Race Report: July 31 Phat Wednesday - Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Aug 5, 2019 at 14:07
by WhistlerMountain BikePark  

Schleyer – Lower Canadian Open – Joyride

Things certainly got spicy this week for 2019’s penultimate Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee. 129 of the series' bravest and meanest turned out for the annual hair-raiser down Schleyer – Lower Canadian Open – Joyride.

On a trail that takes no prisoners at race speed, much of the field were looking to hone that competitive edge before Crankworx kicks off in only a weeks’ time.

It couldn’t be any tighter at the top of the Male Open Standings. On a trail he knows ever so well, Chris Kovarik backed up last week’s win with the fastest time of the day, a 2:22.61, which takes him level on points with Trevor Burke at 1250. Ryan Mentakis took second and Burke third on the night to complete the all Australian podium.

The head to head between local shredders Georgia Astle and Christina Chapetta has been on all summer, however the Schleyer rock garden viciously claimed the latter allowing Astle to claim yet another Phat Wednesday Female Open victory ahead of Katherine Sharp and Elisa Martineau.

Sneaking into the top 5 overall was Marcus Goguen on his way to his second consecutive Junior Male win. Coen Skypnek and Ethan Donohoe continued to rack up the points with second and third place respectively. Hiedi Schenk yet again took maximum points in the Junior Female.

In Wednesday’s youngest division, Ryan Griffith edged out Tony Shelly by only 0.31 of a second to claim his 7th race win of the summer.

In the Masters divisions, both Steve Storey and Michelle Chang continued to lead the way and extend their overall series leads.

What would this race report be without a mention of Mathieu Hebert. The consistent big man continued his phenomenal season with another Veteran Male gold, a win which also gives him an unassailable points total and a consecutive category series title.

Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee returns after Crankworx on August 28th for the ultimate Kovarik and Burke showdown; The F-Cancer Chainless A-Line raising money for Families Fighting Cancer in the Sea to Sky.

All smiles from Christina Chapetta at plate pick up.

Honorary events team member Sam Shelly throwing up the horns.



Trevor Berg and Matty Tongue talking tactics.

Steve Storey proved too good yet again in the Master Men.

Chapetta raring out of the start.

Before going down hard.

Veteran champ Mathieu Hebert knows how to get the shot.

Matty Tongue on form yet again.

Nathaniel Gerrish making easy work of Schleyer.

Grayson Barth with some hang time in the bright kit.

Double eyewear for Howie Clarke.

Bruno Dutey with style under Fitzsimmons.

A backlit Dale Madden through Lower Canadian Open.

Manuel Simion taking flight on his way to a top 10 finish.









Junior Male 14-17

1 419 Marcus Goguen 2:26.537
2 343 Coen Skrypnek 2:32.450
3 457 Ethan Donohoe 2:41.613

Matiss Preimanis making light work of Joyride.



Master Male 30-39

1 245 Steve Storey 2:26.524
2 140 Shane Gayton 2:31.024
3 445 Steven Matthews 2:35.869


Junior Female 17 and under

1 199 Heidi Schenk 4:34.466

From Joyride to the GLC.

Kokanees all round.



Male Grom 13 and under

1 108 Ryan Griffith 2:40.162
2 79 Anthony Shelly 2:40.470
3 134 Floyd Guy 2:50.056


Veteran Male 40+

1 402 Mathieu Hebert 2:35.741
2 453 Adin Daneker 2:36.838
3 84 Craig Wilson 2:41.696


Master Female 30+

1 306 Michelle Chang 2:59.983
2 471 Carla Pasin 3:19.833
3 450 Meredith Eades 3:33.659


Female Open 18+

1 399 Georgia Astle 2:45.651
2 377 Katherine Sharp 3:03.768
3 74 Elisa Martineau 3:40.669


Male Open 18+

1 429 Chris Kovarik 2:22.618
2 456 Ryan Mentakis 2:24.478
3 269 Trevor Burke 2:25.579

Male Open 18+
1 429 Chris Kovarik 2:22.618
2 456 Ryan Mentakis 2:24.478
3 269 Trevor Burke 2:25.579


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