ANDREW NEETHLING Wins Pro Mens Category
WHISTLER, BC July 21, 2011 â€“ The JeepÂ® Air Downhill took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with over 344 competitors ripping down the most famous DH course in the world, A-Line. Brian Lopes was dethroned from his reign as king with South Africaâ€™s Andrew Neethling taking over top spot ending Lopesâ€™ streak of five wins in a row, scoring the fastest time of the day at 4:13.34.
The Air DH course runs the entire length of A-Line, finishing at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with the legendary GLC Drop. A-Line is arguably the most celebrated DH course in mountain biking, with nearly 50 jumps on the course. A-Line is the benchmark all DH courses strive to emulate. â€œAlthough the cold weather wasnâ€™t ideal for the fans, the course couldnâ€™t have been in better condition.â€ said Tristan Merrick, event announcer. â€œThe course conditions were pretty tacky. A lot of the riders felt like their bikes were on rails.â€
Andrew Neethling (RSA), claimed first with a time of 4:13.34; Brian Lopes (USA) took second place with a time of 4:14.28; Mick Hannah (AUS), took third place with a time of 4:17.22.
In the Pro Women category, Anne Caroline Chausson (FRA), claimed first with a time of 4:33.16; Jill Kintner (USA) took second place with a time of 4:40.98; Sarah Leishman (CAN) took third place with a time of 4:42.48.
Tomorrow is a huge day at Kokanee Crankworx with the Red Bull Joyride Qualifiers followed by the Teva Best Trick Showdown and live webcast powered by Freecaster.tv starting at 4-6:30pm. Then the action will move up the mountain to the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by Rock Shox. This exciting event will be webcast from 7:30pm to 10pm.
The village-wide expo and demo zone will be hopping and make sure to check out the â€œJeepÂ® Rocks and Roads course in Lot 2 where visitors will be able to experience the vehicle’s unparalleled capabilities while manipulating obstacles that demonstrate the wild ride that only JeepÂ® can deliver. The course and on-road test drive includes a stability ramp, a boulder crawl, a log pile and a 16 foot dirt mountain to demonstrate traction. The test drive area will run until July 24 from 10am to 6pm.
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About Kokanee Crankworx
The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the worldâ€™s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.