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Jakob Jewett completes Crankworx podium run with Dual Slalom win

Jakob Jewett versus Jackson Frew in the Dual Slalom final

First, Jakob Jewett was second in the Rotorua downhill. Then he finished third in Air DH. On Saturday, Pivot Factory Racing’s Canadian completed his podium run by winning the Crankworx Rotorua Dual Slalom.

The win adds to an already sensational week for the young Canadian. It also puts him in third for the King of Crankworx competition when the Crankworx World Tour leaves New Zealand after Sunday.

Jewett versus Jackson Frew in the Dual Slalom final. Photo: Clint Trahan

Jewett finesses rain-soaked Slalom track

Being based Canada’s wet west coast clearly helped Jakob Jewett when the rain started falling on Saturday. The Pivot racer barely slowed down when the lower flat corners went from fast to treacherous. That saw him progress up the ladder of head-to-head racing all day until coming up against Australia’s Jackson Frew (who not only spends summers in Canada but races for Kamloops, B.C.-based We Are One).

It was a wildly tight finish but, after two races, Jewett emerged as the winner. That gives him a complete collection of podium medals from Crankworx Rotorua. It also puts him well up in the King of Crankworx standings. Whether the Pivot Factory Racing athlete will continue to follow the Crankworx World Tour through to his home B.C. trails Whistler or stay lazer-focused on World Cup racing remains to be seen. Either way, it’s a phenomenal start to the year for the Canadian.

Last year’s King of Crankworx, Tuhoto Ariki Pene (MS Intense) finished third. Pemberton B.C.’s Tegan Cruz (NS Bikes UR) finished a solid third in the Dual Slalom.

Men's and women's Dual Slalom podium at Crankworx Rotorua
Men’s and women’s Dual Slalom podium at Crankworx Rotorua. Photo: Clint Trahan

On the women’s side, Kialani Hines was up against Martha Gill in the final round.

“It was fun racing out there! It was a little scary as the track is so fast and you’re riding it as hard as you can,” Hines said after her silver medal. “The finals was the hardest match up for me today. Martha and I have gone together a bunch of times, and our qualifying time was basically identical, our time was 0.002 difference, so you can’t make mistakes and you can’t hold back and I kind of did that, but it was still fun racing!”

Gill takes the gold with Hines Silver and Jordy Scott rounding out the women’s podium in third.

Results: 2024 Crankworx Rotorua – Dual Slalom


1. Jakob Jewett (CAN)
2. Jackson Frew (AUS)
3. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene (NZL)


1. Martha Gill (GBR)
2. Kialani Hines (USA)
3. Jordy Scott (USA)

Kialani Hines races pump track in Rotorua

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