Crankworx Pump Track Challenge

Aug 13, 2010 at 9:01
Aug 13, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner won the Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge at Crankworx, Micayla Gatto and Brendan Fairclough took second.

More results and photos inside...

It was a beautiful evening in Whistler, perfect for the Crankworx Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge. The event ran as an elimination, with prequalified riders going head to head against each other in a single run elimination. Riders started on a platform in the middle of the pumptrack loop, standing over their bikes, hands off the bars. At the start riders touched gloves, then dropped in on opposite sides of the track. They had to complete one full lap with the fastest rider advancing.

In the semi's Mitch Ropelato beat Blake Carney, Danny Hart beat Cody Warren, Brendan Fairclough beat Evan Turpen, and Austin Aldrich beat Troy Brosnan.

More than a few people told me that Troy Brosnan was going to win, but Austin Aldrich took him out early on. Watch for this kid in the future.
More than a few people told me that Troy Brosnan was going to win, but Austin Aldrich took him out early on. Watch for this kid in the future.

Danny Hart
Danny Hart


Then Ropelato beat Hart and Fairclough beat Aldrich, with Fairclough and Ropelato moving on to the final and Aldrich and Hart going to the small final.

The final was looking incredibly fast and tight but Fairclough went down with about half a lap to go and Mitch Ropelato flew to the finish with no trouble. Austin Aldrich beat Brendan Fairclough in the small final.

On the women's side Jill Kintner and Micayla Gatto moved through to the final, taking out Emmeline Ragot and Fionn Griffiths on the way. Emmeline beat Fionn in the small final, and in the main Micayla lost out to Jill.

It was amazing to see just how fast the top riders, girls and guys, were going on the tight little track.

Mitch Ropelato winning the final
Mitch Ropelato winning the final

Brendan Fairclough in the final
Brendan Fairclough in the final

Jill Kintner, final run
Jill Kintner, final run

Austin Aldrich
Austin Aldrich

Micayla Gatto
Micayla Gatto

Cody Warren
Cody Warren

Womens podium
Womens podium

Mens podium
Mens podium


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39 Comments

  • + 13
 Swee shots Ian! Loving the facial expressions!
  • + 10
 Yeah Fairclough and Austin especially, and Jill always looks like an animal about to attack something when she's racing...
  • + 3
 love the biking faces Razz
  • + 2
 My first though too when looking at those pics. the expressions are comical.
  • + 2
 Micayla Gatto iz as cross eyed as a naked man on a tight rope
  • + 1
 i want to put rat poison on Troy Brosnan's shoulder oj
  • + 2
 Is Austin scoping the monster girls in that last pic? He has a look of no good on his face lol
  • + 1
 having the monster girls that close to you is worth the winning. even without a big check....lmao.
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  • + 3
 I was out there when the boys were building this. They did an Awesome job. Something that could start springing up over here in the UK at some point. Mates races on a pumptrack..... Hmmm now My cogs are turning. hahaha
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  • + 4
 and hell yeah the women next to brendog in the podium pic would get ridden as hard as the pumptrack!
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  • - 1
 this article is not very well written, it says "and Fairclough beat Aldrich" and a few lines later it a says "Austin Aldrich beat Brendan Fairclough in the small final" poor journalism is you ask me. Get the facts right and then PROOF READ before you post up you articles
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  • + 1
 Fairclough misses out on the win again?! SNAFU in Canberra, narrowly beaten at Sea Otter and now Crankworks - he wants that win more than anyone, I'm sure.
  • + 1
 This was just payback for the Giant Slalom Event at the US Open this year... Mitch went down and Fairclough won...
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  • + 2
 im liking the new style of clothing they are racing with for the pump tracks ha
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  • + 1
 very nice shots! most of them don't use front brakes....it's cool too and less weight..
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  • + 1
 what blows my mind is that Mitch broke his collar bone at national champs july 16
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  • + 2
 Would like to pump that track on the far left of the men's podium picture.
  • + 3
 it looks like a well sculpted course
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  • + 2
 Danny Hart you Redcar Redneck
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  • + 1
 danny hart is on the 2010 stp, thought they had a new one for 2011 so wouldn't he be riding it?
  • + 1
 it might be that giant don't want to show any secrets to the public yet or maybe its the 09 colours
  • + 1
 yer good point although i've already seen it so have a lot of other people, so why hide it at one of the biggest events of the year
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  • + 1
 that pumptrack is so much fun. it is insanely tight
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  • + 2
 yeah mitch, killing it.
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  • + 1
 fairclough needs to keep his full face on
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  • + 1
 fairclough rocking the el camino! get it girl
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  • + 1
 they are just some awsome sick b!ches, nice pics, lol good last one haha
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  • + 1
 Hell yeah Mitch, way to represent the 801. Keep killing it dude.
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  • + 1
 that pump tracl looks awesome!!!
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  • + 1
 YEAH MIIIIITCH! GO USA
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