Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee #7
– Race Report
July 24th 2019
Lower No Joke – Little Alder – Expressway – Blueberry Bathtub
With the big dance looming large and the countdown to Crankworx well underway, Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee headed up the hill to pastures new in the Garbo Zone for round 7.
The trail of Lower No Joke (From Crossroads) – Little Alder – Expressway – Blueberry Bathtub proved controversial with some of our most die-hard downhillers and definitely presented enough banana peels to keep the field on their toes.
The climb into Little Alder and the off-camber, gravel, 160 degree left-hander into Blueberry Bathtub claimed some victims, however the intricacies of this trail belied some outstanding times for the series premier performers.
With a greater percentage of the field on the single crowns than usual, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Open Men's Champion Chris Kovarik showed everyone how it’s done on the DH Bike, blasting his was to the fastest time of the night with a 4:14.50 and returning to the top of the podium for the first time since race 2. The consistent and ever-present Karver, edged out Bike Park team rider Trev Burke and in doing so cut his point lead at the top to a mere 60; It truly is anyone’s game with two races to play. Returning to his home race league and bringing home the Bronze was young Phenom Seth Sherlock, fresh off his impressive 3rd place UCI Junior World Cup result in Les Gets.
On the ladies' side, Christina Chapetta and Georgia Astle went head to head yet again, with the later nabbing top spot with a 4:34.50 and newcomer Roos Opebeeck claiming bronze.
The race’s other standout performance belonged to Shane Gayton who claimed 4th fastest overall and the Masters Men crown, a result all the more impressive considering his comeback from an Achilles injury earlier in the year. Murmurs of him doing a Trevor Burke and stepping back into Male Open for 2020 just won’t seem to subside. Completing the podium were Steve Storey and Ross Dunlop who claimed his first podium of 2019.
Lisa Mason climbed her way back to the top of the Master Female division to claim maximum points and close the gap to 2nd place Michelle Chang in the overall standings, keeping alive her chances of pegging her back across the final 2 races.
In the Veteran Men, Mathieu Hebert moved to this highest points total across all categories (1320) with another powerful run, proving too fast for Craig Wilson and Zachary Wade.
In the absence of Mason Gautrey, Marcus Goegen picked up the mantle to take out the Junior Men ahead of Ethan Donohoe and Jaden Tucker. Whilst Sofia Guy continued her excellent season to claim the Junior Female victory.
The future is extremely bright in our youngest division, with less than 2 seconds separating a top five of Ryan Griffith, Benny DeVall, Anthony Shelly, Manning Watson and Landon DeVall. Watch out, these little guys are getting faster and faster.
The DH racing action picks up pace in the lead up to Crankworx. Phat Kidz July 26 and Womens only Phat Monday July 29 both go down on Ninja Cougar – Karate Monkey – Samurai Pizza Cat – Ho Chi Min whilst Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee returns next week with a big one – Schleyer – Lower Canadian Open – Joyride. Don’t miss it.
Junior Male 14-17
1 388 Marcus Goguen 4:30.679
2 112 Ethan Donohoe 4:32.008
3 316 Jaden Tucker 4:46.847
Master Female 30+
1 368 Lisa Mason 4:41.078
2 199 Michelle Chang 4:52.891
3 320 Jo Perrott 5:02.847
Female Open 18+
1 349 Georgia Astle 4:34.509
2 373 Christina Chapetta 4:40.293
3 109 Roos Opdebeeck 5:01.575
Junior Female (Under 1
1 308 Sofia Guy 5:20.043
2 408 Heidi Schenk 5:43.762
Male Grom (13 and under)
1 480 Ryan Griffith 4:46.181
2 221 Benny Devall 4:46.334
3 313 Anthony Shelly 4:46.846
Veteran Male 40+
1 431 Mathieu Hebert 4:28.396
2 131 Craig Wilson 4:34.496
3 488 Zachary Wade 4:41.378
Master Male 30-39
1 314 Shane Gayton 4:22.486
2 427 Steve Storey 4:26.603
3 390 Ross Dunlop 4:28.131
1 360 Chris Kovarik 4:14.507
2 366 Trevor Burke 4:17.759
3 337 Seth Sherlock 4:18.147
Full results and Series Standings available as always at spokesman.online
For more information on all events in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, head to bike.whistlerblackcomb.com
Words by Steve Crowley. Photos by Eddie Muscroft.