The 2010 Western Open was a great event. 2011 was off the hook to say the least! 260 racers made the drive to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden BC to test their bikes and themselves against one of the most technical tracks found anywhere in Western Canada. Brett Tippie was on hand all weekend long giving out tons of prizes, Kirt and Lindsey from the Specialized All Ride team were in the house a long with a couple of their racers. Tara Llanes and Elladee ran the first ever Shimano kids event and saw over 60 kids take the start line followed by a live band and even some DH racing too. Ken Faubert and Katherine Short took the top spots in Elite and Holly Feniak had the fastest women’s time with a 4:12.49. Full results at the bottom
Check out the photos from Clayton Racicot below and more can be found on his website as well.
No trip to Golden would be complete without a shuttle on MT 7
Clan rider dropping into Dead Dog and this is BEFORE it gets steep
Registration went smooth with a record 182 racers pre-registered for the event
Andy trying to sneak into the Shimano kids race
Tippie was off the hook all weekend long
Want a Cow Bell, better be ready to sing for Tippie
Lindsey Voreis and her AllRide ladies clinic
Kirt Voreis was leaving his mark on KHMR and loving it!
The resort plaza was packed with tons to do and see
Barry Mah in front of the Cranked & Specialized tents and demo fleet
Tara Llanes at the Shimano Kids Race
66 racers showed up to throw down at the 1st ever Shimano kids event in Golden
Ready for the win!
In it to win it!
Racers meeting Saturday afternoon was well attended and tons of swag was given out
Jason from Lambert was busy fixing bikes all weekend long for free
Bryson says its time to race
Cody doing it right
To say the course was fast and loose is and understatement
Phil and the crew from CCN had the speed trap out, top speed 57.9 through the finish
The few bravest racers starting the day off on the Hard Tail bikes
Hard Tail Podium...Mike Parsons in first with a 4:50.29, Patrick Fagan then Todd Earnshaw
Junior Expert...Riley Suhan with a 3:45.88 followed by Forrest and Harrison
Fastest two racers took home new dive watches from Freestyle. Holly with a 4:12.49 and Ken with a 3:44.18
Jeff hunter was able to shave several seconds off his time from last year, but it still was not fast enough for top spot
Katherine Short made the long drive to BC interior in order to take home the cash
Elite Women...Katherine Short with a 4:49.79 followed by Cierra Smith and Nickey James
Ken Faubert taking home a dive watch and the cash in 2011, safe to say he'll be back in 2012
Elite Men...Ken Faubert with a blistering 3:44.18 followed by Dean Tennant, Tyler Allison, Adriano Digiancinto and Kirk McDowall
The reason behind the event. Lola watches on
Thank you to Jordan, CCN Crew and everyone else that helped me bring this event to life
Western Open 2011 Results
See you in 2012 at the Western Open at KHMR in Golden BC
HUGE Thank you to everyone that helped make this event possible. Hope to see you all in 2012!