logo-sponsor-sram
logo-sponsor-maxxis
logo-sponsor-clif
logo-sponsor-rockshox
specialized

DOWN BUT WAY LESS DIRTY FOR CRANWORX LES GETS DOWNHILL presented by iXS

Australian brings the heat alongside French downhill superstar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Les Gets, FRANCE; Saturday, June 17 —Hot, loose conditions combined with the wide turns, steep woods and a crazy grass section unseen on any other modern track gave the Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS a race worthy of its legendary course status.

With a stacked field of both men and women on deck, Myriam “Ponpon” Nicole (FRA) sailed through the finish line for her first Crankworx win in two years, over a woman well-accustomed to the hot, dry conditions, Tracey Hannah (AUS).

But the story of the night was last year’s Canadian Open Downhill presented by iXS champion Troy Brosnan (AUS), whose slick maneuvers through the technical, steep, rooty woods rip left everyone, including top pros, like Greg Minnaar, and his 70 podium finishes, in the dust.

“It was really fast at the top, and in the middle section, in the woods, you were kind of picking your lines and holding speed—that’s where I really excelled. Then down at the bottom, it was back to wide open track. So you’re just flat out—it’s a really hard one,” said Brosnan.

The course has hosted World Cups, but earned infamy as the 2004 World Championship track on which Steve Peat handed rival Fabien Barel a big win after falling within sight of the finish line. Both Barel and Peat were on course Saturday, Peat competing from retirement on his 43rd birthday.

“Having all these legends here, ones that have won on this track back in the day, World Champs and all that, and to have riders from the World Cups that are really fast, made me definitely pretty nervous,” Brosnan said.

The course conditions did work in his favour, proving quite similar to the hot, dry heat that brought him his last Crankworx win in Whistler. It was a little harder for young gun Loris Vergier (FRA), who came in off a first, second, third streak on the World Cup circuit, in Lourdes, Fort William, and Leogang, respectively.

“I think the grass part was sketchy to race. It’s just old school and we’re not used to it. But the middle part is really good and we need that kind of track on the World Cup,” he said.

Battling her weakness, the corners, Nicole had her sketchy moments herself, coming unclipped going into the road gap, and only narrowly managed to secure her footing before hitting the road gap.

“It’s such a good track and everything was perfect,” she said, noting she was here last year, though she couldn’t race, due to injury. She won this event in 2015, when it was held at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes.

 

Nicole was over five seconds up on third place finisher Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI), who said she took on the course a bit too hard at the top, not anticipating the amount it had dried out since practice earlier in the morning.

Siegenthaler took second in the mudfest that was this race in 2016.

“It was way easier this time. Our times are two minutes faster, so it was rough on your arms and stuff, but last year was almost impossible to stay on,” she said.

“This year it got really rough towards the end because it didn’t rain and lots of people are practicing on it. So there’s lots of holes and brake bumps. But it’s all about braking holes and bumps in downhills… It was very good.”

Crankworx Les Gets Pump Downhill presented by iXS final standings, Pro Men:

  1. Troy Brosnan (AUS) 3:02.83
  2. Loris Vergier (FRA) 3:03.72
  3. Greg Minnaar (RSA) 3:03.78
  4. Bernard Kerr (GBR) 3:03.92
  5. George Brannigan (NZL) 3:04.39

Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS final standings, Pro Women:

  1. Myriam Nicole 3:25.70
  2. Tracey Hannah AUS 3:27.42
  3. Emilie Siegenthaler SUI 3:31.18
  4. Manon Carpenter (GBR) 3:31.49
  5. Jill Kintner (USA) 3:32.34

The Crankworx European doubleheader is broadcasting LIVE from Europe this week and next.

All four events in the quest for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle are broadcast LIVE on all your devices exclusively on Red Bull TV. The Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle and Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda are the final events of each festival. The broadcast times are:

LIVE on Crankworx.com and Pinkbike.com this week and next:

 

Media kit: http://bit.ly/2jZhu0x
Crankworx Les Gets images: Flickr Albums
Image databank: http://bit.ly/2rGUTGL
Video News Release: http://bit.ly/2rqv8uY

Media contact:
Jennifer Smith
Crankworx Communications
Phone: 604-848-8801
Jennifer@Crankworx.com
Location: Whistler, British Columbia (PST)

Photos (above 1): Myriam ‘Ponpon’ Nicole (FRA) on the Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS course Saturday evening.

Phots (above2, inset): Troy Brosnan (AUS) sails around the corner where George Brannigan (NZL) tored down the tape and nearly came off course.

The Crankworx World Tour drops into the next dimension, where gravity knows no bounds. Four stops, one infinite space for creativity. Rotorua, New Zealand. Les Gets, France. Innsbruck, Austria—and home to its Canadian home of Whistler, British Columbia. Push the perception of what’s possible and charge into the unimaginable.

Shaping the Next Dimension

Crankworx.com

Crankworx Cairns: pre-game adventures and wishes for “djurri guri”

October 3, 2022

COMING TO CRANKWORX CAIRNS? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

October 3, 2022

CRANKWORX ROTORUA: GET AMONGST THE ACTION AT THE FINAL STOP OF THE 2022 WORLD TOUR

September 27, 2022

RIDER REGISTRATION OPENS FOR CRANKWORX ROTORUA, AS NEW EVENTS AND TRACKS TAKE SHAPE

September 20, 2022

Aussie Local Caroline Buchanan Has Been Sending It Ahead of Crankworx Cairns

September 16, 2022

Nicholi Rogatkin is Hungry for Another Crankworx Slopestyle Win

September 16, 2022

RIDER LISTS RELEASE FOR CRANKWORX CAIRNS 2022

September 14, 2022

Crankworx Cairns Preliminary Rider Lists Are Here

September 14, 2022

CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES CANADA 2022: BAS VAN STEENBERGEN & SHEALEN RENO WIN THE SERIES OVERALL

September 13, 2022

Tāne’s Playground: The Special Importance of Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest

September 6, 2022

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

September 6, 2022

CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES CANADA – QUEBEC CITY: AIR DH RACE RECAP AT VALLEE BRAS-DU-NORD

September 4, 2022

CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES CANADA – QUEBEC CITY: BRONZE-LEVEL SLOPESTYLE COMPETITION RECAP

September 3, 2022

THERE’S STILL TIME TO BUY YOUR FESTIVAL PASS, REGISTER FOR EVENTS OR VOLUNTEER FOR CRANKWORX CAIRNS

September 1, 2022

COURSE UPDATE: Here’s How Things Are Looking 5 Weeks Out From Crankworx Cairns

August 31, 2022

COMING TO CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES CANADA – QUEBEC CITY? HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FINAL STOP OF THE 2022 SERIES

August 31, 2022
More Crankworx News