Marcelo Gutierrez and Claire Buchar are your 2015 Garbonzo DH winners. Check out some of the shots inside from the race down Whistler 3400ft.
For 2015, Crankworx changed up the Garbonzo course. Riders were quickly trying to determine which bike to run as many Enduro bikes today are quite capable in teh bike park and offer some improved pedaling efficiency in the flat portions of the trial.
The route selected for the Garbonzo this year started at the top of Garbanzo Chair and went down the road to Chick Pea > Una Moss -> No Joke > Highway 86 > No Joke > Duffman > Golden Triangle > World Cup Single Tack > Ho Chi Min > Long Horn > Monkey Hands. This route was quite different than previous years and gave racers the opportunity to experience more of the mountain that they typically might not focus on.
Taking the win for a second and third year, respectively, the Whistler local and Columbian dynamo both admitted they were not thrilled to see the course change this year, Gutierrez, in particular, having labelled it his favourite course in the world. Nevertheless, neither racer balked at the chance to best their contemporaries, powering down the epic quad-crusher under 30-degree Celsius heat.
“I’m not going to say it was fun because it’s one of those things that’s just so hard you can’t call it fun; but it was gratifying in the end,” said Buchar.
Considerably less technical and flatter, the new course is really the original Garbanzo DH course, a 3400-metre toll-taking test of mountain biking supremacy.
Gutierrez initially tested the course on his downhill bike and made the switch to his enduro rig after the first run. He then spent his entire practice struggling not to get punctures, crossing his fingers he would not flat-out in the race. – Crankworx
Amazingly Marcelo has secured first place in the Garbonzo race an amazing six times. Marcelo is pictured below on his way to victory on his Enduro bike.
Marking a top to bottom run at Whistler is no small feat and there were many tricky lines available for riders to save time on if they carefully studied the course. Mick Hannah pictured below knows his way around the mountain but it wasn’t his day.
His United Ride team mate and sister Tracey Hannah also competed and is always a threat to the podium.
This was a grueling race for all racers but it is a coveted result that many still strive to achieve. You can check out additional photos in the gallery below.
1. Claire Buchar 14:43.15
2. Miranda Miller 14:44.35
3. Anneke Beerten 14:55.87
1. Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas 12:45
2. Chris Kovarik 12:58.24
3. Sam Blenkinsop 13:03.88
Remaining Crankworx LIVE webcast schedule:
- Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Thursday, August 13 7 – 9 p.m. Canada, 4 – 6 a.m. Europe (August 14), 2 – 4 p.m. New Zealand (August 14)
- Giant Dual Slalom Friday, August 14 5-7 p.m. Canada, 2 – 4 a.m. Europe (August 15), noon – 2 p.m. New Zealand (August 15)
- Red Bull Joyride Saturday, August 15 4:30 – 8 p.m. Canada, 1:30 a.m. – 5 a.m. Europe (August 16), 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. New Zealand (August 16)
- Canadian Open DH presented by iXS Sunday, August 16 3 – 5 p.m. Canada, midnight – 2 a.m. Europe (August 17), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New Zealand (August 17)