March Madness - A Crankworx Rotorua Recap

2020-03-09 13:51:20
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Norco athletes brought their Crankworx Rotorua adventure to a close Sunday with impressive showings, at the beginning of what’s looking like a very good year.
With consistent podium finishes throughout the week, Jill Kintner showed us all that her year off from the tour did nothing to break her hunger for her seat on Crankworx throne.

With wins in the Air DH, and Dual Slalom, runner up in Pump Track and DH and a 3rd place in in the Dual Speed & Style, Jill stormed back onto the scene with 420 points after five podiums in five days.
With a 135-point lead over the Vaea Verbeeck, Jill appears to have a jump start on reclaiming her crown from 2019’s Queen of Crankworx.
On the men’s side, a deep, talented international pool saw some fierce competition, insane style, and a mixed bag of results that had the top three men separated by just 22 point by the end of the weekend.



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Was an awesome week of racing and family time, thanks to @crankworx Rotorua for the good times. 📸 @maddogboris @trevorlyden 👌

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The Norco Factory DH team rider, and New Zealand local, Sam Blenkinsop stormed the event with a 5th place in the Enduro, 1st in the Air DH, and 2nd in the Downhill.
Winding up the weekend with a 3rd overall in points, Sam remains within striking distance as he heads off on his 2020 World Cup DH season.
Jill’s success came aboard a quiver of Norco bikes: her DH run was aboard an Aurum, the Air DH was on a Sight, Dual Slalom and Speed & Style came aboard a 27.5” wheeled Fluid FS, while her pump track success flowed on her Rampage.


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My little Norco FLEET 👉 is ready for #Crankworx NZ!! 5 events on 4 different bikes🤞...❤️ @norcobicycles #mtb || 📷 @raywaxham . . . 1. Norco SIGHT - 150/160mm (Air DH) 2. Norco FLUID- 120/130mm (Slalom + Speed & Style) 3. Norco RAMPAGE- 100mm (pumptrack) 4. Norco AURUM- 200/200mm (DH) . . . @rideshimano @ridefoxbike @maxxisbike @renthal_cycling @stansnotubes @fabriccycling @mrpbike @canecreekusa . . @camelbak @bellbikehelmets @sombriocartel @stagescycling @maximausa @redbull

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Sam’s Enduro and Air DH results came thanks to his new Sight, and his DH finish was aboard his Aurum HSP.

We can’t wait for round two at Crankworx Innsbruck, June 10-14.
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