Inside the Tape: The Gnarliest Crankworx DH Course Yet - Crankworx Rotorua 2020

Mar 7, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  


For this year the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by Gull received a bit of a facelift and to say it got more challenging would be an understatement. With massive gaps and variable conditions, it will be interesting to see who can conquer this beast of a course and come out on top.








71 Comments

  • 141 20
 Ok. Christina is pretty damn good at this.
  • 30 1
 Btw, did anyone see Mike Levy after he dropped in on the Grim Donut?
  • 16 3
 Igreed. I haven't watch many track walks before...but she excels even on messing with fellow riders! That's nice!
  • 32 1
 agreed! She's very good at bridging the gap between Cathro's analytical approach and Tippie's stream of consciousness approach. Excellent take on it and very cool that she gives it her own spin instead of just replicating the other two. Solid recruitment there Pinkbike - well played.

And tandem DH? That takes next level commitment imho
  • 14 2
 Yeah she's killing it. Camera angles were also on point, those POV shots somehow brought out the steepness of the track significantly better than the riders' POV did.
  • 18 3
 Dude, my thoughts exactly while watching this video--Christina is great! She's funny, knows her stuff (and the riders), and is a natural in front of the camera
  • 4 0
 @klinkekule: Her and Ben should tag team one of these. I can see them feeding off of each other, would make for some belly laughs !!! Good job Christina !
  • 3 0
 needs an Icon for following
  • 8 2
 Wheres Ben?
Theres no bro "EEEEEEWW!" with Ben.
I want Ben
  • 5 0
 THANKS! Pretty dang fun! As fare as not racing goes...pretty fun to watch the pals send it
  • 2 0
 @yvidal: we try to have fun haha most riders/friends can take a jab from time to time
  • 3 0
 @klinkekule: thanks a million! I could never be another Ben or Tippie, but I think we all have something to offer :-)
  • 1 0
 @gemma8788: savage course walk hahah the list was insane as well!
  • 2 0
 @ATV25: would make for a good time I'm sure!
  • 3 0
 @scary1: you'll get him! Eventually, on some other course, somewhere in the world :-)
  • 29 4
 Christina to Eliot Jackson, when he slipped: 'Believe it or not, this guy has ridden a bike before.'
So good! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 hahah he's a gem! And an insane rider. Which we already know!
  • 23 2
 "i don't know if they should be riding on speed"

Solid Christina. 5 stars, would recommend.
  • 1 0
 hahaha I impress myself sometimes. Luckily the mic is always recording!
  • 15 0
 Tandem DH!!!!!!!!!
  • 18 4
 where is Tippie?
  • 7 0
 tandem off roading ---- that's hard core I had a cross tandem and it's tough to do off road with it. roadie tandem you can get hauling but off road takes a lot more skill
  • 7 0
 Christina has a great trackside personality! good to see her giving the riders some encouragement/yeeeeews
chuckled at the riders on speed quip.
  • 2 0
 thanks! luckily I don't edit the videos... it would be terrible to listen to myself that much.
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: anybody gets sick of listening to themselves that much... im a musician. when I record songs every now and then, it does get a little repetitive and droning haha!
  • 9 2
 Killed it, nice job Christina!
  • 1 0
 Thank you!
  • 6 0
 haha! this is so cool, it's extra special watching my friend Christina present this quality track walk! YeW!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Matt! Been a fun ride so far. Appreciate the support xoxo
  • 9 3
 Yea, Christina meant fer this, nice!
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Been super fun so far! Will be branching out soon so we shall see.
  • 6 1
 Awesome job, Christina! Great track walk. It’s like Tippie and Cathro had a baby!
  • 3 0
 And fed it nothing but red cordial?
  • 3 0
 After 'pumping the bottom of that tranny.'?
  • 1 0
 hahaha amazing!
  • 5 0
 That track looks greasy AF.
  • 1 0
 It was wild!! Happy to have not raced today haha
  • 5 1
 CP,s comments are the high light . The track has grass fields with tape and poles and a man made rock garden.
  • 1 0
 Thanks! I just say what comes to mind and the editor tries to make sense of it. Poor guy (Chris)
  • 7 3
 I really like her videos when she is not seeming SUPER fake being extra "dude bro" sounding
  • 2 0
 hey thanks dude bro :-) I'll keep that in mind...mate.
  • 5 1
 Really good commentary. More of this Smile
  • 2 0
 Thank you! Appreciate that a lot!
  • 4 1
 The first few riders through the grassy corners,
Was she being sarcastic? Or was that just her positive outlook.
  • 6 3
 One of the best decisions pinkbike made was getting Christina on board. The best "Inside the Tape".
  • 1 0
 Yes!!! Thanks! Super fun and hope to do some more!
  • 5 2
 Christina is good but we need to work harder to contain the ongoing outbreak of the Enduro-15 ‘YEWWWW!’ pandemic,
  • 3 1
 You more of a 'YEEEAAAAHHHH' guy?
  • 1 0
 hahah I'll do what I can but.... a lot of those riders are my good pals so it's hard to contain the excitement. Believe it or not, I don't edit these videos.
  • 2 0
 The riders have to huck the big drop over the root @3:12 to have a chance to win. Way slower pumping it or doing the go around.
  • 2 0
 For sure! That section was so insanely bumpy by race time, must have felt savage.
  • 3 1
 Oh look, the new Sender in Action
  • 2 0
 Where is Sam Gale? Dude killed it on the NZ national series.
  • 3 1
 "Pumpin the bottom of that Tranny"

**sn*gger sn*gger** lol
  • 1 0
 I expect nothing less from you.....
  • 1 0
 filthy...
  • 2 0
 That's some solid padding by Giant on the trees! Will save lives!
  • 1 0
 So many gnarly crashes there! Thank goodness no casualties
  • 2 0
 Awesome trail preview. A tandem downhill comp would be epic
  • 1 0
 Amazing that Christina took the time to respond to all the shouts ! CLASS INDIVIDUAL !!! THANK YOU DEAR :-)
  • 3 0
 I miss Tippie
  • 2 0
 Getting after it!!!!
  • 2 2
 She rocks. "Dude, if you're not pumping the bottom to the tranny, you're pretty much going to get sucked in" So hot. LOL
  • 3 1
 Cool review....
  • 1 0
 Is that Zaph Branagan?
  • 2 2
 "pRIIITY TRICKYyy" - I luv you! :]
  • 1 0
 Well done Christina!
  • 2 4
 Is Gwin racing this?

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