Quentin Derbier used his four cross and DH skills to come out on top in the Dual Climb Event. Photo: Stef Cand
The Cannondale Dual Climb was the first event of the inaugural Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. First place and 1500? went to Frenchman and Grenoble local Quentin Derbier.
“This was an original race format that made you switch between the 26″ and 29″ bike,” says Derbier. “You had to be really powerful and explosive. I changed the gear on that last steep rise but mainly stayed on the same one for the whole race.”
The 1.7-mile long course required racers to negotiate nearly 2,300-feet of vertical drop on the 26″ and 29″ mountain bikes. Cannondale provided rigs for the riders and the 29″ bike showed its merits with a faster ascent, while the 26″ proved to be more maneuverable on the descent for many athletes.
The unique format required two runs from each athlete; a run on a 26″ bike and a run on a 29″ bike for each ladder. Derbier combined his four cross skills with his lengthy background in downhill to finish with the fastest time. Second place and 1000? was awarded to Australian downhill rider Mick Hannah, and third place and 750? was awarded to enduro specialist and Alsace local, Jerome Clementz. The results show the Cannondale Dual Climb truly tested the riding genres of each of the competitors. ?
Cannondale Dual Climb Results
1. Quentin Derbier
2. Michael Hannah
3. Jerome Clementz
4. Bernard Kerr
Bernard Kerr (left) goes head to head with Quentin Derbier. Photo: Stef Cand
Next up on on the Les 2 Alpes’ schedule of events is the Giant Air DH, supported by Fox on Wednesday, July 11. After today’s qualifications runs, Gee Atherton is ranked first; followed by New Zealand’s Sam Blenkinsop and France’s Aurelien Giordanengo. Tomorrow’s finals will consist of top ranked female Rachel Atherton in a field of seven girls while the men’s line-up will have 94 riders racing for the top spot.
Gee Atherton grabbed the number one spot in Giant Air DH Qualifying. Photo: Stef Cand
Aure?lien Giordanengo of France qualified third. Photo: Stef Cand
After finishing second in the Dual Climb, Mick Hannah qualified 6th in the Giant DH Air. Photo: Stef Cand
Giant Air DH Qualifying Results
1. Rachel Atherton (GBR) 5:31:71
2. Tracy Hannah (AUS) +0.15
3. Tahne?e Seagrave (FRA) +22.11
1. Gee Atherton (GBR) 4:36.17
2. Sam Blenkinsop (NZL) +4.38
3. Aure?lien Giordanengo (FRA) +6.33