Rotorua 2009 by Mitch Ho
Sunday 4 October 2009
by Ben Swales

JPEG - 43 kb The last two big competitions of the season took place recently on the other side of the world: the World Championship in Canberra, Australia and the World Cup Final in Rotorua, New Zealand. Tribal Zine covered the events ’live’, bringing you the results and media (such as the first photos of the event, by FASTT’s Serge Froissart) as they happened.

In Australia, Gilles Coustellier retained his rainbow jersey by just one clean more than his main rival Kenny Belaey, who took the title of Vice-World Champion from Vincent Hermance. In 20", Benito Ros took an easy win in the absence of Dani Comas. In New Zealand, with the absence of Gilles Coustellier, it was Kenny who took the win in the final and the 2009 Cup series. Six-time World Champion Benito Ros also added another World Cup to his already impressive trophy cabinet.

Mitch Ho, an Australian rider who regularly sends us photos and videos of riders in his country (including the latest video from Joe Brewer, who made it to the Canberra final), had promised us a collection of his impressive photos, taken at both events, showing the competitions in all their glory. Following his photos from the 26" final (Canberra 2009 by Mitch Ho (1/2)) and the 20" final along with the 20" and 26" qualifiers (Canberra 2009 by Mitch Ho (2/2)), here are his photos from Rotorua! First the gfinals, followed by the Elite 26" warm-up. You can see all of Mitch’s photos in his Worlds Canberra 09 gallery.

The Elite Finals:

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Rick Koekoek, third in the final and fourth over all...

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Rafal Kumorowski, fourth in the final and second over all... JPEG - 332 kb

Vice-World Champion Kenny Belaey en route to a new World Cup...

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German Champion Hannes Hermann, third in the final...

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Ben Slinger, fourth in the final and third over all...

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Andrei Burton, fifth place...

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Guillaume Dunand sixth...

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The podium... The Belaey brothers and Hannes Hermann...

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The 26" warm-up:

Ben Slinger on his Atomz Quark, with Joe Oakley spotting...

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Andrei Burton on the Onza Limey...

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Kenny Belaey on the front wheel...

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Hannes with a sidehop...

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Wesley Belaey with a sidehop on his Ozonys XR 26...

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Kenny Belaey on the new Monty Monty XXV, with its redesigned front end...

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Andrei Burton going up to front...

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Kenny on the rear wheel...

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The qualifiers:

Kenny Belaey...

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Ben Slinger...

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Hannes Hermann...

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Guillaume Dunand...

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World Champion Abel Mustieles Garcia, who finished eleventh...

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Australian 20" Champion Jack Mullaly, 17th...

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