Photo Epic: Ultimate Pump Track Challenge - Crankworx 2019

Aug 16, 2019
by chris pilling  


The sun sets over Crankworx and the flood lights turn on in the Boneyard. That can only mean one thing: the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge is about to start. This year we saw a new layout and a very technical course that riders could sink their teeth into. Returning champs Loron and Kintner found the young blood starting to give them a run for their money. With the crowd pumped, it's time to go racing.

The sun sets on Whistler and we re ready for racing.
The sun sets on Whistler and we're ready for racing.

Loron finding his flow in practice
Loron finding his flow in practice

Lemoine could not keep in it past the second round. Tomorrow is a new day
Lemoine could not keep in it past the second round. Tomorrow is a new day

Working it for the fans.
Working it for the fans.

A new layout again this year up on Whistler mountain.
A new layout again this year up on Whistler mountain.

The first straightaway was an all out pump sprint.
The first straightaway was an all out pump sprint.

Pumptrack master Kialani Hines pushing her way into third place.
Pumptrack master Kialani Hines pushing her way into third place.

Under the lights
Under the lights

Kintner calm as can be before dropping in.
Kintner, calm as can be before dropping in.

Despite her best efforts Veae could not stay in front of the current queen of crankworx.
Despite her best efforts Vaea could not stay in front of the 2018 Queen of Crakworx. She did earn enough points this evening to become the 2019 Queen of Crankworx though.

Tommy edging out Kyle in their second run.
Tommy edging out Kyle in their second run.

Bubba fighting to stay in front.
Bubba fighting to stay in front.

Jordy Scott fought hard all night and got second place after narrowly being beaten by queen Jill.
Jordy Scott fought hard all night and got second place after narrowly being beaten by Queen Jill.

Tomas Slavik pitted coming in to the final straight.
Tomas Slavik pitted coming in to the final straight.

Joey Gough was no match for Kiahani Hines in the small final.
Joey Gough was no match for Kiahani Hines in the small final.

The left line being the slower of the two this year.
The left line being the slower of the two this year.

Tommy Zula going toe to toe with Kyle Straight.
Tommy Zula going toe to toe with Kyle Straight.

Jill Kintner the Champ of the evening.
Jill Kintner the champ of the evening.

Tommy Zula on his way to dethroning Adrien Loron.
Tommy Zula on his way to dethroning Adrien Loron.

Zula is stoked
Zula is stoked!

Your Ultimate Pump Track Challenge podium
Your Ultimate Pump Track Challenge podium

Tommy getting straight to the point
Tommy getting straight to the point

Winners get their names etched into this one of a kind trophy.
Winners get their names etched into this one of a kind trophy.

Loron and Hines crowned the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge World Champs.
Loron and Hines crowned the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge World Champs.



15 Comments

  • 4 1
 The riders did an amazing job, and the commentators too!
However between this course and the dual slalom course yesterday, I'm somehow disappointed with the courses. They're just not as interesting as in years past. I'd say they need more turns, and the dual slalom could have been a tad longer?
I'm not sure what's missing but for whatever reason I found them less interesting tracks. The racing on the other hand? I don't know how but every year everyone steps it up so much, this year it's been no different! Absolutely mental racing, loving it
  • 2 3
 The course looked as if someone wanted to do a favor to BMX racers... Smile
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: How do you mean?
  • 1 1
 I'd love to see really steep rollers. I remember our local BMX track had one line on the last straight that you couldn't ride on a mountain bike without manualling as the chainrings would catch.
  • 1 1
 @DarrellW: If anything, elite BMX racers will be lacking cornering skill to MTBers (and this track is as straight as it gets) but then you get Tomy Zula who... who everything! At the same time, pumptrack is much lesser of a workout than a SX BMX track so maybe BMX racers’ uber explosive physique doesn’t give them as much advantage as I imagined initially. The tiny differences in timing of pumps may be more important than how much power is put into them.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: sometimes you just shouldn't talk... does anyone like this guy?
  • 3 0
 Vase is the king of “crakworks”??????
Enlighten me on what crakworks is
  • 5 2
 Hahaha, girl ripping the pipe in podium shot.
  • 2 1
 Good eye........Takes one to know one!
  • 4 0
 Nah, she's eatin' tasty puddin'.
  • 3 0
 Jill is pure Woman Awesomeness!!
  • 3 1
 Props for knowing how to talk to the ladies.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: Was she not asked if she knew how to twerK?
  • 2 0
 Jill Kintner with one of the best custom paint jobs to date.
www.instagram.com/p/B1L_7y-gecg
  • 1 0
 Vaea.... autocorrect sucks

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