Vinny Armstrong and Kaos Seagrave got the 2023 Crankworx Innsbruck week off to a fun start in front of around 3,000 mountain bike fans in Austria as they overcame bad weather to triumph in the Official European Whip-Off Championships. Here is all you need to know:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21: DAY ONE
Kiwi Armstrong got the better of compatriot Robin Goomes and Canadian Georgia Astle in the women’s event thanks to effortless sideways whips.
“Insane. Craziest event ever. I can’t believe it was a thunderstorm and pouring down with rain and then it was like the best time ever because it just watered the jump and made it perfect.”She said:
“It’s just the best Whip-Off jump on the circuit in my opinion. It’s really good vibes for me because it’s the first Crankworx event I came to and the first I won actually. It’s a cool memory for me.”Goomes added:
In the men’s event, the podium was similar to 2023 Crankworx Rotorua earlier this year with Briton Seagrave taking top spot then Edgar Briole and Kade Edwards on the second and third step respectively.
“It was sick. We all didn’t know whether it was going to happen because it was stormy from 3:00 with literally thunder and lightning, but we all turned up and just had a good time. Everyone just sent it. Stoked to be on the box again with my boys.”Seagrave, 23, said:
“I’m so happy about my result. The podium was so insane with Kaos and Kade. I’m so happy and the jump is so sick. Can’t wait for the next Whip-Off!”Frenchman Briole added: