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Peanut Butter and Gymnastics

Day three of Crankworx proved to be another tarred by the weather.

The downhill track was tough, but fun. The Slopestyle was cancelled totally due to the weather, but the Pumptrack finals did eventually happen thanks to the rain holding off just long enough. We did also get a bonus event, Best Trick.


Today was the seeding runs for Downhill and the conditions were tough, super tough. As the track had dried out from it’s wet slippery stage, it turned into something much thicker and tackier. It just stuck to bikes and clogged up wheels, we heard of some riders putting 26 inch wheels in their bikes for mud clearance. It was described as Peanut Butter, but as they say… The show must go on.

Mike Jones made it down fastest in seeding with almost a second to spare, a great result from him but it’s no surprise, he’s been pinned and loving it all weekend, we’ve heard he wants more World Cup’s like this. A local lad, Romain Paulhan was hauling and into second place. Fairclough, Brendan Fairclough came down into third place. He crossed the line saying he was pretty embarrassed with the way he rode, but we’re guessing he did something right.

What number board?
A big old pull up from Bernard Kerr over the stream gap.
Sam Dale.
Brendan Fairclough's tear off.
Marcelo Gutierrez.
Jill Kintner.

In the women’s Tracey Hannah seeded fastest, closely followed by Morgane Charre (who will be coming down on her surfboard tomorrow instead) and then Jill Kintner into third place.

Morgane and her new surfboard.
Kaos Seagrave sliding it out around the grassy corner...
...then belly sliding.
Pretty sticky mud.
What better way to clean your shoes off than an air line.
Sam Blenkinsop.
Troy Brosnan's lid.
Fabien Barel, he won on this course in 2004 World Champs. Today he came down the hill in 7th place.
Elliot Jackson.
Local pinner Romain Paulhan.
Mike Jones. Pinned and stoked.
Loic Bruni is around and about here, he’s pretty gutted not to be racing(due to an injury) but he tells us it’s a lot better to be here watching instead of sitting at home.

Best Trick

As slopestyle was cancelled today due to the poor weather, the organisers decided to run a Best Trick comp instead. With big prize money up for grabs (5000 euros), there was no stopping these guys throwing down big tricks. It’s pretty exciting to watch these guys on the limit.

After many incredible/bonkers/insane/’how did the do that?’ Moments, the competition was won by Nicholi Rogatkin with his Twister.

The winning trick... the Twister.
The winner on the right, Nicholi Rogatkin


FINALLY! We got to see the finals of the pumptrack race. The weather couldn’t stop this event, even though it did try it’s hardest. But despite the multiple stop and starts it was still exciting racing and brought in the crowds.

Jill Kintner.

We saw our fair share of thrills and spills, big crashes but luckily all the riders got up and walked them off. Infact in the big final both Barry Nobles and Chaney Guennet crashed, they pedalled to get going again (which counts as a DSQ, but the organisers decided to give a re-run in which Barry crashed again and Chaney to the win. 

Tomas Slavik.
Adrien Loron looked like a favourite but crashed out in the heats...
It's good to see Anne Caro Chausson back on a bike.
The winner, Chaney Guennet.
Chaney Guennet.
Jill Kintner.


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