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Images from the 2019 rankworx Whistler Garbanzo Downhill in Whistler, Canada.

Mitch Ropelato Wins Garbanzo Downhill at Crankworx Whistler

Aug 102019

Monster Energy’s Mitch Ropelato (USA) has taken home the win in the Garbanzo Downhill competition at Crankworx Whistler.

The Garbanzo DH is one of the longest traditional downhill runs on earth. Starting at the top Whistler’s Garbanzo chair, the trail uses some of the bike park’s most iconic trails including Original Sin featuring steep rock rolls, In Deep’s one and only rooty terrain, and Longhorn’s distinctive speed-boosting berms on the World Cup Singletrack. At over seven-km in length as it drops 1180m, riders have to fight through the arm pump and the hand pain just make it to the finish, let alone take the win on its most aggressive terrain.

Ropelato managed a time of 12:36.68, a huge accomplishment for a rider who just decided to switch his focus back to downhill this year after a few years trying out the enduro scene.  


“I just went fast and sold my Soul on the pedals!” Laughed the 27-year old American after catching his breath. “I decided to change my focus back to World Cups and downhill in general this year, and my training is finally paying off. I really wanted the win today to get this week off to a good start. I’m firkin’ stoked!” 


Ropelato has a busy week ahead with the Air DH, the Canadian Open downhill and Dual Slalom still to come at Crankworx Whistler between now and August 18th.