Dual Slalom Photo Epic - Crankworx Rotorua 2018

Mar 20, 2018
by Cameron Mackenzie  



For kiwis, dual slalom has long been this fantasy sport that many only watched through screens, streamed from far-flung countries. That was until today. One of the biggest and most anticipated events of Crankworx Rotorua 2018 finally took place on New Zealand soil - the 100% Dual Slalom, and you best believe it didn't disappoint. A combination of the ideal location, perfect dirt and master craftsmanship from the crew at Empire of Dirt added up to a supreme course that was better than anyone could have expected.

Better yet, the course has been handed over to the Rotorua Trails Trust and access opened to the public, meaning this latest addition to the already strong quiver of riding facilities in the town is everyone's to use year-round. In the few days the course has been there for, there are already stories of local kids not coming home for dinner because riding this work of art has been more important. That sense of community was front and center at today's event, but so was some serious two-wheeled chaos.

Barry Nobles' day started in hectic fashion, trying to jerry fit a new chain.
Tahnee's first Crankworx Rotorua plate.

Tyre choice was critical. The flat turns towards the bottom of the course were incredibly loose, so nobbly tyres were the go to.

Those corners were works of art, it was a shame to see them getting torn apart.

Bas treating the slalom like a slopestyle course.

Kiwi powerhouse showdown. Reon Boe vs the Bulldog.

Biily Meaclem was the only Kiwi junior mixing it up in the pro field.

Foot out flat out for Jackson Davis.

Outlines of Kyle Strait rushing down the course.

Tahnee looked to be off the pace during practice, but it became apparent later on she just wasn't showing all her cards early.

Matt Walker went through four rounds of knockouts before having to settle for 4th.

Racing was incredibly tight.


The gates were causing issues for the track crew with riders ripping them out every few laps.

Tyler McCaul got knocked out in the first round of 32 against the Bulldog.

The dual slalom wasn't Casey Brown's strong point, but expect to see her be more dominant later in the week as the courses get longer.

The Master and the Apprentice. Mick Hannah vs Cous Cous.

bigquotesDual slalom was amazing today! I was so happy to hear that Crankworx was including it in the schedule. It’s so much fun to watch and to compete. There was a bunch of kids there offering to help take our bikes back to the top and just generally loving the show!Mick Hannah


Bas van Steenbergen opted for the slower, more controlled rounding of the first gate while Eliot Jackson gets loose. This approach saw him make it through to the quarter-finals against Tomas Slavik but didn't stand a chance against the seasoned watt monster.

Finn Parsons was throwing down some serious pace for such a youngster. Local boy Tuhoto Ariki-Pene gave him a good run for his money in the junior final, but Tuhoto spun out in the last few flat turns opening the door to Finn.

Casey and Vaea spent much of the afternoon versing each other, but Casey didn't make it through to the race rounds of 8.

Dani Beecroft was riding super strong. Edging out Emile Siegenthaler early and going on to take 4th behind Tahnee Seagrave.

The dirt was more golden than the light or the medals. Only in Rotorua.

Austin 'Bubba' Warren threading the needle through the excess branding.

Brook made it through to the quarter-finals but crashed out against Kyle Strait. With such tight racing, Brook had no chance to claw back the deficit.

Adrien Loron got pipped in the quarter-finals by an on-form Luca Cometti, who later went on to take bronze.

The rain came in during the last few races, but thankfully blew over without affecting the event.

Jill Kinter edged out Kialani Hines for the win, but with the likes of Caroline Buchanan watching on, and out from a K.O, was it much of surprise?

Did anyone stand a chance against an on-form Slavik today?

Brook Mac on the charge.

bigquotesThe event was sick! Great to see such a big crowd turned out for a well-run event! I’ve always been a fan of dual and we need more of it! The track was good and it would have been even better with a bit more gradient for the trail bike. Still had loads of fun though!Brook MacDonald

Tahnee fell victim to a broken chain in the semi-finals, costing her place in the battle for gold.

Each podium step topped by a rider from a different discipline. One of the many great things about dual slalom - it brings together riders from all sides.


The first champagne shower of the week for some, but likely not their last.


The Princess and the Queen.




1st - Tomas Slavik
2nd - Kyle Strait
3rd - Luca Cometti

1st - Jill Kintner
2nd - Kialani Hines
3rd - Tahnée Seagrave


Full Results


Mentions: @cameronmackenzie @ride100percent @officialcrankworx



26 Comments

  • + 58
 The bike gods have been listening. Moar dual slalom please.
  • + 33
 Bring it back to World Cups.. imagine Friday night live slalom on Red Bull... without any glitches.
  • + 2
 @Flowcheckers: Sploosh!
  • + 9
 @Flowcheckers: Dual Slalom and 4X as appitizers, DH finals as main courses. That's what heaven looks like for us.
  • + 22
 Tahnée bike check please. looks rad!
  • + 8
 I cant wait to see the edit from this. Too bad they didn't decide to cover this one live, and be able to replay it. Dual Slalom is so much fun.
  • + 2
 It was live on crankworxs facebook page. I watched it was intense to say the least.
  • + 1
 @t8500: thanks for the try, its already been taken down
  • + 9
 Bike checks please!! Especially Tahnees!!
  • + 6
 Dual slalom is great, wish there were a lot more races around the world and more coverage. Ultimate form of head to head racing (no shet shitlock)
  • + 2
 Dual slalom is one of the best events at crankworx for sure, fast, exciting, one on one, so much better than speed and style, its pure and simple and should have been live for a start, are they doing speed and style? I do hope not
  • + 2
 My boys (aged 8 and 10) met Tanhee In a skate park last month and she was amazing !! Such a cool unassuming personality... boys loved it. Wish her all the best for the coming season. Most fav rider in our house by miles
  • + 3
 Tahnnees Chrome Transition PBJ is epic - great pics
  • + 3
 wicked pictures but I am pretty sure that is not Matt Walker on a Pivot.
  • + 1
 Yea, that's Rupert Chapman.
  • + 3
 Kyle Straight!!! More racing and more Kyle please!
  • + 3
 Rampage and Dual slalom specialist, 2 completely different types of mountain biking. Amazing rider.
  • + 2
 @Flowcheckers: he's in the argument for best all around rider of all time. Gee can give him a go, Vanderham as well just from the broad range of events they've competed and ultimately done extremely well at.
  • + 3
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Johny T owns that title.
  • + 1
 I'd really like to see a comparison between all the geared bikes vs. single speed bikes and their given places in finish?!
  • + 3
 Bike checks please!!
  • + 3
 Amazing Pictures!
  • + 1
 Mick has a dope slo-mo of him doubling the whoops on his insta.
  • + 1
 Kialani is a rad lady, and progressed a lot this year. Stoked for her!
  • + 1
 Tahnee Wink

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