Monster Energy’s Danny Hart Wins Crankworx Downhill in Innsbruck, Austria at the Third Round of the Crankworx World Tour

Monster Energy’s Danny Hart Wins Crankworx Downhill in Innsbruck, Austria At the Third Round of the Crankworx World Tour

It’s hard to feel like you’re really pushing it, but obviously my run was good enough so I’m happy with it – Danny Hart

Monster Energy’s Danny Hart took home the win at the Crankworx Downhill in Innsbruck, Austria at the third round of the Crankworx World Tour where he beat a stacked field of world-class competitors.

The reigning World Champion bested a talented field to take home gold in dry, dusty conditions on a track that racers were having trouble keeping speed on.

“To go into a run on that track is difficult,” said Hart. It’s really hard not to override this track, especially in a race. You want to be giving it full beans, but it’s hard to do that because the track is so rough and blown out. It’s definitely a tough course. It’s hard to feel like you’re really pushing it, but obviously my run was good enough so I’m happy with it.”

Covered in fresh, loamy dirt, the track bedded in over the week and reminded most riders of a slightly less steep version of the legendary Val Di Sole, Italy World Cup track. With a three for three track records so far on downhill tracks, riders are looking forward to racing the penultimate round in Whistler, Canada in August.

Joining Hart on podiums this week at Crankworx was Monster Energy teammate Mitch Ropelato (USA) taking second at the Pumptrack challenge on Friday evening. In what was some of the tightest pump track racing in recent memory, the young American battled his way to the final heat wearing lederhosen and a borrowed helmet after having hit his head hard enough the week before to decommission his own.

“I struggled for…

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