Riders from Down Under rule the roost at a dusty and rough Crankworx Canadian Open Downhill course to take the top gongs.
Our man on the ground Lee Miller caught all the action from the Canadian Open this weekend.
The Canadian Open track has quickly become known as one of the roughest, toughest tracks on the Crankworx Downhill circuit and with no rain for over a month here in Whistler the track was already rougher at the start of practice than it ran in finals last year.
With the closest UCI Downhill World Cup title race in years and the upcoming World Championships in Cairns, Australia it comes as no surprise that many of the elite men and women that competed last year decided to watch from the comfort of their sofas this year, Whistler Crankworx breaks mountain bike riders for fun!
It comes as even more of a surprise that top Aussie riders Troy Brosnan, Tracey Hannah and current Aussie National Champ Jack Moir were all on hand to throw it down on the steep, beat up, loose as hell dusty track. Perhaps the dry, outback-type conditions gave the Aussies an unfair advantage as it would be Brosnan and Hannah who would take home the wins in each of their categories respectively.
Hannah would end a stellar week here at Crankworx with a huge 10.62 second victory over Vancouver local Vaea Verbeeck with Emilie Siegenthaler picking up the bronze medal in third.
In the men’s field, Brosnan who is no stranger to victories on this course with two previous wins here would go on to add a third with a 4 second margin over Sam Blenkinsop and American Bruce Klein. The victory here for Brosnan will do his confidence no harm going into a similar Val Di Sole course next weekend before World Champs on home soil a couple of weeks after.
Full Canadian Open Downhill presented by IXS results can be found here.