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LES GETS MUD BATH MAKES HISTORY IN CRANKWORX LES GETS DOWHNILL PRESENTED BY iXS

Rutty, gnarly, slippery awesomeness brings it home in Les Gets

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LES GETS, FRANCE Friday, June 19 — A month of heavy rainfall ending in a day spotted with sun and pounding rain made for a race to remember on the grassy steeps of the Alps Sunday.

French riders Remi THIRION and Morgane CHARRE slipped, slid and managed to keep it rubber-side down just long enough to cross the finish line and secure first place.

“Today it was just the best to stay on the bike… I’ve never seen a condition like this or a track like this. It’s really gnarly, really rutty, really slippery—I’m happy to win it,” said Thirion.

Expressing a similar sentiment, Charre was thrilled with her win, saying she’s never ridden anything like the course in her life.

“I like it. It was slippery and harder to keep a good line. Yeah, I find it fun,” she said.

The Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS was easily the most anticipated race of the five-day inaugural Crankworx festival, in part due to the history of the course and in part because of the unique conditions.

Half the track was a revived version of one of the sports’ most storied races—the 2004 World Championship showdown between Steve PEAT (GBR) and Fabien BAREL (FRA). Despite having retired from both downhill and enduro racing, Barel returned to race and clearly had the crowd in his hand. He was making good time before missing the track, sliding outside the tape ato be disqualified.

The conclusion of this race leaves Adrien LORON (FRA) and Jill KINTNER as the frontrunners for King and Queen of Crankworx. The overall winners of the Crankworx World Tour will be decided in Whistler this August.

Results Men, Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS:

  1. Remi Thirion (FRA)
  2. Brendan Fairclough (GBR)
  3. Jack Moir (AUS)

Results Women, Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS:

  1. Morgane Charre (FRA)
  2. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI)
  3. Tracey Hannah (AUS)

For images of Crankworx Les Gets: Flickr

Media contact:

Jennifer Smith
Communicaitons Manager
Jennifer@Crankworx.com

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UN BAIN DE BOUE: UNE PREMIERE DANS L’HISTOIRE DE LA DESCENTE DU CRANKWORX LES GETS PRESENTEE PAR iXS
 Un festival de glissades pour clôturer la fête

 

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LES GETS, FRANCE  vendredi,19 Juin  — Après un mois de pluie intensive, ce dimanche a laissé place à un temps mitigé pourvu de belles éclaircies, donnant lieu à une course mémorable sur les pentes du Mont Chéry pour cette dernière journée dans les Alpes françaises.

Les riders Morgane CHARRE et Remi THIRION ont su maîtriser le terrain, réussissant après maintes glissades à passer la ligne d’arrivée pour remporter respectivement la victoire.

Aujourd’hui, il fallait juste rester sur son vélo… je n’ai jamais vécu de telles conditions dans une descente. Un bourbier, un sol glissant, des ornières, je suis heureux d’avoir gagné“, affirme THIRION.

CHARRE partage le même avis. Elle est ravie de sa victoire et n’a jamais ridé dans un tel tracé.

C’était glissant et difficile de garder sa trajectoire mais j’ai bien aimé, c’était fun“, ajoute-t-elle.

La Descente du Crankworx Les Gets présentée par iXS était sans nul doute la course la plus attendue de ces 5 jours en cette première édition du Crankworx Les Gets, de part pour son tracé historique mais également pour ses conditions particulières.

En effet, une partie du tracé emprunte la mythique piste des Championnats du Monde 2004, lors desquels se sont affrontés Fabien BAREL (FRA) et Steve PEAT (GBR). Bien que retraité des circuits de DH et d’Enduro, Barel a repris en ce jour le chemin de la compétition avec un public acquis à sa cause. Bien placé aux temps intermédiaires, il est sorti du tracé en fin de course, emportant le balisage, ce qui a conduit à sa disqualification.

Résultats Hommes :

  1. Remi Thirion (FRA)
  2. Brendan Fairclough (GBR)
  3. Jack Moir (AUS)

Résultats Femmes :

  1. Morgane Charre (FRA)
  2. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI)
  3. Tracey Hannah (AUS)

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