With restrictions in place due to the global pandemic, Crankworx reimagined its event this year to create a made-for-TV format featuring a select group of top pro racers. Vezina, a Canadian, is one of 25 athletes competing in the three-round series being held at the Canadian mountain resorts SilverStar, Kicking Horse and Sun Peaks from July 27-August 14. All the race action can be viewed live on the Crankworx website.
Vezina started off strong at SilverStar, culminating his week with a fourth-place finish in the Air DH on his Reign Advanced Pro 29. He also used the Reign Advanced Pro 29 for the Enduro race along with the Glory Advanced downhill for the DH and his Anthem XC bike for the Dual Slalom. He finished seventh in all three of those races.
“Week one of the Crankworx Summer Series was awesome,” Vezina said. “We raced four times in five days. I struggled a bit at the beginning of the week to find my top-end speed again, especially after such a long break from racing. However, I started to find my stride and snagged fourth in the Air DH on Friday and am currently sitting fifth overall after week one.”
Wright Wins in Australia
Racing close to home in Australia, Giant Factory Off-Road Team XC rider Cameron Wright won the Shimano MTB Grand Prix on his Anthem Advanced Pro 29. The four-hour marathon race was a change of pace for Wright, who typically focuses on Olympic distance XC events, but he was able to win the men’s solo race, which was held on an 8km circuit in Logan City, Queensland.
“I knew it would be a game of pacing and some tactics would be needed to come out on top,” said Wright, who wore the Giant Rev Pro helmet and Charge Pro XC shoes to take the win. “After three hours and 45 minutes, we entered our last lap and another rider made an attack. Knowing there was a bit of time before the next open section of the course, I sat in and waited for the right time and then made my move. I gave every watt I had, off the front and head down, no looking back. I’m so thankful for the Fox Live Valve on my Anthem Advanced Pro 29, which helped me save energy to come out on top.”