We’ve made it back to reality after an epic week at Crankworx, Rotorua and have sifted through the thousands of images we took over the week to compile this photo roundup of the event from a Kiwi riders perspective.
The crowds turned out in their droves to support our athletes and watch the show that is Crankworx and the weather gods rewarded them with blue skies all week. So how did our riders shape up?
Well the Kiwi athletes responded to the tremendous local support by podiuming in all but 2 of the 7 events. Stand outs for the week amongst the Kiwis were – Matt Walker who showed he has been training hard in Queenstown as he picked up a win in the Enduro, 3rd place in the Pump Track and a 5th in DH.
George Brannigan seemed to be enjoying his new Commencal bikes, taking top spot on the podium for the Air DH and 2nd behind Loic Bruni in the main DH race on Sunday.
Raewyn Morrison was 2nd in the Giant Toa Enduro and won the women’s Air DH race to make it two medals from 2 starts at Crankworx.
Sam Blenkinsop showed off his versatility on a bike by finishing 4th in the Enduro, 3rd in the Whip Off and 4th in the DH.
Brooke MacDonald looked very comfortable on his new GT bike as he charged to 3rd in the DH and 7th in the Enduro.
Eddie Masters started the week off in style with a 2nd in the Enduro before crashes in the pump track and DH practise took the wind out of his sails.
Other honourable mentions go to local riders – Connor Mahuika who wowed the crowds with his pump track skills taking 4th in his 1st ever comp, at the ripe old age of 16.
And to Annika Smail who took two stages wins on her local trails in the Enduro to finish 3rd overall.
It was great to see that New Zealand riding is in such a great shape and that an event like Crankworx not only showcases our amazing country as a riding destination but pits our athletes against the World’s best in their own backyard.
Huge shout out to all the riders that competed over the week and to all the organisers and volunteers that made it all happen. Bring on next year.