Photo Epic: Pump Track Challenge - Crankworx Innsbruck 2022

Jun 17, 2022 at 1:29
by Jack Tennyson  

For the second instalment of the gated events here at Crankworx, it was time to remove the chains, get the little bikes out and go head to head for the Rockshox Pump Track Challenge Innsbruck. After a few years with no crowds, we were treated to a huge turnout of cheering fans to watch some tight racing and take in the glorious weather.

We were treated to a jam-packed evening as each heat became hotter and the riders pushed the limits on their chain-less bikes.


Burbidge-Smith had top speed all evening.
Burbidge-Smith had top speed all evening.

Frew squeezing every last drop of energy into that final straight.
Frew squeezing every last drop of energy into that final straight.

Zula just inches in front of Slavik...
Zula just inches in front of Slavik...

The track was so smooth it felt like you were floating.
The track was so smooth it felt like you were floating.

Niels Bensink keeping it low and smooth.
Niels Bensink keeping it low and smooth.

Tuhoto looked effortlessly fast.
Tuhoto looked effortlessly fast.

Zula left nothing on the table giving it everything he had.
Zula left nothing on the table, giving it everything he had.

Look at that crowd.
Look at that crowd.

Young gun Jenna Hastings narrowly missed out on the semis.
Young gun Jenna Hastings narrowly missed out on the semis.

Getting a good rolling gate was key.
Getting a good rolling gate was key.

Grit the teeth and PUMP
Grit the teeth and PUMP!

Frew laying down the power in the quarter finals.
Frew laying down the power in the quarter-finals.

Masterclass at Pump Track from Hines.
Masterclass at Pump Track from Hines.

Dark skies loomed over finals.
Dark skies loomed over finals.

Tommy Zula giving Bas Van Steenbergen a run for his money in the semis.
Tommy Zula giving Bas Van Steenbergen a run for his money in the semis.

Deep breathes.
Deep breathes.

Hines and Burbidge-Smith neck and neck down the first straight
Hines and Burbidge-Smith neck and neck down the first straight

Did you know you have to remove your chain...
Did you know you have to remove your chain...?

Caroline Buchanan the Woman to beat...
Caroline Buchanan the Woman to beat...

Harriet Burbidge-Smith game face
Harriet Burbidge-Smith game face

Harriet Burbidge-Smith in full attack mode chasing down Jordy Scott.
Harriet Burbidge-Smith in full attack mode chasing down Jordy Scott.

Harriet Burbidge-Smith
Harriet Burbidge-Smith

Leg burner.
Leg burner.

Huge crowds filled up the hillside to watch the action unfold.

Bas was on a heater all night.
Bas was on a heater all night.

Hines vs Buchanan... A tough final race for both riders.
Hines vs Buchanan... A tough final race for both riders.

Bensik on the chase down the final straight.
Bensink on the chase, down the final straight.

Effortlessly floating.
Effortlessly floating.

Big grins from the Kiwi on his 4th place.
Big grins from the Kiwi on his 4th place.

Respect your competition.
Respect your competition.

It might have been an evening filled with tight racing but it was all smiles at the end of the day.
It might have been an evening filled with tight racing but it was all smiles at the end of the day.

Leg burner.
Leg burner.

It was all or nothing for the final giving it everything they had in the tank.
It was all or nothing for the final, giving it everything they had in the tank.

It s good to have the spectators back
It's good to have the spectators back!

Bas just didn t quite have the pace against Neils in the final showdown.
Bas just didn't quite have the pace against Niels in the final showdown.

Full race mode.
Full race mode.

And... Breathe.
And... Breathe.


Kialani Hines and Niels Bensink take the top step
Kialani Hines and Niels Bensink take the top step!

Shoey s for the top step
Shoey's for the top step

Bask in the glory.
Bask in the glory.



7 Comments

  • 8 2
 Harriet Burbage-Smith... I think the photographer has a thing for her. 8 pics. Only 5 pics combined for the top 2 steps on the podium. Dude?
  • 4 0
 This was a great event to watch!
  • 1 0
 We seem to be missing a lot of the North American contingent at this crankworx. It ain't covid. Too expensive this year to make the trip?
  • 1 0
 5 women and 6 men in Pump track alone... do you just mean US riders you're familiar with?

edit: I didn't even count canadians, my bad.
  • 1 0
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: When I think crankworx I think Kitner, Strait, R dog, Casey Brown, Wygle, Howey, Ropelato at least from NA. Maybe they're their... But, thanks for correcting me.
  • 3 0
 leg burner x 2
  • 1 0
 Emptied the tank on that leg burner





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