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Clinton Fowler, Brian Onofrichuck and Kris Jamieson topped the Master Amateur Men 30-Plus group, while the top three in Senior Amateur Men 19 to 29 were Mike Dekoning, Guy Gibbs and Kyle Quesnel.


Lopes, Chausson take reworked Canadian Open Enduro

The Canadian Open Enduro took place on Sunday with a whole new format - five timed descents around Whistler, Blackcomb and Lost Lake Park. Riders had to pedal and push their bikes up to the start lines, and were limited to one bike and one set of tires for the event.

Brian Lopes, never one to shy away from a climb, had the lowest combined time for the men, 2:31.38. He was followed by Nicolas Vouilloz of France in 2:31.92 and Remy Absalon of France in 2:33.94. Whistler's Matt Ryan and Dylan Wolsky were ninth and 10th, Jesse Melamed 12th and Dave Burch 18th. Danny MacAskill, the now world famous trials rider, also gave it a shot, placing 21st.

Anne Caroline Chausson - winner of the Jeep Air Downhill - led the women in 2:45.74. She was followed by Whistler's Fanny Paquette in 3:06.54 and Jacqueline Harmony of the U.S. in 3:07.07. Whistler's Joanna Harrington finished just off the podium with a 3:08.58. Whistler's Katrina Strand was sixth in 3:10.06.

There was a solid turnout with almost 120 riders taking part.

In Amateur Women 19-Plus, Whistler's Carrie Meltzer was first in 3:18.11, followed by Marilyn Manso in 3:24.27 and Sarah Olner in 3:31.35.

Jack Iles took the Boys 13 to 15 in 3:05.84, followed by Galen Carter in 3:06.90.

Max Houtzager of the U.S. took the Junior Men 16 to 18 in 2:55.56, followed by Richard Holmes in 3:05.32.

Devon Lyons of the U.S. topped the Master Amateur Men 30-Plus race in 2:46.82, followed by Australian Joel Robinson in 2:47.21 and Canadian Kris Atkinson in 2:48.84. Local riders Todd Hellinga and Rob McSkimming were sixth and seventh to round out the top 10.

Whistler's Shane Gayton was first in Senior Amateur Men 19 to 29 in 2:39.82, followed by Australian Luke Garside in 2:42.58 and Ben Hoffmann in 2:43.98.


New champion crowned for Air Downhill

The Jeep Air Downhill is one of the longest running events at Crankworx. Going from top to bottom of the A-Line course on Whistler Mountain, the course features over 100 jumps, drops and berms, with competitors carrying a lot of speed and a lot of air the whole way.

Brian Lopes had won the event for five years running coming into 2011, but this year it was Andrew Neethling of South Africa who had the top run. He finished the course in 4:13.34. Lopes was second in 4:14.28 and Mick Hannah of Australia third in 4:17.22. Nanaimo's Steve Smith, who won the Canadian Open Downhill and is ranked fourth on the World Cup circuit, was the top Canadian, in fifth place, with local rider Ian Morrison placing one spot back in sixth. Chris Kovarik, an Australian who lives part-time in Whistler with wife Claire Buchar, placed 10th.

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