Photo Epic: Sun Peaks Enduro - Crankworx Summer Series

Aug 11, 2020 at 20:51
by chris pilling  

In the third week of this series, racing is taking its toll. We are tired, we are sore but we are not done yet. The field has shrunk again due to old injuries playing up and new ones picked up along the way too. Lucas Cruz took a spill in practice and will be sitting out the rest of the series, Cousinie, Ijurco, and Picton will also be sitting out today. But the fire is still there and there is racing to be done.

Finn, who has been vocal about his inexperience in enduro, has sealed the series up for enduro by clean sweeping every round. But that's not to discredit Jesse Melamed who finished a close 6 seconds behind, his second podium in a row now. Rhys Verner has been quietly sneaking his way up to second in the standings and his fourth place was another consistent result. In the women's standings, the race is tight with only 60 points separating 3rd from 1st. Vaea is still leading the field despite not landing on the podium today, she'll need to be on point the rest of the week to not lose her top spot.

Sun Peaks welcomes the traveling circus to town
Rhys Verner steps up for his daily symptom check
Brown preps for the day
Head of QC, Snuff
Kasper Woolley looking eager to crush some stages today
Schick charges into the shale steeps of Honey Drop
Melamed was a man possessed today
The crowds got a little thick today and were politely asked to leave
Morning dew left the trails perfectly saturated all day
Georgia Astle feeling fresh going into stage one
Remi came off his line here but some quick improvisation got him back on track
Mckay Vezina rode smooth all day for his 7th place
Kasper was full of energy today, skipping an entire corner here
Rhys Verner has been putting pressure on the leaders and climbs into 2nd place in the overall standings today
Gauvin at light speed
Elliot Jamieson though the tight trees of Creeper. One wrong move here and you're in trouble.
A punchy climb started stage 3 after a 1hr climb liaison. It was a battle of will at this point.
Aside from a climb at the start of stage 3, half-dried mud pits added insult to injury
Miller has been one of the most consistent podium finishers of the series
She adds another to her tally and places 2nd today
Mark Wallace enjoying the extended liaison time between stages 2 and 3
It would be short-lived though. Back on the gas.
Casey Brown secures a 3rd place finish today
Casey is just 30 points behind Vaea in the overall standings
A string of mechanicals left Seth Sherlock unable to complete on the day
Vaea Verbeeck is holding on to her series lead by a slim margin going into Dual Slalom
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau asserted her dominance in the first event of Sun Peaks. She's honing in on Vaea's top spot.
ALN floating through Creeper on her way to victory
Finn is here to win in the Summer Series and it shows
He goes 3 for 3 in the enduro category. Will we see Finn knocking on the door of the EWS?
ALN sits at 680 points after today
Finn extends his lead and has now collected 761 points
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (1) Miranda Miller (2) Casey Brown (3)
Finn Iles (1) Jesse Melamed (2) Kasper Woolley (3)


  • 20 0
 Love the caption "Brown preps for the day."

I do at least three "brown preps" on race day morning.
  • 19 0
 I think Casey has over-inflated that dog.
  • 11 0
 Maybe that's why he's called Snuff... That's enough... 's enough... snuff?

Ok I'll see myself out.
  • 8 0
 I'm not the sharpest knife in the shed, but what's that spool of cable for on Finn's bike?
  • 3 0
 If I had to guess... he had to replace his front brake line but didn't have the parts/tools/time to cut it?
  • 3 0
 @Lokirides: That's what i'd guess too. It was a probably a pre bled rear brake that he didn't have time to cut so just zip tied the excess in a loop.
  • 7 0
 Barspins, obviously
  • 1 1
 I thought it was a brake swap as well, but I looked at it for a bit and it looks like the dropper has just as much extra line going through there as well. I'm going with bar spins as well!
  • 1 1
 I hate to explain the joke... Is that just a German thing that everyone complains that the transfer's coating looks different than the damper and all that is also differing from the fork?

I don't care what brand's on the pump. If its the same coulour it's either made from an old fork or not kashima
  • 4 0
 Looks like Miranda moved on to the new Process X for this event.
  • 1 0
 Finn would gain an additional 30 seconds if he wore a medium sized jersey! But I guess they only had XL left in the bargain bin!
  • 2 0
 Is that a kashima coated pump shaft?
  • 2 1
 does it match with any existing kashima coating? Than it is not.
  • 4 0
 @danimaniac: I'm sorry can you repeat that? I can't hear you over the sound of the kashima coating on that pump
  • 2 0
 @danimaniac: There's no way Fox are going to give Bontrager Kashima coating for pumps without us knowing about it in some massive fanfare pinkbike announcement. But in terms of colour... the pump shaft in the "brown preps" photo is pretty much identical to the Kashima stanchions a few photos down where "Schick charges into the shale".
  • 1 0
 Really enjoying ALN 's rise to the top... I'm ready for an upset.
  • 1 0
 Glad kits are comin round to nice neutral colors
  • 2 2
 Still praying for Finn's Stumpy... mostly that I can have it.
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