Photo Epic: Pumptrack Finals - Crankworx Rotorua 2019

Mar 22, 2019
by Andy Vathis  


Under bright floodlights with a roaring crowd, the Rotorua pumptrack turned into a bubbling cauldron of racing excitement. For some, It was their second race of the day after practicing and competing against the clock in downhill. Vaea Verbeeck was looking to make headway on points while Keegan Wright, Tomas Lemoine, and Kyle Strait had bones to pick from Dual Slalom and Speed and Style.

Tahnee Seagrave finished with a third bronze medal of the week and a second of the day as she edged out Vaea Verbeeck in the small final. Kialani Hines looked pretty unstoppable all night and carried that into the final where she came away with a gold medal, beating out Shania Rawson by 0.4. Billy Meaclem continued his dream week but couldn't convert it into a medal this time, he finished fourth in the men's event behind pumptrack master Adrien Loron. Lemoine and Keegan Wright battled it out in the men's final. Lemoine came away the victor while Wright extended his lead at the top of the King rankings.

The arena was packed with spectators.
The arena was packed with spectators.

Tahnee Seagrave focused.
Tahnee Seagrave, focused.

Tomas Lemoine has got something to prove since his misfortune at Speed Style.
Tomas Lemoine had something to prove since his misfortune at Speed & Style.

Vaea Verbeeck can do good here grabbing crucial points to put towards her lead on the overall standings.
Vaea Verbeeck notched up a successful night, grabbing crucial points to put towards her lead in the overall standings.

Bas Van Steenbergen fresh of the DH bike and onto the chainless rig.
Bas Van Steenbergen was fresh off the DH bike and onto the chainless rig.

Keegan Wright focused and ready to fire. He won the Dual Slalom earlier this week and is looking to do damage here as well.
Keegan Wright focused and ready to fire. He won the Dual Slalom earlier this week and was looking to do damage here as well in a similar event.

Anneke Beerten couldn t keep up tonight.
Anneke Beerten couldn't replicate her Dual Slalom result and went out in the round of 8.

The women s filed although short had very good match ups.
The women's field, although short, had very good match ups.

Kialani around the back berm picking up speed.
Kialani around the back berm picking up speed.

Lemoine watching his next heat unfold.
Lemoine watching the heats unfold.

Tomas Lemoine stayed a wheel ahead all night long.
Tomas Lemoine stayed a wheel ahead all night long.

Eyes on the prize.
Eyes on the prize.


Colin Hudson trying to hold on.
Colin Hudson trying to hold on.


Pinned.
Pinned.

Nobbles and Van Steenbergen give it a shot.
Nobles and Van Steenbergen give it a shot.

Tomas Slavik was good but not good enough.
Tomas Slavik was good but not good enough.

Up and over the big speed roller.
Up and over the big speed roller.

Tahnee Seagrave making her way up through the heats. Another bronze medal was waiting for her at the end.
Tahnee Seagrave making her way up through the heats. Another bronze medal was waiting for her at the end.

Barry Nobbles.
Barry Nobles.

Kialani Hines rode confidently all night and even came back a few times after initially being down.
Kialani Hines rode confidently all night but had to come back a few times after initially being down.

Tomas Slavik was expected to go further than he did but a few crucial mistakes cost him valuable seconds.
Tomas Slavik was expected to go further than he did but a few crucial mistakes cost him valuable seconds.

Shania Rawson came in hot in the early heats making it difficult for her opponents to gain any time back.
Shania Rawson came in hot in the early heats making it difficult for her opponents to gain any time back.

Few more pumps to go. Kialani took the advantage later in the lap for a strong win.
Few more pumps to go. Kialani took the advantage later in the lap for a strong win.

Rawson and Hines were so close down the main straight it could have gone either way.
Rawson and Hines were so close down the main straight, it could have gone either way.

Lemoine and Wright one last time.
Lemoine and Wright one last time.

The race for gold in the men s bracket.
The race for gold in the men's bracket.

Vaea fought hard yet settled for fourth in the small final.
Vaea fought hard yet settled for fourth in the small final.

Kialani carried impressive speed around the berms.
Kialani carried impressive speed around the berms.

Keegan swung hard out of the gate but Meaclem had him on the way to the finish.
Keegan swung hard out of the gate but Meaclem had him on the way to the finish.

The battle of New Zealand. The crowd was on their feet at this point.
The battle of New Zealand. The crowd was on their feet at this point.

Lemoine would take down Loron and had his eyes set for Keegan in the final.
Lemoine would take down Loron and had his eyes set for Keegan in the final.

Lemoine and Loron duke it out.
Lemoine and Loron duke it out.

Shania Rawson narrowly lost the gold to Kialani but didn t give it to her that easy.
Shania Rawson narrowly lost the gold to Kialani

Keegan Wright was in top shape and made minimal mistakes.
Keegan Wright was in top shape and made minimal mistakes.

Billy Meaclem is the crowd favourite and new hero since defeating Martin Soederstroem last night.
Billy Meaclem is the new crowd hero after defeating Martin Soederstroem last night.

Vaea just ahead of Danielle Beecroft.
Vaea just ahead of Danielle Beecroft.

The women going toe to toe.
The women going toe to toe.

Adrien Loron fighting his way into third.
Adrien Loron fighting his way into third.

Vaea Verbeeck was surely a favourite going into this competition. She s looking for any points she can get.
Vaea Verbeeck was surely a favourite going into this competition. She's looking for any points she can get.


Pro Pumptrack Podium.
Pro Pumptrack Podium.



7 Comments

  • + 6
 Kialani Hines!!!! Whooo hooo!
  • + 5
 Thanos approves of this content. This will be safe from the snap.
  • + 2
 Imagine flying to NZ just for pump track and coming in last. Sponsors are like why I oughta!
  • + 2
 I never realized until now, looking at the pictures, how much weight goes over the bars when pumping.
  • + 2
 It may just be me doing it wrong, but I'm using the bars for leverage. I pump with the legs and in order to squat low I also need to bend the arms, but I don't think I'm really pushing much with them. There is a reason obviously that they are much better than I am Wink .
  • + 2
 Yes Tomas!!!
  • + 1
 That 26 life!

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