Crankworx is officially over, done, finished, and the last event was the Canadian Open Downhill. A real DH track, not super long like Garbanzo, and not super buff like A Line, but a real downhill track. Gee Atherton won it for the men, and Emmeline Ragot for the women. 2nd place Lewis Buchanan and Claire Buchar, 3rd goes to Justin Leov and Miranda Miller.
Pics, results, and a few more words inside....Pro Mens Results
1. 2 Atherton Gee GBR Commencal 3:04.14 +0.00 2. 28 Buchanan Lewis SCO Evil Bikes-MS 3:09.16 +5.02 3. 5 Leov Justin NZL Trek World Racing 3:09.20 +5.06 4. 48 Brosnan Troy AUS Monster Energy, Sp 3:09.27 +5.13 5. 14 Neethling Andrew RSA Trek World Racing 3:09.79 +5.65 6. 26 Smith Joseph GBR Kona Factory 3:10.45 +6.31 7. 29 McDonald Brook NZL Evil Bikes-MS, Oakl 3:10.81 +6.67 8. 42 Morland Tyler CAN SRAM, Evil Bikes 3:11.01 +6.87 9. 13 Polc Filip SVK Evil 3:11.58 +7.44 10. 34 Warren Cody USA Foes Racing, Metal 3:12.09 +7.95 11. 10 Simmonds Matt GBR chainreactioncycles 3:12.99 +8.85 12. 4 Fairclough Brendan GBR Monster Energy, Sp 3:13.04 +8.90
Pro Womens Results
1. 202 Ragot Emmeline FRA Suspension Centre 3:37.78 +0.00 2. 204 Buchar Claire CAN Team ChainReactio 3:43.12 +5.34 3. 210 Miller Miranda CAN SantaCruz, SRAM, 3:46.85 +9.07 4. 207 Gatto Micayla CAN Commencal, Oakle 3:55.27 +17.49 5. 236 Harmony Jacqueline USA Vixen Racing Cove 4:15.33 +37.55 6. 237 McMillan Jennifer CAN thebrysonracingcla 4:30.10 +52.32
It was a hot and slightly humid day at Whistler today, 33 degrees to be exact, and dusty, really dusty. If there was a story today on the DH track it was dust. In practice you could hardly see for the dust on the trail, it there was someone ahead of you it was impossible. Dust in your eyes, dust in your nose, dust in your mouth, and dust in all the photographers lenses...
In the final things were a little better as there was a minute gap between riders, but there was still a thick layer of dust covering all the roots and rocks to contend with. In the women's race there were no real issues, Emmeline came first, Claire second, and Miranda 3rd. Fionn, Buhl and Rachel were on the start list but didn't race.
In the men's race it was Gee followed by 16 year old up and comer Lewis Buchanan, the youngest racer on the world cup circuit. Justin Leov was 3rd followed by another youngster Troy Brosnan, and then Andrew Neethling in 5th. Steve Smith flatted, and Brendan Fairclough suffered a front flat somewhere near the bottom...