Race Recap: Phat Wednesday #4 – June 26th 2019Upper Angry Pirate – Lower Angry Pirate – World Cup Single Track – Afternoon Delight – Lower Whistler DH
After a one-week hiatus for the season opening BC Cup DH, Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee returned to a moody and brooding evening in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on June 26. Despite the gloomy weather, the mood amongst the racers was anything but.
As rain and lightning loomed large, conditions were deceptively dusty through the looser sections of Upper and Lower Angry Pirate.
Further down the course, the field of 177 navigated World Cup Single Track before traversing across to Afternoon Delight and the tight trees through the bottom section of Lower Whistler DH.
Mason Gautrey cracked the overall top 10 yet again to win the Junior Male category whilst Heidi Schenk took home top spot in the Junior Female.
In what is a scarily talented group of Grom racers, the 13 and under boys category was won by Ryan Griffith ahead of Floyd Guy and Dane Jewett.
Michelle Chang and Mathieu Hebert continued their dominant seasons with wins in the Master Female and Veteran Male categories while less than a second split a top three of Steve Storey, Adam Dagg and Ricky Hobart in the Master Men.
The standout performance of the night came from the young man from Bright AUS; Aaron Gungl laying down the time of the day with a 3:29.438 only 0.39 ahead of Bike Park team rider Trev Burke, whose 2nd place finish took him to the top of the overall points standings in the Open Men.
Rounding out the evening's results, Sophie Tyas emphatically took out the Open Female in her first Phat Wednesday of 2019.
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The Delaselle boys prepping plates.
Karver Kovarik fresh of his BC Cup victory on the weekend
Junior Female (17 and under)
1 472 Heidi Schenk 4:55.230
2 441 Lily Boucher 4:57.034
3 114 Sophie Lawrence 5:20.388
Ryan Mentakis maintained his strong PW form, although narrowly missed out on a podium spot.
Male Grom (13 and under)
1 474 Ryan Griffith 3:51.516
2 311 Floyd Guy 3:54.241
3 429 Dane Jewett 4:05.107
Martin Palyza holding his line and flying through Lower Angry Pirate.
Rhys French not so much.
Junior Male (14-17)
1 371 Mason Gautrey 3:41.393
2 329 Tegan Cruz 3:46.222
3 59 Chris Beaton 3:52.318
Veteran Male (40+)
1 425 Mathieu Hebert 3:50.398
2 327 Ariel Lindsley 3:51.727
3 406 Adin Daneker 3:52.828
Master Female (30+)
1 471 Michelle Chang 4:18.136
2 432 Kate Gayton 4:26.137
3 419 Carla Pasin 4:28.970
Master Male (30-39)
1 400 Steve Storey 3:43.420
2 391 Adam Dagg 3:44.279
3 470 Ricky Hobart 3:44.403
Dale Madden dropping a shoulder.
Female Open (18+)
1 408 Sophie Tyas 4:08.575
2 396 Cailin Carrier 4:18.997
3 486 Laura Coachman Rombauer Aliperti 4:21.917
Eagle eyed event crew.
Male Open (18+)
1 485 Aaron Gungl 3:29.438
2 350 Trevor Burke 3:29.834
3 478 Magnus Manson 3:31.978
Full race results and season standings available at www.spokesman.online
For racers aged 7-15, Phat Kidz returns on Friday June 29 on Crabapple Turns – World Cup Single Track – Ho Chi Min.
For more information on all events in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, head to bike.whistlerblackcomb.com
Words by Steve Crowley. Photos by Clint Trahan.