Claire Buchar wins Womenzworx

Aug 11, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
Source: Crankworx

Nychka and Buchar split the $1,000 prize after riding the “Boneyard on Steroids” at The Gala

It was survival of the fittest today as ladies endured a full day of riding in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park at the third annual WomenzWorx event presented by Sombrio Girl; proving once again, that girls can hold their own in the Bike Park. The event included two open competitions and one invitational called The Gala, which took place in the legendary Boneyard Slopestyle course.

“The event went really well. The girls have progressed immensely from last year. We were impressed and we had a lot of fun as well, which is always important.” says Katrina Strand, professional mountain biker and Womenzworx co-founder. “We were really happy to incorporate the The Gala slopestyle event into the programming because it gave us chance to showcase the skills that the girls have. We were there in the Boneyard riding the same features as the boys, which is great exposure for these ladies.”

In the true nature of what WomenzWorx is all about, an exhausted Claire Buchar and limping Stephanie Nychka shared the $1,000 grand prize for The Gala Slopestyle event.

The Gala saw the two ladies charge the challenging slopestyle course as they foreran the course for their male counterparts, who will compete in the Monster Energy Slopestyle on Saturday, August 15. Five pre-qualified spots quickly whittled down to two as several injuries forced competitors out of the event.

In the end Buchar and Nychka trooped on. The challenging Gala course included a large jump, several step downs and two technical wall rides. The riders were heading into the course untested as yesterday’s rain inhibited their training session.

“I tried to make it smooth, hit my lines and have fun,” said Buchar, who described the course as “the Boneyard on steroids”.

Buchar, a racer at heart, made it look like butter, while an athletic Nychka, battling a broken ankle from earlier competitions, completed the Gala course and one-upped her competition by hitting the fire-engine red SRAM Drop - which was not part of the official Gala course. This puts her in a small category of male and female riders who have hit the drop so far. Nychka went down at the end of her last run, but shook it off with a smile.

“Girls are breaking ground here,” said pro-rider and commentator Darcy Turenne, who was unable to compete in the Gala due to a previous injury. “I think this slopestyle is really going to show the world that women can throw down too.”

A total of $6,000 cash was awarded at WomenzWorx. Earlier in the day some 24 female athletes competed in two competitions: a technical descent on In Deep and a jumps and tricks competition on Dirt Merchant. Four of the top six winners of WomenzWorx were Canadians. In the pro women’s category, Whistler local Claire Buchar (CAN) won first with a score of 31.40, Lorraine Blancher (CAN) took second with 28.10, and Kathy Pruitt (USA) captured third place with 27.93.

Meanwhile, in the amateur category Jamie Hill (CAN) won first with a score of 21.10, Lisa Mason (CAN) won second with 14.70 and Rachelle Frazer (AUS) won third place with 14.44.

An advisory board made up of world-class riders Kathy Pruitt, Katrina Strand and Lisa Lefroy, as well as Andrea Kraft of Sombrio, helped to develop WomenzWorx and ensure it was an inclusive event that would grow the sport of slopestyle and downhill mountain biking for women.

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Tomorrow, get ready for the Air Downhill during the day and then the Saint Deep Summer Photography Challenge in the evening. The photography challenge features best shots from six pro photographers (Mattias Fredriksson, Yorick Carroux, Harookz, Dan Barham, John Gibson and Bryan Ralph) who spent three days last week shooting in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The slideshow takes place in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Tickets are $15 and available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations.

For more detailed results and event information please visit and make sure to add @Crankworx via Twitter for all the latest news.

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  • 9 0
 Why aren't there pictures? But it's always great to see more women in the sport. Especially ones that can kick my ass at riding Big Grin
  • 6 0
 First story I've ever seen published without a visual aid.
  • 2 0
 There were none at the time the press release went out and then Geoff uploaded his two from the day.
  • 9 0
 good to see...need more women in the sport!
  • 9 0
 I agree, big props to all competitors, that course is big an intimidating male or female.

Anybody else notice they are holding Pilsner Cans under the Kokanee banner Smile
  • 3 0
 no offence tyler.. but... the coverage is pretty vague as far as what the ladies endured.. where r the pics of jumps and the riders acomplishments besides a podium finish.. i need know what level of training the rest of the girlz out there need..
  • 1 0
 wish i had pics to post, you girls ripped it up. Steph your a trooper and awesome, props. After a run like you getting looked after at the Med Center...damn there were a lot of riders in there...even seen Palmer he wasnt hurt...:P

Air Dh tomorrow....
  • 1 0
 Video: Thats Katie Hayes in the green shirt at the beginning. If you are interested check out our blog and more videos of her at Claire and Stephanie were not the only girls hitting the boneyard, just the only ones that made it to the 'Gala'. Lorraine Blancher and Katie threw down also. If you want more coverage check out
  • 3 1
 Just curious, what tricks were being thrown down?
  • 3 0
 big tweaks Wink

Im really not sure... Wheres the photos?
  • 2 0
 hey for all i care they were hitting this stuff which is big and nutty alone
  • 1 0
 think i mightve seen an x-up by claire... but otherwise not much... although steph's attempt at the kokanee wall ride gap was sure as hell gutsy
  • 3 0
 Stephanie is the shizz!
  • 2 0
 Claire Buchar is fit as fuck!
  • 2 0
 survival of the fittest realy does count here!
  • 2 1
 A BC rider sponsored by a UK mailorder specialty shop.....Hmm CRC planning an eventual move to Canada, we could only hope.
  • 2 0
 Yea ... Claire is a total bad@ss. Mad props to all the xx shredders.
  • 1 0
 please post some vids of this if someone has them... thanks!
  • 1 0
 Yeah Steph!! No rest for the wicked!! Open PT offer still!!
  • 1 0
 cool, good to see the coverage, they were shredding
  • 1 1
 It is weird to see a girl bailing a 25 foot wall ride.
  • 1 0
 Where was Darcy?
  • 2 0
 MC'ing where she belongs...

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