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Thomas Genon enjoying New Zealand's landscapes from a very unique point of view. // Photo: © Christoph Laue

14-03-2016, GRAVITY Canyon Factory Freeride Team

Canyon Riders Impress and McGarry Honoured at Crankworx

This year Crankworx Rotorua was about one thing: honouring the life and spirit of Kelly McGarry. The New Zealand Freeride and DH legend passed away unexpectedly last month and the mountain bike community came together in New Zealand to ride hard and get big in memory of McGazza. In a weekend full of emotion and impressive riding, the young guns of the Canyon Factory Freeride Team left their mark.

Under the lights on Friday night, the battle for Pump Track supremacy was won by Canyon rider Tomas Lemoine, who clinched the top spot from fellow Frenchman, Adrien Loren, by a fraction of a second. Flying around the berms on his Stitched 360, Lemoine rode to his first Crankworx gold medal and got the weekend started off right for the Canyon team.

Less than 24 hours later Lemoine was back on his bike with teammates Thomas Genon and Anton Thelander competing in the slopestyle competition. As the defending FMB World Tour Champion Genon came into the event with expectations high. Unfortunately, the Belgian wasn’t able to get the win, but his first run was good enough to land him in 4th. Combined with solid runs and top ten finishes from both Lemoine and Thelander, the Canyon Factory Freeride Team made it clear that they’re going to defend their title and be the team to beat in this year’s FMB World Tour.