Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee #6 – Race Report
July 10th 2019
The ever present theme in this column appears to be that racers face a meteorological challenge at each and every Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee. It is without doubt that Mother Nature saved her biggest test for this race’s yearly pilgrimage to Creekside.
Heading south from the comforts of the Fitzsimmons zone, riders were confronted with a deluge of rain and the seven plus minutes of arm pump down arguably the years longest race trail, Earth Circus. As rain intensified throughout Wednesday, racers headed to Dusty’s Bar and BBQ to collect their plate and head up Creekside Gondola.
What lay in store for the 154 diehards was wet and wild. Greasy bridges, puddles and slick berms were aplenty with many opting for the trail bike to gain an advantage through the wide open sections of ski run and seemingly never-ending snaking zones of Earth Circus.
Georgia Astle, a familiar Phat Wednesday face who has been missed for much of the 2019 season, returned with a bang to crack the overall top 10 with a 6:49.52. Astle took out her category by a whopping 25 seconds ahead of Christina Chapetta and the ever-present Amy Ertel, who’s consistent top performances across this season belie a series of niggling injuries.
In what we believe to be a Phat Wednesday first, July 10th marked the first race with more Master Female competitors than Female Open. Former Trail Crew Tyro Katrina Jorsback bettered her second place return last week by taking home the division in front of Lisa Mason and the consistent Kate Gayton to complete a Michelle Changless podium for the first time this season.
We are running out of superlatives to describe the continued excellence of Mason Gautrey, who won his 5th race on the trot in the Junior Men, edging out Tegan Cruz and Coen Skrypnek who all laid out sub 7 minute times.
Adin Daneker knocked the big Frenchman Mathieu Hebert off top place in the Veteran Men by less than 0.3 of a second with Craig Wilson nabbing bronze.
The Grom’s continued to shine despite the rain, as Taylor Dunn shocked the field to nudge Floyd Guy off the top of the podium. Tony Shelly continued to show good form with another 3rd place finish.
Meanwhile Sofia Guy picked up maximum points in the Junior Female as she continues to chase Lily Boucher and Heidi Schenk, 2nd and 3rd respectively on the night.
Returning from an Achilles injury earlier in the year, Shane Gayton put down his best performance of 2019 to claim the biggest envelope in the Master Men, His 6:45.48 bettering a resurgent Kevin Clarke and points leader Steve Storey.
In what could seem like a copy and paste from last week, Bike Park Team Rider Trevwah Burke guided his 2019 29” GT Bike Park Edition Fury to the fastest time of the day with a 6:32.17, comfortably taking home the win ahead of Max Grayston and Ryan Mentakis, who just couldn’t be kept of the Open Mens podium for long.
Many racers, volunteers and supporters needed a hot shower after this one, before returning to new surroundings at Dusty’s Bar and BBQ for a much deserved Kokanee at the post race après.
Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee takes a timeout next week, World Cup Wednesday will return on July 24th for a Whistler Bike Park first trail they said could never be raced, stay tuned to Whistler Blackcomb Events on Facebook for all the details.
Despite the deluge, morale remained high at the start line.
Helmets hiding smiles.
Slip and slide Creekside.
Matty tongue staying low.
Mister consistent Kovarik nabbed 4th on the night.
Dennis Barrera in action.
Madison Skrypnek on her way to a top 10 in Female Open.
It sure was slick on Creekside’s iconic bridges.
Junior Female 17 and under
1 274 Sofia Guy 7:52.376
2 362 Lily Boucher 8:08.262
3 116 Heidi Schenk 8:18.079
Moss and muddy backs.
Anthony Shelly giving it his all on the way to 3rd in the Male Grom Category.
1 426 Taylor Dunn 7:15.367
2 448 Floyd Guy 7:16.973
3 160 Anthony Shelly 7:17.992
Everyone’s favorite GLC server Chuck Renaud-Roy looking the part.
Tegan Cruz on his way to silver in the Junior Men.
Veteran Male 40+
1 378 Adin Daneker 6:55.708
2 149 Mathieu Hebert 6:55.937
3 121 Craig Wilson 7:00.891
Junior Male 13-17
1 127 Mason Gautrey 6:53.485
2 299 Tegan Cruz 6:58.116
3 105 Coen Skrypnek 6:58.335
A plateless Matt Cooper powered his pink bike to his best ever Phat Wednesday finish.
Aggression on the pedals through the open proved key on the night.
1 68 Katrina Jorsback 7:18.279
2 364 Lisa Mason 7:26.469
3 200 Kate Gayton 7:27.166
Master Male 30-39
1 133 Shane Gayton 6:45.481
2 7 Kevin Clarke 6:47.298
3 279 Steve Storey 6:51.278
Events such as Phat Wednesday couldn’t happen without our dedicated volunteer contingent.
Creekside looking shady.
The fastest bike of the day, the 2019 29” Bike Park Edition GT Fury taking a well deserved shower.
Your Women’s overall 1, 2.
Female Open 18+
1 439 Georgia Astle 6:49.551
2 235 Christina Chapetta 7:15.535
3 217 Amy Ertel 7:25.441
Male Open 18 +
1 281 Trevor Burke 6:32.171
2 2 Max Grayston 6:41.294
3 115 Ryan Mentakis 6:41.368
A change of scenery for the world famous Apres.
Kokanee flowed long into the night at Dusty’s Bar and BBQ in Creekside.
Full results and Series Standings available as always at spokesman.online
For the ladies out there, Monday marks the return of Women’s only Phat Monday on B-Line whilst the GMC Pump Track challenge goes down on Saturday July 20th at the CLC.
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.