July 31, 2012 (Panorama, BC) – Canada’s young downhill talent made a strong statement at the second and final Canada DH Cup at Panorama Resort, BC, this past weekend. Junior expert Mark Wallace (Devinci) took the top spot in the combined elite/junior field and secured the overall title, while fellow junior expert Forrest Riesco came in third.
PerformX Young Guns Commencal’s Remi Gauvin (BC) finished in second position and was the top elite on the day. Rounding out the top five were junior expert McKay Vezina (Pivot) in fourth and elite rider, Adriano Digiacinto (Specialized), in fifth.
“I almost threw it away in the first corner, but it just started to get better after that,” Wallace told Pedal. The young speed king also became the 2012 National Champion earlier this year. “It was fun, really rough, and few spots you had to carry your speed through. It was good.”
The Canada Cup course, located in the beautiful mountain setting of Panorama Resort, was buffed more than previous years – a change welcomed by most riders as it offered more speed and flow. However, as training progressed it became as rough as ever, challenging riders’ line selections and strategy.
On the women’s side, elite Danice Uyesugi (CNN/Intense) topped the field and took home the Canada DH Cup overall title, followed by Kristen Courtney (AdrenalineRacer/ToWheels) in second, Miranda Miller (Santa Cruz) third, Vaea Verbeeck (Independent) fourth and Jamie Hill (Santa Cruz) fifth.
“The course was super fun, I loved it,” said Uyesugi. “It was just lots of corners, and loose and fast…nothing really too crazy on it, I loved it.”
The Canada DH Cup finale was combined with the 5th stop of the BC Cup. The event went smoothly under sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Complete results will be posted HERE.
1. Mark Wallace* (BC) Devinci 3:15:16
2. Remi Gauvin (BC) PerformX Young Guns 3:17:44
3. Forrest Riesco* (BC) Cycling BC 3:20:61
4. McKay Vezina (AL) Newbury Park Bike Shop 3:21:88
5. Adriano Digiacinto (BC) Bryson Racing Clan 3:22:35
1. Danice Uyesugi (BC) CCN/Intense 3:51:43
2. Kristen Courtney (ON) AdrenalineRacer/ToWheels 3:53:73
3. Miranda Miller (BC) Cycling BC/SRAM/Santa Cruz 3:53:75
4. Vaea Verbeeck (QC) 3:59:71
5. Jamie Hill (BC) CCN/Troy Lee Designs/Santa Cruz 3:59:90
Danice Uyesugi 2012 Canada Cup #2 DH Winner and Overall Champion
Remi Gauvin 2012 Canada Cup #2/BC Cup Men’s Elite winner
JMark Wallace Canada Cup Men’s Overall Champion 2012