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Beatty grabs B.C. Cup downhill title

Prochazka, Allison showing speed runs in families


Whistler’s Jeff Beatty won the Elite Men’s downhill at Mount Washington last weekend and grabbed the B.C. Cup downhill title for the season.

Beatty’s time of 4:12.20 was 6.5 seconds faster than runner up Geoff Pendrell. Mike Jones was third.

Downhill and cross-country mountain bikers were at Mount Washington last weekend, as the Island Throwdown served as the B.C. Cup Finals for the second year in a row.

The sons of two former downhill ski racers from Whistler showed that a love for speed runs in families, as Alex Prochazka and Tyler Allison picked up silver and bronze medals in the Under 15 downhill at Mount Washington.

Prochazka finished second – despite losing his goggles out of the start, stopping to ask for a re-start, having his request turned down, and then continuing on. Even though he was second on the day Prochazka still won the B.C. Cup series Under 15 downhill title.

Tyler Allison was third in the downhill, and finished second to Prochazka in the final series standings.

Allison was also second in the Under 15 cross-country race and second in the B.C. Cup final standings in cross-country.

Other local riders in the Under 15 downhill were Nick Geddes, who finished fourth, to go along with his fourth place finish in the cross-country race, and Simon D’Artois, who was 15 th .

Whistler’s Brandon Semenuk was third in the Under 15 cross-country race.

Tyler Allison’s father, Bob, was third in the 40+ Expert Men’s cross-country race, 3:18 behind winner Michael Judge. Tim Daechsel was second. Whistler’s Mike Charuk was sixth.

In the Senior Expert Men’s category Dustin Gordon was fourth, three minutes off the pace set by winner Trevor Jones.

Trevor Hopkins was second in the 30-39 Expert Men’s class, 4:25 behind winner Ryan Oliver.

John Wong was fourth in the 30+ Sport division.

The Elite Men’s cross-country race was won by veteran Andreas Hestler, who finished 1:27 ahead of Matt Martindill. Squamish rider Ryan Edwards was third, 4:27 off Hestler’s pace.

Wendy Simms won the Elite Women’s cross-country race. Squamish’s Meghan Kindree was third, 3:20 behind Simms.

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