Video: Tracey Hannah's Dominating Crankworx Rotorua DH run

Mar 9, 2020
by UR Team  

Get on board the incredible race run of Tracey Hannah who won by more than 24 seconds the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill. The track was the hardest we have seen in Rotorua and it was great to see that on International Women's day Tracey rode like a super woman!



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47 Comments

  • 48 1
 Tracey seems to be ready for the first world cup. Impressive run
  • 3 0
 If she carries on where she left it... Was the question before the weekend. 24 seconds really? Tracey don't be so rude to the competition Wink
  • 2 0
 @x-rider: She took 24 inside lines. Impressive run!
  • 5 0
 What an impressive run, so exciting to watch, makes me realize how little of it you actually see on red bull tv.
  • 32 0
 Wow - that track is legit. Either off camber grass or steep dust bowl turns everywhere. What a great run.
  • 25 0
 Awesome work Tracey, foot dab and complete loss of speed and STILL crushes the competition by 24 seconds. This WC season is gonna be lit.
  • 27 0
 No singing?
  • 3 0
 @Doby She was humming the "Ohhh Noooo" song. WOW she pulled that together!!
  • 15 0
 Track looked difficult in places for sure.
I liked the breathing from the start, composed for sure and you could hear how big some of the hits were.

I always wonder if anyone else shouts at themselves whilst racing...
"get off the brakes, wtf you doing, stop cruising, attack ffs, get on it" is common for me.
  • 5 0
 Haha deffo me too mate, look further ahead and get off the bloody brakes are my two
  • 2 1
 I'm not a racer but I do shout at myself when I pussy out of things, especially if I've had a few run ins already. Normally helps me grow some balls and get it sent!
  • 8 0
 Well done Tracey!!!
At that awful dusty steep bowl when you say ``Ho no!``... I think everybody said that, and not sure that anybody passed it properly.
  • 6 0
 is this the biggest victory margin ever in a pro event???
  • 2 1
 I remember seeing some insane victory margins over the years, I'm not sure this is the biggest but now I want to find out.
  • 1 0
 24 seconds - lol. Also, a nice reminder that it's less than 2 weeks until the DH WC season starts :-) :-) :-)
  • 3 9
flag paulskibum (Mar 9, 2020 at 11:29) (Below Threshold)
 Pro Event? Not sure the pro's were present. Johnset (first year elite and not that fast in the juniors Vali Holl beat her by 20 seconds at Leogang FFS) and Weatherly (had a decent season on pro circuit last year but hardly top stepper - best result 3rd at Leogang 9 seconds behind Tracey).

Would not have been a 24 second gap if Pon Pom, Seagrave, Atherton and Cabirou had been there. Not sure what the 2020 season holds for the women - Hannah and Pon Pom fighting for first every round and Caribou in third, rest fighting for 4th and 5th until Seagrave and Atherton get back up to speed. Mens will be the racing to watch this year I think.

Also - still waiting to see how many WC's might be cancelled due to Covid-19.

I should make it clear I am not putting Tracey down for this run - it was bomber - it's just that that is the way all the female elite riders should be riding to earn the sponsorship and respect they crave - cruising down in Elite level racing to just get to the finish line and eb happy with 8th is not the way I think of racing.
  • 8 0
 @paulskibum: I get your point, but I would say that I was surprised she destroyed the likes of Kitner (who actually beat her at this venue a few years ago), Veebreeck (check out her recent video - chick can ride) and Casey Brown. Its not that I'm surprised Tracey won, and even won by a healthy margin (say 10 seconds or so), but crushing almost everyone by 30 seconds is pretty damn impressive no matter what IMO. Needless to say, it would've been different if Pom Pom or Cabirou and I will throw Hoffman in there too (provided she's stays on her bike of course) were there, but I think it speaks to Tracey's off season training regime and being able to just pin without worrying about an overall points strategy. Personally, I'm not convinced Rach won't be coming back with a vengeance starting in Lousa, as she's had a whole season to get healthy and stew over "what could've been" from last season. And based on the way Cabirou was riding in the latter half of last season, I think it will be a 5 way fight for the top step between Hannah, Pom Pom, Rach, Cabirou and Holl. Don't think Hoffman quite has the pace to win yet, I would be happy to proven wrong! Super sucks Seagrave won't be around for much if any of this season, but Pom Pom had what seems like a similar injury early last year and definitely came back strong AF. Men will be great theater as usual, but I'm more stoked about the ladies than I can ever recall.
  • 3 1
 @jackalope: Kitner isn't trying to win the DH. simply survive it. she's all about the QOC
  • 2 0
 @conoat: totally agree, but again, Kitner beat Tracey here not long ago. FWIW, Tracey won the Canadian DH at Whistler last year, which was also a legit track, and Casey Brown was 3.6 secs back and Verbeeck was 5.5 secs back, just behind Holl and Pom Pom. And now they just got destroyed by Hannah. Maybe they too weren't going all out, but I still thing this portends well for Tracey in 2020.
  • 1 0
 Here in Portugal, today, the government is advising to cancel events in the open with more than 5000 people until April 4th, how many people does a WC gather? (btw it's Lousã as there is another small city called Lousa that is 200km or 125mi away)
  • 2 0
 @jackalope: couldn't agree more. I really hope RB Pulls its head out and does more women's coverage and more on course coverage. Stoked for this season to start
  • 1 0
 24 sec margin on a 3,5 min track or 4 min for the runner up. That's an insane 12% faster in a game where the margins are often down to thousandth (0,1%) of the track time.
  • 2 0
 To all those who say the course was not that difficult looking or it looked easy I can say it was not. I was the first amateur down the hill for Friday practice and walked the course on Thursday. It started with absolutely no lines to start and was grass and dust the whole way down. One of the most difficult courses I have ever ridden, only the Garbonzo was more difficult. The top section was grass and cow patties since it’s only used once a year for this race. The full course is not used year round so a lot of it is parts of other courses and sides of the mountain for the off camber sections. This course was no joke. And many of the locals did this course on trail bikes which was even crazier.
  • 5 0
 WOW that’s was impressive.
  • 6 0
 Congratulations Tracey.
  • 5 0
 That was sick. Scary fast.
  • 2 0
 If that doesn't show how hard DH is I don't know what does. Oh, and a nice but of commentary as she went along. Well done Tracey!
  • 4 0
 track was legit fucking gnar
  • 1 1
 Kitner pointed out in an interview that she'd only had a couple of practice runs and had many other races whereas Tracey, had this one race and had plenty of practice. And Tracey, the defending world cup DH champion, duly won by 24 seconds. So in this way the universe is behaving quite reasonably.
  • 4 0
 We need more women like this in the sport
  • 3 0
 Oh man. I felt that run!
  • 6 3
 But her bike isn’t pretty enough.
  • 3 0
 Well deserved win, you could hear that nothing was left on the track.
  • 2 0
 That's a 12% margin of victory? Roughly 24/210?
That's like jumping a category
  • 3 3
 Is a lot of steep up hill on that down hill track!
So every one else had to get off and push, I take it?
  • 2 0
 @aljoburr Srsly, felt like Sea Otter :-D
  • 1 0
 Well done Tracey and Mick! What does the "UR" stand for in Polygon UR?
  • 3 0
 United Ride
  • 3 1
 @NickNickNick: united racing?
  • 7 1
 Ugly Rig
  • 2 0
 pinned it.
  • 1 1
 Is it me or did that course look tame for a DH event? Wonder if a lighter enduro bike would be faster.
  • 1 0
 Awesome ride!!
  • 9 9
 DominaTrace yes!
  • 3 15
flag oscartheballer (Mar 9, 2020 at 7:30) (Below Threshold)
 Sexist Pig
  • 7 2
 @oscartheballer: how is that a sexist remark???
  • 3 3
 @oscartheballer: this return was so unexpected I am as shocked and stunned as I am amused. Slow clap sir, slow clap.

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