Canadian Open DH at Crankworx

Aug 15, 2010 at 19:42
Aug 15, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Crankworx is officially over, done, finished, and the last event was the Canadian Open Downhill. A real DH track, not super long like Garbanzo, and not super buff like A Line, but a real downhill track. Gee Atherton won it for the men, and Emmeline Ragot for the women. 2nd place Lewis Buchanan and Claire Buchar, 3rd goes to Justin Leov and Miranda Miller.

Pics, results, and a few more words inside....

Pro Mens Results

1. 2 Atherton Gee GBR Commencal 3:04.14 +0.00
2. 28 Buchanan Lewis SCO Evil Bikes-MS 3:09.16 +5.02
3. 5 Leov Justin NZL Trek World Racing 3:09.20 +5.06
4. 48 Brosnan Troy AUS Monster Energy, Sp 3:09.27 +5.13
5. 14 Neethling Andrew RSA Trek World Racing 3:09.79 +5.65
6. 26 Smith Joseph GBR Kona Factory 3:10.45 +6.31
7. 29 McDonald Brook NZL Evil Bikes-MS, Oakl 3:10.81 +6.67
8. 42 Morland Tyler CAN SRAM, Evil Bikes 3:11.01 +6.87
9. 13 Polc Filip SVK Evil 3:11.58 +7.44
10. 34 Warren Cody USA Foes Racing, Metal 3:12.09 +7.95
11. 10 Simmonds Matt GBR chainreactioncycles 3:12.99 +8.85
12. 4 Fairclough Brendan GBR Monster Energy, Sp 3:13.04 +8.90


Pro Womens Results

1. 202 Ragot Emmeline FRA Suspension Centre 3:37.78 +0.00
2. 204 Buchar Claire CAN Team ChainReactio 3:43.12 +5.34
3. 210 Miller Miranda CAN SantaCruz, SRAM, 3:46.85 +9.07
4. 207 Gatto Micayla CAN Commencal, Oakle 3:55.27 +17.49
5. 236 Harmony Jacqueline USA Vixen Racing Cove 4:15.33 +37.55
6. 237 McMillan Jennifer CAN thebrysonracingcla 4:30.10 +52.32

It was a hot and slightly humid day at Whistler today, 33 degrees to be exact, and dusty, really dusty. If there was a story today on the DH track it was dust. In practice you could hardly see for the dust on the trail, it there was someone ahead of you it was impossible. Dust in your eyes, dust in your nose, dust in your mouth, and dust in all the photographers lenses...

In the final things were a little better as there was a minute gap between riders, but there was still a thick layer of dust covering all the roots and rocks to contend with. In the women's race there were no real issues, Emmeline came first, Claire second, and Miranda 3rd. Fionn, Buhl and Rachel were on the start list but didn't race.

In the men's race it was Gee followed by 16 year old up and comer Lewis Buchanan, the youngest racer on the world cup circuit. Justin Leov was 3rd followed by another youngster Troy Brosnan, and then Andrew Neethling in 5th. Steve Smith flatted, and Brendan Fairclough suffered a front flat somewhere near the bottom...

Gee Atherton
Gee Atherton

16 year old Lewis Buchanan
16 year old Lewis Buchanan

Justin Leov, 3rd
Justin Leov, 3rd

Troy Brosnan, 4th
Troy Brosnan, 4th

Emmeline Ragot, 1st
Emmeline Ragot, 1st

Claire Buchar 2nd
Claire Buchar 2nd

Filip Polc
Filip Polc

Mens Podium
Mens Podium

Womens Podium
Womens Podium

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107 Comments

  • + 23
 Does Gee ever lose! Awesome looking trails though, Wish I could ride them.
  • - 2
 what happened with stevie?
  • + 9
 pretty sure it mentioned that in the article. those who read would have caught it. Smile
  • + 4
 it's all over im sad...Frown
  • + 3
 yea gee world champ right there
  • + 11
 stoked for lewis
  • - 11
 Gee is the next Sam
  • + 0
 why is troy beating brendan?
  • + 7
 Question, how come the women winners win less money than the mens winners?
  • + 3
 @eddie
less entries, not as popular to watch, not as much sponsorship potential
it is not sexism!
  • + 2
 so...what ever happened to sam hill? sorry i dont follow downhill much...so i dont know. pardon my ignorance.
  • - 4
 @ eddie1170 - because they are not as fast.

the real question should be:

how come the 1st place women gets more than the 50th place man...even though they went the same speed.
  • + 0
 YEAH! GO GEE!
  • + 4
 look at all the DNS's...looks like the c-worx slopestyle parties were a bit too much for them...
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  • + 16
 gee's world champ this year
  • + 6
 im betting on it!
  • - 1
 if Aaron Gwin has a good race run he will be world champion. he got 10th there at his first world cup. he has the skills, now all he has to do is exicute it. any one know what sam hill is up to?
  • + 17
 probabaly jackin off....
  • + 0
 Partying with his chick back in Oz. If Gwin could hold on he'll still be on the same second as the other top guys, its that tight at the top!
  • + 1
 Sam Hill. yeah, your right, Gwin should be at the top if he wants to win the worlds but i am still hoping he can do it.
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  • + 13
 Damn..second place at 16?! Beginners luck or next world cup champ??
  • + 9
 Dedicated Parents. He can't even drive yet. Not legally.
  • + 3
 he will be an up and comer for sure!
  • + 16
 he has been known in the UK loads and it was obvious he was gonna be this fast, he just never got the hype troy did.
  • + 4
 Well said lad ^^^ It'll be a fight between Troy and Lew for the Champs Smile
  • + 5
 I dont think many realise that Lew got 16th at Val di Sole!!!! Top 20 for a junior is insane!
  • + 2
 that boy is an absolute machine! same age as me and hes living the dream while the rest of us are in school Razz
  • + 3
 Why did they put Gee as GBR and Lewis as SCO. Scotland is part of Great Britain! Anyway 5 British guys in the top 12 is pretty mad!
  • + 2
 lew probably put it down on his entry and being Scottish, probably would never say he is british
  • + 2
 I don't know anyone who refers to themselves as British. I mean I class myself as English but most over the pond refer to us as British, which gets on my tits!
  • - 2
 Not me, brits it is...rhymes with tits
  • + 1
 its like pinkbike i guess, scotland get a scotland flag england get a british flag
  • + 0
 I'm British, and proud to be part of a bigger picture that includes Scotland, England, N.Ireland and Wales. Most people in this country are British first and what ever second. The only flag which most foreign people recognise is the Union Jack. Probably the most iconic flag in the world. Not a shit lot you can do about that.
  • + 1
 It is B.S that there is still no England flag. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland get there own flag as an alternative to the British flag, but not England. Now Im not ragging on pinkbike, this is a problem everywhere. I mean yes, we the English have a strong history of moving around, pushing our ideas onto people, and spreading our beautiful language all over the globe - but we shouldn't be deprived of our flag
  • + 1
 After digging a bit: In recent years, the flag of England had come to be associated by some with far-right political groups such as the British National Party and the National Front.
Some minorities living in England have stated that they still view the flag with suspicion: during a poll of readers of New Nation, "most black people interviewed said they felt alienated by the flag of St George and still associated it with the BNP"

Yikes. What a f**ked up country
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  • + 6
 stoked for the young guns doing so well. They have such a bright future ahead of them
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  • + 6
 Leov 3rd Big Grin

He's killing whistler this season!
  • + 4
 wheres blinky?
and good on ya brook!
  • + 3
 Yeah I thinking the same thing! :S

Dunno what he's up to.
  • + 1
 if u have a look guys he not even on the start list
  • + 1
 Weird. Must be headed to Windham early or something.
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  • + 3
 Buchanan has to go to the worlds!!! i cant believe he's 16 and he was 5 seconds behind one of the fastest racers in the world. That blows my mind!! :O
  • + 3
 Lewis will be at the Worlds he's in the GB Junior team Smile
  • + 2
 and he can easily win junior worlds , he had 16th in val di sol overall , what a weapon !
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  • + 4
 yeah buchanan!!!! u deserve it bro Wink
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  • + 0
 Does anybody know what happened to Cedric Gracia....And i bet Gee he is a robot...I mean think about it he smoked the compitition. The nearest guy was 5 seconds....5 SECONDS...He has to be a robot. Brits must been working on prototype robots.
  • + 1
 Yup, Gee is a machine.
  • + 1
 fox means business here
  • - 10
 no, he's no robot, its just that all the best riders come from England Razz
  • + 4
 *England isnt the only country in the United Kingdom....
  • - 1
 Gee is from Wales...
  • + 4
 He's from Salisbury in the south of England, they moved to Wales.
  • + 1
 esp65 is right, gee is from england, both rach and dan are from wales iirc
  • + 2
 Hes probly a war machine that was discontinued during WWII and they decided to bring the program back and they just put him on a bike. They made a whole family of them. Because that whole family rocks on a bike.
  • + 0
 There all English and live in Wales. Christ, the way everyones going on about this you'd think Wales and Scotland are foreign countries, were all part of the bigger picture, and I'm thankful for that. Each little country counts for way more together than they do apart.
  • + 0
 what's the neg props for? it was only a joke. there are good riders from all over the world.
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  • + 2
 Sucks that women get less prize money than mens tbf....then again there isnt as much competition as mens.
  • + 0
 and they dont go as fast... dont mean to be sexist
  • + 1
 Its like womens basketball.....
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  • + 2
 so is the womans podium flat or is Claire just super tall...or Emmeline just really short?
  • + 3
 emmeline is only 5 ft tall
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  • + 1
 not too excited about scrolling down the page only to find a picture with 50 shirtless dudes..the other pics are quality though!
  • + 1
 ha dude's holding a sign that reads "I'm holding a sign".
  • + 1
 aw people below me are already joking about it. oops
  • + 1
 Hecklers rock, all that needs to be said.
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  • + 2
 Morland showing he's still one of canada's finest, even with very few race entries in the past few years. what a guy.
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  • + 1
 Why do the girls get less prize money?! They take just as much risk out there...I'm disappointed! Crankworks needs to be more progressive and get with the 21st century.
  • + 1
 Read the first series of posts and you can find out ...

"@eddie
less entries, not as popular to watch, not as much sponsorship potential
it is not sexism!"

"@ eddie1170 - because they are not as fast.

the real question should be:

how come the 1st place women gets more than the 50th place man...even though they went the same speed."
  • + 3
 because only 6 women raced vs. 83 men. And a time difference of 52 seconds between the top six women, versus 6 seconds in the top six men. When it becomes as competitive as the men's racing, it will receive the same prize money.
  • + 1
 Well said tgreid.
  • + 1
 Apparently this entire sport could be more progressive. Crankworks is just on par...
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  • + 1
 Get use to seeing Troy Brosnan's name up there. Give him a couple of season's on the world cup he will be the next big thing.
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  • + 1
 Gee you LEGEND Smile )
Fort William and now THIS?!
Keep it up for the britons Smile )
  • + 1
 If Gee takes the elite mens and Lewis takes the juniors it will be amazing, just like 08 when Gee and Ratboy did it, plus Peaty did it last year! Domination!
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  • + 1
 Man, Gee rocks the shit out of those trail. Plenty of skills...^^
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  • + 1
 2.250 dollars!!!???? That's all!!!!!???? ... hhaahahahaha
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  • + 1
 Has anyone got that french bird's phone number?
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  • + 1
 what about the results for everyone else?
  • + 1
 they aren't posted on the crankworx site yet either. www.crankworx.com/whistler/live-blog/2010-results
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  • + 1
 sick pictures especially the ones somewhat in the dark with the white dust
  • + 1
 not sure why they need to look like its a night shoot though.... little over enthusiastic with the artifical lighting...
  • + 2
 Seems to be the 'in thing' on pinkbike. If its got a shallow DoF and remote lighting then its obviously a good picture... Rolleyes
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  • + 1
 Good looking race and close intervals, good to see
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  • + 1
 "m holding a sign" ya budy!
  • + 1
 Laughed hard of it ! Hahaha
  • + 1
 where is the picture of the guy saying, im holding a sign
  • + 1
 I think it was removed, that sucks
  • + 1
 damn. i wanted to see it.
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  • + 1
 Troy Brosnan is damn fast!
  • + 5
 haha idiots Scotland is in GBR its not independent. sick racing, foxrider, lewis is faster
  • + 1
 The UK is producing the riders right now in racing thats for sure! We don't really have the big mountains, nice weather and no real bike industry but what do have must be working because there are more fast kids on the way!
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  • + 1
 GEE u the man no more need to be said
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  • + 1
 GET IT CODDYYYYYY!!!!
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  • + 0
 Im so lucky i got to ride with Gee a few months back
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  • + 1
 full results???????
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  • + 1
 Big prize money, nice !!
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