A Fresh Champ Crowned at Crankworx Whistler's Grueling 7 km Downhill Race
The race kicked off at the peak of the Garbanzo Express chair.
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.
Yes, that bib number reads 704. The rider list was huge. Here, Alex Attard of Austrialia barrels down the course in the Masters category.
Whistler Bike Park is massive, and the Garbanzo course took full advantage of it.
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.
Line choice was critical, especially on a course this long.
The many rock faces offered plenty of traction, allowing the quickest riders to seemingly fly down them.
It wouldn't be Crankworx without them.
and more berms. Riders had their work cut out for them in the winding terrain.
A full contrast of colors Whistler's Green Lake in the background.
Riders had to brake wisely, loose berms like this were destroyed by the end of the day.
It's not uncommon to see bears in the bike park, a fitting reminder that you are in mountain territory.
Tyre choice was key.
Local girl Claire Buchar took second place in the Women's Pro category. Maybe heckling does help?
Canadian rider Alexandre Carbonneau negotiates a particularly steep rock face.
Riders hit one last jump before sprinting to the finish.
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.
Danny Hart whips into the finish line and a top 10 standing.
Marcelo Gutierrez looks on after speeding across the finish line into first place, with just one rider left on the mountain.
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.
But Loic's efforts weren't enough, leaving Marcelo in first place. Smiles from the new Garbanzo champ.
Emmeline was dominant on course, taking the win by almost 20 seconds. Final standings: 1st: Emmeline Ragot. 2nd: Claire Buchar. 3rd: Holly Feniak.
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.