Monster Energy’s Troy Brosnan (AUS) has taken home the win at the Crankworx Les Gets Downhill for the second year in a row.
The track in Les Gets is legendary. Having hosted the World Championships in 2004, it is still loved by riders worldwide for it’s incredibly high speeds, drifty grass turns and steep technical sections near the bottom. Ridden under perfect conditions this week, the stage was set for a spectacular race against some of France’s hometown heroes.
The young Aussie, Brosnan took home the victory and bested his own time from last year by two seconds, despite a catastrophic near miss toward the bottom of the track. After making up time in section after section of the track and finally turning the split timing green, Brosnan blew his hand off the bars on a gap and somehow maintained control while hanging onto basically only his brake lever.
“This is a track that I love riding and doing heaps of runs on it, said Brosnan. I didn't stop all week! I was actually feeling pretty fatigued on that run, but I was loving it. We just came here to have fun so to get the win is just a bonus! The top of the track was blown so I knew I had to just hit everything good. Once I got to the woods I opened it up to go as fast as I could. When I got to the bottom I had a really relaxed grip and hit a big hole and my hand blew off the bars. I kind of held the brake lever a little bit and got it back on, but it got loose and wild. It didn't really slow me down, but I thought I was going to crash and hurt myself. To come down and get the win, I’m just really stoked. Getting the win is a big confidence boost and something I will hold onto going into Val Di Sole.”
Sam Reynolds (GBR) took home another podium finish this week hot on the heels of his silver at the Innsbruck round earlier this month. Reynolds took bronze in the speed and style event, which will boost his overall ranking and should set the stage for an exciting finish come a month from now at the final top of the Crankworx tour in Whistler, Canada.
Canada’s Mark Wallace rode to an 11th place finish in the downhill alongside Brosnan. Brendan Fairclough (GBR) took part in both the downhill and pump track events. In the pump track Fairclough went out in round 16 to eventual winner Keegan Wright. In the downhill he drifted his way into 15th place.
Next up Brosnan now heads to the Val di Sole to compete in the next round of the World Cup July 6-8.