Lopes may have quit World Cup racing but he’s still got the speed. No Atherton’s, Hill or Peat on the start list for this one. Here’s the official low down on the hoe down.
WHISTLER, BC, August 13, 2008- The Jim Beam Air Downhill took over the Whistler Mountain Bike Park today with over 300 competitors racing in the one-run format on the famed A-Line course. Brian Lopes of Laguna Beach, CA was the fastest competitor for the third straight year finishing with a time of 4:22.10 – 1.32 seconds faster than the rest of the field.
The Jim Beam Air Downhill runs the length of A-Line over the GLC Drops into the village.
With nearly 100 jumps on-course, A-Line is the most celebrated and well-known downhill trail in mountain biking.
“A-Line is a really great trail to ride, but when it comes to racing on it, you need to be on point,” says Brian Lopes, Jim Beam Air Downhill winner.
“It’s a technical race and with the level of riders here, every mistake counts.”
Lopes claimed first with a time of 4:22.10; Greg Minnaar of Murrieta, CA took second place with a time of 4:23.42; Chris Kovarik of Whistler, BC took third place with a time of 4:27.60; and Marc Beaumont of Craven Arms, UK took fourth place with a time of 4:28.77.
Full results here.
Lopes wins the Jim Beam Air Downhill