CRANKWORX COVERAGE: Lopes Wins Air DH

Air DH podium. Photo: Yorick Carroux

Air DH podium. Photo: Yorick Carroux

SOURCE: Whistler Mountain

The Air DH took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with over 340 competitors ripping down the most well-known DH course on the planet, A-Line. Brian Lopes continued his reign in the number one spot with a fourth straight Air DH title, scoring the fastest time of the day at 4:20:45.

The Air DH course runs the length of A-Line, finishing at the base of the Bike Park with the legendary GLC Drops. With nearly 100 jumps on the course, A-Line is the benchmark all lift-access runs strive to meet. “This is a hard race, it can’t be compared to any other race on the World Cup circuit or anywhere,” said Stacey Kohut, event announcer and Air DH competitor.

Photo: Yorick Carroux

Photo: Yorick Carroux

After a late morning rain shower the course was dust free, tacky and fast, making for an incredible race top to bottom.

“This race gets harder every year, everyone is gunning for you,” Lopes said. “The rain made it a little slick in some corners but I relied on my fitness and tried to put a smooth run together.”

Lopes (USA), claimed first with a time of 4:20.45; Chris Kovarik (AUS) took second with a time of 4:23.48; Andrew Neethling (RSA) took third with a time of 4:24.42; and Jared Rando (AUS) took fourth with a time of 4:25.01.

In the Pro Women category, Fionn Griffiths (GBR) took the top spot with a time of 4:50.71; Jill Kintner (USA) took second with a time of 4:51.71; Emmeline Ragot (FRA), took third with a time of 4:52.04, and Micayla Gatto (CAN) took fourth with a time of 4:52.53.

“I’m happy it rained, I just let my bike slip through the corners…just greased it a little,” Griffiths said. “I tried to keep it smooth, pedaled when I could and scrubbed some jumps to keep my speed.”

Crankworx continues today with the VW Trick Showdown in the Boneyard. Watch a live webcast of the event at 5:20 p.m. online at www.Crankworx.com.

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