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Canadian Downhill Championships


Canadian Downhill Championships

The Panorama Mountain resort hosted the annual Canadian National Downhill Championships last weekend where the best gravity racers in the country dropped in to race for the coveted championship sleeve.  The Panorama Bike park is located three hours southwest of Calgary, Alberta and is surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Purcell Mountains.

Following in the footsteps of Canadian Downhill legends, former Junior World Cup champion, Finn Iles was hoping to earn his first Elite Canadian National Championship.  Previous Fox Racing athletes who have earned the prestigious Maple Leaf sleeve were Stevie Smith (2013, 2014) and Magnus Manson (2018).


Starting the weekend with the fastest qualifying time of the day, Finn Iles was on pace to secure his first Canadian Championship on Sunday.  Having a hot and cold World Cup season thus far, Iles is becoming more comfortable with the pressures of the Elite circuit at every race and would apply those skills at Panorama.  Narrowly edging out the field for the top spot, Iles will now down the Canadian Champion sleeve at the remainder of the World Cup circuit as well as represent Canada at the UCI World DH Championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne later this summer.


Elite Men:

1st – Finn Iles (2:57.12)

2nd – Kirk McDowall (2.57.85)

3rd – Magnus Manson (2:57.95)

Junior Development rider Seth Sherlock of Squamish, BC arrived to Panorama fresh off his best Junior World Cup podium finish and carried that momentum into his first Canadian Junior Men Championship and will now represent the Canadian sleeve at the UCI Junior World Cup DH Championship at Mont-Sainte-Anne.


Junior Men:

1st – Seth Sherlock (3:01.25)

2nd – Ellior Jamieson (3:03.13)

3rd – Milton McConville (3:04.69)

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