Downhill from here for Gravity Racers

The Seven Summits Gravity Racing Team carried its momentum into a pair of B.C. Cup Downhill races this month

The Seven Summits Gravity Racing Team (SSGRT) carried its momentum into a pair of B.C. Cup Downhill races this month with strong performances at the Canadian Downhill Championship on Sun Peaks Ski Hill in Kamloops on July 12, and at Panarama for the B.C./Canada Cup July 18-19.

Rossland’s Keegan Fry kept a firm grip on a potential B.C. Cup overall podium finish, after placing third at Sun Peaks in a time of 4:17.37 in the U-17 downhill. Fry’s finish goes along with a second place ride at Whistler, fourth in Kamloops, and fifth at Silver Star to put him in contention for a top-three finish in overall points going into the final race in Fernie next month.

Rossland’s Aaron Finke was just five seconds back of Fry to take fifth place, his best result of the series, while Jonathon Rollins crossed the line in 10th spot, Jacob Tooke came in 11th and J.T. Bjarnason 16th in U-17.

In the Junior Sports Men’s category Trail’s Max Nutini raced to a respectable seventh place finish.

The race also featured UCI World Cup Champion Steve Smith who reportedly still finished second after suffering a fall on the steep and technical course.

“I’m very happy with the team performance to this point in the year,” said manager Ian Finke. “Sun Peaks and Panarama featured a very high caliber of racing and having our local athletes exposed to that kind of talent provides some good insights into what it takes to compete at a high level.”

The Panarama downhill was even more gnarly than the Sun Peaks, with a strong cast of world-class racers including Australian and world number-four ranked Troy Bronson.

“This course was by far the toughest of the year so far,” said Finke. “One comment I heard was that it was as close to a World Cup course as you will see on this circuit.”

The course took its toll on at least one SSGRT rider, as Gavin Patterson suffered a training run crash that put him out of the race on Sunday, however, the other riders picked up the slack. Nutini raced to a season-best fourth place finish and Logan Marringer cracked the top-five in U-15 Sport, with Isaac Tebulte coming seventh. In U-17, Aaron Finke had another top-10, finishing in ninth spot.

“Our Kootenay riders have been representing our area extremely well all year and it has been very satisfying for the coaches and myself to see them continue to grow and improve race after race.”

The team will wrap up the BC Cup circuit in the final race of the season in Fernie on Aug. 30, but in the meantime SSGRT riders will hit the familiar home trails of the Seven Summits for the Rubberhead Enduro Race this weekend.

Just Posted

A living wage sets a higher standard than the minimum wage; it is what a family needs to earn to provide the basic needs based on the actual costs of living in a community.
Fruitvale now a living wage employer

“I’m really excited that Fruitvale is leading the charge for municipalities locally,” Morissette said.

Rotary eClub of Waneta Sunshine, alongside members from the Kootenay Native Plant Society and Trail Wildlife Association, joined together for a day of planting at Fort Shepherd. The Waneta Sunshine eClub was granted funds through an Express Grant from District 5080 to plant 50 shrubs which support pollinator opportunities at Fort Shepherd. Photos: Submitted
Kootenay conservation partners plant pollinator ‘superfoods’ at Fort Shepherd

TLC welcomes community groups to Fort Shepherd who would like to help local ecosystems thrive

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

A volunteer delivers food to families as part of a West Kootenay EcoSociety program. Photo: Submitted
Farms to Friends delivers 2,500th bag of food to families in need

The program services communities in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum speaks at a press conference in August 2019 about provincial government approval of the city’s change to a municipal force, joined by councillors (from left) Mandeep Nagra, Allison Patton and Doug Elford. Members of the National Police Federation claim there is still no transition plan in place although Surrey RCMP’s contract with the city is due to end March 31.(File photo)
Elections BC approves petition application for referendum on Surrey policing transition

Application was filed under Recall and Initiative Act by the widow of a Surrey murder victim

(Black Press Media stock photo)
RCMP name 2015 homicide victim near Creston, investigation ongoing

26-year-old Clint Wolfleg was found dead in a private residence on May 31, 2015

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko, a Vancouver lawyer, has been suspended from practice for two months after admitting that his firm mismanaged $44,353.19 in client trust funds. (Acumen Law)
High-profile B.C. lawyer suspended over $44K in mismanaged client trust funds

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko admits he failed to supervise his staff and find or report the shortages

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Goggling double-dog motorcycle sidecar brings smiles to B.C. commuters

Athena and Venus are all teeth and smiles from their Harley-Davidson sidecar

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
B.C. casino workers laid off during pandemic launch class-action lawsuit

Notice of civil claim filed in Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo against Great Canadian Gaming

Most Read