French and English came together on the Callaghan Creek on Saturday night, July 16.
Whistlerites Raphael Boudreault-Simard, who originally hails from Quebec City, and Ric Moxon, of Manchester, England, teamed up to capture the Callaghan Creek Race by 15 seconds. The team bested 25 others for the victory.
Boudreault-Simard said he and Moxon spent the two days before the race game-planning their route before executing it to near perfection when they needed to do so.
"We went down here two days ago and then we just played around. We did everything we could that wasn't fast and we just explored the river. We went around those different rocks and tried a lot of different things because we get stuck in our different habits and do the same thing all the time," he said. "Out of that exploration, (on Friday), Ric and I did a lap together and decided all those different tricks - left of that rock, right of that rock. We just basically decided our lines based on all that exploration we did the day before."
Moxon, meanwhile, said the best thing about finishing first was that it guaranteed they were faster than all their biggest rivals.
"It wasn't so much about winning. It was about beating your friends," Moxon said with a laugh.
The race was their second together after winning the Gordon Creek Race on Vancouver Island back in March.
"Me and Rapha raced this spring on the Gordon and did pretty well there so we'll keep the team going. We go the same pace, we can hold the same lines and keep moving at a good speed," he said.
For more, see Thursday's edition of Pique.
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