Seeding Results for the Downhill at Crankworx Rotorua 2024

Mar 16, 2024 at 2:50
by Ed Spratt  
Ahead of tomorrow's racing, riders got between the tape for seeding at the RockShox Taniwha Downhill.

Eliana Hulsebosch set the fastest women's time of the day as she beat the 2023 Junior World Champion by 0.3 seconds. The Women's racing saw a close battle for the top seeding position as The Union team's Eliana Hulsebosch just edged ahead of Erice Van Leuven by 0.327 seconds to be last down the hill in finals. Jess Blewitt completed the top three 4.892 back and was the only other rider within 19 seconds of the fastest seeding run before fourth-placed Shania Rawson.

It was another close race for the men as Bernard Kerr barely pulled ahead of a charging Lachlan Stevens-Mcnab. With just 0.25 seconds separating the top times, we could be in for a great tomorrow between Bernrd and Lachlan. Brook Macdonald showed his new Forbidden race bike is working well for him so far as he wrapped up the top three, 2.779 seconds back.

Check out who went fastest and the full results below.

Elite Women

1st. Eliana Hulsebosch: 3:46.289
2nd. Erice Van Leuven: +0.327
3rd. Jess Blewit: +4.892
4th. Shania Rawson: +19.777
5th. Sacha Earnest: +38.059

Elite Men

1st. Bernard Kerr: 3:01.060
2nd. Lachlan Stevens-Mcnab: +0.325
3rd. Brook Macdonald: +2.779
4th. Jakob Jewett: +3.093
5th. Christian Hauser: +3.461

Full Results

Elite Women


Elite Men


Finals Start List


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  • 5 0
 Poppy Lane, takes the best lines i bet.
  • 2 1
 "lewitt was the only other rider within 19 seconds of the fastest seeding run."

She also was the only other rider within 5 seconds of the fastest seeding run.
  • 1 0
 Yes Kahlil, way to crush it! Four seconds back on the legend RR ain't too bad. Another young Durango,CO ripper on the way up.
  • 2 0
 Bk is on it the last few years, damn close finish tho!
  • 8 0
 In the ride companion podcast he talks about that, made some changes. Hired his brother to drive the team bus in Europe, immediately had his best season ever. Hope he has a banger season and gets on the top box.
  • 1 3
 Great work grabbing the win. Very well deserved.
  • 5 1
 @mi-bike: today was the seeding, racing is tomorrow.
  • 3 0
 @casey79: Oops! Should've read it properly
  • 3 6
 New poon
  • 5 5
 4 male riders in the top 100 is a weak line up. There was more top riders at the Australian National Champs that was raced today.
  • 9 0
 Having Aus National champs clash with this is unfortunate timing!
  • 7 0
 I don't understand. Which 4 from what 100?
  • 1 0
 @CarbonShmarbon: out of the top 100 UCI ranked male DH riders only 4 are racing at CW.
  • 1 0
 There actually 11 from the top 100 of the 2023 UCI DH rankings The last being James MacDermid who was ranked 98th. But we know what you mean.
  • 1 0
 What's the age cut-off for Elite? I think Sacha Earnest is only 17. (Pretty sure Erice is same age.)
  • 3 0
 They moved up to elite propably becouse of few junior riders racing
  • 1 0
 @jokullthor: And let's face it, they are easily on the same pace as the elites.
  • 2 0
 Surprised to see Richie Rude’s name on the list!!
  • 2 0
 Great timing for Christian Hauser !!!!!
  • 1 3
 By the way: I think for anyone East of the International Date Line (in North America), the racing is Saturday March 16.
From Rotorua to Western Europe it's on Sunday March 17.

Correct me if I'm wrong on this, please.
  • 2 1
 Why is BK's girlfriend Jenna skipping the DH/Crankworx?
  • 4 0
 She broke her leg/ankle and currently has a cast.
  • 3 0
 @onegear29 injured foot or ankle or something. It was in bks practice vlog
  • 2 0
 @jrnmrtinsn: yikes, hadn't watched that vlog yet.
  • 1 0
 Tohuto Pene on MS Mondraker?

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