Conditions at this race compared to 12 months ago were quite different. The rain during the week and cool temperatures really made riding a lot more bearable than riding in 36 degree heat.
Day 1: Practice and Seeding
The course was slightly different this year, with the top section going on Upper Whistler DH and cutting across a new cut grass section out in the open under the chairlift to Lower Whistler DH. After that, it was the same as last year but continuing on with a sprint to lower Canadian open to finish right above the village.
Conditions were a little bit slippery on Saturday, but as the day went on and the sun peeked out, it started to dry out. Everybody seemed to be enjoying the course and the tricky rock face on Upper Whistler DH wasn’t as big of an concern anymore.
The course was in great condition for seeding and riders finally got a chance to see how they stacked up against the competition.
Day 2: Race Day
The course was now even dryer and faster. Riders were only able to get one, maybe two runs in due to 1 minute practice intervals to keep the course moving along, but that was all that was needed.
Everybody was impressed at how the race went this year, with last years race needing a lot of improvement. Thank you to all the marshals, volunteers and race organizers to all the awesome work and improvements for 2016!
Stephanie Denroche 1st (Jr. Women)
Blake Bunting 1st (Jr. Expert Men)
Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)
Joseph Witwicki 5th (U17 Men)
Caleb Harapnuik 6th (Jr. Expert Men)
Jacob Stefiuk 12th (Jr. Expert Men)
Levi Harapnuik 18th (Pro Men)
Michele Bianchi DNF (Mechanical)
Photos by Dwayne Harapnuik
Words by Levi Harapnuik