Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
“Nukeproof at Crankworx part 1”
“I was a little overwhelmed- the crowd was huge and i looked left and right and all i could see where riders I am use to seeing on films”
Crankworx has developed year on year into a global phenomenon. Nearly all the events are covered live on Pinkbike to a huge audience. Plus the huge amount of fans making the pilgrimage to the events. Athletes too have taken the series to the next level. World cup/ slopestyle superstars now attend all the events all after Crankworx glory.
After Round 1 in Rotorua, New Zealand it was part 1 of the European legs in the stunning backdrop of Innsbruck, Austria.
This year, Nukeproof athlete, wild child & two time World 4x Championship medallist Luke Cryer took a break from racing 4x to concentrate on the Crankworx format. He joins our Aussie VANZAC Jackson Davis in competing at the Crankworx events. Jackson coming in direct from the a summer in New Zealand (check out the edit there
For Luke the countless hours building jump lines (see Dirt story here
) and perfecting new tricks to add to his bike speed, he simply couldn’t imagine the scale of the events. It’s not everyday you stand next to your hero’s from big budget MTB movies like Roam, Follow me & Seasons. Even so, Luke embraced the challenge and is learning. With the realisation that a schedule of Pumptrack, Speed & Style and Whip off far too hectic, his expectations were reigned in and he focused on Speed & Style and Pumptrack.
Qualifying for the finals was the aim with 16 going through. Luke made it to the Live show
A little too excited? Decking it in the first corner put him out- Its a steep learning curve- but he has the attitude and skills to make it.
Dirty knee’s- on to the next event
Luke has the speed and the style – just learning to pull it all together… On to Les Gets.
This is Jackson’s 3rd year on the Crankworx tour and chase for the endless summer. The European VANZAC’s tour rolled into the Innsburck after a hard Summer/ winter in New Zealand labouring and riding the Queenstown park. It’s awesome to have Jackson and his “pull up, not out” attitude on Nukeproof again. No jump to big, no party to small. Again Jackson was thowing out some wild whips in the Whip-off against some of the “big names”. Again he represented Nukeproof awesome, racing the Downhill- small mistake pushed him off the track.
Jump with a view.
new found Modelling skill utilised in the Kashmir Downhill kit prior to Downhill practise
The track in Innsbruck looked awesome!
Sliding his way on some sniper roots
Joining the Crankwrox team in Innsbruck was Chris Cumming of Wideopen- Nukeproof. Chris is living the dream at the moment travelling Europe to race in his first Crankworx. Chris is still 15 and so was racing against riders up to 2 years older in the U17. An awesome run saw him finish on the podium in 2nd. Congratulations Chris.
Now on to Les Gets this weekend.
Photos: Ian Lean Photography
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