CRANKWORX COVERAGE: Hill and Fairclough go one-two at Canadian Open DH; Ragot takes it for the women
"It's always a great time at Crankworx. So many fun trails to ride and loads of good mates to ride with." Sam Hill cruising to the Canadian Open DH win as the crowd goes mad. Consider this a final tune-up for Canberra Worlds for the soft spoken rider from Down Under. He took the win here in Whistler by 8 seconds. Photo: Colin Meagher
Crankworx ended with a bang on Sunday as nearly 300 racers tried their hand at the Kona-sponsored Canadian Open DH. The course was the work of local ripper Tyler Morland, and left many comparing it to a World Cup track. So it’s not surprising that World Cup honch and Specialized/Monster Energy team captain Sam Hill was the fastest down it with a time of 3:02.56. Teammate Brendan Fairclough logged the next fasted run—a full 8 second back—for second place, followed by Evil/MS Racing’s Stevie Smith. In the Pro Women category, Emmeline Ragot (FRA) took first place with a time of 3:45.05, followed Micayla Gatto and Clair Buchar—2 and 5 seconds back, respectively.
Zippety-do-dah, zippety-de; Jerry Knight on cruise control with a bit of a headache in the Crankworx Canadian Downhill race. "I meant to go to sleep early, but I was just having way too much fun. Somewhere during all that fun the bourbon disappeared." Photo: Colin Meagher
Rock slabs seem to be the flavor on the DH track up top, then loads of unpredictable roots in the woods. Photo: Colin Meagher
It looks like butter, but the little roots showing through were slick as snot, sending more than one rider a bit off line in the woods. Photo: Colin Meagher
Ben Reid sending his beloved Ironhorse Sunday for a final flight test at Whistler before heading south of the equator for a shot at a set of rainbow stripes in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Colin Meagher
After breaking himself early season, Nico Vink's been working to get back in podium contention aboard his Trek Session. Photo: Colin Meagher
Local favorite gone big: Steve Smith on the rock face under the chairlift, en route to a third-place finish. Photo: Colin Meagher
Emmeline Ragot took the top women's spot. Drinks on the petite Frenchwoman. Photo: Colin Meagher
The men's podium soaking in the last bit of Crankworx crowd energy.