Crankworx world tour sets sights on Australia for 2022.


Crankworx Cairns will bring the ultimate experience in mountain biking to coastal Queensland.

It’s been five years since Crankworx added a new stop to its World Tour (Innsbruck joined the party in 2017). Today, a new fourth stop will be unveiled. Starting in 2022, the ultimate experience in mountain biking will have a new home in Cairns, Australia.

“We have been working with the team in Cairns since 2018 to make this happen,” says Crankworx World Tour Managing Director Darren Kinnaird. “To see all the pieces of the puzzle come together, and to start working with the team on the ground to plan a new World Tour festival, is such a dream. Cairns is one-of-a-kind, with the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, and has epic riding throughout. Plus, there is major passion locally for mountain biking, not to mention a history of running major mountain bike events. Crankworx Cairns will give our athletes an additional fourth stop to compete at, give mountain bike fans from around the world a solid taste of this unique destination, and bring the ultimate experience in mountain biking to our fans in Australia. We couldn’t be more excited.”

With the announcement of Cairns’ addition, the full 2022 Crankworx World Tour is now locked and loaded.

June 15-19: Crankworx Innsbruck

August 5-14: Crankworx Whistler

October 5-9: Crankworx Cairns

November 5-13: Crankworx Rotorua

Those keen for their first taste of what Crankworx Cairns has to offer should stay tuned here:

“We are so stoked to be bringing Crankworx to Cairns. Where else can you watch the biggest names in the sport throw down, surrounded by the best backdrop in the world - the historic rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef?” says Matt Hilton CEO of Crankworx Cairns. “It’s a chance not only to showcase the trails that have brought world’s best athletes from all over the world to Cairns, but also the destination, the culture and heritage and our good old fashioned Aussie hospitality.”

“Having travelled to Rotorua and seen the festival in action there, and the effect it’s had on the local community, it’s easy to see what an opportunity this is for both Cairns and Crankworx,” says Hilton. “It’s the perfect fit – world class mountain biking in a world class destination. Along with our partners at Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Cairns Regional Council, we can’t wait to put on a good show.”

Crankworx Cairns will take place at Smithfield, hailed as the highest profile rainforest trail system in the world, the site of the 2017 World Champs, and the only place in the world where mountain bikers can ride alongside two World Heritage areas.