The invasion of World Cup riders like Sam Hill put the Mount 7 Pyschosis podium out of reach for most riders, but Whistler racers still finished with medals.
The Mount 7 Psychosis is one of the longest and steepest downhill races in the world, following a trail that drops about 1,200 metres in 5 km.
Whistler’s Tyler Morland finished third this year after winning the previous three years. He placed behind World Cup champion Hill of Australia, and fellow Cove Sram rider Steve Smith. Hill killed the course with a time of 12 minutes and 49 seconds, Smith came in at 13:01.27, and Morland at 13:12.40.
J.S. Therrien placed 12 th in 14:34.60, Chad Onyschuk 23 rd in 15:17.13 out of a field of 60 starters.
Whistler’s Claire Buchar was the top woman in 16:53.65, well ahead of Margaret Degrace in 17:15.11, and Michelle Dumaresq in 20:17.37.
Kevin Phelps once again dominated the hardtail category, finishing the course ijn 15:12.27. Trevor Lumley was second in 17:25.02, and Yoshito Tsuji of Whistler third in 21:49.74.
In the sport women’s race, Kari Mancer was second in 22:59.50, while Aimee Dunn placed fourth in 24:53.95.
There was also a shorter race for riders that did not want to do the top section of the course, which features a steep fall line groove down through some alpine shale.
Found names for Gearjammer
In last week’s coverage of the Squamish Gearjammer, we missed a few Whistler riders.
Scott Brunning placed 48 th overall and second in the Male 50 to 59 category for the 47 km race in 3:10:47.
Yojiro Hiki placed ninth in Male 20 to 29 in a time of 3:44:18.
Chris Susko was 25 th in Male 35 to 39 in 3:46:43.
Ru Mehta placed 30 th in the same category in 4:01:15.
Dann Greenway was 10 th in Male 20 to 29 in 4:02:06.
Larry Falcon placed 14 th in Male 45 to 49 in 4:02:19.
Parry Pollock was 32 nd in Male 35 to 39 in 4:02:54.
Penny Cameron was first in Female 40 to 44 in 4:06:42.
Mike Hawes was second in Male 60 and Over in 4:09:32.
Jung Park placed 11 th in Male 20 to 29 in 4:17:02.