Photos by Anthony Smith
Words by Brice Minnigh
The 2015 Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge proved to be the most well-attended pump track challenge in Crankworx history, drawing hundreds of spirited spectators for the Friday evening spectacle. The event, which had been rescheduled from Thursday afternoon to Friday evening due to inclement weather, was a real crowd-pleaser, eliciting mass cheers as the riders pumped their way around the track in one hard-fought heat after another. By the time the dust had settled, the Dutch duo of Anneke Beerten and Joost Wichman emerged victorious. Here are some of the evening’s highlights:
The crowd was probably the biggest-ever for a Crankworx Pump Track Challenge, with hundreds of spirited spectators turning up for the event, which had been rescheduled from Thursday afternoon to Friday evening. The weekend crowd cheered wildly—especially for New Zealand riders—and midway through the contest a wave began to roll all the way around the track.
Most of the heats were tight, but early on North Carolina DH racer Walker Shaw was pulling away for some lengthy gaps. In the end, he was pipped at the post for a podium spot and had to settle for fourth.
Perennial pumptrack master Jill Kintner was gunning for the win the entire evening, but in the final heat against Beerten an unfortunate bobble at the start gate left her watching her Dutch counterpart’s victory lap.