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Squamish riders rise to the top at Crankworx event

Finn Iles and Andréane Lanthier Nadeau take wins at mountain biking series

Two local mountain bikers took top spots at the Kicking Horse Enduro of the Clif Crankworks Summer Series.

Finn Iles took the overall win in the men’s elite category while Andréane Lanthier Nadeau emerged victorious in the women’s elite division.

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Iles put on a dominating performance getting the best time in three of the four stages.

He emerged with the best overall time of 18:00.17, which was about 27 seconds faster than the second place rider, Kasper Woolley.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life right now,” said Iles in a news release.

“I went a little bit faster on the big, massive pedal because I thought that if I had more time at the top I’d be able to rest and just be ready for the stage...So I was up there and I felt really good. I dropped in, almost crashed within the first three corners because I was a little bit nervous, I was like ‘Don’t blow the lead,’ but after that I sort of settled into my groove and a lot of the stuff was rougher and faster and suited my riding style. Yeah, it was awesome. “

Lanthier Nadeau took the best time in two of the four stages, and emerged with the best overall time of 21:16.42.

She narrowly beat out another popular Squamish rider, Miranda Miller for the gold. Miller had an overall time of 21:16.45.

“I was super happy with the result,” said Lanthier Nadeau in the release. “It’s always cool to have a win. Definitely even cooler just to be building up my form back to racing. I’m really, really thankful that Crankworx is giving us the opportunity to have some races. I think this is going to be life-changing for the B.C. field in the international race scene. I really think that’s important, and that’s so cool.”

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