Garbanzo DH Photos - Crankworx 2014

Aug 13, 2014 at 0:22
by Richard Cunningham  
The eleventh running of the infamous Garbanzo DH was missing Canada's favorite competitor, as Steve Smith made his appearance with his right foot in a cast after a rock strike injury sidelined him at the Windham World Cup DH. That said, the action was guaranteed to be torrid, as last year's winner and record holder, Giant's Marcelo Gutierrez was on hand to defend his title and was sitting in the final spot as the day's top qualifier. Only seven women filled out the pro ranks and with last year's winner Lapierre's Emmeline Ragot missing from the roster, the crowd favorite was Whistler resident Claire Buchar riding for Intense. Fifteen nationalities were present among the hopefuls, all ready to put bike and body on the line to brave the legend - a dusty line of rocks, bomb holes and roots, woven from eleven of Whistler's most iconic DH trails, seven kilometers long, with 1036 meters of descending. Rain in the early morning promised optimum conditions, but the monster that is Garbanzo shirked off the moisture and bathed those who dared to drop in with thirteen minutes of dust and pain. In the end, a new course record was set, an enduro racer nearly trounced the field and ultimately, two double winners were crowned on mid-sized wheels. Garbanzo never disappoints.

Michael Anderson from Sweden railing turns on Upper Garbo while Bryn Atkinson and Chris Kovarik look on.
  Michael Anderson from Sweden railing turns on Upper Garbo while Bryn Atkinson and Chris Kovarik look on.

Jermias Maio came all the way from Argentina to race the Garbo DH... that s one of the amazing things about this race and Crankworx in general--it draws people from all over the globe to come celebrate the Whistler Bike Park in all it s facets.
  Jermias Maio came all the way from Argentina to race the Garbo DH... that's one of the amazing things about this race and Crankworx in general--it draws people from all over the globe to come celebrate the Whistler Bike Park in all it's facets.

Just a few steps away from the podium a relaxed Bryn Atkinson rallied the Garbo DH like a cheap pinball machine for 6th place--not an easy feat coming right on the heels of the Windham World Cup and right before having to depart for the World Cup finals in France a week and a half from today.
  Just a few steps away from the podium: a relaxed Bryn Atkinson rallied the Garbo DH like a cheap pinball machine for 6th place--not an easy feat coming right on the heels of the Windham World Cup, and right before having to depart for the World Cup finals in France a week and a half from today.

Walker Shaw trying to hold onto the off camber rocks in the upper portion of the Garbo DH track. Somewhere farther down the track something went sideways though Shaw was out of the top twenty.
  Walker Shaw trying to hold onto the off camber rocks in the upper portion of the Garbo DH track. Somewhere farther down the track, something went sideways, though; Shaw was out of the top twenty.

He may no longer be hitting all the gnarly free ride comps anymore but Jamie Goldman loves bikes loves riding and dropped into the Garbo DH as well as every other event he could sign up for. Basically I m here to ride until I m too tired to ride anymore. I wish I had gotten into the Joyride but the last time I competed I was just outside the top ten 3 years ago when his slopestyle bike wasn t available so Jamie G competed on his DH bike and I haven t been asked back. He was outside of the top 20 today but I can guarantee that Jamie G had a blast the whole way down--this is one guy who s always stoked to ride his bike.
  He may no longer be hitting all the gnarly freeride comps anymore, but Jamie Goldman loves bikes, loves riding, and dropped into the Garbo DH, as well as every other event he could sign up for. "Basically I'm here to ride until I'm too tired to ride anymore. I wish I had gotten into the Joyride, but the last time I competed I was just outside the top ten (3 years ago, when his slopestyle bike wasn't available so Jamie G competed on his DH bike) and I haven't been asked back." He was outside of the top 20 today, but I can guarantee that Jamie G had a blast the whole way down--this is one guy who's always stoked to ride his bike.

Enduro Racer Josh Carlson has ridden a DH bike about a dozen times and literally put in only 5 runs 2 on Monday and 3 earlier today on this brand new 27.5 Giant Glory before dropping into racing the Garbo DH. Fourth overall for the Aussie. Not too shabby... maybe he should reverse the trend of DH racers going to Enduro and be an Enduro racer going to DH
  Enduro racer Josh Carlson has ridden a DH bike about a dozen times, and literally put in only 5 runs (2 on Monday, and 3 earlier today) on this brand new 27.5 Giant Glory before dropping into racing the Garbo DH. Fourth overall for the Aussie. Not too shabby... maybe he should reverse the trend of DH racers going to enduro and be an enduro racer going to DH?

The racer always willing to poke a finger in the UCI s eye Eddie Masters en route to finishing in 9th place--one spot behind brother Wyn Masters. One has to wonder will we see Ed Masters at Whip Off Worlds getting sideways in flip flops like we did last year
  The racer always willing to poke a finger in the UCI's eye, Eddie Masters, en route to finishing in 9th place--one spot behind brother Wyn Masters. One has to wonder: will we see Ed Masters at Whip Off Worlds, getting sideways in flip flops like we did last year?

Wyn Masters paying homage to a hallowed cycling tradition by inverting race number 13 to ward off bad luck.
  Wyn Masters paying homage to a hallowed cycling tradition by inverting race number 13 to ward off bad luck.

Remi Gauvin was looking fast on course and his result proves it...5th place. Another one to watch.
  Remi Gauvin, was looking fast on course, and his result proves it...5th place. Another one to watch.

Devinci s Mark Wallace en route to putting in a run for fellow Canadian and teammate Steve Smith out with an ankle injury and unable to defend his Crankworx rep. Wallace came through with a third place on the podium...right behind fellow Devinci teammate Nick Beer who came home second.
  Devinci's Mark Wallace en route to putting in a run for fellow Canadian and teammate Steve Smith, out with an ankle injury, and unable to defend his Crankworx rep. Wallace came through with a third place on the podium...right behind fellow Devinci teammate Nick Beer, who came home second.

Marcelo Guitierrez the defending Garbo champ getting ROWDY with the outside line in the upper Garbo zone while the course marshal looks on.
  Marcelo Gutierrez, the defending Garbo champ, getting ROWDY with the outside line in the upper Garbo zone while the course marshal looks on.

Hands down the man with the best name in mountain bike racing Nick Beer pinning it through upper Garbo to the second step on the podium. I flew from Windham on Sunday with a hangover--ouch and was so beat from that World Cup and the travel I could only put in two training laps Monday and two today. I m pretty stoked to get on the podium.
  Hands down, the man with the best name in mountain bike racing, Nick Beer, pinning it through upper Garbo to the second step on the podium. "I flew from Windham on Sunday (with a hangover--ouch), and was so beat from that World Cup and the travel I could only put in two training laps Monday, and two today. I'm pretty stoked to get on the podium."

Chris Kovarik charging to the finish line. Unfortunately his efforts just weren t enough to place on the podium.
  Chris Kovarik, charging to the finish line. Unfortunately his efforts just weren't enough to place on the podium today.

Wallace and Beer part of the Devinci Global Racing stacked team.
  Wallace and Beer, part of the Devinci Global Racing's stacked team.

Last man on course Marcelo Gutierrez Villega about to pull the rug out from under Nick Beer and Mark Wallace to take the win.
  Last man on course, Marcelo Gutierrez Villega about to pull the rug out from under Nick Beer and Mark Wallace, to take the win.

Winner For the second year in a row...Marcelo Butierrez Villega.
  Winner! For the second year in a row...Marcelo Gutierrez Villega.

Nick Beer 2 Marcelo Guitierrez 1 and Mark Wallace 3 getting some bubbly.
  Nick Beer (2), Marcelo Gutierrez (1), and Mark Wallace (3) getting some bubbly.

Casey Brown from Nelson BC had a great race and finished second overall.
  Casey Brown from Revelstoke, BC had a great race and finished second overall.

Claire pushing hard.
  Claire crosses the finish line and goes into the hot seat.

Hugs after Garbo
  Casey and Claire hugging it out after the battle for Garbo.

The Women s pro field had their start times moved up by ten minutes meaning the entire pro women s class went by before fellow PB shooter Margus Riga and I were set up. Apologies to women s racing fans for nothing but a podium shot Casey Brown 2 Claire Buchar 1 and Swiss Miss Lorraine Truong 3 .
  The women's pro field had their start times moved up by ten minutes, meaning the entire pro women's class went by before fellow PB shooter Margus Riga and I were set up. Apologies to women's racing fans for nothing but a podium shot: Casey Brown (2), Claire Buchar (1) and Swiss Miss, Lorraine Truong (3).

Claire Buchar puckering up to a big bottle of bubbly--that and a fat check for the win means drinks are on Buchar tonight in Whistler Village.
  Claire Buchar puckering up to a big bottle of bubbly--that and a fat check for the win means drinks are on Buchar tonight in Whistler Village.

Guitterrez with the fat check for the time and effort he put into defending the Garbo DH win he had last season.
  Gutierrez with the fat check for the time and effort he put into defending the Garbo DH win he had last season.

Additional race information and results here.

Stay tuned for more Crankworx action all week.



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28 Comments

  • + 32
 Wyn's bike get lost in the mail?
  • + 5
 looks a lot like a V10c to me. Hope his sponsors don't get their panties in a bunch about him not being on a Bulls bike...
  • + 4
 they said the airline lost it
  • + 2
 Hope they find it again before the WC finals in France...
  • + 18
 Air Canada lost it. What's Ironic is that Air Canada won the top award last week as the internationally most preferred Airline. Well I don't think they got Wyn's vote!!!
  • + 2
 I can think one of his sponsors that was cool with it...
  • + 8
 Air Canada: We're not happy until you're not happy!
  • + 1
 ^^^^perfect.
  • + 5
 $1500 will almost cover airfare one way from down under.....
  • + 1
 7km of pain. Funny how once people start using GPS's, 12km (I think I heard this a couple of years ago) becomes 7km. The garmin doesn't lie!
  • + 3
 I thought Smith got sidelined in MSA...
  • + 3
 Smith got hurt at MSA
  • + 1
 dat's wut I thought! thanks mayn....
  • + 3
 yeah where´s his bulls?
that`s exactly what i thought
  • + 2
 Yea he tweeted the other day that the airline lost his bike.
  • + 2
 Felicitaciones al colombiano!
  • + 1
 Bryn not running the Crankbrothers Iodine wheels anymore?
  • + 1
 All the riders on the elite men's podium are Fox athletes!
  • + 2
 Fox (Head) clothing athletes... But yes, certainly looks uniform on the podium. No TLD TLC.
  • - 3
 PB what is going on? Where is the news about dual speed and style? There is a decent RB recap from the event! Warning spoiler: Congrats to Kyle Strait for the win! ;-)
  • + 5
 You should scroll down dude
  • + 1
 Really? My bad then but still I can not find it...
  • + 2
 thx mate
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