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Monster Energy celebrates two podium results from the Crankworx festival in Innsbruck, Austria this weekend. Sam Reynolds takes second place in Speed & Style and Monster Army’s Charlie Harrison takes third in Downhill.
Under stormy and changeable conditions in the Austrian Alps, the Crankworx World Tour festival organized a successful and safe event for the best in Europe to compete in the multi-discipline elite events.
Throughout a thoroughly windy and rainy day, the Speed & Style qualifying rounds saw UK’s Reynolds bag the fastest race results and a 2nd place finish overall. The conditions deteriorated through the day and under consideration for the athlete’s well-being, the decision was made to cancel the final and award the results based on the qualifying runs. Reynolds was the only rider to cross the finish line in under 24 seconds and was the fastest of the day but was just over-scored by the winner Thomas Lemoine on tricks. This marks the 4th podium for Reynolds in the Speed & Style discipline and he was stoked to be back competing:
“It was great to be back at the sharp end competing with the guys,” said Reynolds. Everyone did a great job at Crankworx to make an event happen with everything going on, and it was awesome to see the huge efforts just to make it happen.”
In the final day of competition, the iXS Innsbruck Downhill took place under wet and muddy conditions that proved eventful for the competitors. For Monster Army’s Harrison, the weekend was a great stomping ground to get the race jersey back on and feel the heat of competition once more.
“It was a solid weekend, super grateful to have had a warm-up race before World’s,” said Harrison. It’s just really nice to be back with the team to get back into that race mindset and get to race some fast guys and see where I’m at in terms of speed.”
The course tested the riders’ skill and technical ability with challenging conditions after a deluge of rain and some of the athletes were getting untuck on the corners at the bottom of the course. Harrison nailed these key sections and finished just +1.870 off the fastest time set by Austrian, David Trummer, and finished in a strong 3rd place podium finish. In the end, Harrison was just happy to be able to test his speed against the competition and find his feet against the clock once more, after the extended break from events.
“It’s been such a long time since I’ve raced, pretty much everyone’s in the same boat,” said Harrison. “So, it’s good to get back into it and kind of use it to try and get a check on how everything’s feeling and dial in the little race routines before World Champs this week.”
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Up next–stay tuned for more details on the Mountain Bike team as they head to the World Championships in Leogang, Austria October 9-11.
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