Muscles ached, dust flew and riders ripped at the 11th annual Garbanzo DH yesterday. One of the longest DH races in competition, the Garbo course spans 7 kilometers over 11 of Whistler’s best DH trails, descending a terrifying 1007 meters that the world’s best cover in about 12 and a half minutes. Throw in a lot of dust, loose rocks and narrow shoots, and you begin to understand just how difficult this course can be.
This year, two past Garbo champs were crowned winners, with defending champ Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas taking first in the men’s contest with a course record time of 12:24.65 and Whistler local Claire Buchar taking the women’s top spot in 14:22.64.
Top finishers in the men’s and women’s race:
1. Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas
2. Nick Beer
3. Mark Wallace
1. Claire Buchar
2. Casey Brown
3. Lorraine Truong