Fast-paced action in first-ever Crankworx Pump Track Challenge
Photos: Anthony Smith
Words: Brice Minnigh
The first-ever Crankworx Ultimate Pump Track Challenge proved to be a popular and exciting event, with hundreds of spectators ushering in the evening around a supremely fast and technical pump track to watch some of the world's most gifted riders go head to head.
The white-knuckle, single-elimination format lent itself to the excitement, with each heat consisting of two riders going head to head in a single, high-speed lap. Contestants started on a platform in the middle of the track, hands off the bars, before belting out their laps to be the first back to the center of the platform.
In many cases, one tiny mistake would lead to elimination. In the men's final, that mistake was a crash by Brendan Fairclough that catapulted Mitch Ropelato to the championship—and a $750 check.
Competition in the women's contest was fierce, with Jill Kintner ultimately prevailing in the final over Micayla Gatto with a near-flawless lap.