It's been a long winter off since we last saw impressive aerial action from the select few that dare to push the limits of gravity and themselves. That's right, Slopestyle is back and it's the cherry on top of the week-long festivities here at Crankworx. Riders come together for a try at the Triple Crown a few times a year while spending the rest of their time training, learning new tricks, and recovering. Everyone on the start list has been prequalified and are well aware of how massive the courses can be. Rotorua is no exception to that. The course is long and the features are big. It's common for riders to not complete their runs. Everything has to be calculated and perfect once the cameras start rolling.
Today's competition featured the usual suspects plus a handful of new faces. Brett Rheeder is back to repeat last year's performance. The Canadian has had a busy off season putting out a few video parts so you know he's been putting time on his bike. Nicholi Rogatkin is seeking revenge after winning here in 2017 and that's entirely possible considering his insane bag of tricks. Tomas Lemoine has already competed in other Crankworx events and is now sizing up the biggest challenge yet. Alex Alanko is a name worth mentioning here since he landed himself a solid third. This was his second Crankworx Slopestyle and he definitely left his mark. The weather was looking bleak yet held off long enough to keep to tarps folded up. The arena was packed. It was go time.