine, who scored 85.00 after a combo-filled run and 2018 winner Torquato Testa - who finished the day with a score of 83.33.
Traditionally, a Hero of the Weekend was also awarded during the Podium Ceremony - and the title stays in Austria after Bernd Winkler (AUT) won it in 2018. Sending it big all weekend and pushing himself to higher levels, battling from prequalies all the way to finals (in which he finished 9th with a 74.66), Peter Kaiser will now take the title back to his stomping grounds in Innsbruck.
GlemmRide Slopestyle 2019 Podium:
Dawid Godziek 92.33
Emil Johansson 90.00
Erik Fedko 86.66
Photos by © Richard Bos / Dope Hammer
RACE RECAP BPBP - CHINA
YAK RU ENDURO - NEPAL
BMX BANJAAREY - INDIA
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Sino Epic is the first national Mountain Bike event to take Cape Epic which is the most famous cycling event in South Africa as race model. Through 3-day event, the cyclists can visit the most famous places of interest in Gan Nan, such as Mila Riba Buddhist Palace, Bola Temple, SANGKE Prairie, LABRANG Monastery. Cyclists can experience customs of Gan Nan, and meet the local Buddhist culture.
Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is situated in the southwest of Gansu Province, neighboring Dingxi and Longnan in the east and Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture in the north. It is bounded on the south by Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province in the neighborhood of Guoluo, and Huangnan Tibetan autonomous prefectures of Qinghai Province in the west.
Start and Finish: He Zuo Shambhala Square
1.U18, U15 and Low Carbon Group
10KM with high altitude 2912.1m and low altitude 2881.7m , climb 33m
Team Time Trial
7.7KM with high altitude 3024.3m and low altitude 2894.4m , climb 176.5m
Start and Finish: He Zuo Shambhala Square
Legend Men Team, Legend Mix Team, Elite A, Elite B, Master, Gravel, Tibetan Men, Tibetan Women
43KM with high altitude3283.3m and low altitude 2891.1m , climb 544.3m
Tibetan 10KM Run
10KM with high altitude 2912.1m and low altitude 2881.7m , climb 33m
Start:He Zuo Shambhala Square
Finish:Lu Qu County
Legend Men Team, Legend Mix Team, Elite A, Elite B, Master, Gravel, Tibetan Men, Tibetan Women
136.6KM with high altitude 3216.2m and low altitude 2794.8m , climb 1601m
If you want more infos about the race or want to participate please get in contact with us!
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INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA – 2019 – The second stop of the 2019 Crankworx season did not disappoint. Massive tricks, exciting racing, tough crashes and incredible runs – the Mons Royal Dual Speed & Style and Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle provided the goods. Here are some of the highlights of the action-packed style events:
Innsbruck provides the goods
Innsbruck has given fans and athletes everything they have hoped for – but the weather also put everyone’s nerves and patience to the test. The Speed & Style course was as spectacular as ever with the two lanes criss-crossing and riders having to jump over each other twice on the way to the finish line – a one of a kind course in mountain biking. The spectacular track also made for incredible racing and some dramatic moments – including a run with handlebars unintentionally turned backwards.
The Slopestyle riders on the other hand battled with high winds throughout the week, which limited practice and saw the competition first postponed and then moved back a day altogether. The thousands of fans who had patiently waited and turned up for the show on Sunday were however more than rewarded by one of the most incredible Slopestyle competitions in history.
Speed & Style continuous to deliver excitement
The Mons Royale Speed & Style at Crankworx Innsbruck once again demonstrated, why the unique format is as spectacular as it is unpredictable. It’s hard to determine which background gives riders the greatest advantage, as the stacked line-up of riders race each other head-to-head while throwing huge tricks.
The big favorite, reigning Speed & Style World Champion and defending Innsbruck Speed & Style Champion, Tomas Lemoine (FRA), got off to a good start, beating Tyler McCaul (USA) with both his tricks and speed. But then, just like in Rotorua, his day got cut short. While Lemoine was derailed by a flat tyre in Rotorua’s semi-final and a crash in the small final, in Innsbruck it was the round of 8 where things went wrong for him, when it seemed like he had an issue in the air on the first trick jump. The replay revealed, that Lemoine somehow got his handlebar hooked during a 360 double-bar spin and subsequently landed with his handlebar backwards. Somehow he managed to hold on, land and continue his run despite the bar facing backwards and not being able to use the brake, he still raced through the gates and even pulled a backflip on the second jump. The straight backflip ended up costing him too much compared to Kyle Strait’s (USA) Double-Tailwhip and he wasn’t able to come back in the second run. Strait however moved on and beat Sam Reynolds in the semi-finals, which meant the Gold medal was to be decided between two legends of the sport.
After making his way through the field, retired Slopestyle legend Martin Söderström (SWE) was keen on regaining the top step of the podium, a place he hadn’t been since Crankworx Rotorua in 2018. Out of the gate it was clear that it would be almost too close to call in both Speed and Style. After crossing the line, Söderström was only behind 0.01 seconds going into the second run. Both riders gave it their all in the second run, Strait however gave just a fraction too much and crashed out, handing Söderström the victory. The bronze medal went to Garett Mechem (USA), after Sam Reynolds (GBR) crashed on the last jump whilst leading in the small final.
Emil Johansson and Brett Rheeder battle it out at the top
What a show! Starting a day later than planned due to high winds, the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle was absolutely worth the wait. Defending Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Champion Brett Rheeder (CAN) came firing out of the gate and scored a 92 in his first run, distancing Dawid Godziek (POL) in second place by a full 8.5 points. Rheeder’s run looked hard to beat, but young Swede Emil Johansson had big things planned after abandoning his first run following a mistake.
Johansson had been struggling with a mystery illness (detailed in the new short movie ‘Every Mystery I've Lived’) and all but vanished from the scene for almost a year following his sensational debut season on the highest level of slopestyle, that saw him crowned Slopestyle World Champion in 2017. Under pressure to perform in order to not lose his spot on the Crankworx World Tour, the young Swede put on a slopestyle master class in his second run.
Johansson got off to a strong start with a 360-Unturndown before throwing a Quadruple-Truckdriver on the second jump, an Opposite-360-Tuck-No-Hander on the boner log, a 360-Tailwhip-to-Double-Barspin and Opposite-360-Invert-to-Downside-Whip on the two hips, a Backflip-Barspin on to and 360-Tailwhip off the whale tail, before finishing his run with an Opposite-360-Tailwhip-to-Barspin on the final jump. It’s a small miracle that the judges were even able to follow the technical difficulty of the run, but in the end Emil’s clean and precise performance was rewarded with a score of 95 points and the lead.
Rheeder, who watched Johansson’s run from the bottom of the course knew, that he had his work cut out for himself. While several riders stepped up their game, none came close to the Swede’s spectacular run. Rheeder was the last one to drop into his second run and he was hell-bent to get his first victory in Innsbruck and to keep his hopes of winning the Crankworx Triple Crown of Slopestyle alive. With all the pressure on him, the Canadian showed an incredibly varied run that included a Flat-Drop Backflip-Tailwhip, Frontflip-Barspin, Backflip-Opposite-Tailwhip, Opposite-Cork-720, Cork-720-Barspin, 360-Downside-Whip, Opposite-Truckdriver and a Backflip-Opposite-Double-Tailwhip. After several minutes of anxious waiting and heated discussions between the judges, Rheeder’s run was awarded with 95.5 points and his first victory in Innsbruck, while the crowd and viewers enjoyed one of the most spectacular battles in Slopestyle history.
More spectacular runs than you can shake a stick at
The jaw-dropping battle between Rheeder and Johansson might be the front-page news, but that shouldn’t distract from the outstanding skills of the rest of the field. The Slopestyle level is as high, as it has ever been with virtually every rider showing a run, that could have easily won it all in previous years. One stand-out was Wildcard-rider Dawid Godziek (POL), who, amongst others, showed a 1080-Tuck-No-Hander, a Cashroll-Barspin and a Double-Backflip-X-Up - three tricks that haven’t been seen at a Crankworx World Tour competition before - in a run that earned him 89.5 points and the bronze medal. Further highlights were Tomas Lemoine’s Backflip-No-Hander-Barspin, Erik Fedko’s (GER) 360-Indian-Air and Backflip-Superman-Seatgrab and Torquato Testa’s (ITA) Backflip-No-Foot-Can-Can on the boner log and Double-Backflip on the second hip.
The level of riding has been so high in Innsbruck, that one can only wonder what the Slopestyle riders have planned for August’s season finale at Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler.
Lemoine builds lead in King of Crankworx Standings; the Slopestyle World Championship is Rheeder’s to lose
After winning the Slopestyle competitions in both Rotorua and Innsbruck, the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Champion title is Brett Rheeder’s to lose, as he has accumulated 2000 points and sits comfortably in front of Tomas Lemoine (1556 points) and Torquato Testa (1320 points). More important for Rheeder however is the fact, that he heads to Crankworx Whistler with a shot at the Triple Crown of Slopestyle title. The illusive title has only been won once (by Nicholi Rogatkin in 2018) and after winning Red Bull Rampage, the Slopestyle World Championship and countless Crankworx Slopestyle events, it’s the only major title still missing in Rheeder’s trophy case.
Following his Speed & Style victory in Innsbruck and second place in Rotorua, Martin Söderström, who stepped in as co-commentator on the Slopestyle live-stream, now leads the Speed & Style ranking comfortably with 180 points in front of opening round winner Billy Meaclem (NZL) and Kyle Strait. With a solid performance at the final round in Whistler, Söderström can now tie up his first Speed & Style World Championship title.
Thanks to his outstanding results in Pumptrack, Speed & Style and Slopestyle, Tomas Lemoine extended his lead in the overall King of Crankworx standings. Proving that his streak of great results in Rotorua (1st in Pumptrack, 2nd in Slopestyle and 4th in Speed & Style) was anything but a fluke, the young Frenchman secured himself a third place in Innsbruck’s Pumptrack Race, 5th place in the Mons Royale Speed & Style and 5th place in the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle. As a result, Lemoine (360 points) leaves Innsbruck with a lead of 58 points in the King of Crankworx ranking on Keegan Wright (NZL, 322 points) in second place and 68 points on Adrien Loron (FRA, 311 points) in third.
Can Rheeder win the Triple Crown of Slopestyle? Can Söderström become the next Speed & Style World Champion? Will Tomas Lemoine be crowned King of Crankworx? Only one thing is certain: it’s all play for at Crankworx Whistler.
Re-watch the entire live-broadcast and all the highlights of the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle and Mons Royal Dual Speed & Style on-demand and anytime on redbull.tv. Get the latest on everything bike related on the Red Bull Bike Channel at redbull.tv/bike.