Colorado resident Stephan Davoust, who lives in Durango, led the way with two top-five finishes including a bronze medal in the elite men’s short track event. The 24-year-old also finished fifth in the elite men’s cross-country.
“It was another great weekend racing with the Giant Factory Off-Road Team,” said Davoust, who raced his Anthem Advanced Pro 29 team bike along with the Giant Rev helmet and Charge Pro shoes. “I am beside myself that I was able to pull a fifth and third in the XC and STXC respectively. The course really suited me and my Anthem Advanced Pro 29. It was high elevation and had some fun technical sections with rocks and roots. It was an awesome racing atmosphere with so many people cheering.”
In other cross-country racing, Davoust’s teammate Cole Paton, competing in the Under-23 men's category, finished fourth in the short-track and 12th in the XC race, while Carl Decker finished second in the elite men’s singlespeed category. Giant was also represented by other riders in the downhill and enduro events.
Meanwhile, north of the border, McKay Vezina was racing for the Giant Factory Off-Road Team at the Canadian Mountain Bike National Championships enduro event in Panorama, British Columbia. Racing his Reign Advanced team bike, Vezina scored the bronze medal in the elite men’s race.
“It was a tough weekend for me,” Vezina said. “I wasn’t able to put together the day I was hoping for due to a few big crashes on the first stage, but I was able to pull from way back and finish up in third place. Nationals was one of my main goals for the season so for it not to pan out the way I had hoped really hurts, but it also lit the fire to have a great race at the upcoming Whistler EWS event.”