Photo Epic: Kicking Horse Dual Slalom - Crankworx Summer Series

Aug 7, 2020
by Clint Trahan  

On a day where the results were as unpredictable as the weather, a couple of mistakes cost leaders dearly. Finn Iles, Bas Van Steenbergen and Fabien Cousinié all had minor crashes leading to the finals. Only Finn would manage to podium. On the ladies side, Vaea Verbeeck came from behind in the last heat on the woman’s side to narrowly beat out ALN to take the top spot. Casey Brown once again managed to stick in the top three.

Given the Finn and Bas incidents, that left a crack in the door for someone else to claim the top spot. Lucas Cruz, looking fast and controlled all day, powered his way to the top, beating out Mark Wallace by .65 seconds. A wild day indeed.

It was wet for a moment, very wet.

A very different Dual Slalom course than what was seen at SilverStar

Although he now owns Crankworx, he stays in the trenches doing anything and everything that needs to get done.

Riders Ready....

A lot of tight action took place this afternoon, once the rain stopped.

Side by side.

Brown Gold.

Mistakes cost the top riders.

The eye sees all.

Sticks became one of the most sought after tools on course.

All smiles for Mark, who ended up finishing 2nd.

Besides CLIF bars and sticks, bug spray is the most important commodity on the hill.

Lucas Cruz leans into 1st place at Kicking Horse, after his 3rd place finish at Silver Star.

Finn has been on every podium to this point. He's riding like a beast.

Miranda and Vaea set to do battle.

Casey Brown takes a minute before dropping in.

We are all feeling this way right now.

That background!


Body position is key navigating the flags.

Casey and Miranda - riding Royalty.

Miranda vs ALN..

I couldn't help including a pan.

On her way to a well deserved win.

The stoke is real.

Men's podium: 1st: Lucas Cruz, 2nd: Mark Wallace, 3rd: Finn Iles

Women's podium: 1st: Vaea Verbeeck, 2nd: ALN, 3rd: Casey Brown

Kicking Horse, you are beautiful. Never change.

With love, we out.


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 Bike check pretty please PB Smile
  • 1 0
 Are 5 of the 6 top riders on 29ers?
  • 1 0
 @jasbushey: Can't quite tell, but I know a handful of riders who hack a 29 frame to use 27 or 26 wheels. That way, the head angle is much better and they can still show off the latest model frames..
  • 5 0
 Casey Brown rocking the 420 Wink
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 Whats Lucas got in the brief case?
  • 1 1
 Peanut butter jelly samdwich
  • 2 0
 Great shots!
  • 1 0
 The shot of Casey and Vaea is actually Casey and Miranda?

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