Things were spiced up a little for Race 4 of the Phat Wednesday Series presented by Kokanee last night. The course difficulty was stepped up this week and the return of some familiar faces back to town resulted in some tight battles to claim the podium. The course for the night had racers proving their skills on the loose flat corners of Fantastic and then heading into Lower Whistler Downhill. Off the fade away jump and then on to B-Line Connector into Afternoon Delight, which has seen a little bit of trail maintenance love making for a smoother ride through the rooty trail network and then finishing on Detroit Rock City. In total, 215 brave souls came out to show their stuff on the harder track.
Finding the balance between speed and control on Detroit Rock City wasn't an issue for Kenny Smith.
In the open male category, Chris Kovarik claimed the top spot in his first Phat Wednesday race for the season with a time of 2:30.70. Followed by Remi Gauvin and Zanders Geddes. The tightest race of the night was in the Master male category, with the top 3 only separated by fractions of a second, reports are these three might spend too much time riding together. Chris Dewar returned to the top step for the first time this season with a time of 2:42.81. Only one 100th of a second back was Adam Billinghurst and Kenny Smith took 3rd place.
Charlie Coquillard rolls out of Afternoon Delight on his way to the finish.
Claire Buchar continued her domination over the women’s field with a 15 second gap to second place and Finn Iles made it to the top in the Junior Males once again. Stephanie Denroche was the fastest Junior Female of the evening.
The new dirt on this section of Afternoon Delight was appreciated by many riders.
We have a break from Phat Wednesdays next week as we let the Kids step into the spotlight. Our new race league, Phat Kidz
starts next Wednesday, June 25th. This is a DH race series for kids 7-14, which will offer an introduction to racing for all levels. More info here: Phat Kidz | Whistler Mountain Bike Park This week, the kids will be racing on Crabapple turns to Del Bocca Vista.
We will be back to Phat Wednesdays on July 2nd. Course will be announced Tuesday at 4:00pm on the big sign at the bottom of the park and on facebook group: Phat Wednesdays
Fastest man of the night Chris Kovarik on Fantastic.
Jill Anderson heading into Lower Whistler DH.
The more technical course definitely didn't deter riders with over 200 racers.Open Men
1. Chris Kovarik
2. Remi Gauvin
3. Zander GeddesOpen Women
1. Claire Buchar
2. Christina Chappetta
3. Lula DarquierMaster Men
1. Chris Dewar
2. Adam Billinghurst
3. Kenny SmithJunior Men
1. Finn Iles
2. Bracken Camilleri
3. Alex AugerJunior Women
1. Sephanie Denroche
2. Nicola MacDonald
3. Wynnie Tipton
For full race results, photos and the 1st set of series standings visit: whistlerblackcomb.com/bike.
Photo Credit: New Guy Photography
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