Brian Lopes and Anne Caroline Chausson takes 1st in Crankorx Air DH
Marzocchi wants it all! USA rider Brian Lopes claims sixth Carnkworx Air DH Win and the French rider Anne Caroline Chausson (winner in Enduro race and Garbanzo DH) takes 1st in Air DH. Superpower!
WHISTLER, BC, August 11, 2010 – The Air DH took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with over 381 competitors ripping down the most famous DH course in the world, A-Line.
Brian Lopes continued his reign in the No. 1 spot with a sixth (fifth in a row) Air DH title, scoring the fastest time of the day at 4:15.69. The Air DH field housed many current UCI World Cup riders and also saw a few previous World Cup riders reach the podium.
The Air DH course runs the entire length of A-Line, finishing at the base of the Bike Park with the legendary GLC Drop. A-Line is arguably the most celebrated DH course in mountain biking, with nearly 50 jumps on the course. A-Line is the benchmark all DH courses strive to emulate.
“It was definitely a fast course today compared to last year,” said Leslie Tomlinson, event announcer and mountain bike Olympian. “The dry conditions definitely contributed to the faster times.” Lopes’ time was nearly 5 seconds faster this year.
“I knew I had to get on the pedals today,” said Lopes. “It was super rough in the middle but I knew I had to put together a good run.” Lopes (USA), claimed first with a time of 4:15.69 and dedicated his win to Oakley Senior Executive Steve Blick’s son, Tyler who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia; Samuel Blenkinsop (NZL) took second place with a time of 4:16.17; Gee Atherton (GBR), took third place with a time of 4:18.48.
In the Pro Women category, Anne Caro Chausson (FRA) was able to hold off current world champ Emmeline Ragot (FRA) to take the top spot with a time of 4:38.21; Rachel Atherton (GBR) took third with a time of 4:41.15.