RIDER BRIAN LOPES CLAIMS SIXTH CRANKWORX AIR DH WIN
The Air DH took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with over 381 competitors ripping down the most famous DH course in the world, A-Line. Brian Lopes continued his reign in the No. 1 spot with a sixth (fifth in a row) Air DH title, scoring the fastest time of the day at 4:15.69. The Air DH field housed many current UCI World Cup riders and also saw a few previous World Cup riders reach the podium.Mens Winners!
The Air DH course runs the entire length of A-Line, finishing at the base of the Bike Park with the legendary GLC Drop. A-Line is arguably the most celebrated DH course in mountain biking, with nearly 50 jumps on the course. A-Line is the benchmark all DH courses strive to emulate. “It was definitely a fast course today compared to last year,” said Leslie Tomlinson, event announcer and mountain bike Olympian. “The dry conditions definitely contributed to the faster times.” Lopes’ time was nearly 5 seconds faster this year.Mens top three
1st - Brian Lopes
2nd - Sam Blenkinsop
3rd - Gee Atherton
Brian Lopes was the defending champ last year and held it down for first!
Sam Blenkinsop had a very pinned run coming within .48 sec of lopes for second!
Gee Atherton put down a run to win! Came close with a 3rd place finish!
Bryn Atkinson, pinned, and came in 4th!
Fabian Cousini came in 5th!
In the Pro Women category, Anne Caro Chausson (FRA) was able to hold off current world champ Emmeline Ragot (FRA) to take the top spot with a time of 4:38.21; Rachel Atherton (GBR) took third with a time of 4:41.15. Womens top three
1st - Anne Caroline Chausson
2nd - Emmeline Ragot
3rd - Rachel Atherton
Anne Caroline Chausson with a very fast run for the victory!
Emmeline Ragot coming in 2nd!
Rachel Atherton Coming in hot, taking home third place!
Here are some more pics of the action!
Troy Brosnan was killing it!
Mike Sylvestri was putting it down! Coming in
Greg Watts showed up for the race, and placed 34th, beating a ton of top dudes! Good job Watts!
Even Turpen from Aptos, CA takes home 6th!
Kevin Aiello takes a tricky line!
Tyler Paksi shredding the upper portion
Gee Atherton pinned!
Stay tunned for more events all throughout the weekend!