Crankworx - Canadian Open XC

Aug 15, 2013
by Colin Meagher  
Derek Zandstra getting diving into the descent during the 5 lap Canadian Open XC race out on the Lost Lakes Trails.
  Derek Zandstra diving into the descent during the 5 lap Canadian Open XC race out on the Lost Lakes Trails.

Flats pretty much suck. Mid race they suck even more.
  Flats pretty much suck. Mid race, they suck even more.

The elite men s race basically boiled down to a battle between Geoff Kabush and Max Plaxton.
  The elite men's race basically boiled down to a battle between Geoff Kabush and Max Plaxton.

Greg Day of Vancouver BC on the track.
  Greg Day of Vancouver, BC on the track.

Lotsa tight corners for getting your swerve on out on the XC track.
  Lotsa tight corners for getting your swerve on out on the XC track.

Elite Women s winner Catharine Pendrel.
  Elite Women's winner Catharine Pendrel.

Frederique Larose-Gingras taking to one of the wood features on the XC track.
  Frederique Larose-Gingras taking to one of the wood features on the XC track.

Lap five saw Geoff Kabush get away for the win.
  Lap five saw Geoff Kabush get away for the win.

Greg Day putting the wood--no pun intended--to Zandstra on the final lap.
  Greg Day putting the wood--no pun intended--to Zandstra on the final lap.

Carl Decker joggging in a flat tire on the last lap of the race.
  Carl Decker jogging in with a flat tire on the last lap of the race.

Pendrel on top.
  Pendrel on top.

Kabush showing some Canucks support on the podium.
  Kabush, showing some Canuck's support on the podium.


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33 Comments

  • 28 1
 LOOK AT ALL DEM CALVES THO.
  • 26 9
 I deduce from this article that XC, lycra and short travel bikes are not that popular on PB :-)
  • 12 1
 haha, going out on a limb with that conclusion. Yeah, XC does not get a lot of love on this site but I like to see it when it does show up.
  • 2 0
 You can also have fun going fast uphill, and yes lycras are the best for this. My wife don't think the same about men wearing tight lycras, maybe i should surrender and change my look??
  • 3 1
 Riding the bike to the top is not popular on PB. Lazy wankers.
  • 14 0
 Kabush is the boss man.
  • 10 1
 Watch out for Kabush on the Enduro circuit when he's finished with XC. He can shred the downhills, very much like Josh Carlson....
  • 7 0
 emily batty Wink
  • 7 0
 Hands on the keyboard pls.
  • 2 0
 We need more pics of Emily!!!
  • 4 1
 Where are the expectators? I notice only one, in the first picture, but it still look like a race marshall. Nice photos though. I love xc!
  • 4 0
 The quads in the 1st photo and the calves in the 2nd photo made my legs get cramps!
  • 1 5
flag mbodkin (Aug 15, 2013 at 6:54) (Below Threshold)
 Wrong- the Canada cup is uci sanctioned.
  • 3 0
 Colin congratulations great pictures. Good to see the essence of mountain biking
  • 4 2
 I wonder what % of PB readers these guys are faster than going DH... 99.0? 99.5? Razz
  • 6 1
 I imagine at least 90% of them are faster than the average one of us. PB readers got no love for XC riders, but they shred way harder on their little bikes than lots of us on our FR bikes..
  • 1 0
 Trail machines!
  • 2 4
 those calf muscles. Why are they running such low pressures? I never run that low on my XC even in smooth sand.
  • 4 2
 They are probably running tubs (yet you can get those for mountain bikes now) so can go that low with their pressure, more comfortable, more grip, bit lighter as well I suppose.
  • 4 0
 a lot of them run tubeless which means you cant pinch flat so you can run lower pressure
  • 2 0
 Low pressure really adds traction in the dusty conditions and would be a big advantage with all of the corners on this course.
  • 1 0
 It could be an optical effect, having more force applied on the tire at the moment they take the picture. Or they really like to run with lower pressures, i prefer, less vibrations, more grip and smootness Wink
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