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CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES CANADA – QUEBEC CITY: DUAL SLALOM RACE RECAP AT MONT-SAINTE-ANNE

The final day of Crankworx Summer Series Canada – Quebec City, and a wrap of the Crankworx Summer Series Canada at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Bas Van Steenbergen goes three for three, taking home the gold medal for Dual Slalom at Mont-Sainte-Anne, as well as becoming the Crankworx Summer Series Canada Men’s Champion, and Shealen Reno has won the gold medal for the Dual Slalom event as well as becoming the Crankworx Summer Series Canada Women’s Champion. In addition to the event prize money they have earned throughout the series, they each have earned an overall series prize purse of $2,000 CAD.

Crankworx Summer Series Canada Men’s Champion racing head-to-head with Quebec local rider, Jean Lefrancois. | Photographer: Etienne Dionne

It was tight racing throughout the event day, many of the match-ups within three tenths of a second between the two. Riders were battling it out to find out who would be named the fastest on the course. Top finisher of the open women’s category, Shealen Reno, started the race day with very low expectations after tearing her PCL from a dirt jumping crash the day before.

Shealen Reno going beast mode with an injured knee. We’re stoked for you but now it’s time to chill, ok, Shealen?! | Photographer: Etienne Dionne

“Because of the injury, I came in with super low expectations,” Reno commented on how she was able to give it the gas during her race runs despite her injury. “I was pedaling around in the parking lot to see if I could even do that. I was playing it literally minute by minute. Then I tried a few practice laps and that felt ok, and planned to not pedal and just pump. Then it got to race time, and I decided not to think about the injury. My mind was telling me ‘no’ but my body was telling me to ‘go’.”

The gold medal match-up for the Open Men’s category was Bas Van Steenbergen against Quebec rider, Jean Lefrancois. Lefrancois fought a hard battle but in the end, Bas took the top position by 1 second.

“It was a really fun track and provided a good amount of technical riding,” The Crankworx Summer Series Canada Men’s Champion said of the last racetrack of the series. “The faster you went, the harder it became to hit it clean and do different lines through it. It’s pretty much everything you can ask for in a dual slalom course. The flat corners were fun it was great to have a big sweeping corner at the start that you had a lot of speed into. You had to really manage your speed into it which was awesome and then you had the classic slalom flat corners. There was some different lines in there so I think that was awesome and it would be sick to see that more.”

Predominantly a slopestyle rider, James Angiulo, showed the fans he’s got plenty of other skills in his repertoire winning the bronze for the Open Men’s category of Dual Slalom racetrack at Mont-Sainte-Anne. | Photographer: Etienne Dionne

Third place on the Open Men’s category podium was American, James Angiulo, the Crankworx Summer Series – Quebec City Slopestyle gold medalist. Two local Quebec riders took second and third place positions of the Open Women’s podium. Gabrielle Simoneau absolutely boosted in the small finals against Kayjay Rooke winning by a 3 second advantage. Mont-Sainte-Anne local Maude Drolet battled it out hard with the Crankworx Summer Series Canada Women’s Champion. Not bad for her first time doing a mountain bike race and keeping the reigning champ on her toes.

“There were a lot of people out here today, come to see us and cheer us on. You can really hear the cheering and it’s encouraging when you’re on the race track.” – Maude Drolet | Photographer: Etienne Dionne

“I crashed once in my first run of the finals,” Maude said of her race runs against Shealen. “It was getting a bit slippery at the end and everyone was giving it their all, and it’s really intimidating. There was only four of us at the top in the end so the intimidation was real. On the second run I still gave it my all, but I made a mistake at the start of the second run which didn’t help my time. It was overall really fun, Shealen is really cool and I’m really happy for her.”

That concludes the Quebec City stop as well as the overall 2022 Crankworx Summer Series Canada, and many of the Quebec riders are hungry for more to come next summer. “I’ll be back next year for sure,” Jean Lefrancois said of his experience at the Quebec City stop of the Crankworx Summer Series Canada. “I think this summer series stop was perfect. At the beginning, my friends and I were skeptical because of the five different locations, but then once you are there, it was so fun and it ended up being sick to check out the riding at all these different places. Next year, I’m going to bring more people from my town Bromont and get as many friends as I can to register to race.”

Crankworx Summer Series Canada – Quebec City: Dual Slalom Results:

CWNEXT U15 Category:

  1. Zak Pare (CAN)
  2. Theo Bedard (CAN)
  3. Charles-Vincent Gaudreault (CAN)

CWNEXT U17 Category:

  1. Xavier Letendre (CAN)
  2. Charles Paradis (CAN)
  3. Sean Hughes (CAN)

CWNEXT U19 Category:

  1. Will Curry (CAN)
  2. Brody Laker (CAN)
  3. Jacob Nault (CAN)

Open Category:

  1. Shealen Reno (USA) // Bas Van Steenbergen (CAN)
  2. Maude Drolet (CAN) // Jonathan Lefrancois (CAN)
  3. Gabrielle Simoneau (CAN) // James Angiulo (CAN)

Full results: crankworx.com/results/

Additional Event Images: Flickr

About Crankworx Summer Series Canada:

The Crankworx Summer Series Canada is bringing Crankworx-caliber racing, with a grassroots vibe, to Canadian destinations outside the Crankworx World Tour. Summer Series festivals bring together seasoned pros, pinned locals, top amateurs, and up-and-coming youngsters, while attracting top riders keen to mix, mingle, and drop in. In 2022, the Crankworx Summer Series Canada will take flight from two Canadian destinations, bringing together riding communities in the country’s West and East. July 28-31, the Crankworx Summer Series Canada – SilverStar Bike Park will kick off the action from British Columbia. September 1-5, the action heads East with the Crankworx Summer Series Canada – Quebec City.

For additional information, visit Crankworx.com.

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