Taking on the Big Guns at the Pump Track Challenge

Jun 24, 2018 at 11:13
by Thomas Gaffney  
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Mason Bryant is a 23-year-old Kiwi rider, unsponsored and coming into this completely unprepared. Last year Mason put his efforts into training to make the finals at the Rotorua Crankworx stop. After failing to get further than the top 32 then, how will this new technique turn out in 2018?

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Introduction into the first round of qualifying and practise.

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Practise begins with Mason quickly getting up to warp speed.


Getting ready for the local qualifiers, only 3 of the 23 go through.

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Mason gave it the beans, but was it enough?

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Finally, results. Third place gives Mason a spot in the main qualifying rounds. After no preparation this year, it was easier for Mason to relax into the ride. Previous pressures of training to compete seemed to hold him back previously, but a close call this time certainly keeps the adrenaline flowing.

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More anticipation as the round 2 qualifying battle takes place.

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Another bullet dodged as Mason takes 13th place, making the live feed.


After being pitched against former winner Adrian Loron, the pressure was really on. Knowing Adrian was quick, Mason knew he had to pull it out the bag "a full can of beans." Stoked with a top 16 result no matter the outcome Mason was pumped.

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The champ came out strong, getting a good snap and putting just a bit of time into Mason.


There are no real rivals at Crankworx.

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Round two saw Mason drop just a touch more time, sadly, tonight was not the night.


But, win or lose, on the booze eh! Chuffed and beer in hand it's onwards and upwards until next time at Rotorua 2019.


Chur!


14 Comments

  • + 12
 So sick to see this article, giving the underdogs the credit they deserve. Shot Mason! #spaparkraceteam
  • + 3
 So sweet to see this. A qualifier for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships was within a few hours of my house. I was like, I'll be that guy! I'll show up, some kid from nowhere with a crappy bike, and blow everyone away! And then I watched them race and was like, "Naw, I'm screwed. What was I thinking?" lol GO UNDERDOGS!
  • + 3
 Previous pressures held him back previously? WTF? A ten year old write this?
  • + 1
 would have done much better with dth tires instead of holy rollers. much lighter with more grip. but still faster than me. good luck man.
  • + 1
 The captions should use the "practice" version of the word. You are referring to the part of the event used for practising, which is known as practice.
  • + 1
 Imagine a situation in which an "unprepared" rider not only qualifies for WC DH but makes it almost to the podium. I bet he's good but the wording of the text is unfortunate
  • + 2
 Not really, he hasn’t been on a pumptrack for at least 3 months, he hasn’t trained in a gym... ever ???? he only knew he was racing a week before it happened and yet he was faster than the likes of Brendan Fairclough, the race is 10 seconds long, you can hardly compare it to downhill. It’s down to skill but like it’s been said before haters gonna hate.
  • + 1
 @rhona-boat: it doesn't negate my original comment. If an unknown rider can beat people training for the event, it means that the sport isn't "dominated" by people who devote most of their time to training it. I'm not hating on the guy from the article but making a comment about the current state of this particular discipline. Take the women's champion Bernard: she was unheard of in the world of mtb but after a bit of coaching from Adrien Loron was able to take the win.
  • + 3
 Article doesn’t even mention what he’s trained for or competing in?
  • + 2
 He is indeed fast and skilled on a bike.
  • + 1
 rock ON Mason !!!
  • - 3
 if he's unprepared and qualified into the main event at Crankworx, it means that pumptrack competition hasn't been professionalized yet
  • + 8
 Or it means he’s fast and skilled on a bike? ????????
  • + 3
 @rhona-boat: yup yup and yup. He qualified due to being good on a bike. Simple. Haters gonna hate bahaha

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