Photo Epic: Psychosis DH - Crankworx BC 2021

Sep 27, 2021
by chris pilling  

Psychosis returns for its 12th iteration (the second under Crankworx). Last year we saw a new record set for the course by Henry Fitzgerald, a record that still stands today. But a common theme emerging is the up and coming youth of the sport are making a massive impact on the Psychosis racecourse. Lauren Dudar took the third spot, she won a locals wild card to participate in the race. Obviously, it worked out for her. Emmy Lan (17) landed in second behind Casey Brown by less than 3 seconds. Seth Sherlock got his redemption on Psychosis after his bike failed during his race run last year. Standing tall in 2nd place this time around. And the top step today goes to Joe Breeden. The young (21) year old riding for NS bikes UR smashed the competition and finished with a time of 11:37.539. Conditions today were moderately dusty and the famous Dead Dog drop-in was showing signs of weathering from the very wet to insanely hot climate shifts this summer. The top scree slope that everyone knows is nothing compared to what lies beneath the tree line. An average grade of 51% but Trailforks has it listed at over 100% grade in some spots just to give you an idea.

Trevor Gavura from the Golden Cycling Club opens the day with a speech filled with history, words of wisdom, and tails of caution. And a story of a young rider filled with piss and vinegar named Stevie Smith who "had to have a moment to himself" after pedaling into and not respecting, Dead Dog on his first lap.

Amy Ertel
It takes a moment to collect your thoughts when you first get to the top

Dead Dog (not really, I don't know)

Forrest, Keegan, and Bas try to find solitude before their race run

Forrest off to a spicy start

Forrest Riesco
He finishes mid-pack in 5th place just shy of twelve minutes

Seth popping through the forest during practice

Pinkbike's own Tom Bradshaw took on the beast on his hardtail. This guy doesn't know what type 1 fun is.

Jackson Frew
Jackson Frew hot off a win in Sun Peaks made a strong push for the podium, falling just off the pace of the top 3

Controlled freefall, that's what this is

Dylan Crane
Dylan Crane blasting down the lower half of the course

Seth Sherlock
Big day for Seth Sherlock, getting revenge on the track and taking P2 on the day

Casey Brown winning it for the women after narrowly missing the win last year. Congrats Casey

Keegan Wright
Keegan Wright getting fired up from the locals

Harriet Burbidge-Smith
Harriet Burbidge-Smith keeping it cool

Danielle Beecroft
Danielle Beecroft appeared to have some troubles on course. Still likely happy to make it down in one piece.

Kirk McDowall
Kirk McDowall blasting off the double drop

Emmy Lan charging into second place

Joe Breeden finding his pace in the Summer Series and taking the top spot today. Unreal work.

Vaea Verbeeck
Crankworx left behind a little memento for the Golden Cycling club for their stoke and help in bringing back such a legendary race. A wood burned mountain scape signed by all the riders.

Casey Brown Emmy Lan Lauren Dudar
Casey Brown (1), Emmy Lan (2), Lauren Dudar (3)

Joe Breeden Seth Sherlock Bas Van Steenbergen
Joe Breeden (1), Seth Sherlock (2), Bas Van Steenbergen (3)

Seth Sherlock
Casey Brown
Now for the celebrations

Another one of the history books

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  • 48 0
 @tombrad what an animal to do this race on a hardtail!
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 This better be a video from Tom
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 Imagine trying to drop the anchor down there with your back end constantly breaking contact... nope
  • 8 0
 Thanks @pensamtb! It was pretty special, this track is timeless. My modern Meta hardtail is a machine compared to what the legends who started this race used in the 90's.
  • 3 0
 This race over the years always had a hardtail class which was super badass
  • 18 0
 That last photo is overwhelmingly beautiful. Makes me want to quit my job and move
  • 1 1
 what about the first one? magnificent
  • 3 1
 Youd be shocked to find out that Golden, BC where mt 7 is located is just a tiny fraction of BC if you look at google maps. Theres more of this stuff that even spills over to nearby Alberta province where Im from. Cost of living and housing though is expensive in BC.
  • 3 0
 @mountguitars: take them all, relocate to Berta, way better there.
  • 11 0
 I thought the $3k prize money was pretty good but that's only $250 a minute for the winner. More information as we get it.
  • 1 0
 I'm holding out for 24 Hours of Psychosis due to the high cost of living in paradise
  • 4 0
 Dead Dog is scary as shit but even scarier is that right hand turn... 1999 - Norco VPS 2. Fastest I have ever gone down... 19 minutes. Amazing to pin it on that kind of terrain... and that uphill...phew!
  • 2 0
 I raced in 2005 and 2006 both on Norcos, with my '06 time being a bit over 16min. Bonus points to you for riding that course on an Early VPS!
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 Beecroft - two finger braking the rear brake, death grip on the other hand, no braking - interesting technique. I am sure she is faster than me but thats some interesting braking.
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 I was one of the course marshals and when she blew by me I think she mentioned that something was wrong with her brake. I could be wrong because she just yelled something to me as she ripped by and I didn't hear everything, but it was definitely regarding her brakes.
  • 4 0
 I think that pic of @tombrad sealed the deal on my next bike...
  • 4 0
 Its really not that nice of a place.
  • 1 0
 Can you expand on that? Do you mean the actual town, or the trails/outdoor options?
  • 3 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: Bugs are horrendous in the summer.
  • 1 0
 @sco314: where are the bugs not horrendous? Seriously, wherever that is I want to go.
  • 2 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: He's from Golden. Just doing some population control.
  • 4 1
 Did they run out of money for 3rd place or something?
  • 5 0
 1425.00 is decent, I'm pretty sure it's equal or more then the 700€ ish you get for 3rd at a World Cup...
  • 1 0
 How about those fall colours! Dead Dog looks like its on friggin fire! Amazing photo of Tom!
  • 1 0
 Is there any live video coverage of the race? Gutted for Kirk whos back tire blew up
  • 1 0
 Gorgeous place!! Good job Casey and all of the racers just to make it down safe.
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 Great pics!
  • 2 3
 Wow, i'm first to comment and have nothing to say.

Oh wait, go Keegan you are a beast Smile
  • 1 0
 where in BC isthis?
  • 4 0
 Mount 7
  • 5 0
 Golden BC
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