USA RIDER BRIAN LOPES CLAIMS FIFTH CRANKWORX AIR DH WIN
Kokanee Crankworx Air DH faster than ever
WHISTLER, BC – The Air DH took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with over 381 competitors ripping down the most famous DH course in the world, A-Line. Brian Lopes continued his reign in the No. 1 spot with a fifth in a row Air DH title, scoring the fastest time of the day at 4:15.69. The Air DH field housed many current UCI World Cup riders and also saw a few previous World Cup riders reach the podium.
The Air DH course runs the entire length of A-Line, finishing at the base of the Bike Park with the legendary GLC Drop. A-Line is arguably the most celebrated DH course in mountain biking, with nearly 50 jumps on the course. A-Line is the benchmark all DH courses strive to emulate. “It was definitely a fast course today compared to last year,” said Leslie Tomlinson, event announcer and mountain bike Olympian. “The dry conditions definitely contributed to the faster times.” Lopes’ time was nearly 5 seconds faster this year.
“I knew I had to get on the pedals today,” said Lopes. “It was super rough in the middle but I knew I had to put together a good run.”
Lopes (USA), claimed first with a time of 4:15.69 and dedicated his win to Oakley Senior Executive Steve Blick’s son, Tyler who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia; Samuel Blenkinsop (NZL) took second place with a time of 4:16.17; Gee Atherton (GBR), took third place with a time of 4:18.48.
In the Pro Women category, Anne Caro Chausson (FRA) was able to hold off current world champ Emmeline Ragot (FRA) to take the top spot with a time of 4:38.21; Rachel Atherton (GBR) took third with a time of 4:41.15.
Remi Gauvin was the fastest Canadian stand out in the Junior Men’s category, taking second spot. Top spot was claimed by New Zealand rider Bryn Dickerson who beat Gauvin by sixteen one-hundreths of a second.
Day six of Kokanee Crankworx promises to be a huge day with the VW Trick Showdown happening in the Boneyard, from 4:30-6:30pm PDT, followed by the brand new Pump Track Challenge presented by Monster Energy going off from 8:00-10:00pm PDT. Watch all the action with two live webcasts powered by GO211.com at www.crankworx.com/webcast
The Deraylor Music Festival will keep the party going late into the night with their second night of live music in six different nightclubs featuring over 40 artists. www.deraylor.com
Every event at Kokanee Crankworx will be webcast live, the full schedule can be found at www.crankworx.com/webcast. Daily on-demand video highlights will also ensure everyone stays up to date with all the happenings at the biggest freeride mountain bike festival in the world.
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