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Harvest Motocross draws a crowd

Local rider takes A Class title

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Shane Wiebe may be one of the top up and coming motocross racers in the province, but Whistler’s Shaun Greenaway had something else going for him Sunday – patience.

For the second straight year the Green River Riding Club in Pemberton hosted a stop of the CMA Golden Harvest Series, with motocross categories for kids, women, amateurs and pro-am riders.

The turnout eclipsed the previous year with more than a 100 riders coming out, as well as over 300 spectators on the sidelines.

Greenaway, one of the event organizers and a spokesperson for the GRRC, was amazed by how well the weekend went for the club – and for himself.

"It was just amazing, it had the feel of being a real pro-am kind of event, but you also still had the feeling of being in the mountains with the whole community out to support you," he said.

"The women’s field was huge, which was great to see, and the riders came from all over to be here. The pit was full, the campsite was overflowing, people were staying in town at hotels, and coming in to Whistler to ride the bike park one day and race motocross the next.

"They went away happy, too, I can tell you that. I heard a lot of comments over the weekend about the track and the competition, and none of them were negative. There are still a few things we can do better, but for a second-year event organized by a small club, it was really pretty professional."

Greenaway estimates that he and the other volunteers put more than 50 hours of work into the track in recent weeks.

"We’d get it perfect, then it would rain and we would have to start again, but for the race day it was great. It held up perfectly for the early races… and we kind of designed it to get a little tougher as the day went on and as it got tracked out, and that definitely took a few people out," he said.

Greenaway said he was helped to first place by the fact that one of the top riders, Adam Robarts of Burnaby, crashed in a qualifying run and injured his shoulder. After that his main competition looked to be Shane Wiebe of Abbotsford, a young rider who has his own track at home, and whose parents also have a place in Whistler.

In the first of two races Greenaway said he just tried to stay on Wiebe’s tail, come away with second place and turn up the pace on the second race, which is worth more in the final standings. Greenaway then battled Wiebe every step of the second race, hoping his endurance would pay off against youth. On the fifth lap Wiebe made an error and cartwheeled over his handlebars. By the time he was up and running again, he was in last place.

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