For something like the thirtieth day in a row, the weather forecast was for hot and dry. Hot and dry on a blown out track which was taking names throughout the week. This was going to be a good one. A track like this was definitely suited to the Australians, used to racing such dry, dusty conditions.
“I haven’t seen Whistler this dry my whole entire life. It’s crazy. Even when there’s a little bit of rain, it’s really nothing on the track itself,” said Brosnan, who has lived in the area before. “Last year was so dry, it made lots of holes and they were already there come the first run of practice this year. So, it was definitely a lot drier, definitely a rough track.”
The potential big World Cup names that had been seen around during the week had thinned out, due to Val Di Sole coming up next weekend, and a lot of teams having started the trek back to Italy. Those brave few left had a real fight to get down.
In big Crankworx Whistler news, the infamous “Hecklers Rock” had been closed and security guards made sure no-one was able to get on. This was after the events of last year. The new section where the crowds congregated was further down the track next to a root strewn chute. Al tops remained on, however,
In the Women’s field, Tracey Hannah topped off the series win, only missing the clean sweep by one second place in Les Gets. Vaea Verbeeck came in behind her, with Emilie Siegenthaler on the third step of the podium.
In the Mens race, Troy Brosnan showed off his current form with another first place, standing him in good stead for what might be another dry and dusty World Cup final. Sam Blenkinsop completed a hat trick of second place finishes this week. He was in the hot seat for a long time, and it was looking good for Sam, even with a minor hiccup in his run, but it was not to be as Troy came through and blitzed the feild by 4 secs. American Bruce Klein took the third place spot, just in front of Jack Moir.
It was good to see Kiwi Cole Lucas racing, also Peter Bethall who was back from an injury he sustained over in Europe earlier in the season. Rupert Chapman was the second fastest Kiwi on the day. Over in the Amateur race, South Island rider Gareth Burgess took second place in the Senior Men category, and Julie Morris took first in the Senior Women.
This was the penultimate event here at Crankworx Whistler with only Joyride remaining.
There would be celebrating, but many of the riders need to make their way back to Europe. For those that are staying though, it’s sure to be a big night.
Check out the full RESULTS HERE