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Gutierrez searches for traction on the dry and dusty DH track at Whistler. Sven Martin photo.

Gutierrez Closes Out Crankworx With A Solid Top-10

21 augustus 2017

The Giant Factory Off-Road Team wrapped up a busy week at Crankworx Whistler with their final race, the Canadian Open DH. Marcelo Gutierrez led the way, posting a sixth-place finish on his Glory Advanced team bike to add to his win in the Garbanzo DH and his podium finish in the Air DH race.

Also representing the squad were Eliot Jackson and Jacob Dickson, who finished 12th and 22nd respectively on the final day of timed racing at Crankworx Whistler. All three riders wore the new Giant Shuttle DH shoe to tackle the DH track at Whistler. 

Racers faced some of the toughest conditions ever seen in the annual Canadian Open race. Extremely dry weather this summer resulted in deep ruts and holes, and traction was almost impossible on the steep, rocky and rooty track.

“Sixth is good, I’m happy with that,” Gutierrez said after his run. “The track was brutally hard. I can say that it felt a little scary, some sections were really destroyed. But this week at Crankworx gave me the confidence that I need for the World Cup finals at Val di Sole. I know now that I can get a good position there.”

Following the Canadian Open race, Gutierrez and his teammates were headed to Italy for the UCI Downhill World Cup Finals next weekend in Val di Sole.