Crankworx Whistler: Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Results and Photos

Aug 16, 2012
by Tyler Maine  

Men
1- Mitch Ropelato (Defending Champ)
2- Troy Brosnan
3- Cody Johnson
4- Martin Soderstrom


Women
1- Jill Kintner (Defending Champ)
2- Micayla Gatto
3- Melissa Buhl
4- Steffi Marth

Women s Podium L-R Gatto second Kintner first and Buhl third .

The trophy for the winner...
  The trophy for the winner...

Now teammates Mitch Ropelato and Troy Brosnan share a laugh and a good time as they prepare to go head to head for pumptrack dominance.
Mitch Ropelato wins Crankworx Pumptrack challenge on his new Specialized P Slope.
  Mitch Ropelato wins the pumptrack challenge on the new Specialized P-Slope

  Jill Kintner taking the win.

Troy Brosnan is back and was going head to head with Sidney Slotegraaf on the pumptrack when I walked up to the check out the competition.
  Troy Brosnan is back and was going head to head with Sidney Slotegraaf on the pumptrack in one of the first rounds.

Cody Johnson was absolutely slaying it. The kid came in 3rd overall.
  Cody Johnson was absolutely slaying it. The kid came in 3rd overall.

Martin Soderstrom is always the entertainer and fast to boot. 4th in pumptrack with tailwhips bar spins and massive whips over the last double.
  Martin Soderstrom is always the entertainer, and fast to boot. 4th in pumptrack, with tailwhips, bar spins and massive whips over the last double.

Glenn West vs Ryan Hunt.
  Glenn West vs Ryan Hunt.

Heat two with Troy Brosnan taking the pass on the inside and in the air.
  Heat two with Troy Brosnan taking the pass on the inside and in the air.

Yuki Kushima outside line and Marin Soderstrom getting rowdy.
  Yuki Kushima (outside line) and Martin Soderstrom getting rowdy.

Stoke amongst the racers was one of the things that made this event so cool to see.
  Stoke amongst the racers was one of the things that made this event so cool to see.

GoPros Jaymo with handheld go pro rig from Camtrol equipped with a rode shotgun mic and everything.
  GoPros Jaymo with handheld go pro rig from Camtrol, equipped with a rode shotgun mic and everything.

The man himself Troy Lee drops in to check out the pumptrack action and grab a beverage.
  The man himself, Troy Lee, drops in to check out the pumptrack action and grab a beverage.

  Evan, getting his party on in the beer garden.

Martin Soderstrom railing the inside of the first berm vs Bren-dawg.
  Martin Soderstrom railing the inside of the first berm vs Bren-dawg.

Fairclough keepin an eye on the ball but this corner was a tough one to hang onto a lead. The inside line was so fast that amost no lead was safe at this point.
  Fairclough keepin an eye on the ball, but this corner was a tough one to hang onto a lead. The inside line was so fast, that almost no lead was safe at this point.

Micayla Gatto was pretty bummed that she couldn t race a full World Cup this season... next year. Here we see her taking down Casey Brown.
  Micayla Gatto was pretty bummed that she couldn't race a full World Cup this season... next year. Here we see her taking down Casey Brown.

Sequins make the girl.
  Sequins make the girl.

The outside line of the second berm was getting worked--trackside gnomes went to work on it between rounds--water shovel and pound.
  The outside line of the second berm was getting worked - trackside gnomes went to work on it between rounds--water, shovel, and pound.

  Soderstrom turning everything into a trick jump...

There s something not quite right about that front wheel on Troy Brosnan s ride in this berm... Wish I d held the trigger down for a few frames more...
  There's something not quite right about that front wheel on Troy Brosnan's ride in this berm... Wish I'd held the trigger down for a few frames more...

Gatto vs Kintner. Gatto had the advantage in this round of the finals heat but she had too big of a deficit to overcome from the first round the win went to Kintner. The fact that Kintner was riding here let alone won after getting a rod stuffed into her arm 6 weeks ago is amazing.
  Gatto vs Kintner. Gatto had the advantage in this round of the finals heat, but she had too big of a deficit to overcome from the first round: the win went to Kintner. The fact that Kintner was riding here, let alone won, after getting a rod stuffed into her arm 6 weeks ago is amazing.

Ropelato was not getting past Brosnan in this the second round of the final heat but Brosnan s crash the round before dug him too deep of a hole to overcome Mitch s advantage.
  Ropelato was not getting past Brosnan in this, the second round of the final heat, but Brosnan's crash the round before dug him too deep of a hole to overcome Mitch's advantage.

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45 Comments

  • 23 0
 Interesting seeing the brosnan/ropelato dynamic with ropelato being brosnan's replacement and all! Also, Cody Johnson is damn fast!
  • 7 0
 There's some great rivalry forming there!
  • 1 0
 Isn't Troy injured though?
  • 2 0
 nah, did his first local dh race 2 weeks ago back in adelaide. the doctors said he's good to go
  • 13 0
 fuck yea troy is back. wonder if he can still ride the last world cup
  • 4 0
 Hell yes Cody Johnson!
  • 2 0
 In that case Ropelato is making the most of his opportunity. awesome. this will only make Troy that much faster
  • 19 10
 So when are they firing Brad J? Si. love the write ups on the site but the Queen and country stuff for everyone who is British is starting to drive me nuts. Not as bad when Brad says country vs. country and messes what countries these guys (and girls) are from.

Pinkbike, I know you are super cheap, let Tippie do everything, he is like the Canadian, non drunk version of Warner.

Less f***ers like me would whine.
  • 4 0
 Shits free man, when are people going to learn that free stuff isnt always perfect.
  • 1 1
 Tis true, tis true.
  • 3 1
 Hey, at least they don't have Kyle Ebbet doing the announcing again. tup
  • 2 3
 For a young b***h you make a good point. However I have rode with Kyle in the East and he
is smooth on a bike. Like any sport, good on the field does not mean good on tv.
  • 1 0
 alright...
  • 4 8
flag dhridernz (Aug 17, 2012 at 0:37) (Below Threshold)
 No don't let tippie do it his is so bloody irritating. almost mute all the broadcasts because of him.
  • 3 0
 Back In The Day we had to wait two days to see the results of even a world cup race - let alone watching pretty random events (however exciting and relevant) stuff LIVE.
  • 4 6
 i agree that tippie shouldnt be doing anything on camera, the man is so annoying. everyone i know agrees
  • 9 1
 So this was a mini dual slalom? I would nt call this a pump track challenge.....
  • 2 0
 Argee, the 2009 champs at some guys house is the best thing I have ever seen. That was true pump track action, not a mini ds. I still think that is why Mick did not ride tonight.
  • 2 0
 Are you talking about ("at some guys house") the one in Canberra in 2007? I was in the thick of that one and it was nuts.
  • 1 0
 it was 2009, when the worlds was in ACT...
  • 5 0
 was reading this and had a double take at Troy Brosnan, awesome to see, can't wait til I read Gracia and Trace Hannah again too!!! :-)
  • 6 0
 Brosnan is BACK!! Can't wait for next season's World Cup already!!
  • 5 0
 Mitch looked way too fast not to win
  • 6 1
 Defending champ*
  • 2 0
 Isn't this what editors are for...
  • 2 0
 Did I miss something here? That's what it says?
  • 3 0
 It said depending...
  • 3 0
 Haha awesome, well that happens and one of the crew was able to fix it up right quick. Hope you guys enjoyed the fast posts despite the spelling error.
  • 1 0
 It's rad you guys are pumping them out so quickly Ty, props.
  • 3 0
 Cash money those are some massive purses...no one gets into bikes for money.
  • 3 0
 I though ropelato was cool....


Then i saw those white jeans... Dafuq?
  • 3 0
 Good to see Brosnan back in the game!
  • 1 0
 If the announcer says the number of their "plate" four times a run, it gets freaking annoying
  • 1 0
 Slope bike for pumptrack? really? Fully rigid and chainless is how pumptrack should be ridden!
  • 1 0
 The Pics are rad, pump tracks are rad! this event is rad! Woop, Good Post!
  • 1 0
 sucks from Brosnan Crashing, Ropelato kicked the cat's Ass!... again
  • 2 0
 Yeah! Troy's back!!
  • 1 0
 Micayla Gatto is so dreamy
  • 2 0
 Micayla has it goin on.
  • 4 5
 My homie Cody J. coming in 3rd!! So glad i get to party with him tonight! Good job Cody!
  • 1 0
 yeah brosnans back!!
  • 1 0
 Yeahhh Troy !!!
  • 1 1
 p-slope for the winnn!
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