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March 27/15 7:51 am - Crankworx Rotorua Downhill: Buchar 4th

Posted by Editoress on 03/27/15

On a course running fast after a week of mixed conditions, Frenchman Loic Bruni crushed the field in the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, besting the field by over two seconds.

Ripping through the Redwoods of Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park 13 runs before Bruni, Eliot Jackson’s time of 2:53.16 appeared to be the time to beat, holding strong for the bulk of the race, until Bruni hit the start line with only four more riders to go.

“I felt in a really good mood all day and to win here is great stuff for the head-my confidence. I had a really good day. No rain. Good weather. A lot of people on the track. It was amazing,” said Bruni.

Smiling through every rider coming down, Jackson told announcers he was loving the course and had done so many runs in practice he was worried he wouldn’t have the energy to race.

“I think I had a really smooth run. The atmosphere was really good. Everyone was really chill at the top, so there was no pressure,” he said, noting Bruni is an amazing rider with whom he is pleased to share the podium.

Rachel Atherton, meanwhile, managed to find a few split seconds of speed to beat out Tracey Hannah, 3:22.10 to 3:22.84.

“First race of the season and I haven’t raced since the world champs last year, so it’s amazing to come away with the win and quite a confidence boost,” said Atherton.

Both Atherton and Bruni attributed much of their energy to the incredible crowd gathered for the event, the first of the new Crankworx DH Championships.

“The people up at the track made the event. Everyone’s cheering and shouting your name; it’s wicked and cool that everyone’s come out here. This Crankworx is probably one of the best atmospheres for a Crankworx event. There’s loads of people, but its small and compact so everyone’s in the same place and it’s just amazing,” said Atherton.

Courtesy CrankWorx


Canadians Claire Buchar (Kovarik Racing) and Casey Brown (Bergamont Hayes) finished 4th and 6th respectively.


Pro-Elite Women Time Gap
1 Rachel Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 03:22.1 0.00
2 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Polygon UR 03:22.8 0.74
3 Emilie Siegenthaler (Sui) Pivot Factory Racing 03:33.5 11.36
4 Claire Buchar (Can) Kovarik Racing 03:34.3 12.15
5 Sarah Atkin (NZl) 03:42.8 20.73
6 Casey Brown (Can) Bergamont Hayes 03:56.5 34.43
7 Veronique Sandler (NZl), Leatt 03:59.0 36.89
8 Amanda Monk (NZl) Mondraker/Royal NZ 04:02.5 40.44
9 Ronja Hill-Wright (Aus) Banshee Bikes Single tra 04:14.3 52.16
10 Sophie Tyas (NZl) Banshee Bikes Halo 05:02.3 1:40.18
DNS Luana Oliveira (Bra) Oakley, O'neal, Nukeproo
DNS Jill Kintner (Aus) Norco International
Pro-Elite Men
1 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 02:50.6 0.00
2 Eliot Jackson (USA) Pivot Factory Racing 02:53.2 2.56
3 Sam Blenkinsop (NZl) Norco Factory Racing Te 02:53.2 2.63
4 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 02:53.5 2.86
5 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona Factory Team 02:54.3 3.67
6 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad Scott 02:55.0 4.37
7 Sam Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles / 02:55.1 4.50
8 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 02:55.8 5.23
9 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 02:57.8 7.18
10 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory Racing 02:58.0 7.39
11 Mike Jones (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / 02:59.1 8.51
12 Matt Walker (NZl) Devinci, SRAM 02:59.2 8.57
13 Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls 02:59.9 9.35
14 Keegan Wright (NZl) Giant NZ 03:01.5 10.87
15 Louis Hamilton (NZl) Commencal 03:02.2 11.64
16 Reece Potter (NZl) 03:02.4 11.76
17 Rupert Chapman (NZl) Bergamont Hayes 03:02.9 12.28
18 Loris Vergier (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 03:03.0 12.44
19 Yuuki Kushima (Jpn) 03:04.4 13.78
20 Kieran Bennett (NZl) Santa Cruz Bicycles 03:04.5 13.89
21 Reon Boe (NZl) Giant Bikes NZ 03:04.9 14.28
22 Lawrence Cawte (NZl) Zerode Bikes, WideOpen 03:06.2 15.56
23 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Polygon UR 03:08.6 18.03
24 Dean Lucas (Aus) Devinci Global Racing 03:08.9 18.33
25 David Mcmillan (NZl) Specialized, SRAM, FJC 03:09.4 18.83
26 Nick Mcconachie (NZl) 03:10.3 19.74
27 Leonard Sonntag (NZl) 03:13.2 22.57
28 Allan Cooke (USA) Santa Cruz Bicycles 03:13.7 23.09
29 Matt Scoles (NZl) Wideopen 03:15.6 24.95
30 Carl Edmondson (NZl) Action Downunder 03:19.1 28.48
31 Santa Kushima (Jpn) 03:19.2 28.63
32 Tyler Brooker (NZl) 3 Sixty Racing New Zeala 03:19.7 29.06
33 Maxime Chapuis (Sui) cheap 03:21.5 30.90
34 Temarii Buillard (Tah) 03:24.2 33.62
35 Brendan Regan (NZl) Hukkit, Kali protectives N 03:28.7 38.10
36 Mat Prior (NZl) YT Industri 03:29.4 38.75
37 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Kovarik Racing 03:30.6 40.00
38 Mick Hannah (Aus) Polygon UR 04:03.0 1:12.44
39 Walker Shaw (USA) SRam/Troy Lee Designs 04:06.6 1:15.96
DNF Eddie Masters (NZl) Bergamont Hayes
DNS James Mcconachie (NZl)
DNS Kyle Lockwood (NZl) Revolution Products NZ
DNS Joel Tunbridge (NZl)
DNS Josh Nevelson (USA)
DNS Paul Oechsner (Ger) TeamDOT7, Cosmic Spo
DNS Connor Harvey (NZl) Arrow Bikes Norco NZ
DNS Sam Perry (NZl) Norco Racing Developme
DNS Ben Power (Aus) Power Racing NS Dynam
DNS Anthony Rocci (Fra) Commencal
DNS Loic Esteve (Fra) Polygon UR
DNS Kurt Mcdonald (NZl) Bergamont Hayes
DNS Kyle Strait (USA) Commencal


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