Whether you were there watching in person or following along on the live stream, this year’s Canadian open was a nail-biter. With rumors swirling that this would be the last time they use this iconic track for the event, a solid field of riders showed up for one last race. Connor, one of the only pro-riders on flats, dropped into what would be a storming run on the loose and dusty track, finishing in a time of 2:45.88 unseating local favorite Magnus Manson. With just a few riders remaining up top Connor would hold the hot seat until fellow Adelaide, South Australia rider Troy Brosnan dropped in. With three wins in a row under his belt, he put down a solid challenge and would eventually move Connor into second place by just half a second, 0.51 to be precise. Connor sent us through a few words about the race before heading out to the final World Cup round in La Bresse, France this weekend, Scroll down to see what he had to say.
“I really loved the Canadian Open track this year, it was so rough and dry that most of the dirt had just turned into sand. The track is non stop from top to bottom with not many straights longer than a few meters. It’s weird not having a qualifying or seeding run to see how your pace is, you have to just go 110% for the race.”
“I’m usually pretty relaxed for racing but for some reason I was really nervous here. I had a lot of fun on my run and the crowd was epic as always with lots of cheering going on to get us down the hill faster. My run was good and I slotted into 2nd just behind Troy who’s won here four times in a row now… It would have been good to put an end to his streak but I’ll have to try again next year!”
Also of notable mention was young 14 year old Tristan Lemire, who took yet another podium on his 2019 Operator. His youth 13-14 winning time would have been good enough for fourth in the 14-16 category and in the top 30 of the pro men’s field!