The exciting opening discipline held at the first Crankworx Innsbruck in 2017. The term is derived from a bike trick: the "whip". This discipline is all about who can best master this one trick. The trick involves the rear wheel being pushed as far out to one side as possible and then being brought back in line before landing. It looks really spectacular: almost as if the rider is dismounting in the air. Competitors are scored on both style (posture) and execution. Criteria include a clean landing and how long the bike is held out to the side.
A course is created specifically for this discipline. The difficulty of the tricks performed is key. The track consists of various elements (obstacles/features) in different sizes and materials.
This creates a wide variety of take-off options. The features are mostly made of wood, the riders land on dirt. Many other combinations are also possible, such as jumps from wooden or dirt features. Participants can choose which tricks to perform. The general rule is: the harder the better. Points are also given for execution. For example, a clean landing with the bike in the fall line and both feet on the pedals is important. Another quality criteria: hitting the "sweet spot", which is the right point on the landing hill. The style factor also affects the score. The style is all about calm movements without any hasty adjustments or corrections, as well as a slow rotation, "tweaking" and holding tricks until just before the landing.
For each competitor, one run consists of several jumps. The judges score each jump separately and then the points are all added up to create the overall ranking.
(Dual) Speed & Style
This competition combines two disciplines: "Dual Speed" and "Slopestyle". The Dual Speed discipline sees two riders race against the clock in a side-by-side battle on two identical routes. The fastest rider wins and goes through to the next round. In order to make it fair, there are usually two heats (runs) to compensate for any differences between the two tracks.
During The Pump Track Challenge, competitors go head-to-head. Two participants compete against each other on identical tracks. Two runs are completed, one on each track, to ensure each participant has a level playing field. The special thing about the pump track: the riders compete without a chain and the route is relatively flat. They pick up speed with a pumping motion that involves moving their upper body up and down. This pumping motion gives the discipline its name.
Downhill, known as DH for short, is the speed discipline at Crankworx and other mountain bike races. The riders compete to reach the finish line as quickly as possible over a given course. On the way, they have to perform big jumps and drops. The jumps do not count towards the classification, they just have to be completed. The winner is the rider with the fastest downhill time.