Race number four of the 2019 BC Cup Downhill Series presented by Cobotix took place at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC on Sunday, July 21, 2019. As part of the Dunbar Summer Series and Canada Cup, the Kicking Horse Western Open welcomed competitors from both near and far for a fantastic weekend of downhill racing. As a Canada Cup and with Kicking Horse’s close proximity to neighbouring Alberta, there were definitely a lot of riders from wild rose country in attendance but there were also riders present from Ontario, Quebec, and the Yukon.
Samuel Thibault [CNCB-Bolt] of Chambly, Quebec placed 1st in the Elite Men’s division, besting the second-place time of Sechelt, BC’s Magnus Manson [Canyon Factory Racing] by over 9 seconds. Philippe Ricard [Cycles Devinci/OGC/Giro] of Quebec occupied the final spot of the Elite Men’s podium with a 3rd place finish. Rachel Pageau of Chicoutimi, Quebec was the winner among Elite Women, followed in second place by Vanessa Michaud Bouffard from Whistler. View the full results from the 2019 Kicking Horse Western Open (PDF)
The Kicking Horse Western Open is the last BC Cup Race before the 2019 Canadian Downhill MTB Championships which are taking place on July 27th-28th at Panorama Mountain Resort, one of North America’s Top 10 mountains with the most vertical.
After nationals, the BC Cup DH Series will continue and conclude at the Steve Smith Memorial Downhill Race at Mt. Washington Resort on September 15th. As the BC Cup DH Series finale, the series winners will be determined after the race and presented with the 2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix winner’s jersey.