Results: The Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle

Mar 24, 2018 at 21:41
by Pinkbike Staff  
Slopestyle Crankworx Rotorua

Results are in from the 2018 Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza.


1st. Brett Rheeder
2nd. Thomas Genon
3rd. Diego Caverzasi

Full results

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx


  • 73 2
 The scoring seemed almost random on the second runs. Surprised Genon run was 2nd place. I would've gone Brett, Diego, and Rogatkin. Also Diego first run was ridiculously low on scoring.
  • 17 3
 Glad I'm not the only one that noticed rogatkins run was better then genons Diego and Brett made deffinitly belong there
  • 5 42
flag otto99 (Mar 24, 2018 at 23:58) (Below Threshold)
 Electric motor = motorbike
  • 23 0
 Starting to think the riders are being judged against themselves-under the umbrella of an “Innovation Score” . For example: if Nyquist suddenly started throwing Tailwhips - he would score in the 90’s . Or to say another way- Diego’s Twister is scored much higher than Rogatkin’s twister simply because they didn’t know he could do one.
  • 4 1
 @SirWonky: Diegos run was lit, but I feel you on the ‘innovation score’ Rogatkins run with 2 twisters and the front tuck no hander on long and low jump before the booter compared to Diego stock front flip with a cashroll up top and his ‘first attempt/landed’ twister should have been higher IMO
  • 5 0
 You know when the riders themselves looked surprised they scored so high that the scoring is whack. I guess it looks bad to have one rider with a dominant victory so they throw out 90s like they are candy for the second runs to tighten up the final score sheet. Rogatkin got boned.
  • 2 0
 @SirWonky: I think judges actually take innovation into consideration. During the livestream of a crankworx event some time ago, Cam McCaul said that judges follow the riders all year long on social media et cetera to see how they innovate and come up with new things. Then, they get rewarded for that when they show their progression and innovation during their runs. So I guess that's why Diego scored into the 90s with that twister. Good for him though!
  • 46 6
 Nicholi should have been min 3rd place!
  • 18 2
 Agreed! His first run was def podium worthy. Would have been gold if he stomped the 1440!!! Congrats to Diego though. He stomped that twister on his second run!!!
  • 4 0
 @Jibbaman28: I agree completely about the 1440. That would have been huge. He slammed hard too!
  • 10 12
 Nah. He deserved 2nd. His score was BS. I get the smoothness of execution from the Canadian but it was so smooth it looked boring. This is a sport of showmanship. Who’s the one getting the crowds all pumped up? 5th place for a run like that? Get out of here!!
  • 33 4
 Some of the scores were ridiculous. It was either too low or too high. But congrats to the winners. I feel too bad for Rogatkin. Judges gave him a ridiculously undeserved low first score to force him to do something more on his 2nd run. I just hope his crash didn't injure him. Healing vibes to Max Frederickson. Stoked for Diego. Peace out.
  • 15 2
 At minimum he concussed himself. He hit his head so fucking hard. Definitely deserved a podium and not having to go balls out and injue hinself because the judges are smoking crack again.
  • 7 0
 Testa had a sick run and took a slap from the judges Should of been a bit higher than 9th
  • 3 0
 @Crouchie: that can to tailwhip backflip was nuts, but he didn't land it clean. I love seeing new tricks like that
  • 34 2
 WAKIdesigns getting called the fudge out!!!!
  • 2 0
 He did! I thought I heard Cam say that. It was late at night for me so I wasn’t sure.
  • 3 0
 That had me laughing so hard. He really just needs to loose internet for a few months
  • 1 0
 When did it happen?
  • 25 0
 Rheeder was absolutely dialed.
  • 6 0
 Rheeder was on point. You could tell during his practice runs the day before e was completely focused.
  • 9 0
 Rheeder’s been on point for the last two months training at joyride150. He worked hard and owned this competition rode buttery smooth.. nobody really even came close.
  • 22 1
 Thats it cam
  • 22 7
 not a popular opinion, but i thought the judges got it right. there are a lot of different styles and preferences though. but anyway you call it tons of amazing stuff went down — hats off to the riders!
  • 14 0
 Not a fan of only having 14 riders some of them weren’t trying to go for the win just trying to do enough to stay on the tour boggs shouldn’t have to feel like he has to ride injured just stay on the tour
  • 10 0
 Exactly!!!! I am in Rotorua, and I had the chance to meet and ride with Lukas Knopf during the week. He is the 15th rider on the world ranking, so the first one to step up to the finals if one of the other riders couldn’t make it... he was there and doing all the trainings, and he was killing it!!! I felt so bad some riders did it just for the points, but it’s not really their fault, just a strange rule I guess
  • 3 1
 I think they should re-open qualifications. Maybe invite 25 riders to quali and get 10 for the finals. It could allow a rider in a good shape on that day to make it through and avoid the Lukas Knopf situation. Plus, it'd be better for the show to have 10 riders at the top on D-Day.
  • 1 0
 well especially because he's on the tour from being an alternate who had a chance to step into a vacant spot from another rider's injury. Now he's putting in a (still amazing but) noncompetitive run to stay on the tour?
  • 15 1
 nicholi is easily my favorite to watch so keep it up
  • 31 20
 Good on Rheeder for the win and all, but damn he sure seems to copy Semenuk's innovation. At least Rogatkin comes up with his own progression.
  • 23 0
 Well there isn’t an infinite number of innovative tricks to be done. I can certainly name plenty of tricks rheeder has done first. People love to toss Semenuks name around whenever rheeder does well
  • 9 3
 Nah, if you look a little harder, rheeder has his own style. The way he does all those opps, gets sideways on the flat drop, and stalls out his upper body on rotations is totally unique. He does seem to use some of the same tricks that semenuk used to get 1st but that doesn't mean nobody else can use them. He is the smoothest rider on the FMB tour.
  • 5 1
 @slayerdegnar: While I agree that he has his own style, he seems to continue the Semenuk legacy of fluidity scoring high. I think most riders can see how Rogatkin's incredible, yet jerky runs don't score as high when you compare them to the runs of Rheeder or Lemione, which truly demonstrate the mastery of their trick portfolios.
  • 1 0
  • 8 0
 Absolutely unreal, Diego Caverzasi stomped it to a surprising level second run. Rogatkin is turning the sport into Olympic gymnastics on a bike, and Rheeder didn't give an inch. Thomas Genon made it look easy. There's a massive disconnect in biking for me, where it's practically illegal for the average joe enthusiast, then there's huge events showcasing it. It seems like trees growing through cement.
  • 2 0
 I don't get it, why are you saying biking is pratically illegal?
  • 2 0
 @t1000: Because in many countries the law isn't updated yet and mountainbikers are in the same box as MX riders, like in mine.
  • 10 0
 That was a nasty crash for Rogatkin. Hope it's not a concussion
  • 2 0
 Saw his GoPro POV video. After his crash he talked and it sounded more like of a disappointment that he didn't land it. The guy is tough with that squid lid and body armor. Remember his rampage crash. This is nothing compared to that.
  • 10 0
 Props to Nicolai for pushing the boundaries of the sport, win or lose.
  • 10 1
 Diego should have stayed in 2nd place - in my couch judging
  • 1 0
 Same for me
  • 5 0
 Even though the scoring appeared to be a little bit suspect (Diegos 1st run as an example) there was no doubt Rheeder had by far the best run. So fluid smooth and stylish. Was especially impressed by Lemoine`s runs-again smooth and effortless style. Awesome start to CWX 2018.
  • 8 3
 Those judges were blind on Rogaktins first run he should have had 3rd in my opinion. Personally not happy with the judging in the first runs at all. Then after they interviewed them on how they could score him so low they actually started doing their jobs and started reviewing runs.
  • 6 1
 Lemoine didn't even land to pedals and "beats" Rogatkin??? What's more, all Lemoine did was barspin combos. Why is there always such a disconnect between riding and judging? So, they say the judges know what they are doing - that they have been in competitions too, since when - when did they even place 1st in a Slopestyle comp? Most or many were just average competitors at best. It seems as if the judging has become more like, "à la tête du client"! FUBAR!
  • 2 1
 Le jugement est basé sur plein de critére différents, dont le style et la fluidité là oú tomas score trés haut comparé a rogatkin qui pédale partout, et c’est tricks sont assez lourd!
  • 1 0
 @Frenchemetalheads: Il juge sur "plein de critére différents" ??? Sans blaque ! Fluide avec que des barspin n'égal pas "Beast Mode". Bonne Soirée !
  • 1 0
 @Frenchemetalheads: You stated the obvious - to which I responded with sarcasm, rage has nothing to do with it.
  • 1 0
 Lemoine était le seul (je crois) à ne jamais pédaler entre les sauts, ce qui à mon avis mérite de bons points car il atterissait en douceur et au bon endroit, ni trop loin, ni caissé (trop court). Ça avait l'air fluuuuuuide!! Bises à vous chers cousins
  • 1 0
 @Dallll: Facile à faire quand on ne fait pas grand chose.
  • 3 0
 Rheeders score was spot on, the rest of the judging made no sense. By far the worst judging to date. Rogatikin 1st run score was horrible and he should have ended up second...He and Rheeder are way ahead of everyone else, but Diego who has no sponsors is closing in fast and should have finished 3rd...
  • 6 0
 what a beast diego! playing everything for whole
  • 5 0
 crazy that he doesnt have a bike sponsor
  • 7 0
 @catweasel: He actually works in a bike shop it turns out, hopefully someone will start paying him.
  • 1 0
 @paulhaysom: you are right he works hard, but some sponsors started to trust him as he is a genuine athlete and bike passionate , bike component brand like Ind9, formula are sponsoring Diego and other non bike related like riri simply because enjoy to support such talent
  • 3 0
 I think this result will help Diego secure that elusive frame sponsor. Some scoring was odd today but to me it looked like Tommy G landed all of his stuff smoothly and that's why he scored higher than rogatkin.
  • 6 0
 The McCaul's calling out @ WAKidesigns for some PB commentor judging ! Smile
  • 3 0
 What happened to jordie lunn? Bike check article said he was hitting Slopestyle but maybe just for fun and not entered in the comp?
  • 1 0
 He was probably just riding the course in practice with everyone. You need points to get into crankworx slopestyle, and Jordie hasn't done any slopestyle contests in years.
  • 1 0
 @leon-forfar: I think you're right - same with Jakob Vencil. They're there for other events and ride their bikes as much as they can!
  • 2 0
 To the point where I don't care about the scoring, just enjoy watching the runs. The guys competing do care though and they deserve more consistent judging.
  • 3 0
 Grandissimo Diego!! Alla faccia della pasta pizza mandolino!! Dajeeeee
  • 4 0
 SuperDiego spaccatutto!
  • 3 0
 Judging is getting weirder and weirder.
  • 2 0
 Innsbruck will have the jumps for Rogatkin to do the business don't worry about it .
  • 4 1
 'Thats it cam', 2018
  • 1 0
 At least no body said ________ got robbed.
  • 3 1
 Rogatkin got robbed of 2nd place
  • 1 0
 why was emil not riding?
  • 6 7
 *Brandon wasn't there
  • 2 17
flag cmitchell (Mar 24, 2018 at 22:57) (Below Threshold)
 I think he was, he won the competition
  • 15 2
 @cmitchell: the fabulous Brandon Rheeder, "Brandy" as they call him.
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