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Crankworx has gone...

 

Well the madness that was Crankworx has left Rotorua and things are returning to normal here. If you didn’t make it up, start planning to be here next year because it was Off. The. Chain.
We had Pedro over from Marzocchi to look after the athletes, Jason and Joe from ENVE, and Mike from Gravity to help us educate the punters about their products. They are all really knowledgeable guys, so if you are up next year make sure you come past our site and pick their brains.

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Starting out on Wednesday with a massive crowd and some massive crashes the Oceania Whip Off Champs set the scene for the week to come. People were landing at some crazy angles and in the end Ryan Howard took the win.

 

Matt Scoles shows us how it’s done…

Whip 

 

Thursday saw the Speed and Style, with riders sticking their tricks, it was the damp berms taking them out, several riders went down hard.
Our boys went well, with Conor Macfarlane getting through to the finals and Martin Soderstrom taking the overall, he also swung by afterwards and signed some posters for the fans.

Conor SSMartin

 

Friday was DH day, with a challenging course and the rock garden claiming plenty of rear tyres. There was a strong Kiwi contingent but in the end Bruni and Atherton came out on top.

 

Scolesy just can’t keep his tyres on the ground;

DH

 

As darkness descended the atmosphere at the Pumptrack Challenge was electric, with big support for local lad Keegan Wright and BMX legend Sarah Walker. They both got down to the pointy end of proceedings, Sarah coming in 3rd, and Keegan in 2nd, within a gnats whisker of taking it out.

PumpBlow

 

Saturday brought the EWS, with the world’s best riders heading into the forest and shredding the trails we ride every weekend. After 50km in the saddle and 35 minutes of racing Jerome Clementz and Anne Caro took home the titles.

 

Conor on Kung Fu Walrus;

EWS

 

Sunday was time for the main event, Kelly and Tom had done a brilliant job building the Slopestyle course, those features are HUGE! With a downpour in the morning it was looking doubtful, but right on cue the clouds parted and the show started.

The big guns pulled out the big tricks and in the end Brett Rheeder took home the $20k.

 

Soderstrom and McGazza in action;

SoderKelly

 

Then suddenly it was all over, time to pack down and get ready for work on Monday!
The biggest MTB event NZ has ever seen will be back again in 2016, you don’t want to miss it…

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