UNSTOPPABLE BRIAN LOPES WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE AIR DH AT KOKANEE CRANKWORX 2009
The Air DH took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with over 340 competitors ripping down the most well known DH course on the planet, A-Line. Oakley Factory Pilot, Brian Lopes continued his reign in the No. 1 spot with a fourth straight Air DH title, scoring the fastest time of the day by a full 3 seconds coming in at 4:20:45.
The Air DH course runs the length of A-Line, finishing at the base of the Bike Park with the legendary show-off zone, the GLC Drops. Widely recognized as the most celebrated DH course in mountain biking, with nearly 100 jumps on the course, A-Line is the benchmark all DH courses strive to meet. “This is a hard race, it can’t be compared to any other race on the world cup circuit or anywhere,” says Stacey Kohut, event announcer and Air DH competitor. After a late morning rain shower the course was dust free, tacky and fast, making for an incredible race top to bottom. This race gets harder every year, everyone is gunning for you,” says Lopes. “The rain made it a little slick in some corners but I relied on my fitness and tried to put a smooth run together.” Lopes (USA) OAKLEY, claimed first with a time of 4:20.45; Chris Kovarik (AUS) took second place with a time of 4:23.48; and Andrew Neethling (RSA) OAKLEY, took third place with a time of 4:24.42.In the Pro Women category, Fionn Griffiths (GBR), took the top spot with a time of 4:50.71; and Jill Kintner (USA) OAKLEY took second with a time of 4:51.71.
The Air DH was the highlight of day 5 at Kokanee Crankworx 2009. Day 6 of the eight day Crankworx Festival includes the VW Trick Showdown in the Boneyard, including the live webcast of the event at 5:20pm online at www.Crankworx.com. For more detailed results and event information please visit www.Crankworx.com