Race Report - Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee #3
June 12th 2019
Ninja Cougar –Go Bro - Karate Monkey – Samurai Pizza Cat – Ho Chi Minh – Longhorn - Monkey Hands
The sun was back and so were the party shirts for round three of Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee. Racer’s battled 30 degree heat as they took on the longest course yet of the summer featuring a section of course never before seen in the series, a little known trail by the name of Go Bro. From the woodwork to the loam, this round left rider’s arms burning and stoke levels as high as their dust trails.
The weather wasn’t the only thing heating up as the points begin to stack up in the third round, the battle for Series Champion begins. For the first time this season; Trevor Burke took top spot on the Podium in the Men’s Open category with the fastest time of the day 3:50.542, bringing him within 20 points of series leader Chris Kovarik. Aaron Gungl took home the silver, knocking last week’s second place finisher, Chris Kenward, into third for the day.
Christina Chapetta continued her dominance in the Female Open category, once again claiming first place. Not far behind was Katherine Sharp in second place for two weeks on the trot and rounding out the podium this week was Sophie Tyas.
For the Master Women, Michelle Chang extended her lead in the series with another first place finish, beating out Kate Gayton by .66 seconds and joined on the podium in third place by Jo Perrott.
The Master Men keep their series close as Matthew Wight takes first place with 4:05.60, Maximus Danger dropping into second this week and Steve Storey in third.
With less than 2 seconds separating the top 3, the Veteran Men kept the race close. Mathieu Hebert reclaimed the top of the podium, joined by Craig Wilson who had his best finish of the season so far in second place and Ariel Lindsley in third.
On this longer course, The Male Grom’s battled it out for the closest race they’ve had so far. Dane Jewett put in a solid effort to claim top of the podium for the first time this season, squeaking ahead of Anthony Shelly by only 0.6 seconds. This knocked top spot regular, Ryan Griffith down into third. Leaving only 40 points between first and second in the series.
The Junior Women put on an even closer race as Lily Boucher reclaimed top spot, pushing out last week’s winner Heidi Schenk by .004 seconds, with Sophie Lawrence stepping onto the podium for the first time this summer in third place.
With Mason Gautrey absent, Wei Tien Ho picked up the mantle and put down a blisteringly fast time for the Junior Men with a 4:09.386 to put him into first place for his category and would’ve put him into 14th place over-all. Marcus Gougen and Coen Skypnek rounded out the podium in second and third respectively.
This week we had racer’s employing tactic’s to avoid the sun.
Male Grom (13 and under)
1. Dane Jewett- 4:22.681
2. Anthony Shelly- 4:23.311
3. Ryan Griffith- 4:24.161
This start line has been known to make or break a run, chirping helps.
Junior Male (14-17)
1. Wei Tienho- 4:09.386
2. Marcus Goguen- 4:11.699
3. Coen Skrypnek- 4:16.073
Junior Female (17 and under)
1. Lily Boucher- 5:32.894
2. Heidi Schenk- 5:32.898
3. Sophie Lawrence- 5:40.178
Veteran Male (40+)
1. Mathieu Hebert- 4:16.235
2. Craig Wilson- 4:17.261
3. Ariel Lindsley- 4:17.961
Master Female (30+)
1. Michelle Chang- 4:46.078
2. Kate Gayton- 4:46.741
3. Jo Perrott- 4:56.943
Master Male (30-39)
1. Mathew Wight- 4:05.603
2. Maximus Danger- 4:06.886
3. Steve Storey: 4:08.161
Female Open (18+)
1. Christina Chapetta- 4:27.005
2. Katherine Sharp- 4:28.763
3. Sophie Tyas- 4:34.300
Don’t forget to tuck.
Massive thanks to Kokanee for helping hydrate these fine folks!
Male Open (18+)
1. Trevor Burke- 3:50.542
2. Aaron Gugl- 3:56.842
3. Chris Kenward- 4:01.745
We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming next week as the BC Cup DH is in town on June 22nd and 23rd but #worldcupwednesday
returns June 26, same Phat time, same Phat channel.
Phat kids kicks off this Friday June 14th
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Full results and series standing available at spokesman.online
Photos by Clint Trahan.
Words by Kelvin Scott