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In a move that could mark the return of large-scale, live, in-person events this year, Crankworx announced today that the Innsbruck festival would return to Austria from June 16 to 20.
The event will include five days of racing between athletes from around the world, competing in slopestyle, dual slalom, speed and style, a pump track challenge, and downhill. The European Whip-Off Championships will also take place, after it got snowed out last year. Crankworx did hold events amid the global pandemic last summer and fall, but they were scaled back drastically to include only athletes who were based in the region where the festival was held.
The scope of this year’s event hasn’t been announced, but Crankworx says its organizers are working closely with health officials and will announce more details closer to the festival date in June.
“We are planning based on what we know now, with the confidence that we staged two successful made-for-TV festivals last year,” says Darren Kinnaird, Managing Director of the Crankworx World Tour. “Being able to safely get athletes racing and bring some excitement to the world last year was awesome. As we hope things will start to trend in a positive direction, we are setting a strong foundation for the festival in June, with some exciting events for athletes to compete in and for fans to follow along with from home. We’re remaining flexible as we get deeper into 2021 and leaving space to add layers as restrictions allow.”
Crankworx Innsbruck will be broadcast on Red Bull TV and on crankworx.com.
Crankworx Innsbruck 2021 will offer amateurs a chance to race in the dual slalom and the DH. Registration will open for both pro and amateur categories on Thursday, April 15. The lists of invited riders for slopestyle, pump track and speed & style are set to be released in May.
The next update regarding Crankworx Innsbruck is planned for the 10-week-out mark, on April 7, 2021.
Full schedule and details for all live events to come during Crankworx Innsbruck 2021: crankworx.com
Crankworx has not yet announced plans for its Whistler festival, which is typically held in August and is one of the biggest events on the race calendar.