Air Gabanzo has built up a strong reputation as one of the world’s toughest downhill race, a vertical marathon of 3,400m from top-to-bottom, the equivalent of racing four world cup tracks back-to-back, with some traversing put in for good measure. The Garbanzo DH course snakes through some of the most aggressive terrain the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has; it’s a leg-busting stand-up-and-pedal test-piece.
To win you need as much stamina as you do finesse and Steve Smith finally put his demons to rest by putting a solid run together, after failing to even finish in the top ten for the past three years. He took 1st place away from Marcello Gutierrez, who spent the majority of the time in the hot seat. Mountain biking legend and Aussie pinner, Chris Kovarik did enough to claim 3rd. It was also a Canadian 1, 2, 3 as Casey Brown also put in a solid effort to beat Miranda Miller and Claire Buchar to take the top step, much to her surprise.
Crankworx takes a small break for today, but is back tomorrow for the Whip-Off Worlds on the top of Whistler Mountain, on Crabapple Hits.
Don't forget, we'll be live from teh Red Bull Joyride this weekend as well as some other Crankworx events this week, to be announced very soon. Keep an eye on extreme.com/live for more info.