Forget pumptrack or Speed and Style, this is the event that really kicks off Crankworx for us.
The first of the big three events went off with riders whipping harder than Max Moseley in a dungeon full of Nazi nurses. The early afternoon is train time then the select few deemed worthy enough for finals drop in one by one for proper scrutiny by the judges.
Louis Reboul did the double in the men’s and Casey Brown put on her customary display of power to take the women’s.
Take a look at the sideways in the sky action in the gallery below:
Crankworx Innsbruck whip off gallery:
Fresh from downhill training in the AM, Bernardo Cruz winds down the Austrian hillside towards Innsbruck's infamous whip off location.
Southern Hemisphere crew eye up their playground for the afternoon.
Spoiler Alert... these guys are gonna' throw down.
Whip Off is on... tell a friend.
Amir Kabbani dropping in.
Of all the places for a Whip Off, they could have at least chosen somewhere with a decent backdrop.
Kaos Seagrave coming in hot for a taste of Alpine air time.
I think he approves.
Ryan and William getting twisted.
There aren't many better ways of filling an SD card than with a continuous whip train.
They just kept coming...
Look closely and you might spot Kade Edwards ripping his Trek to death.
Vaea Verbeeck sending for Canada.
A sick guy, doing sick things, in front of a sick backdrop.
Riders eagerly await to hear who will make it through to the final round.
The man behind it all, Whip Off founder Sven Martin is in with the results.
The pink band indicates that you probably threw it down hard enough to make it through... 'finals' are on.
Once again, Kade Edwards... tearing it up and defying physics as per usual.
Here's guy, in the sky, looking fly.
Sam Reynolds later went on to place second in the Speed & Style and I can sorta see why.
And in case you were wondering what he looked like from the back.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Bernard Kerr.
Once beyond the realm of 90 degrees, it really begs the question of how one returns their vessel to its original standing point... perhaps we'll never know.
Like, for real?
Did he land it? We'll let you be the judge of that.
Signature style from Martin Soderstrom whose fun, unfortunately, had to be cut short following an injury that resulted in the fracturing of his shoulderblade.
R' Dog leaning er' in.
Casey Brown is here to impress and impress she did.
Tyler McCaul crushing it till the wheels fall off.
This is Louis Reboul, he's won here before... can you tell?
Eliot Jackson appears to be having a quiet year as far as events go but who can resist Whip Offs?
Shortly after recovering from a major injury at Loosefest last year, Remy Morton also had to give this one a miss, unfortunately, plagued with yet more injury.
No prizes for guessing who dominated the women's field this year... Casey Brown's winning rig sitting pretty.
At just 18 years old, Kaos Seagrave is taking the Crankworx series by storm... third place for the young 'Whipper' Snapper.
As per, not disappointing in the whip department... second place for R Dog.
The Crankworx stoke continues.
Deja Vu? No... just Louis Reboul, your Crankworx Innsbruck Whip Off champ, second year running.