Final Results from the Downhill at Crankworx Whistler 2023

Jul 23, 2023 at 15:07
by Ed Spratt  
Downhill racing kicks off the competition at Crankworx Whistler, check out the results from the final downhill race of the 2023 World Tour below.


Elite Women

1st. Vali Höll: 4:12.913
2nd. Louise Ferguson: +19.398
3rd. Miranda Miller: +21.4
4th. Ellie Smith: +27.3
5th. Emmy Lan: +27.583

Elite Men

1st. Jakob Jewett: 3:29.807
2nd. Mark Wallace: +1.040
3rd. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene: +1.075
4th. Jackson Frew: +1.822
5th. Kye A'Hern: +2.647

U19 Men

1st. Dane Jewett: 3:28.768
2nd. Tegan Cruz: +5.601
3rd. Ryan Griffith: +6.237
4th. Jake Polito: +8.503
5th. Zac Stratton: +14.221

Live Race Updates:

The Elite Women's Race as it Happened:

15:46 PDT: Top 5 After 7 Riders
After the first seven riders the top five are:

1st. Ella Erickson: 5:06.331
2nd. Tori Dzenis: +10.592
3rd. Martha Gill: +18.146
4th. Paula Sanguinetti Rozas: +28.479
5th. Caroline Buchanan: +43.466

15:50 PDT: Bailey Goldstone Goes Fastest
Bailey Goldstone has smashed the top times so far as she pulls ahead by over 13 seconds with seven riders remaining.

15:56 PDT: Julia Long Takes 2nd
Julia Long pilots an enduro bike to 2nd place, 12.583 seconds off the pace. There are still around 40 seconds between the top times and the fastest qualifier of Vali Höll.

16:00 PDT: Ainhoa Ijurko Now Leads by 8.6 Seconds
Ainhoa Ijurko has knocked 8.68 seconds off Bailey Goldstone as she crosses the line with a time of 4:44.318.

16:06 PDT: Rachel Pageau Has a Big Crash
Rachel Pageau has had a nasty crash after coming up short on the Red Bull drop. We hope Rachel is not seriously injured and we will provide an update when we know more.

16:08 PDT: Rachel Pageau is Up & Walking Around
After a huge crash on the Red Bull drop it is great to see Rachel Pageau on her feet and walking around.

16:14 PDT: A Wild Run Puts Ellie Smith in 1st
Ellie Smiths sends the huge features as she crosses the line four seconds in the lead to hold the hot seat with four more riders at the top.

16:19 PDT: Louise Ferguson Crosses the Line 7.9 Seconds in the Lead
Louise Ferguson has no trouble on her finals run as she bests Ellie Smith's time to take the hot seat by 7.902 seconds. We are now seeing the first time within 20 seconds of Vali Höll's top qualifying run.

16:23 PDT: Emmy Lan Goes 3rd
Emmy Lan misses some of the bigger sends and loses time to the top two riders taking third place so far.

16:29 PDT: Miranda Miller Slots into 2nd
Miranda Miller ends her run in 2nd place as she goes just two seconds back from Louise Ferguson. Only Vali Höll is left, can she take back-to-back Crankworx DH wins after her victory at Innsbruck?

16:34 PDT: Vali Höll Wins the Canadian Open DH by 19 Seconds
A huge run from Vali Höll sees her dominate the racing as she pulls ahead of Louise Ferguson by 19 seconds and beats her qualifying run despite a slower running course.

The Elite Men's Race as it Happened:

16:35 PDT: Top 5 After 35 Riders
After 35 riders the top five are:

1st. Matt Walker: 3:33.123
2nd. Sam Blenkinsop: +7.021
3rd. Jeronimo Paez: +13.635
4th. Ivan Hanchard: +13.965
5th. Olly Cornforth: +14.335

16:50 PDT: Bas Van Steenbergen Moves into 3rd
Bas Van Steenbergen is down early in the broadcast as he goes 12.355 seconds back in 3rd place so far.

16:54 PDT: Sokratis Aris Zotos Goes Just Over 10 Seconds Back in 3rd
Sokratis Aris Zotos bumps Bas Van Steenbergen into fourth place as he ends his race run 10.83 seconds back from Matt Walker.

17:01 PDT: Ed Masters is Another Rider Coming Down in 3rd
Ed Masters becomes only the second rider to come within ten seconds of Matt Walker so far as he makes it a New Zealand top three.

17:04 PDT: Marcus Goguen Gets Loose on his Way to 2nd
Marcus Goguen puts down a wild run as he battles the tough course to go 4.3 seconds back from Matt Walker.

17:08 PDT: Despite Some Mistakes, Patrick Laffey Takes 3rd
Patrick Laffey makes it another Canadian rider in the top three as he goes over the line 5.569 seconds off the pace.

17:11 PDT: Flat Tire for Gabriel Neron
Gabriel Neron is out of today's race with a flat tire.

17:15 PDT: Tuhoto-Ariki Pene Goes into the Lead by over 2 Seconds
Tuhoto-Ariki Pene has taken the hot seat with ten more riders at the top.

17:17 PDT: Top 5 with 10 Riders Remaining
With ten more riders at the top the top five are:

1st. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene: 3:30.882
2nd. Matt Walker: +2.241
3rd. Marcus Goguen: +6.55
4th. Patrick Laffey: +7.81
5th. Sam Blenkinsop: +9.262

17:18 PDT: Finn Iles Not Starting
Finn Iles has made the decision to not race today after some difficulties in practice.

17:29 PDT: Kirk McDowall Slots into 3rd
Kirk McDowall just makes it into the top three as he ends his run only 5.67 off the leader's run.

17:31 PDT: Connor Fearon is Back After Injury
Connor Fearon is back racing after struggling with injury and takes 3rd place so far.

17:33 PDT: Richie Rude Makes his Return to DH Racing
Richie Rude may be a recent stranger to big bike racing but he puts down a smooth run to take 2nd, only 1.95 back.

17:35 PDT: Top 5 with 5 Riders Remaining
With five more riders at the top the top five are:

1st. Tuhoto-Ariki Pene: 3:30.882
2nd. Richie Rude: +1.95
3rd. Matt Walker: +2.241
4th. Connor Fearon: +3.507
5th. Kirk McDowall: +5.67

17:39 PDT: Mick Hannah Takes 4th
Mick Hannah goes into the finish fourth as the broadcast drone crashes behind him.

17:43 PDT: Jackson Frew Just Misses the Top Time
Jackson Frew falls short of the hot seat by only 0.747 seconds as he puts down a great run.

17:47 PDT: Kye A'Hern Pushes Richie Rude Out of the Top 3
Kye A'Hern goes 1.572 back and takes 3rd so far after his first race run after injury.

17:51 PDT: Mark Wallace Goes Fastest by Just 0.035!
Mark Wallace takes the lead with just one rider remaining as he best Tuhoto-Ariki Pene by a tiny margin.

17:51 PDT: Mark Wallace Goes Fastest by Just 0.035!
Mark Wallace takes the lead with just one rider remaining as he best Tuhoto-Ariki Pene by a tiny margin.

17:55 PDT: Jakob Jewett Wins by Over a Second
Jakob Jewett gets absolutely wild as he takes unique lines on his way to the win by over a second.

Full Results:

Elite Women:


Elite Men:


More results can be found here.

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  • 86 6
 Ho-ly hellfire. All hail Canadians. Love some world cup but the 1199 track is far gnarlier than even Val di Sole, and with Warner / Eliot going on - easily the best DH race of 2023 so far. Its obvious how far UCI commentary is from Warner & Co. Just totally blown away by that track and a CAN 1-2 on it. Y'all effin' rule.
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 1:33) (Below Threshold)
 That’s because most of the DH elite aren’t racing
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 lol far gnarlier than val di sole?
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 @Royal28: Ya got me - i musta ate the hyperbole pills after the race (have never been to either track) but the steeps looked waaaaaay steeper (and rockier) on camera w/ that one rock-filed (that Blewett gapped in the lower section) looked like nothing I've ever seen on cam @ Val or anywhere really. But whatever - just looked badass and wilder than anything UCI has least on screen.
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 @chrismac70 Just talking about the track itself homie. But still dunno what you mean - after watching this, and at these speeds, by all measures - every one of these guys are full on elites, easily.

Additional hats off to Marcus Goguen - that MF w/ zero elbow pads & just a t-shirt was easily the raddest look of the day for me. Dude just looked purely wild....such a baller sasquatch run. I'm blown away.
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 @chrismac70: mark Wallace isn't elite? Beside the point, the racers at this event are incredible riders and you don't need to be top 10 in the world to be elite
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 @Royal28: definitely not gnarlier than VDS. But the bottom half of 1199 got pretty rowdy
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: Agreed! Goguen is a f*cking lunatic any time the ground isn’t dead flat, on a bike or skis. Check this out
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 25, 2023 at 0:17) (Below Threshold)
 @Saucycheese: if your not top 20 you are not elite. You are probably pro but not elite. My point is the results will be a surprise because virtually none of the top 20 are there. The elite are getting ready for next weeks world championships
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 25, 2023 at 0:18) (Below Threshold)
 @Mtn-Goat-13: the elite are not there. They are getting ready for next weeks World Championship. Far more important
  • 7 0
 @chrismac70: Technically true - factually - every one of these riders is purely elite at elite speeds. But more so you have now overtaken DC Addict as single lamest life-gone-brown sad grandma whining must-complain and have-only-something-lame-to-say commenter on PB. Spare us your negativity and sad life commentary.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: Bros going for the most disliked Pinkbike commenter award 2023.
  • 3 0
 @WestC0astWanderer: True dat - a litreally black hole (no insult to blackness). Total negativity. I'm just not gonna respond again, homey's a waste of our time.
  • 43 0
 Bummer they dont seem to have a camera on that drop into rock roll
  • 5 0
 They pick up the track at the bottom corner of that feature. It is a shame that we don't get to see how they're riding it.
  • 1 0
 @Richridesmtb: agreed, seems like it's a feature that could make up or lose a lot of time.
  • 1 0
 Only really needed an extra camera shot for that roll and another one for the huge drop to triple triple section.
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 1:32) (Below Threshold)
 That’s because it’s not an event covered by discovery
  • 2 0
 I kept rewinding to try and catch that rock drop into the berm and realized they just didnt film it, even though it was the gnarliest part of the track.
  • 7 3
 They didn’t have a camera on the rock gap/roll but they did film the entire road sprint! And they had a garbage quality drone shot. I guess this is the quality camera work from red bull that everybody misses so much? Oh yeah, and they filmed the last corner from the back of the berm, so you couldn’t even see it.
  • 36 0
 Gonna be a wild one in the Pivot pits tonight - 1st in U19 and 1st in Elite for the Jewett Bros.
  • 37 0
 And the younger brother beat him!
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flag dimitree (Jul 23, 2023 at 19:46) (Below Threshold)
 Pivot is garbage
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 And 2 for 2 after BKs elite win at Crankworx Innsbruck!
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 ROB WARNER!!!!!!!!!!!
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flag boozed (Jul 23, 2023 at 19:08) (Below Threshold)
 ...didn't have his best day on the mic
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 Matt Walker is having a sick year
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 Waxx is the man!! That whole team has the best vibes.
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 U19 beat Elite? Jakob going to be getting so much crap from Dane. lol
  • 9 0
 Team Pivot, on it this year!
  • 21 0
 Marcus Goguen 11th! Cool to see him killing it in 2 sports. Kids gonna be a legend on the ski scene and making noise in DH as well!!
  • 2 0
 Good call out!
  • 3 0
 Surprised the broadcast didn't mention it. Maybe they don't have the rights, but it would have been cool if they showed some of his clips from the FWT before his run. The guy is bonkers on skis. I think his run yesterday was the most entertaining of all.
  • 2 0
 Came to say that too... that' dude had the raddest look of anyone w/ just the T-shirt...holy fugg, just made my effin day!
  • 3 0
 @adamkat: Agreed - had to go back for the replay just to watch his run. Perhaps a few outta control moments there, but damn, full cojones, t-shirt & seemingly padless and fave run of the whole event for sure.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: Check out his highlights from the Freeride World Tour. First year in the senior men's category and he blew some minds haha
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 @adamkat: Weird - thot I replied to this but didn't. Actually saw that run and didn't make the connection. This dude is a rager for sure - couple of my buds (independent of my comment) though Goguen was the best run of them all and it wasn't the fastest, but holy badass.
  • 20 2
 So somehow Crankworx needs to attract more of the world cup elite women
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flag snomaster (Jul 23, 2023 at 20:04) (Below Threshold)
 Like Finn?
But for real, it needs to be on the WC schedule. Or at least way more in sync with the north american stops…
  • 4 1
 I missed the last word of what you wrote! Yes more women. More men too.
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 30,000 first place bucks men and women would get em all here....
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 1:36) (Below Threshold)
 It doesn’t stand a chance. Most of the elite men weren’t racing either. The elite aren’t interested in on uci marketing events. It’s the same reason they don’t go to hardline
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 @snomaster: nothing stopping them applying to run a WC race there Is they want to
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 @snomaster: It usually is.
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 @chrismac70: nothing stopping them except the UCI and their outrageous demands and huge fees.
  • 8 0
 @chrismac70: Holy @#$&, STFU already
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 25, 2023 at 0:21) (Below Threshold)
 @wilsonians: which all the other events pay and as a result all the elite riders show up and you have a proper race.
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 @chrismac70: Whistler is so big that it doesn't need anything like WC marketing or visibility. That's the reason they arent willing to jump through the hoops and pay the fees. I agree there is nothing stopping them from hosting but im sure when they look at it, it doesn't make sense given that place is packed all summer with riders and tourists in general. But it would still be awesome for them to host.
  • 4 0
 @chrismac70: I am sure it's your goal, but you most certainly win the loser troll account with your volume of negative tw*twaffle comments. Go ride your bike man.
  • 18 0
 drone just decked it trying to catch up to sick mick lol
  • 5 0
 I died laughing when that happened. The drone was not needed to begin with and the PA system from the announcer in the crowd could be heard on Rob and Elliot's broadcast. Only two complaints, otherwise, I loved the track coverage and thought it was awesome racing!
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 1:34) (Below Threshold)
 @trainboy17: that’s what Haskins if you don’t let professionals cover the broadcast
  • 18 0
 Asa (u17) put in a 3:35 and had to go around all the jumps. Just sayin…
  • 9 0
 Oh for sure- top 10 time with go arounds! He’s absolutely on one! Been on fire all season and only getting faster! It’s sooooooo rad to see
Stoked for what’s to come!
  • 4 0
 That kid has a bright future. Even after doing the ride arounds he put down a very fast time and would've been top 10 in Elite.
  • 15 1
 On the section I was posted up at (chute before the grass corner), Vali looked as fast as a good chunk of the elite men. Seriously impressive to see how far the level of women’s riding is being pushed
  • 14 1
 Commentary was great. A league of their own.
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 Last two runs from Mark and Jacob were insane!
  • 4 0
 Yep that was some killer race action!
  • 10 0
 We are entering a golden age of Canadian DH. The athletes here and the ones who are couple years younger are going to slay on the world scene in a few more years.
  • 1 0
 Although, I don't know why there was only one U19 woman racing. That's a bit disappointing to see.
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 25, 2023 at 0:22) (Below Threshold)
 @Fill-Freakin: world championships next week. No one went who is competing there or wasn’t under contract to be there
  • 9 0
 Laffey held that together... holy shit lol that was wild
  • 9 0
 Yeeeeyaaaaa Tuhoto !!!!!! Churrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  • 9 0
 Yeah da Maori bro got a podium
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 Finn Iles: F them kids
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 What happened?
  • 5 0
 @blissindex: When it was announced that Finn wasn’t going to race, a bunch of kids in the crowd were audibly upset. I’m sure it was a real bummer for them but it was kinda funny
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 @BagelMan: Gotcha - I meant why didn’t he race?
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 @BagelMan: I guess I am one of those kids
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 @Toryt7: Lots of fully grown-up kids were audibly upset in front of their TVs / phones when that was announced.
  • 2 0
 @blissindex: we saw him in the SRAM tent we a few people huddled around his hand, he was covered in dust
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 @jazzawil: damn hope it’s nothing. I’m sure he wanted that win.
  • 5 0
 I needed that dose of intense DH action to hold me over till worlds. Jakob and Mark's runs were so sick.
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 Huge win for Vali!
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 Read this in Rob Warner’s voice and you will be in a happy place.
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 1:39) (Below Threshold)
 @bocomtb: Ron’s always happiest when his employers riders win
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 Locals winning, soooooo winning. Way to go guys!
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 Would have been good to see a few more WC contenders at this event. The track deserved it. Did the UCI schedule a test event at that new ( and rather easier looking French track) to mess with Crankworx and Red Bull I wonder?
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There is simple very little appeal to go at Crankworx Whistler. European WC contender simply would rather spend some holidays in family, race or train close to home than fly all over the worlds if there are no UCI points to earn.

It is up to their respective sponsors/employer to send them at Crankworx or Crankworx to decide being a major UCI even. I guess the only reason Valentina Höll was there is because she is racing for an US Brand.
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 4:18) (Below Threshold)
 Why would they travel to an event that has no status with their sponsors or the wider sport. The question should be why did crankworx think riders would travel to their event when they could goto a test event on a track that matters to them
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 @opignonlibre: it’s a C1 Uci event with that level of points awarded. Jakob would have got 60 for the win
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 @bgoldstone: genuine question now that you're in team management space

Do DH teams (and their riders for that matter) place much value on UCI ranking points at all? And does it actually have much influence on race selection/planning?

While XCO riders will chase points, it is obviously a very different scenario for them where start position can significantly impact race outcome.

I kind of figured DH riders on the whole probably aren't that interested in chasing points? Yes/No?
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 @Cabin: sorry, I‘m not Bailey so don’t the answer to that.
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 @bgoldstone: Lol. My bad!
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 @bgoldstone: which is not more than a french cup and with less prestige. Good luck motivating euro guys to fly to the other side of the pond for this.
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 PinkBike, update us on Finn! (Separate post if need be, this would be actual news) Also, why isn't Jackson Goldstone/Santa Cruz participating in Crankworx?
  • 3 1
 Jackson had his appendix removed a few weeks ago
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 @leon-forfar: but wasn't he racing World Cups?
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 @theMeasure: Yes, he had surgery after the 3rd world cup during the current mid season break.
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 1:37) (Below Threshold)
 Because the elite riders aren’t interested in non WC racing
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 It's really crazy that Pinkbike, a news site is not doing any reporting after Crankworx races. It doesn't need to be full on videos or long form journalism. Borrow from other sports, even Supercross/Motocross and put out quick recap news that wasn't on the broadcast the night of the event. Especially when so many of the Pinkbike staff is up in Whistler right now. A 'reporter' from Pinkbike should be going to the Specialized truck and asking questions on Finn's status (for instance) as well as other general news/injuries/quotes from the event. I understand Pinkbike is not going to send a reporter across the pond to cover an event. But no reason someone couldn't be tasked doing a quick same day 'news' report with inside information from being on the scene there at the Canadian Open DH.
CC: @brianpark @sarahmoore
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 @btjenki: Patience is thin hey? I see 6 articles this morning related to the Canadian Open race in one way or another. I'm sure more is still to come. Crankworx Whistler is a shit show, and I'm sure their staff are putting in LONG hours after every event to get content out asap. They mentioned in the live feed that Finn went down in practice before the race and made the call not to race maybe 10 minutes before he was supposed to drop in. They are probably waiting to hear from Finn himself before posting any potentially false information/ respecting his privacy at the moment. Scrolling up on this article reveals the live (at the time) written updates about the race.
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 Why would he?

He's recovering from a surgery. He's currently leading in points. Why would he put at risk World Champs AND his chances at an overall by racing a race that does not matter?

There is absolutely no reason that any elite racer should be racing this event outside of a person testing new equipment or trying to shake off the dirt of a long absence. I would be telling my racers NOT to race it if I was one of their sponsors.

Holl racing it made no sense. Ferg was the only other ranked woman in that field and she has 10 points on the season...

Men... no top end elites raced.

You want more to race... get it included on the UCI calendar or do it off season so people aren't risking world champs and World Cup overall chances. Until then... I'd expect to have no more than 1 or 2 top 25 riders annually.

Finn and Goldstone are both guys that are legit overall and world champs contenders now. They'd be wise to not race this during the season for at least the next 10 years.
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 @btjenki: truth. guys need to learn from the moto journalism world. Though Vital MTB can't even take a hint from Vital MX, MXA or Racer X. Wyn TV is all we have on that front
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 @leon-forfar: You must not of read what I wrote. I'll reply to your responses below:
1. "Crankworx Whistler is a shit show, and I'm sure their staff are putting in LONG hours after every event to get content out asap." --- What Canadian Open news content was the Pinkbike journalism team burning the midnight oil on last night? There hasn't been any reporting on the event at all and likely won't be. ... Since the race ended 26hrs ago they posted: 1. the results, 2. posted two videos and quotes from Crankworx media team, 3. Cameron (contracted photographer) posted bike checks and Dave Trumpore (contracted photographer) did a Photo Epic post. So, no reporting on the race from the Pinkbike editorial team.
2. "They mentioned in the live feed that Finn went down in practice before the race and made the call not to race" Yes, the broadcast mentioned that. What I referenced was there appeared to be no further reporting after the race concluded. Which is still the situation 26hrs later.
3. "They are probably waiting to hear from Finn himself before posting any potentially false information" If you read what I wrote, I said an example of reporting would of been to go to the Specialized trailer and ask the team/Finn what happened. At that point, if they declined to discuss it, they would write in the article, "We asked Finn and he declined to discuss it" (Like they do in moto or other sports when journalists go asking questions about injuries, etc.)
4. "Scrolling up on this article reveals the live (at the time) written updates about the race." Again, if you read what I wrote, I was referring to post-race reporting.
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 @btjenki: haha ok, does the photo epic and race report not count (that we do for all big international events)... There's no specialized truck here FYI. And Finn simply drove home because he lives 30 min away... but I did walk over the the SRAM truck he was pitting out of and had a chat before he left. Just a minor injury to his hand that he'd rather rest before world champs in two weeks than risk making worse. That's all written in the recap and photo captions... Sorry this failed to meet your expectation. Oh and we've been going "across the pond" to cover races year in and year out for over a decade too. Remind me again what we missed?
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 @onemanarmy: your not allowed to point out the truth on here that for any serious WC racer this is a non event especially this close to world championships
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 @davetrumpore: Hey Dave, I wasn't referring to your content because you're a contracted photographer (not part of the Pinkbike editorial writing staff). My point; that there were no news stories posted right after the race by reporters who's job was solely to report on the race. If this was moto, let alone a larger sport, there would be a news story written and posted within hours of the event concluding. Imagine if Tomac did something off camera right before the Supercross main event and there wasn't (until the next afternoon) a shred of news/explanation of why he didn't start, other than "he made the decision to not race today after some difficulties in practice". It would never happen. That was all I was really pointing out. I know Pinkbike has the deal where they lean on the photographers shoot photos and report via captions in one swoop for them. But as I've also always thought that was a bad idea, on a number of levels. What spurred me to comment originally was that I thought it funny that a lot of Pink Bike staff are up in Whistler right now and that there was no follow-up info posted right after the event on the status of Finn--the number one qualifier, local boy and a favorite for worlds. To be clear, there was other race news as well, but I'm just pointing on the big one.

Additionally, I know there is no money in MTB as compared to moto and other sports. Which is why I made my comment that Pinkbike doesn't send writers overseas to write race report articles. I understand that they're overseas method is leaning on you and other photographers to 'write the news in the captions' as their race report. But I find that a bummer when comparing to other sports. This has nothing to do with the quality of your work. Your race photos are the best in the industry IMHO and captions are good.
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 @btjenki: I don't know what you think this sport is, but it isn't Moto, or F1, or anything close to that level in terms of money/ people employed to go and do all this stuff you seem to desperately need within an unreasonable timeframe. Also, I prefer that we aren't a paparazzi filled sport. No one needs that shit. Why should people be hounding a possibly injured rider trying to get the scoop. Back up and let him have his space, and he will announce when he wants to. As Dave said, Finn lives 30 minutes away, and peaced out before they had a chance to hunt him down (probably because they had to be where the actual news/ event was, rather than chasing a rider who left the scene).

If you have never been to Crankworx, and don't know anyone who is actually employed to work during crankworx (I know many people who are there for content production, and trust me, they are up every night until at least 2am working on articles, or editing videos/ photos etc, after being on the hill getting said footage for hours). Here are the articles I saw related to the event (and if you write those off as irrelevant, then I don't even know what you are wanting...), and my bad, I guess there were only 4 excluding the replay

And who cares of they are contracted photographers. They are contracted by PINKBIKE. Pinkbike isn't a mega corparation with 100s of reporters. The editorial team are checking out all of the other crankworx events, and testing bikes (lots of tests are held at Crankworx Whistler for new products).
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 @leon-forfar: Yes, I've been to Crankworx many times, and have been there to shoot photos for media as well. I know the grind and hours these people put in. I know what Dave was up to with shooting all day, then culling images, processing, writing captions, posting to Pinkbike site, etc. It's a brutal schedule which is also why there should always be a writer working to cover the words so the photographer can focus on only the images. But that's not how MTB media works, which was my point originally.

No one is/was 'hounding' Finn. Dave said he saw him in the SRAM pits after the race and asked him what happened and he got the info. Dave was busy working on images and processing so the 'news' did not make it out until the next afternoon as a photo caption in a Photo Epic. Original point was that Pinkbike didn't have any writers/contracted writers there covering the race in their backyard and how different that is from moto, let alone larger sports. If you prefer the lack of media coverage that MTB gets compared to moto, that's fine. I was just pointing out that it was wild that there was no report after the race on Finn's situation when it was clearly as easy as someone going to the SRAM pit and asking him, then posting it.

As to the links you posted... My original point stands. There was not written race report content following the race (hours after or next morning). Your links are: the page for the live feed, bike checks (not race news), a post with embedded videos to the winning runs (that Redbull put together) and the final results. No a race report.

Yes, I know Pinkbike doesn't have a staff of 100's of reporters. But they're actually fairly large in terms of scale when looking at them as part of the Outside family--when we're talking non-mainstream sports media. I never said I cared they contracted photographers or writers. That's A-OK in my book. Point was they didn't contract or have anyone there to write a post-race news article. Not that big of a deal, as it's normal for MTB media, I just chose to point it out here.
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 @btjenki: I just don't see what more can be written about the race when they have all the pre race info about the new track via go pro laps, and course walk, a replay accompanied by written updates as they happened, and then there was a highlights video and winning runs posted within 24 hours of the race. What more is there to know about it? They can only fluff out the content so much when all the info you would need is basically there. Even in regards to Finn. Not much more to say beyond he wasn't starting due to a crash. It said in the caption for the photos that he minorly hurt his hand, and preferred to stay healthy for World Champs. All seems reasonable enough to me.

Either way, I don't really care that much. There has been plenty of free content so far (and will continue to be), so who are we to complain that it isn't enough?
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 Go Connor!
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 wow Canada 1,2
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flag mi-bike (Jul 23, 2023 at 19:01) (Below Threshold)
 Home track advantage. Surely due to their pro setups with a fancy RV and massive tent while all those poor Europeans had to pit from the back of a pick-up.
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flag chrismac70 (Jul 24, 2023 at 1:39) (Below Threshold)
 That’s because The majority of the elite weren’t there
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 Hoe is Rachel Pageau doing? Hope she is ok, gnarly Crash That was.
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 She's beat up but seems to be OK, per her Instagram
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 Duke & Ellie! Yes!
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 Anyone know why finn did not start?
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 On broadcast they said something happened during practice.
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 is the Goldstone related to Jackson in the womens race?
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 Jackson is her brother.
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 @abhorred: her baby brother yeah
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