Photo Epic: Downhill - Crankworx Rotorua 2021

Nov 5, 2021
by Clint Trahan  

Mother nature can really shake things up. If you woke up today predicting Jenna Hastings would take her first Crankworx win, or that Louis Hamilton would take top spot over Brook Macdonald, Tuhoto-Ariki Pene or Sam Blenkinsop….you should head to Vegas, stat!

With a slim, but highly talented field of riders dropping, the race became a tale of two weather systems, but more on that later.

Jenna’s run of 3:15.842 was a full six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Shania Rawson. Casey Brown, participating in her first Crankworx Rotorua 2021 event, landed on the podium in 3rd.

The men’s side is where mother nature had her say. Midway through the field, the blue skies clouded over, inviting the rain onto the Rotorua course. As the field dropped, so did the rains. Louis Hamilton put in a heater with a time of 2:51.038, and would remain on the hotseat for the rest of the race. Dan Booker finished second, and Jonty Vink wrapped up 3rd.

Despite the long day for many of the riders, spirits were still high while the sun was out

Those pink shoes did Casey Brown well landing her in 3rd after only just escaping quarantine

The Larches section of the track is steep, off-camber, and always something to behold when riders are on course

Louise Ferguson is originally from the UK but moved down to NZ a few seasons back. Her run showed just how comfortable she's become in NZ with a 4th place amongst a talented field

Steep, grassy, off-camber sections are the norm for this track

This old guy, Mikey Haderer, has been riding in Crankworx events since the beginning. He's got some experience. Will we see the red white and blue come out in Rotorua?

As the clouds started rolling in, riders were anxious to get down the hill

Jenna Hastings had an incredible run that would slot her into the top spot

The track crew always knows how to keep spirits high. It's a party up there

Left to right: Shania Rawson, Jenna Hastings, Casey Brown

Left to right: Dan Booker, Louis Hamilton, Jonty Vink


Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by Gull
Jenna Hastings (NZL) // Louis Hamilton (NZL)
Shania Rawson (NZL) // Dan Booker (AUS)
Casey Brown (CAN) // Jonty Vink (NZL)

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 More pics of Tuhoto Ariki's race run! Guy almost pulled a Sam Hill and won in the worst conditions....he must have slayed it in the grass up top and in the woods. Put some serious time into Bulldog and Blenki.
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 Really cool to see the majority of the photos taken with a 50mm prime lens! Sick achievement to shoot such a variety of perspectives with a 50mm prime
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 Dan Booker pulling a podium on an enduro bike and flat pedals
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 i was marshaling, he was going really quick in the tighter larches on the smaller bike
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 Why is the bike that is in front of jenna on the podium different then the one she rode? Great race!
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 you don't have a 'podium' bike? Always bring a spare bike, keep it clean, in case you get on podium...

jk...good eye
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 She rode the Phoenix 27.5 who isn't on sale anymore by Pivot. They probably put a Phoenix 29 there so maybe they can sell more
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 @timcloutier: I'm gonna say, that 27.5 phoenix is such a rad bike! I ride one and absolutely love it!
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 the pheonix 29 is her brothers bike and her dad said "put the better looking bike up there"
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 Mountain bikes
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 I don't think it was the pink shoes that caused Casey to do so well...
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 Brook, it's James
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 Amazing photos

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