Gee Atherton took his third win at the Polygon Air DH at Crankworx this weekend. He is unbeaten in the Event's history, having secured double wins with Rachel in 2012 and 2013. Team-mate Marc Beaumont took 7th place (he previously scored a 6th and a 4th at this event).
Weather conditions in the run up to the race were as unpredictable as ever for les Deux Alpes. There were thunderstorms and Friday’s practice was cancelled due to high winds as slick tracks caught out many riders.
In seeding, Gee laid down an awesome run to put 8 seconds into the rest of the field; Marc took it steady, seeding 18th.
On race day the wind was still high, resulting in many riders opting to go around the famous Giant Air DH jumps. The track had dried out to become bumpy, super-fast, and it remained very steep. This year a new high-speed section had been added, which the riders loved.
Marc’s mechanic, Mark Maurissen said: “That was a man’s track this weekend! GT’s BMX rider Mike Day is here – he said it was the steepest track he had ever ridden!”
Gee was one of the few riders who took the final jump and it paid off for him with his 3rd Air DH victory. Marc opted for caution, skipping the final jump and finishing in 7th place.
Marc commented: “It would have been good to podium here, but Crankworx is always a great weekend. The track was fun and we’ve had a great time.”
Gee said: “I’m stoked to take the win here again – the track was tough!”
GT Factory Racing’s junior rider, Taylor Vernon, also had a successful weekend, taking the win at Pearce Cycles, Bringewood with the fastest time of the day at 2:20.39.
1 Gee Atherton 3.35.62
2 Guillame Cavvin +2.41
3 Brendan Fairclough +2.9
4 Nick Beer +4.15
5 Thibaut Ruffin +4.41
7 Marc Beaumont +4.88