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Local mountain bikers continue to shine at downhill nationals

Jackson goldstone, Tegan Cruz and Finn Iles continue their impressive seasons at the Downhill National Championships at Kicking Horse
Jackson Goldstone
Jackson Goldstone competing at the Crankworx event in Innsbruck, Austria in June.

The Sea to Sky corridor was well represented at the Dunbar Summer Series Downhill Nationals in Kicking Horse two weeks ago.

One team, racing for Instinct Development, showed out at the event, with multiple riders winning their categories and many others finishing top 10, according to one of Instinct’s coaches, Stephen Shore.

Among Instinct’s winners were Whistler locals Anthony Shelly and Cami Bragg, who finished first in the U15 men’s and women’s events, respectively.

Adding to the impressive day for Instinct Racing were Whistler’s Ethan Donohoe and Dylan Marino, who finished seventh and eighth in the UCI U17 expert men category and Jake Polito, also from Whistler, who finished fourth in the U17 Sport Men’s category.

However, the members of the Instinct Racing team weren’t the only locals to have success. Fourteen other Sea to Sky racers hit the podium in Kicking Horse.

Among the first-place finishers were Pemberton’s Finn Iles and Tegan Cruz, who won the UCI pro/elite Men’s and UCI U17 expert men’s categories, respectively, and Squamish’s Jackson Goldstone, who took gold in the UCI junior expert category.

Other top finishers included Floyd Guy, who had a second-place finish in U15 men’s; Zach Stratton and Jack MacLeod, who placed second and third in U17 men’s action, respectively; Ryan Griffith, who finished third in UCI expert men’s; and Marcus Goguen, who earned a second-place finish in UCI junior expert.

As for the women, a trio of Squamish riders, including Kayley Sherlock (UCI U17 women), Lily Boucher (UCI junior women) and Miranda Miller (UCI pro/elite women), all came away with second-place finishes.

And last but not least, Whistler’s Georgia Astle also hit the podium with a third-place finish in the UCI pro/elite women’s category.