Garbonzo DH Race Recap

Aug 9, 2010
by Justin Brantley  
Day 2 of Kokanee Crankworx was the Garbanzo DH, there were 320 athletes in the pro and amateur categories taking to the 12km long course, In the men’s pro category, Chris Kovarik took first place with a time of 13:22. Justin Leov came a close second with 13:29 and Sam Blenkinsop came 3rd with 13:39. The pro women looked fast as well! Anne Caro Chausson of France took 1st with a time of 15:59. Miranda Miller came 2nd with 16:17 and Fionn Griffiths came 3rd with 16:23!

Results, Photos, and helmet cam of Garbanzo DH track inside
Chris Kovorik taking 1st place today
Chris Kovorik taking 1st place today

Chris Kovorik was pinned!
Chris Kovorik was pinned!

Justin Leov taking home second today!
Justin Leov taking home second today!

Leov followed by Neetheling
Leov followed by Neetheling

Sam is having an amazing year! Taking 3rd today!
Sam is having an amazing year! Taking 3rd today!

Blenki Pinned!
Blenki Pinned!

Curtis Keene is in great shape this year! Bringing home 4th this weekend!
Curtis Keene is in great shape this year! Bringing home 4th this weekend!

Curtis Keene killing it!
Curtis Keene killing it!

5th - Nicolas Vouilloz is a 10 time world champion!
5th - Nicolas Vouilloz is a 10 time world champion!

Gee Atherton coming in 6th place today!
Gee Atherton coming in 6th place today!

Gee is pinned!
Gee is pinned!

Anna Caro Chausson with the win today!
Anna Caro Chausson with the win today!

Miranda Miller pinned, taking home 2nd!
Miranda Miller pinned, taking home 2nd!

Fionn Griffiths with 3rd place today!
Fionn Griffiths with 3rd place today!

Emmeline Ragot in 4th place!
Emmeline Ragot in 4th place!

A few more action shots!

Chris Kovorik
Chris Kovorik

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Gee Atherton
Gee Atherton

Nicolas Vouilloz
Nicolas Vouilloz

Chris Kovorik
Chris Kovorik

Anna Caro Chausson
Anna Caro Chausson

Kevin Aiello
Kevin Aiello

Fairclough!
Fairclough!

Anne Caro Chausson
Anne Caro Chausson

Gee didn't quite have it this time, but still looked good doing his thing
Gee didn't quite have it this time, but still looked good doing his thing

Shane Gayton - Looking down this steep slippy rock face
Shane Gayton - Looking down this steep slippy rock face

Troy putting up a good battle today
Troy putting up a good battle today

Mens winners!

Chris Kovorik 1st, Justin Leov 2nd, and Sam Blenkiensop 3rd
Chris Kovorik 1st, Justin Leov 2nd, and Sam Blenkiensop 3rd

1. Chris Kovorik - 13:22.99
2. Justin Leov - 13:29.85
3. Samuel Blenkinsop - 13:39.35
4. Curtis Keene - 13:41.41
5. Nicolas Vouilloz - 13:47.58
6. Gee Atherton - 13:53.06
7. Jack Reading - 14:05.12
8. Andrew Neethling - 14:06.94
9. Troy Brosnan - 14:16.26
10. Even Turpen - 14:16.43

Womens Finals!

Anna Caro Chausson 1st, Miranda Miller 2nd, Fionn Griffiths 3rd
Anna Caro Chausson 1st, Miranda Miller 2nd, Fionn Griffiths 3rd

1. Anna Caro Chausson - 15:59.42
2. Miranda Miller - 16:17.94
3. Fionn Griffiths - 16:23.63
4. Emmeline Ragot - 17:17.78
5. Leigh Donovan - 17:35.26


Helmet Cam from Monster Energy Specialized team rider Troy Brosnan
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Congrats to all the winners! Stay tunned for more coverage on Kokanee Crankworx 2010.


83 Comments

  • 4 0
 You know what makes me really happy? I'm finally starting to see some 'zocchis in the racing scene again. The fork battle is, at last, heating up again (not just RS and Fox anymore, like the past 2 or 3 years).
  • 1 0
 beginning to see a couple of Dorados too. I haven't seen a BOS on the WC yet ...
  • 3 0
 Sick to see Kovarik take it!!! He deserves a podium! Funny to see how skilled Anne Caro is, she dominates the WC for almost a decade, takes 5 years off then comes and back to win the longest DH in the world like its no big. My hats off to her.
  • 3 0
 Possibly one of the most impressive come backs ever.. good to see Nico doing so well too
  • 5 0
 Kovarik for the win! Yeah! Arm pumps from the Pac NW to the Jersey Shore tonight.
  • 5 0
 Hey!! dont let the SITUATION catch you doing that
  • 4 0
 soo sick awesome pics as always
  • 3 1
 how are kovarik and leov so far ahead of the rest of em
  • 7 0
 WOW! Awesome pics, but why did they put an asterix in place of the "a" in Shane Gayton's name... it's not a profanity.
  • 1 0
 Did it to mine too! Frown
  • 5 0
 13:22.99! is ridiculously quick. I can't even begin to fathom how fast they must of been going through some of the sections.
  • 10 27
flag MoonWaffle64 (Aug 8, 2010 at 23:52) (Below Threshold)
 when you see a guy on fox 40s, you know they mean business
  • 3 0
 I'm guessing MoonWaffles64 is messing but I'll play ball anyway.. Yes Fox are great and I love fat forks too but Kovarik won riding marzocchi and he seems to love these harse looking courses. I reckon they're back in the game.
  • 7 29
flag audeo03 (Aug 9, 2010 at 4:07) (Below Threshold)
 I'm just glad it wasn't Gee that won. He's been on the podium too much recently. Go ahead and negative prop me UK heads!
  • 7 1
 audeo03 you'd be chest bumping and yeehaaawing all day if an american was on the podium as much as gee.
  • 2 1
 i know i sound retarded but what ever happened to sam hill? i dont keep up wit dh racing much...
  • 3 0
 shoulder injury... i think
  • 1 0
 kovarik is a horse of a man! rockin
  • 3 0
 That course must be rough - even the photographers are wearing body armour!
  • 3 0
 Nico is 10 time world champion dooood
  • 1 0
 7 Senior, 3 Junior.
  • 3 1
 damn that rock looks STEEEEEEP!!!!
  • 2 0
 That rock is STEEEEP, was riding that track for the first time last week and I chickened out and rode the easier line next to it. Next time I will have to suck it up and go for it.
  • 1 0
 demmmm rock is too steep
  • 4 23
flag Shred-NZ (Aug 9, 2010 at 3:49) (Below Threshold)
 Wtf that's not steep. Now I see why there aren't many Canadian DHers on the world Circuit, whistler is nearly flat!
  • 3 2
 u cant say that when your from nz and clearly havent ridden whistler as there is a rediculous amount of elevation change on that track.
  • 1 0
 Captain Saftey!
  • 2 0
 there not talking the whole trail...there just talking the rock steep at 4:32 which is basically straight down...the helmet cam doesn't give it justice
  • 4 0
 @ Shred-NZ;
you are seriously the dumbest person on this site....all you do is start sh*t and make stupid comments.
  • 3 0
 Yep, sorry Shred-NZ as someone from NZ now living in Canada I have to say your ignorance is an embarrassment to our country! By putting our country name in your screen name, you have decided to represent us and I wish you wouldn't do that because I don't want to be associated with anything you say.
  • 1 5
flag Shred-NZ (Aug 9, 2010 at 13:59) (Below Threshold)
 Only saw the helmet cam. I was talking about the whole track, not the individual rock face, yes that's steep, but look how much pedaling Troy Brosnan is doing.
  • 1 0
 its a 12km DH race theres gonna be some pedalling sections
  • 2 0
 sick pics. the kashima coatings are sweet but i cant wait to see dlc on boxxers
  • 3 0
 kiwis up in the mix once again. yeh yeh!!!
  • 3 0
 Nice to see a Norco in the mix!!
  • 2 0
 The above static pictures are 1000% better than Crakworx's live streamed coverage.
  • 2 0
 good work Jack Reading - UK rider with Ellsworth Factory support - killing it this season against some "big" names
  • 1 0
 Yeah, Jack`s flying again this year. Won`t be long until he gets a top 10 in the World Cup.
  • 1 0
 Yeh that's so sick that he got 7th congrats to him!
  • 2 0
 The pic with number plate #202 is not Anne Caroline.
  • 2 0
 It's Emmeline Ragot I think.
  • 1 0
 noticed that too, thought it might have been Emmeline cause of the bike but then I saw the jersey and helemt were differnt... very confused.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that's Em Raggot
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised they didn't throw an asterisk in Raggot just then.
  • 2 0
 Nice to see the old schoolers throw it down. i.e.. Nico and Chausson.
  • 1 0
 The pictures are amazing, can just sit and look at then for ages. Such sick composition and style, make me very envious!
  • 1 0
 lol at blenkinsop's face on the podium and pinkbike censoring Shane Gayton's name
  • 2 0
 14:52 in troy's vid, he does a wheely for the girl.
  • 1 0
 12km really? that's like 53kph average for Kovarik. 40x11 @ 120 rpm is only 54kph. There are uphill sections. BS
  • 1 0
 Good observation mate, 13:22 @ 12km is 54km/h. That's a fast average down that Garbanzo run.
  • 1 0
 That rock face is actually deceivingly smooth to ride down, even in the wet.
  • 1 0
 great course and riding. does anyone know the name of the second the tune at approximatly 9 minutes in?
  • 2 0
 that norco looks mean
  • 1 0
 they censored gayton?! hahaha
  • 2 1
 really?! its not even a cuss word.
  • 1 0
 Yeah its my last name. Kinda funny though...
  • 1 0
 awesome pictures! Looks like the trail wasn't too wet either!
  • 1 0
 anyone know where I can get the full results?
  • 1 0
 LOL Sam doesn't look happy
  • 2 0
 doesnt he look a bit disapointed. things are gonna start falling into place for him soon. he is right on the heels of GM and Gee
  • 1 0
 agreed.. he's done soo good this season
  • 1 0
 Super awesome pix!! Cool to see different photo styles.
  • 2 1
 An Aussie followed by 2 kiwis!! Downunder killing it!!
  • 1 0
 Ya kovorik! Way to represent Marzocchi!
  • 2 0
 shred nz your an idiot
  • 1 0
 that track looks amazing, it actually makes me want 2 get out nd ride
  • 1 0
 Some sick shots.
  • 1 0
 KovOrik.....nice!
  • 1 0
 Pinnned!!
  • 1 0
 sick vid
  • 1 3
 why is most people stopping on da way down and acting like pusssies?
  • 2 0
 It's probably practice, most people were practicing sections of the track and pushing back up.
  • 1 0
 Also, I can't imagine most people can ride flat out at a top level for 15 minutes down a mountian.
  • 1 1
 caiocrz, clearly you have never been in a downhill race so shut the hell up.
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