22 Aug 2017

The Garbanzo DH is one of the longest downhill races in the world; it blurs the line between downhill and a monster gravity enduro stage as riders tackle 6.5km of Whistler gnar descending a vertical kilometre to finish with the world's worst arm pump. Attracting a special breed of masochists from EWS racers to World Cup downhillers, this race is tough for everyone.

Queensland’s Tracey Hannah is having an all-time World Cup season as well as winning several Crankworx downhill events, but Garbo had been on her list for some time, “It’s kind of a goal of mine, and for the last two years, I’ve been getting closer and closer to the Canadian girls. So to finally take the win is exciting.”

Another win for Tracey Hannah

Colombian downhill racer Marcelo Guitierrez Villegas won the men’s race for the fifth time in a row. “I think it’s just Sam, Jack and me just keep trying the hardest,” he said. “People just kind of give up, but me I’m just loving it. Sometimes people ask me what’s my favourite track in the world and I answer Garbo. I am just loving it all.”

Marcello Guttierrez on his way to the win.
Credit: Fraser Britton

Jack Moir from Morriset, NSW is also having a great UCI World Cup season, currently 5th in the overall standings. He’s also known for his endurance, having claimed top 10 finishes at the first two Enduro World Series rounds in Rotorua and Derby. He finished 16 seconds behind Marcelo which was good enough for 3rd, behind New Zealand’s Sam Blenkinsop.

Jack Moir rides the In Deep chute on his Intense 29er DH bike
Sam Blenkinsop takes the high line on his enduro bike.

Aussie downhiller, now Whistler local, Chris Kovarik finished 5th and Canberra’s Timmy Eaton finished inside the top 20. Fellow Canberian, 16 year old Kye A’Hern finished 2nd in U17 men behind Pemberton local Lucas Cruz, with a time that would’ve seen him scrape in just behind Eaton into 20th in Elite.

Youth 15-16 men, 2nd: Kye A’Hern

Pro Men:

1. Marcelo Guitierrez Villegas (COL) 12:21.19
2. Sam Blenkinsop (NZL) 12:27.36
3. Jack Moir (AUS) 12:37.13
4. Eddie Masters (NZL) 12:39.04
5. Chris Kovarik (AUS) 12:40.62

19. Tim Eaton (AUS)
27. Ben Dengate (AUS)
28. Matthew McCorkell (AUS)
41. Dave Habicht (AUS)

Pro Women:

1. Tracey Hannah (AUS) 14:04.96
2. Claire Buchar (CAN) 14:17.94
3. Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI) 14:22.29
4. Miranda Miller (CAN) 14:32.87
5. Georgia Astler (CAN) 15:19.64

Elite Men/Women Podium

Full results can be found here.