Crankworx Rotorua - The Ultimate Recap of Everything You Need to Know

Mar 30, 2015 at 11:15
by Pinkbike Staff  

The First Ever Crankworx Rotorua Begins

bigquotesCrankworx as a whole is probably the best thing that ever happened to mountain biking. - Cam McCaul

Views: 28,628    Faves: 47    Comments: 4

Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships

bigquotesI don't know if I like this winning thing too much, you've got all these camera's in your face. - Ryan Howard

Views: 62,008    Faves: 347    Comments: 12

1. Ryan "R-Dog" Howard
2. Connor Fearon
3. Bernard Kerr

1. Casey Brown

Crankworx NZ Whip Off Champs 2015

Official Photo Recap

Steps to the Top - R-Dog

Official Video


Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style

bigquotesThe racers were up there, the freeriders were up there, this is how the sport should be. Perfect. - Martin Soderstrom

Views: 28,450    Faves: 65    Comments: 0

1. Martin Soderstrom (SWE)
2. Adrien Loron (FRA)
3. Bernard Kerr (GBR)
4. Tomas Lemoine (FRA)

That podium feeling never get s old So good to taste the champagne again - Martin

Practice Gallery

Official Photo Recap

Steps to the Top - Martin Soderstrom



Pump Track Challenge Presented by RockShox

bigquotesI think it's great for the sport, we all come together from all kinds of disciplines and we all have a great weekend hanging out and riding bikes. - Anneke Beerten

Views: 25,415    Faves: 52    Comments: 0

1. Joost Wichman (NED)
2. Keegan Wright (NZL)
3. Tomas Lemoine (FRA)
4. Walker Shaw (USA)

1. Anneke Beerten (NED)
2. Jill Kintner (USA)
3. Sarah Walker (NZL)
4. Luana Oliveira (BRA)

Anneke Beerten the Pumptrack Queen.

Official Photo Recap



Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS

bigquotesThe side of the track was full of spectators, and it was really helping us to not touch the brakes and ride fast. It was good. - Loic Bruni

Views: 60,431    Faves: 337    Comments: 4

1. Loic Bruni
2. Eliot Jackson
3. Sam Blenkinsop

1. Rachel Atherton
2. Tracey Hannah
3. Emilie Siegenthaler

We might jusy be seeing more of these victory interviews with Loic Bruni before the year is out.

Official Photo Recap



Giant Toa Enduro

bigquotesI am happy to be in the lead, but I am a little bit sad because Jared is not here. I hope he will be back and we can have a battle together again. - Jerome Clementz

Views: 100,064    Faves: 183    Comments: 22

1. Jérôme Clémentz
2. Fabien Barel
3. Wyn Masters

1. Anne Caroline Chausson
2. Tracy Moseley
3. Cécile Ravanel

Jerome Clementz noticed that we weren t too sure about his chances in yesterdays article. Talking about his winter form he explained that he had been putting in a lot of fitness work so was racing fatigued. This week he was fresh and ready though and proved beyond doubt that last years industry is behind him and he knows better than anybody else how to win enduro races.

Course Preview

Practice Photo Gallery

Official Photo Recap

Crash Reel



Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle

bigquotesI always feel like I am in Brandon's shadow, so to come down today and get the win feels amazing. Brandon did get hurt and he couldn't do his second run, so, I mean, maybe some could argue that he had the winning run but it's so hard to say. - Brett Rheeder

1. Brett Rheeder
2. Nicolai Rogatkin
3. Thomas Genon

Brett Rheeder victory lap flip.

Practice Gallery


Official Photo Recap

Steps to the Top - Brandon Semenuk



MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx, @redbullbike, @EnduroWorldSeries


  • 88 1
 What awesome coverage PB!... Can't wait for whistler baby.....
  • 8 1
 As much as I love Anneke, she really needs to give Jill another run for money.
  • 55 0
 A huge "thank you" to the Pinkbike media crew! We all appreciate your hard work, late nights, and incredible talent. Great coverage.
  • 16 1
 Best of crankworks Rotorua:
1 great excitement for the launch of the 2015 season across mtb disciplines--stoked!
2 Cam McCaul's commentary
3 speed and style rubber-band starting official
Honorable mention Brad Jay's clear discomfiture trying not to say 'look at the time' even when that was a totally reasonable phrase to use.
  • 6 4
 Awesome job on the commentary from both Brad and Cam
  • 4 1
 aw man i neg propped you accidentaly
  • 8 1
 I agree the commentary was improved over previous crankworx events. Cam McCaul is a big improvement over Ryan Meyer for sure, please bring him back to all FMB events. I also appreciated not having to listen to Si Paton's commentary this time around.
  • 4 0
 I was standing right by the 1st jump on the Dual Speed and Style course with Cam McCaul and we were all having a giggle over the rubber band starting gates. Typical Kiwi really.
  • 17 0
 Is R Dog wearing a thong in that Whip Off image??
  • 11 0
 yes vicky secret coveted mens line "brown pow"
  • 13 0
 Crankworx, its been a pleasure.
  • 6 0
 Kiwi BMX racer Sarah Walker in 3rd on the pumptrack. Nice to see she is back on a bike after having a near career ending crash last September.
  • 1 0
 Dat video..../shudder
  • 10 1
 ummmm there is a steps to the top for Brandon but none for Rheeder...
  • 15 0
 Because "Steps to the Top" is made by SRAM and Rheeder is backed by Shimano.
  • 2 0
 ahhh cheers man
  • 5 0
 r dog with the man thong slip
  • 4 0
 Not surprised they didn't include Bruni's infamous quote:

"This race means nothing. I didn't even try."
  • 2 0
 He actually said that?
  • 7 1
 He's french...
the first part actually means : "it's not because I won this race I will won others DH races" he was just being humble

For the second part I'm not sure I have to listen again all the context
  • 4 0
 More fun than an entire season of UCI racing.
  • 3 1
 I am so surprised nobody talk about Sam blenkinsop. He got 7the on the enduring and 3rd on Dh. Should be the star the crankworx new Zealand
  • 1 1
 Söderström was 4th in Slopestyle & 1st in Speed&Style..
  • 4 0
 Stoked for Eliot!!
  • 1 0
 Great coverage guys, like to show my appreciation to all who made the event and coverage possible. Props to McGazza for the slopestyle course too
  • 2 0
 This was such a sick event, bring on next year!
  • 2 1
 If anyone has a time machine please let me know...I would really like to go back to last week to relive the whole event!
  • 1 0
 Red Bull TV has a bunch of it. I watched the SS yesterday.
  • 2 1
 Not the same as being there though!
  • 2 0
 You couldn't ask for more. Fill your boots people
  • 2 0
 Nice one Pink Bike, smashed it!
  • 1 0
 I am very happy to see the downhill guys killing it ! But, we'll stay on the bike big, won't you ?
  • 1 0
 Cracking coverage PinkBike. Awesome!!
  • 1 0
 Bang on pink bike! Stella coverage of what looked like a great event..
  • 1 0
 Brilliant for Barel, great to see him back!
  • 1 0
 Does any one know the song from the DH vid?
  • 1 0
 Great coverage, thx!
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