Irish champ Jacob Dickson blasted his way down one of the longest and toughest downhill tracks around to finish runner-up in the infamous Crankworx Garbanzo DH in Whistler.
Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Dickson scored a podium finish in the Garbanzo Downhill event at this week’s Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival in British Columbia, Canada.
“I was feeling really good on my bike and having so much fun riding in Whistler,” said Dickson.
“My run was really smooth and I just tried to keep the mistakes to a minimum. I’m super happy I got second, 1.6 seconds off first behind a mountain bike legend Sam Hill.”
The Irish national champion put in a strong ride on his Glory Advanced team bike to post one of his best results so far this year, finishing second, less than 2 seconds off the pace of five-time DH world champion Sam Hill.
At more than 7km long, with a vertical drop of about 3500 feet, the Garbanzo DH is more than double the length of a typical World Cup DH course and is considered one of the sport’s toughest challenges.
Dickson raced it for the first time ever last year and finished 12th, showing huge improvement this year.
It’s been a busy week in Canada for Dickson as he also competed in the UCI World Cup in Mont Sant Anne on the opposite side of the country.
The two-time Irish champ took 33rd overall and aims to build on that at the series finale in La Bresse, France on August 24-26.
Greg Callaghan was also racing the Garbanzo DH, but a puncture and derailed chain robbed him of a decent finish, ending up 19th.
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