World class riders from all disciplines descended on New Zealand’s north island for the first of three Crankworx festivals that will take place in 2015.
Brett Rheeder stole the show on Sunday by winning the opening slopestyle event on the FMB World Tour Diamond Series with an unbelievable run that saw off competition from defending champion Brandon Semenuk who crashed out.
The downhill season unofficially got underway and Frenchman Loic Bruni topped the men’s event ahead of comeback king Eliot Jackson and Kiwi Sam Blenkinsop. Britain’s Rachel Atherton topped the women’s event and looks in good shape with the World Cup Downhill opener coming up on April 11th.
Martin Soderstrom continued his return from injury by finishing fourth in the slopestyle event but claimed victory in Dual Speed and Style ahead of veterans of the contest like Cam Zink and Kyle Strait.
The legendary Crankworx Whip Off Champs also took place in Rotorua with Ryan Howard sending it bigger than anyone else along with female champ Casey Brown, with teenage defending champion Finn Iles leading the judging.
Elsewhere there was a Dutch double in the Pump Track challenge as Anneke Beerten and Joost Wichman lifted the trophies. And finally, in the Enduro Jerome Clementz and Anne Caroline Chausson, both of France, took home the golds. Enjoy the highlights!
Crankworx rolls onto Europe next with Les 2 Alpes hosting the second of three festivals in 2015.