In a display of strength, endurance and, at the end of the day, love of the track, Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (COL) has taken first place in the Garbanzo DH at Crankworx Whistler for the second year in a row.
"I felt really good while coming down - I was pedaling hard, I was hitting all of my lines," said Gutierrez. "I just enjoyed it, and at the end the time showed that I did a good job."
The Colombian rider said that the secret to his success is his love of both the course and the notoriously gnarly race.
"I really enjoy riding it and I'm waiting every year to come back here and ride it again. It's probably my favourite track in the whole world. It just has everything - rough fast sections, jumps, berms, steep sections...I'm pretty happy to just come here and enjoy it and at the end of the day winning it again is like the best satisfaction I can get."
Coming through as the last rider of the day, Gutierrez's final time of 12:24:65 beat his winning time from last year by four seconds and bumped Nick Beer (SUI) down to second place. Beer had been sitting in the hot seat with a time of 12:43:30. Rounding out the podium was Mark Wallace (CAN) who finished right behind Beer with a time of 12:44:20.
Ahead of the Pro Men's race, the Pro Women led the charge. The winner of the women's race, Claire Buchar (CAN) finished with a time of 14:22.64, a feat she says that, as a woman, she's especially proud of.
"It's crazy because we're not as fast as the guys so we're out there for longer, so we actually have to endure more. We've got the same weight bikes, so I think we're tougher!"
Coming in second in the ladies' race was Casey Brown (CAN), with Lorraine Truong (SUI) taking third.
The Garbanzo DH is one of Crankworx' legendary races - it's been run every year of Crankworx and is known as one of the toughest downhill courses in the world. Descending 3400 vertical feet across seven kilometers of trail, some refer to it as a downhill Enduro race, where no less than 100 per cent will do.
"It's like an adventure coming down," Buchar said after finishing her run as she tried to catch her breath.Women's Results:
- Claire Buchar
- Casey Brown
- Lorraine Truong
- Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas
- Nick Beer
- Mark Wallace
Video highlights of all the action in Whistler will be released on www.crankworx.com.
Online Results: http://www.crankworx.com/whistler/results/2014