Canada Cup Downhill Finale T
he three-round Canada Cup DH series wound up at the height of summer in Whistler, B.C. on Aug. 19 during the much-anticipated Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival. Conditions were hot and dry and the course degraded rapidly over multiple training runs, leading to poor visibility from the resulting dust clouds.
Dubbed the Canadian Open DH, this event always attracts huge international competition and the 2017 edition was no exception, as Elite women’s World Cup superstar Tracey Hannah (AUS, Polygon UR) blasted to victory with a run more than 10 seconds faster than that of second-place finisher Canada’s Vaea Verbeeck (QC, Rocky Mountain). Multiple World Cup podium finisher Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI, Pivot Factory Racing) took third. Sarah Konefal (QC, Independent) had accumulated enough points in the first two rounds to secure the overall series’ title, despite being absent from the final.
An even more stacked Elite men’s field saw the Canadians shut out of the medals as World Cupper Troy Brosnan (AUS, Canyon Factory Team) took no prisoners, landing at the top of the heap and logging a run that was four seconds faster than second-place Sam Blenkinsop’s (NZL, Norco Factory Racing), followed by the U.S.A.’s Bruce Klein (USA, KHS Factory Racing) in third. Mark Wallace (CAN, Canyon Factory Racing) was the top Canuck in fifth. The overall Canada Cup series’ champion Jonathan Lefrançois (QC, Devinci) finished 27th.
Overall Canada Cup Elite men’s DH series champion, Jonathan Lefrançois
Sarah Konefal won the Elite women’s DH title.