Pumptrack Challenge Photo Epic - Crankworx Innsbruck 2017

Jun 23, 2017 at 18:35
by Nathan Hughes  



In front of giant peaks and under red skies, tonight the Austrian crowds gathered to witness one of the closest fought pump battles in recent memory. Kintner and Buchanan clashed predictably in the finals, but an extraordinary perfect tie in heat one left things wide open. Buchanan then pounced, snatching a narrow win over the queen herself to hit the podium with husband to be, Barry Nobles. In the men's, we saw familiar faces once again push through into the last rounds, but this time it was Les Gets runner-up, Chaney Guennet, taking his revenge and reigning supreme over a lederhosen-clad Ropelato.


Pumptrack Challenge Photo Epic - Crankworx Innsbruck 2017
Soderstrom superfans.

The pump track above Innsbruck satellite ski town of Mutter Alm.
The pumptrack above the Innsbruck satellite ski town of Mutters.

Mike Haderer did not make the cut into the second round but still delivered a great show
Mike Haderer did not make the cut into the second round but still put on quite the show.

WWE Smackdown mode innitiated by Mikey Haderer unfortunately not enough to wrestle Nobles out of the contest.
WWE Smackdown mode initiated, unfortunately not enough to wrestle Nobles out of the contest.

With a fourth place qualifier Martin Soederstrom proved that he is always someone to watch out for at the pumptrack events
With a fourth place qualifier, Martin Soederstrom proved that he is always someone to watch out for at the pumptrack events.

Chaney Guennet taking his revenge here in Austria after getting pipped on home soil by Loron.
Chaney Guennet taking his revenge here in Austria after getting pipped on home soil by Loron.

Barry Nobles takes out Rotorua winner Keegan Wright.
Barry Nobles takes out Rotorua winner, Keegan Wright.

If you feel good you ride good... Ropelato felt right at home here in Innsbruck.
If you feel good, you ride well... Ropelato felt right at home here in Innsbruck.

Tomas Slavik looked strong but went out in the quarter finals against Adrien Loron
Tomas Slavik looked strong but went out in the quarter-finals against Adrien Loron.

Strait already creeping ahead of Kiwi threat Matt Walker.
Strait already creeping ahead of Kiwi threat, Matt Walker.

Aiko G hler was the only rider riding 27.5 wheels but apparently it was no advantage on today s tight course
Aiko Goehler was the only rider riding 27.5 wheels, but apparently, it was no advantage on today's tight course.

Kyle Strait on the hunt for glory in the quarter finals.
Kyle Strait on the hunt for glory in the quarter-finals.

Nobles booting his fellow American out of the competition.
Nobles booting his fellow American out of the competition.

Mitch Ropelato railed the berms like no other
Mitch Ropelato railed the berms like no other.

Kathi Kuypers straining to catch up with Jill Kinter.
Kathi Kuypers straining to catch up with Jill Kinter.

The battle of the Slaviks
The battle of the Slaviks.

Micayla gatto carried some good speed but tiny mistakes would cost her the win over Geraldine Fink
Micayla Gatto carried some good speed but tiny mistakes would cost her the win over Geraldine Fink.

Martin Soederstrom pushed hard in the second round...
Martin Soederstrom pushed hard in the second round...

...but could not beat the young German Benedikt Last who advanced into the quarter finals
...but could not beat the young German, Benedikt Last who advanced into the quarterfinals.

Benedikt Last impressed once again but was dispatched by eventual winner Guennet.
Last, impressed once again, but was dispatched by eventual winner, Guennet.

Slavik aggressive as ever but unable to out do Loron.
Slavik, aggressive as ever, but unable to out-do Loron.

Adrien Loron qualified second fastest and won every round like it s no big deal until he had to face Mitch Ropelato
Adrien Loron qualified second fastest and won every round like it's no big deal until he had to face Mitch Ropelato.

Neck and neck... or should that be cheek to cheek Nobles and Loron push across the beam for a photo finish.
Cheek to cheek, Nobles and Loron push across the beam for a photo finish.

Buchanan deadlier than an Aussie black widow.
Buchanan deadlier than an Aussie black widow.

Carolie Buchanan with the win against Vaea Verbeeck
Carolie Buchanan with the win against Vaea Verbeeck.

Eyes on the prize for Jill Kintner
Eyes on the prize for Jill Kintner.

The pumptrack power couple Buchanan and Nobles.
The pumptrack power couple, Buchanan and Nobles.

Great racing a huge crowd and an epic backdrop made the main event one of a kind
Great racing, a huge crowd, and an epic backdrop made the main event one of a kind.

Chaney Guennet and Barry Nobles in the gate
Chaney Guennet and Barry Nobles in the gate.

Nobles brought the fight to Innsbruck and Frenchman Guennet but in the end pushed too hard and would have to settle for bronze.
Nobles brought the fight to Innsbruck and Frenchman, Guennet, but in the end pushed too hard and would have to settle for bronze.

Switzerland s Lucia Oetjen was on fine form but would lose out to fellow Swiss rider Fink.
Switzerland's Lucia Oetjen was on fine form but would lose out to fellow Swiss rider, Fink.

Geraldine Fink won the small final and took third
Geraldine Fink won the small final and took third.

These pants were made for riding and that s just what they ll do...
These pants were made for riding and that's just what they'll do...

Nobles salutes the Austrian crowds before his grudge match with Loron.
Nobles salutes the Austrian crowds before his grudge match with Loron.

With a big mistake on just in front of the last turn Adrien Loron lost plenty of time what put Barry Nobles into third place
With a big mistake just in front of the last turn, Adrien Loron lost plenty of time and it put Barry Nobles into third place.

Buchanan waits alone in the gate for the rematch after a perfect tie with Kinter in heat 1.
Buchanan waits alone in the gate for the rematch after a perfect tie with Kinter in heat one.

Buchanan made it a clean sweep winning all of her heats
Close was hardly even the word for the Kinter-Buchanan face-off.

Buchanan hammering to the beam taking the win over the Crankworx Queen by 0.03 seconds.
Buchanan hammering to the beam taking the win over the Crankworx Queen by 0.03 seconds.

Another win for France and Chaney Guennet
Another win for France and Chaney Guennet.

Ropo and Guennet enjoy the calm before the final storm.
Ropo and Guennet enjoy the calm before the final storm.

The crowd went nuts as the men were battling it out for first and second
The crowd went nuts as the men were battling it out for first and second.

So close but no cigar for Mitch tonight... Just a big old celebratory schnitzel and a few Stiegels...
So close, but no cigar for Mitch tonight. Just a big old celebratory schnitzel and a few Stiegels...

Your Innsbruck pump bosses Buchanan and Guennet Kinter and Ropelato Fink and Nobles.
Your Innsbruck pump bosses: Buchanan and Guennet, Kinter and Ropelato, Fink and Nobles.

The winners of today s Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
The winners of today's Raiffeisen Club Pumptrack Challenge presented by RockShox.



MENTIONS: @natedh9 / @rickschubert



17 Comments

  • + 18
 I may be baked, but I could swear there was a Crankworx last week??
  • + 12
 They're ever week now. Next up Crankworx San Diego.
  • + 3
 Lots of energy and great story telling in this piece!

Photographic geekery question; these days there seems to be a very consistent look in terms of exposure and Lightroom development across photographers and different camera systems. Do you use a "Pinkbike picture profile"? Or is it up to photographers to coordinate?
  • + 2
 I've been wondering the same thing myself
  • + 3
 Pretty much just came here to see the comments about Martin's hot pants but am sadly let down Wink Smile
  • + 4
 Awesome event, awesome coverage as per usual
  • + 3
 It's cool they were all riding chainless. Is that the norm for pumptrack events now?
  • + 5
 Yup, they voted this year in Rotorua, chainless or not. Chainless one, cause Gwin Wink
  • + 1
 @kusanagi72: They should ride brakeless and tireless as well
  • + 2
 "Aussie black widow".... that would be a Redback
  • + 1
 What the f*ck Mitch Ropelato is already on the bike after the huge crash he had last week ?? Damned
  • + 1
 he was on his bike the day after his crash and did pretty well on the pumptrack last week.. can´t belivie he even could walk after that faceplant..
  • + 1
 Not the easiest to film, but that was a super cool track.
  • + 2
 S O M B R I O
  • + 1
 KintNer, please!
  • + 1
 Wow that purple sky
  • + 1
 @natedh9 you killed it

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