Words: Polygon Bikes
Photo: Henry Jaine
Video: Josh Birkenhake
Crankworx Rotorua turned up the heat (or rather… rain!) at the fourth and final stop of the Crankworx World Tour 2022. Packed with speed, thrills and adrenaline, the international field of world-class mountain bikers were on for some serious fun on the newly built courses.
Polygon Factory Racing team rider Brady Stone, took on the Dual Slalom (19th), Pump Track (22nd) and Downhill (15th) events. Conditions were treacherous in the Downhill - making for a challenging mud-run, with track deterioration, super-slippery lines and plenty of spills. Stone was stoked with his 15th placing.
Anthony Messere, fresh from his podium at Crankworx Cairns, was looking to build on his success. The build-up had been challenging on the weather-front, which reduced training to a mere 2hrs before heading straight into the qualifiers.
Two crashes in the first run of the quarter finals against Kaiser, left Messere in a deep ditch to claw out of. Despite a flawless second run with a super-technical ‘lawn dart front flip’ from Messere, Kaiser had enough of a lead from the first run to progress to the semi-finals, and ultimately into the finals against Lemoine. Tomas Lemoine going on to sweep the finals, as well as the 2022 season.
Polygon Ambassador, Jai Motherwel, joined the fun with the pros at the Whip Offs. There was a fair bit of wind, so the riders had to take a few risks with their height and sideway angles. Jai was also instrumental in working with course builders, Elevate Trail Building, to prepare this world-class course.
Rider: Jai Motherwell
Rider: Brady Stone
Rider: Anthony Messere
Photos: Henry Jaine
Video: Josh Birkenhakepolygonbikes.com