Canadian downhill national championships are back at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for another year and, after a hot day of dusty practice laps and seeding runs, riders are getting ready for Sunday’s finals. Dunbar Summer Series is two races deep, just this week, and ready to hand out the maple leaf sleeves for this weekend’s top riders.
While riders squeeze in their last practice laps and finalize lines, check out Saturday activities from KHMR nationals.
All photos by Niall Pinder
Practice: 2022 Canadian DH national championships
Kicking Horse is scenic, but steep slab shelves and drops keep racers eyes on course.
Rachel Pageau is back from an overseas racing block to take top seeding time in the elite women's race at KHMR.
Gracey Hemstreet has a string of wins this year on the World Cup circuit. She'll be looking to challenge Emmy Lan for the junior women's title on Sunday.
KHMR is steep and fast in section, and very dusty and technical in others
Off cabre loose corners got the better of several riders
Hopefully the dust made for a soft impact?
Steep rocks into tight corners. oof.
Pits are busy as racers dial in lines for Sunday's finals!
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort meets Dunbar Summer Series
Pageau set the fastest elite women's seeding time, with Bailey Goldstone close behind.
Gabe Neron topped the men's ranks. It'll be a fierce battle on Sunday.
Emmy Lan continued to post the fastest junior women's times
Tegan Cruz is back at Dunbar Summer Series with the fastest junior men's time.
Rob Venables is a crucial supporter and sponsor of the Dunbar Summer Series. He's also one of the fastest racers around
A lot of happy riders on the mountain Saturday
World Cup racer Seth Sherlock is stoked for the race.
Brett Tippie and his assitant riling up the crowd at Kicking Horse