Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge | 2013 Whistler Crankworx Coverage

Eric Behn | CycleCycle

Photos by Chris Pilling | Words by Eric Behn

The Ultiamte Pumptrack Challenge took place Thursday night on day 7 of the Whistler Crankworx festivities. The ultimate showcase of bike handling skills saw dirt jumpers, downhillers, enduro racers and more all ride and race together. Riders were paired up and took two heats, whomever had the lower collective time difference took the win and moved up in the knockout style formate.

With Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner both going for their fourth consecutive win, stakes were higher than ever. Anything could happen and surprises and upsets were had.

On the mens side, a race between Ropelato and Martin Soderstrom ended in an upset as Ropelato lost his footing and nearly ended up off course in the first heat. The second heat Ropelato took the win but couldn’t make up lost time from the last run putting Soderstrom through to the next round and ending Ropelato’s win streak.

Soderstrom went on to battle it out with Adrien Loron in the final round. But the tall slopestyle rider didn’t have enough to beat out the winner of the Crankworx Les Deux Alpes pumptrack challenge winner. Loron took the win putting a new winner on the podium.

On the ladies side, Jill Kintner, an Olympic Medalist in BMX and one of the world’s top downhill racers took her four-peat win despite a bobble out of the gate. Fighting off a field of many very talented women cyclists from all disciplines.


1.            Jill Kintner – $1,300
2.            Caroline Buchanan – $800
3.            Katy Curd – $600

1.            Adrien Loron – $2,500
2.            Martin Soderstrom – $1,500
3.            Mitch Ropelato – $1,000

Off to the races. Whistler Village came out to enjoy the event.                                               Chris Pilling Photo
Two racers rolling through the course.                                                                                       Chris Pilling Photo
Danny Hart didn’t have enough for the win but rolled a nice run.                                            Chris Piling Photo
Two riders split midway through the course.                                                                              Chris Pilling Photo
Getting banked.                                                                                                                                Chris Pilling Photo
Ropelato in an earlier heat.                                                                                                           Chris Pilling Photo
                                                                                                                                                            Chris Pilling Photo
Adrien Loron manuel over the roll.                                                                                              Chris Pilling Photo
Loron taking home the win.                                                                                                           Chris Pilling Photo
Martin with a playful frown over the loss to Loron.                                                                    Chris Pilling Photo
Congratulating the winner.                                                                                                            Chris Pilling Photo
Mens podium: Soderstrom second, Loron first, Ropelato third.                                              Chris Pilling Photo
Womens podium: Caroline Buchanan second, Jill Kintner first, Katy Curd third.

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