Heated Competition in the Crankworx Whistler 2012 Dual Slalom Finals

Troy Brosnan and Melissa Buhl Claim Victories in Close Finishes

Photos by Anthony Smith
Words by Brice Minnigh

The Crankworx Whistler 2012 Dual Slalom races pitted some top names from the World Cup downhill circuit against some of the fastest slalom racers in the world, making for some exciting action for the sizeable crowd at the Whistler Bike Park.

Troy Brosnan’s lethal combination of speed and style ultimately led him to victory over Luca Shaw in a photo finish, showing that he has fully recovered from his injuries.

Melissa Buhl won the women’s dual slalom in a close finish with Micayla Gatto.

Here’s a look at some of the afternoon’s action:

Crankworx is an event in which you’ll see World Cup downhillers like Sam Hill competing against some of the best slalom racers in the world.

Sam Hill might be one of the fastest downhillers in the world, but he got knocked out pretty early in the dual slalom.

Kelly McGarry and Martin Soderstrom, both safely qualified for today’s Red Bull Joyride finals, channel their inner Lyle while watching the dual slalom.

Kyle Strait channels his own inner Lyle.

Luca Shaw on his way to a second-place finish.

Troy Brosnan’s smooth and stylish runs led him to victory—and showed that he has fully recovered from his injuries.

The final was such a close race that Brosnan and Shaw had to wait for the clock to see who won.

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