Canadian National Series finals.
Tucked in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, Fernie Mountain Ski resort hosted the last stop in the Canadian National Series. With some awe inspiring terrain and serious vertical drop the Canadian downhill finals started out steep and fast. One pedal stroke to get going and then it was more about keeping off the brakes. Giant Canada’s Rob Hewitt layed down a solid third place finish, despite losing traction in one corner and laying the bike down Rob kept his composure for the bronze medal...even though the gold could of been his. So far this season Rob’s trend has been the harder the course the better his result, with a third place this weekend and a third place at the first National race in Quebec. Leon May also kept up his impressive consistency, it seems no matter what type of course and either wet or dry conditions, Leon always finishes up on the podium between second and fifth at all the Canadian National series races. This weekend proved to be no different as Leon was again on the podium in fifth spot. Giant’s Brant Lyon, coming off a stellar second place ride at the National Championships, was gunning for the win this weekend. With Brant’s amazing cornering ability and style, second only to Giant USA’s Dustin Adams, he can normally hold the harder lines with more speed than most of his competition; however, Brant flew into one of the many steep chutes too fast and hit a newly exposed tree root which caused him to take a tumble over his bars. After scrambling up the chute by climbing on the entangled roots, straightening his bars and precariously jumping back on his bike on the steep gradient Brant still somehow managed to place an impressive eighth place.
With the Canadian National Downhill series now complete, we are all awaiting the official overall rankings to be released by the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA).
Furthermore, the High Performance Committee of the CCA will also be announcing the Pro mens Canadian National downhill team that will be attending the World Championships. All three of Giant Canada’s downhill team riders are in the running for a spot on the National team and joining up with the Giant USA and Giant Global riders in Kaprun, Austria for the 2002 Worlds.