The New King of Garbanzo

A Fresh Champ Crowned at Crankworx Whistler's Grueling 7 km Downhill Race

Pro tip: use your keyboard to jump between photos
Lift Off

Lift Off

The race kicked off at the peak of the Garbanzo Express chair.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
White Knuckle Ride

White Knuckle Ride

The Garbanzo Downhill course at Crankworx Whistler is very long by Downhill standards. Riders travel over 7 km (4.3 miles) of terrain, descending 1,000 m (3,4000 ft) of vertical into Whistler Village.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Packed Field

Packed Field

Yes, that bib number reads 704. The rider list was huge. Here, Alex Attard of Austrialia barrels down the course in the Masters category.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Build and They Will Come

Build and They Will Come

Whistler Bike Park is massive, and the Garbanzo course took full advantage of it.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Enduro Downhill

Enduro Downhill

The course ran through a variety of Whistler Bike Park's trails: Original Sin - Blue Velvet - In Deep - Container - No Joke/ Duffman - Golden Triangle - World Cup Singletrack - Ho Chi Min - Longhorn - Monkey Hands to finish. Now trying saying that three times fast.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Pick Your Poison

Pick Your Poison

Line choice was critical, especially on a course this long.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Natural Elements

Natural Elements

The many rock faces offered plenty of traction, allowing the quickest riders to seemingly fly down them.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Hecklers

Hecklers

It wouldn't be Crankworx without them.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Choices

Choices

Picking wisely.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Berms, berms

Berms, berms

and more berms. Riders had their work cut out for them in the winding terrain.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Soak in the Views

Soak in the Views

A full contrast of colors Whistler's Green Lake in the background.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Over the Edge

Over the Edge

Riders had to brake wisely, loose berms like this were destroyed by the end of the day.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Paws

Paws

It's not uncommon to see bears in the bike park, a fitting reminder that you are in mountain territory.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Knobs

Knobs

Tyre choice was key.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Hecklers

Hecklers

Local girl Claire Buchar took second place in the Women's Pro category. Maybe heckling does help?

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Quickest Way Down

Quickest Way Down

Canadian rider Alexandre Carbonneau negotiates a particularly steep rock face.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Solar

Solar

Riders hit one last jump before sprinting to the finish.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Gutierrez

Gutierrez

Having almost tasted victory in previous years, Colombian rider Marcelo Gutierrez rode fast and with a vengeance. Second place was clearly not an option for him.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
Hart

Hart

Danny Hart whips into the finish line and a top 10 standing.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
The Hot Seat

The Hot Seat

Marcelo Gutierrez looks on after speeding across the finish line into first place, with just one rider left on the mountain.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Anticipation

Anticipation

The crowd was glued to the screens as Loic Bruni of France made his way down the course. He was the last rider on the field, and the only one left who could unseat Gutierrez.

© Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool
Share
New King

New King

But Loic's efforts weren't enough, leaving Marcelo in first place. Smiles from the new Garbanzo champ.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Women's Pro Podium

Women's Pro Podium

Emmeline was dominant on course, taking the win by almost 20 seconds. Final standings: 1st: Emmeline Ragot. 2nd: Claire Buchar. 3rd: Holly Feniak.

© Seetoh Lang
Share
Men's Pro Podium

Men's Pro Podium

Shaving an incredible 10 seconds off his previous year's run, Marcelo Gutierrez clocked in at 12:28 to take the win. Final standings: 1st. Marcelo Gutierrez. 2nd. Sam Blenkinsop. 3rd. Remi Gauvin.

© Seetoh Lang
Share