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July 20/11 9:36 am - Crankworx: Blenkinsop and Buchar Win Garbanzo DH

Posted by Editoress on 07/20/11

New Zealand’s Sam Blenkinsop Wins Garbanzo Downhill at Kokanee Crankworx

Whistler Local Claire Buchar Wins Pro Women Category

With only one run to make his mark, Sam Blenkinsop (NZL) made an incredible recovery after hitting a tree to take the Pro Men win in the Garbanzo Downhill with a time of 13:44.52.

“That was hard. I hit a tree and it knocked all the wind out of me,” said an out of breath Blenkinsop at the bottom of the course. “It took me awhile to breath again after I got back on my bike. Compared to this race, the World Cup Downhills feel pretty easy. This is much longer than usual DH races, you can't ride it 100 per cent all the way down.”

Another racer putting on the power, and linking together a good run, was Whistler local Claire Buchar who won the Pro Women’s category with a time of 16:06.68.

The Garbanzo DH is an epic course when the conditions are ideal so the variable conditions the racers had to deal with today made the course extra challenging. Cold and wet conditions up top transitioned to extremely slippery roots and rocks on the mid-mountain and then merged with dry conditions on the bottom. The racers had to constantly adapt to the ever-changing conditions but the weather stayed consistent for the entire race, giving the athletes a level playing field from the first to the last rider.

In the Pro Men category 1st Sam Blenkinsop13:44.52; 2nd Marcelo Gutierrez Villega 13:57.23; 3rd Jack Reading 13:58.44. In the Pro Women category 1st Claire Buchar 16:06.68; 2nd Manon Carpenter 16:13.82; 3rd Miranda Miller 16:55.00. (full results below)

The Garbanzo Downhill is a 3,400’ arm-pumping, finger-cramping, unrelenting descent from the top of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to the valley bottom. The course snakes through some of the most challenging and aggressive terrain available in Whistler.

Course Route
The same course as 2010 was used - Riders start behind the Garbanzo lift hut -> Original Sin (including the uphill section) -> exit Original Sin at the step down/step up tree island on the Dave Murray flats -> proceed down Blue Velvet -> traverse and proceed into In Deep -> after rock face turn left towards Container (FatCrobbat would require a right turn at this point) -> from Container into No Joke/ Duffman -> remain on Duffman until merges with Golden Triangle -> continue on World Cup Singletrack -> Ho Chi Min -> Longhorn -> Monkey Hands -> GLC drops to finish.

Today the action takes air with the legendary Jeep® Air Downhill taking place for the Ams starting at 11:30-3:30pm and the Pros hitting the course 3:30-5:30pm with a live webcast. The village-wide expo and demo zone will be hopping and the sold out Deep Summer Photo Challenge will take place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Download the Official Kokanee Crankworx App to stay in the know as all the action goes down.

All of the action lives on

The next live webcast powered by will be the Jeep® Air DH from 3:30pm-6pm PDT here . Keep up to date on all things Kokanee Crankworx through, and make to follow @crankworx on Twitter.

Pro Women Time Diff
1 Claire Buchar (Can) Kovarik Racing Team 16:06.68 0
2 Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen 16:13.82 7.14
3 Miranda Miller (Can) SRAM/Santa Cruz 16:55.00 48.32
4 Casey Brown (Can) Bern 17:05.21 58.53
5 Katherine Short (Can) Cove Bikes/SOMBRIO 17:29.61 1:22.93
6 Katie Holden (USA) Specialized /SRAM 18:41.65 2:34.97
DNS Danielle Beecroft (Aus) Craftworks Bikes
DNS Sarah Booth (Aus) KONA Factory Team
DNS Rachel Atherton (GBr) Commencal
DNS Adrienne Schneider (USA) Troy Lee Designs
Pro Men
1 Sam Blenkinsop (NZl) Team Lapierre 13:44.52 0
2 Marcel Gutierrez Villegas (Col) CG Racing Brigade 13:57.23 12.71
3 Jack Reading (GBr) Ellsworth/Oneal 13:58.44 13.92
4 Chris Kovarik (Aus) Kovarik Racing Team 14:04.52 20.00
5 Eli Krahenbuhl (USA) Ind 14:07.88 23.36
6 Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Lapierre 14:08.07 23.55
7 Remi Gauvin (Can) PerformX 14:17.85 33.33
8 Tyler Allison (Can) Marzocchi GoPro 14:23.28 38.76
9 Dean Tennant (Can) Dunbar Cycles 14:28.44 43.92
10 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona Factory Team 14:31.65 47.13
11 Paul Stevens (Can) 14:32.88 48.36
12 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco 14:32.94 48.42
13 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci 14:39.62 55.10
14 Shane Gayton (Can) Ind 14:41.13 56.61
15 Kirk Mcdowall (Can) Secret Cycles 14:41.80 57.28
16 Ryan De La Rue (Aus) Fox Shox 14:41.86 57.34
17 Dylan Wolsky (Can) Bike Co/SOMBRIO 14:42.04 57.52
18 Charlton Durie (Aus) Ind 14:45.87 1:01.35
19 Kevin Aiello (USA) KHS Bicycles 14:46.97 1:02.45
20 Chris Johnston (Can) Dunbar Cycles 14:48.36 1:03.84
21 Kurt Lancaster (NZl) Ind 14:55.87 1:11.35
22 Jason Memmelaar (USA) X-Fusion,Intense 14:56.88 1:12.36
23 Trevor Burke (Aus) Banshee 14:59.10 1:14.58
24 Ralph Jones (GBr) Ind 15:01.78 1:17.26
25 Mikey Sylvestri (USA) Specialized 15:06.03 1:21.51
26 Simon Buzacott (Can) Ind 15:10.57 1:26.05
27 Alex Swann (Can) Kona 15:13.87 1:29.35
28 Tim Eaton (Aus) Onya Bike 15:20.62 1:36.10
29 Bernardo Cruz (Bra) Santa Cruz Brazil 15:24.31 1:39.79
30 Jamie Goldman (USA) Syndicate/ Monster 15:25.00 1:40.48
31 Logan Binggeli (USA) KHS Bicycles 15:30.69 1:46.17
32 J.S. Therrien (Can) Trident Sport 15:31.87 1:47.35
33 Mikey Haderer (USA) Corsair 15:32.86 1:48.34
34 Brian Buell (USA) Banshee Bikes 15:34.16 1:49.64
35 Robert Venables (Can) Dunbar Cycles 15:34.80 1:50.28
36 Brett Hornfelt (Can) Blackfoot Direct 15:44.43 1:59.91
37 Rhys Willemse (Aus) Giant Australia 15:47.05 2:02.53
38 Ben Ayling (Can) Ind 15:56.24 2:11.72
39 Taehyeok Kang (Kor) Ind 16:02.04 2:17.52
40 Scott Zecchin (Aus) Ind 16:31.36 2:46.84
41 Andrew Cavaletto (USA) Ind 16:40.95 2:56.43
42 Curtis Keene (USA) Specialized 16:53.14 3:08.62
43 Ronny Renke (Bra) Woohoo Riders 17:03.88 3:19.36
44 Jerry Knight (USA) Big Tree Bikes 17:11.83 3:27.31
45 Brad McRonnell (Aus) Ind 17:17.99 3:33.47
46 James Frost (Can) SRAM Trek 18:05.05 4:20.53
47 Andy Clarke (Aus) Ind 18:49.24 5:04.72
48 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco 18:56.85 5:12.33
49 Mick Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles 23:31.56 9:47.04
DNF Kyle Sangers (Can) Devinci
DNF Michael Daniels (USA) Royal, Marzocchi
DNS Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Specialize
DNS Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal
DNS Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory
DNS Berend Boer (Aus) WMBP Team/Dakin
DNS Kent Hamilton (Aus) Ogio, Deft, ODI
DNS Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory
DNS Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory
DNS Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Specialize
DNS Bryson Martin Jr (USA) Oakley, Marzocchi
DNS Eric Carter (USA) GT Bicycles
DNS Kim Bishop (Aus) Cognition Bicycles
DNS Hyun Kang Seok (Kor) Ind
DNS Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen
DNS Nathan Rankin (Can) Intense
DNS Nic Hadley (USA) Specialized Bingha
DNS Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal
DNS Andre Bretas (Bra) Bike Trilha

Full results all categories


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