5 pm wednesday afternoon we rolled into the Whistler village with the Calgary Cycle
truck and trailer. Due to injuries these past few years I was a virgin to Whistler. Wasting no time I hit the hill with my Australian friend Mark Haimes, the next 3 hours of my life were definitely memorable ones as everything I had heard about the trails in Whistler had exceeded my expectations and at that point I knew the following 10 days of riding and racing in Whistler
were going to be the highlights of the year. As the rest of the team members trickled into Whistler the following day it was time to get ready for the Canada Cup National DH weekend. Over the next few days of 35 degree plus weather; the swarm of CC yellow V-10s could be seen riding the newly made Nationals DH course; along with the odd run of A-line thrown in.
Sunday-Nationals DH- Everyone was feeling confident and they were all anxious to race. We had 3 riders racing in U17 Expert, the first of us to come down was Glen Bradley with a 3:46.9, and next down was Jesse McCrae with a 3:46.7. Last to come down was Robert Mcphalen with 3:48.5 these times were good enough for 6th, 7th and 8th. In the junior expert category Mike Patychuck posted a 14th place 3:40.2 with Jeff Briggs coming through with a 3:27.8 which was good enough for 7th. In the senior expert category I came down with a 3:30.7 which was good enough for 5th. Nick Quinn our pro rider did very well throwing down a 3:16.2 which left him 10th only 7 seconds off the podium!
Tuesday-Super D- Robert Mcphalen was the only member of our team brave enough to tackle the Super D course which consisted of descending as well as some up hill jaunts but with an XC background he wasn’t feeling to out of place other than the fact he was riding a freeride bike racing against XC bikes. XC bikes seemed to be one of the winning elements for this course. None the less he wound up in 6th place only 15 seconds off a podium position.
Wednesday-Air DH- Everyone was looking forward to this race as having to train A-line the days preceding didn’t seem to be too hard of a task for anyone, now it was time to see how fast we could race it. With 107 riders in the Junior Category our young riders had their work cut out for them. With all our riders placing in the top half of the field and Jeff Briggs squeezing out a 6th place with a 4:43.5. Robert Mcphalen came through with a 4:51.2 getting him 25th position, Glen Bradley with a 4:55.9 left him in 40th Jesse McCrae came down in 5:01.3 good enough for 53rd. Our junior riders did very well! As for me I was racing in Senior Amature, but with a flat tire for the last bit of the course I could only make 11th place with a time of 4:46.9. Nick Quinn in the Pro category managed a 31st place finish with a 4:36.3.
Thursday-Slope style Qualifiers- The only rider from out team competing in Slope style was Glen Bradley. His qualifying runs went well with Glen hitting all the big lines including the massive step down step up line throwing nice suicide no-handers and wicked style as usual. I believe he ended up qualifying 35 out of the 80 person field of world class riders!
Friday-4x- The Crankworx four-cross course was big this year, full of big air and big fast corners, in other words scary! There were 2 of us from the team racing including Glen Bradley and myself, but due to an ankle injury in practice Glen had to withdraw from the race. As for me, in my first heat it was the run from hell; after a bad start out of the gate it progressed to an even worse run that left me with a broken collar bone. That being said my week of riding was over!
Sunday-Garbanzo DH- The final even of Crankworx 2006; what a week of riding, racing and the end had finally come! With some of our riders injured and others racing the Canada cup at Mt. Washington we only two riders for this race, Nick Quinn and Geoff Briggs. With this huge 15 min plus course riders were experiencing below zero temperatures at the top, heavy fog for the first quarter of the course leading into sunny sky’s for the bottom half. Geoff reported having a terrible run with a couple of falls and some pedal issues but still managed an 18:15.7 putting him into 13th position out of a 40 rider field. As for Nick he posted a 16:11.7 which landed him in 24th position in the pro category. Good going Nick! Crankworx
basically wrapped up a great race season for Calgary Cycle. We are a young team with a lot of young talent and primarily out to have fun riding and racing our bikes! Good job guys!
I just want to give a great big thanks to all our sponsors-Santa Cruz, Sram, Troy Lee Designs, Rock Shox, Kenda, Oakley, Dakine, Thomson, Block 8, Sosa Printing, SDG and Pink Bike.
Hope to see you all next year!
Justin (Team Mechanic)