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Baker, Whiteman, Buchar, Gracia and Morland among top riders; 17-year-old BMX star takes slopestyle

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Schley said his best trick was a suicide no-hander off the road gap. "I’m pretty proud of that, and I think that’s what probably got me into the finals."

B.C. Downhill Championships

Whistler riders ruled on final day of the competition in the inaugural B.C. Downhill Championships, a new event created and sanctioned by Cycling B.C.

Brook Baker and Tyler Morland took the top spots in the pro elite category of the downhill race to win the first ever provincial titles, holding off some of the top riders in the province as well as a few World Cup competitors.

More than 110 riders took part in the event, taking on the windy, technical 3.8 km Whistler Downhill Course.

Baker’s time of 4:12.55 – and average speed of 54.17 km/h – was almost 50 seconds faster than the next rider, Pip Parr, who finished in 4:59.96. Kristina Martinez was third in 5:03.76.

"I’m just super stoked with my ride, it was a good effort for me," said Baker.

She spent the time before her ride staying cool in the shade, hanging out with her trainer, then tried to relax as much as possible on the course.

"I didn’t really pedal that much, a bit at the beginning to get some speed in the trees, but after that I just rode it out. Knowing the course definitely helped out," she said.

In the men’s pro elite race, Morland spent the last half of the race in the hot seat, waiting to see if any of the 28 riders in the race could better his time of 3:31.56 – an average speed of 64.66 km/h.

Although a few riders with the national team, Brant Lyon and Kyle Guay came close with times of 3:32.48 and 3:35.96 respectively, Morland was still in the hot seat at the end of the race.

"It feels good to come out ahead," he said. "I’ve raced against these guys all year, we’ve battled it out and sometimes they’ve come out on top, so it was definitely good to win."

Morland said he rode conservatively because the course was pretty worked in by the time it was his turn to ride, and he knew a small mistake could cost him the provincial title.

Morland hopes to build on this win over the rest of the season, and hopes to kick it up a notch at the national level next year.

"August is a big month for racing, so hopefully I can keep it consistent and finish off the year with a few good rides," he said. "One year always leads to the next, so yeah, I’m definitely looking at next year, being more active in Canada Cup and World Cup races. I’m going to keep riding, keep trying to get better, and we’ll see what happens."