Peanut Butter and Gymnastics
It was a tough day for all here in Crankworx Les Gets, but also incredible. Relive the moments here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.