Posted by Editoress on 07/19/16
The 2016 Canada Cup Downhill series moved out West to Panorama, BC, for the third round on Sunday, with new winners in both the men's and women's categories. Georgia Astle of Whistler, BC, took the women's win, while Kirk McDowall (Dunbar Cycles) of Anmore, BC, was the men's winner.
Panorama has hosted multiple Canada Cups and national championships in the past, and is known for its rough, rooty and dusty run.
In the women's race, Astle, riding in her first Canada Cup race of the season, won with a time of 3:57.92, finishing 5.22 seconds ahead of Claire Buchar of Whistler, BC. Vaea Verbeeck (Rocky Mountain/Hope Tech) finished third, 19.98 seconds back. Kyleigh Stewart (Liv Giant Canada) was the top Junior woman, with a time fast enough for fourth among the Elite women.
Skye Follas of Fergus, Ontario, continues to lead the overall standings, despite not attending Panorama, after finishing first and second in the first two rounds. Follas, a Junior rider, has 375 points, followed by Nicole Soulsby of Vancouver, BC, is second in the standings with 330 points, followed by Sarah Konefal (Equipe Laferte/Trou du Diable) of Montreal, Quebec, at 295 points.
In the men's race, McDowall finished with a time of 3:18.58, 3.76 seconds ahead of Forrest Riesco (Intense/Fox/Raceface/Ryders) of Gibsons, BC. Matthew Beer (OGC/Intense/Fox) of North Vancouver, BC, was third, 5.38 seconds behind. Magnus Manson (Devinci Global Racing) of Schelt, BC, was the top Junior at 3:24.87, a time fast enough for fourth in Elite men.
Hugo Langevin (Cycles Performance) of Bromont, Quebec, leads the men's standings with 444 points, after winning the first two rounds. Sidney Slotegraaf (Dunbar Cycles/Transition) of Squamish, BC is second with 415 points, followed by Junior-aged Adam Robbins (Eastern States Cup North American Downhill Team) of London, Ontario, in third, at 355 points.
The Canada Cup Downhill series concludes in Whistler, BC, with the fourth and final event, on August 20th.
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