Whistler, BC – August 18, 2013 – Despite bouncing off a tree mid-run, Canadian racer Steve Smith has taken the win at Crankworx Whistler’s Canadian Open Downhill race for the third year in a row. Fresh off a recent world cup win at Mont Sainte Anne and a victory in Crankworx’s Air DH race, Smith is currently on a winning streak and his Canadian fans were definitely pumped to see him take the win once again on the 10th anniversary of Crankworx.
“It’s gotta be the luckiest run of my life,” says Smith. “I had a crash in the woods and still managed to win…I did not expect this.” Smith crossed the finish line on the Whistler Bike Park’s Canadian Open course at 2:47:81.
Smith narrowly beat out “Sik” Mick Hannah (AUS) by 0.09 seconds for the top spot, with Sam Blenkinsop (NZ) rounding out the men’s podium in third place. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) was by far the fastest female putting an eight second gap on Whistler’s own Claire Buchar in second. France’s Florian Pugin took third place honors for the ladies.
The course for the Canadian Open DH has been both revered and respected by many of the top racers in the world since it began to evolve five years ago. The track has grown from including sections of trail throughout the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to showcasing pieces of terrain used exclusively for this event each year at Crankworx Whistler. To be a real contender to win the Canadian Open DH, riders must possess the perfect mix of technical skill, comfort with speed and risk and all out fitness.
1. Emmeline Ragot - $5,000
2. Claire Buchar - $3,000
3. Florian Pugin - $2,000
1. Steve Smith - $10,000
2. Mick Hannah - $5,000
3. Sam Blenkinsop - $3,000
Today was the final day of Crankworx Whistler’s ten-day epic festival to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Yesterday’s Freeride Mountian Bike World Tour Diamond event, Red Bull Joyride, drew over 25,00 fans to Whistler. Whistler’s Brandon Semenuk won the event for the second time and is only one of two people to have accomplished this feat. Sweden’s Martin Soderstrom was second and Sam Pilgrim of Great Britain completed the podium in third. Crankworx Whistler gathered fans from August 9 through today by the tens of thousands to see the world’s best mountain bikers compete in events throughout Whistler and across a myriad of disciplines.
To see highlights, results and more information about Crankworx Whistler, visit www.crankworx.com.
For full race results, check out http://www.crankworx.com/whistler/results.php
Check out a full web replay of the Canadian Open DH here: http://www.redbull.com/en/bike/stories/1331605836554/watch-live-canadian-open-dh-at-crankwork-whistler-2013
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