Under a Rotorua Moon – Kona Gravity Rider Anthony Poulson Gets sideways in the Whip-Off Finals

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” Coach Taylor’s mantra from Friday Night Lights applied to the Kona Gravity Team’s youngest member last night as he made the finals at the Crankworx Whip-Offs in Rotorua. The weather earlier in the week has wrecked havoc with the Crankworx schedule and the Whip-Offs were moved from their original timeslot in the daytime to an evening slot under lights. Anthony is in town for the DH but loves getting sideways and could not pass up the opportunity to compete in the event. The Downhill is taking place later today we are hoping Anthony can translate his style on the massive double to a solid result on the race track!

“Yes yesterday’s DH training went really well, the track was super slippery so I put two Maxxis shorty’s on and had a lot of fun. Today’s training didn’t go as planned though. I had a big crash in my first run which left me with a really sore shoulder, I decided to not do any other runs today especially because they were talking about moving the race to Sunday. Now it turns out it’s tomorrow morning! I’ll be changing up some of my lines because the track is pretty much dry now and I’ll hope it’ll work, should be good fun. Tonight was the whip-off comp too, on probably the sickest jump I’ve ever ridden. Had so much fun and made it until the end so I’m really happy!” – Anthony Poulson


Kona Does Crankworx Good – The Full Report

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In the six years since it’s inception, Crankworx has become the biggest, wildest, most diverse mountain bike festival in the world. Multimedia shows to live music, outdoor demos to epic parties, and lest we not forget, every single kind of gravity fueled mountain bike competition you can think of: enduro straight through to women’s slopestyle.