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Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front - BY SAN­DRA WAL­TER

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.

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