This past weekend the BC cup finals went down at Hemlock mountain. This was the second year since the revival of the Hemlock DH race course. Hemlock mountain used to be a staple on the BC Cup circuit back in the early 2000's and last year we saw the revival of the classic course. This year the course held true to its roots and offered racers a fast, rough and loose ride!
For the first few hours of practice riders were able to enjoy all the well manicured catch banks and berms. Come race day however the corners had morphed into rough, blown out, dust ruts. Racers hoping to grab a spot on the box had to manage their speed into and through the challenging corners.
Tyler Gorz trucking through the fraggle rock section. The corner at the bottom of this section caught a lot of riders off guard come race runs.16" Dual Slalom Race
On Saturday night the 16" Dual Slalom World Championships went down. Course builders slaved away for hours building the highly technical and challenging course. Course builders claimed their design inspiration came from the steep slopes of Champery's DH Course.
Two competitors pushing hard to the line.
Sometimes being 6'3" is not an advantage. Dean Tennant about to take a dirt sample.
And to the victor go the spoils. Magnus Manson with the big 16" win !
DH Race Results
Top 3 Fastest Women:
1.) Karaleen Westmoreland
2.) Brittany Wood
3.) Keara Clark
Under 17 Expert Men:
1.) Jack Isles
2.) Nik Dunn
3.) Adison MacDonald
Junior Expert Men:
1.) Lee Jackson
2.) Grant "Tripod" Lestock-Kay
3.) Branden Ostoforoff
1.) Jay Boysen
2.) Devlin Montana
3.) Hugo Lathier
Jamie Biluk looking fast in practice, but a rolled ankle would keep him out on race day.
Elite Men :
Going into the finals the overall was still up for grabs. Jamie Biluk and The Fonz were close in points, but a bad crash in practice for Biluk would secure the overall for the Fonz before he even started his race run, however the title for the day was still up for grabs. Going into the finals a few racers on the day, Tyler Gorz held the hot seat with a time of 2:48.44. Death Grip racing's Regan Hogelie went down hard at the finish line with the last three racers already on course. The Fonz, Jeffery (formerly Jeffrey) Bryson, and Spencer Graf were red flagged and had to head back to the top for a re-run. Bryson and Graf came down not being able to best Tyler's time leaving it up to the final racer of the day. The Fonz came down to the line absolutely flying and took the win with a time of 2:44.9.
1.) Adriano " The Fonz" Digiacinto
2.) Tyler Gorz
3.) Cory Brunelle
4.) Robert Venables
5.) Cam "The Man" PorteousComplete Results here.
Pics courtesy of Dave Mackie