Yeah we know we’ve been slacking a bit in keeping you updated on all the racing mayhem going down in Canada for the Crankworx Summer Series, so here’s a full-on recap of what went down during week two at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, with high-stakes racing on some of Canada’s gnarliest tracks. It was a true test of skills and bikes, with some surprise names coming out on top.
Downhill racing phenom Finn Iles might have a knack for enduro racing, it seems, after he won his second race in a row at Kicking Horse, smoking the men’s field (mostly made up of pro enduro racers). On the women’s side, Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau showed her prowess as one of Canada’s fastest yet again, beating out her friend and rival Miranda Miller.
While heavy rain made the dual slalom course a mudpit, it sure did provide for some exciting racing moments, leaving Lucas Cruz and Vaea Verbeeck on top.
Mt7 Psychosis Downhill:
With a name like Psychosis, it’s no surprise that Kicking Horse’s downhill track is one of the gnarliest in the world. It hasn’t been raced in over a decade. The track drops nearly 4000 feet over 4.5 miles, includes a timed uphill hike-a-bike section, and has been home to lots of classic race moments that have gone down in MTB lore. Racer Georgie Astle recalled, “The hike-a-bike hurt my body and my soul.” In the end, Henry Fitzgerald and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau stood atop the podium.
Casey Brown ripping to victory. Crankworx photo.
Kicking Horse DH:
After one of the gnarliest racing days of their lives on Psychosis, the riders were in for another treat: a second DH race on a whole new track. In the end, enduro veterans prevailed, with Casey Brown and Jesse Melamed atop the podium.