46th Annual Winter Olympics
Gatorback Cycle Park
November 21-25th, 2017
The 46th Annual running of the Winter Olympics kicked off this past week at the iconic Gatorback Cycle Park. This unique event features 2 race tracks, Supercross during the first half of the week, followed by the outdoor Motocross portion of the event. At the end of the week these scores are combined to crown the overall Olympiad. The unpredictable Florida weather hindered the schedule this week, cancelling racing for the entire day of Thanksgiving, ultimately causing the promotors to cut LCQ’s out of the event, making for a cut-throat make-it-or-break-it sense of urgency each moto.
In the A/Pro classes, Garrett Marchbanks won the 450 Pro Sport in both SX and MX, this also being his debut race in the A class! Brazilian, Enzo Lopes, was also on fire in the first half of the week with a 250 Pro Sport win in SX, yet Enzo having a bad get-off ended up unable to finish out the week. In the B class and still new to the 250f transition, Stilez Robertson was killing it with a 250 B Limited SX championship, along with a handful of podium finishes. Oklahoma’s Jesse Flock was also a contender in the B class all week with a 450 B Limited SX title. JJ Jarvis was riding great in the Girls and Women’s classes as well, taking the gold in SX and MX in the Girls Sr. class, and just missing the top spot in the Women’s 14+ with 2 second place finishes, though she was chipping away at the leader each lap, but ran out of time during the reduced number of laps due to the rain delay during the week. In the SuperMini class, Jeremy Ryan claimed the SuperMini 2 (13-16) class title in the MX half of the week. John Grewe took a permanent residency on the podium this week! John won 10 of his 12 motos, wrapping up all 4 Overall Olympiad titles in the 35+, 40+, 45+, and 50+. At the end of the week John was given the Vet Masters Award, with the only blemish on his record was having the 35+ SX gold medal taken by RedDog Timmy Ferry.
Congratulations to all finishers and champions! Below is a list of Fox team top 3 results, along with a link to full event results.
Photo credit: Jacob Souder - @hbmotoco
1st PLACE – CHAMPION
Garrett Marchbanks – 450 A / Pro Sport (SX/MX Olympiad)
Enzo Lopes – 250 Pro Sport (SX)
Stilez Robertson – 250 B Limited (SX)
Jesse Flock – 250 B (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 2 (13-16) (MX)
Jordan Jarvis – Girls Sr. (12-16) (SX/MX Olympiad)
Timmy Ferry – 35+ (SX)
John Grewe – 35+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 40+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 45+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 50+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
** John Grewe – Vet Masters Award **
Stilez Robertson – 250 B (SX)
Stilez Robertson – SchoolBoy 2 (13-16) (SX)
Jesse Flock – 450 B (SX/MX Olympiad)
Marco Cannella - College (16-24) (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jordan Jarvis – Women 14+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jesse Flock – SchoolBoy 2 (13-16) (SX)
Jesse Flock 450 B (MX)
Welcome to Cairns! This Australian track is unlike any other so far this year year: very, very fast, super loose, and due to the dry weather, more dusty than ever with some tough pedaling sections which made it extremely physical too!
Loïc Bruni, 1st Place!
Just over a year ago, Loïc Bruni won his first ever World Cup on this track, so he was well aware of what could be possible here. The local crowd were cheering for hometown hero Mick Hannah, who stayed on the hot seat for much of the day, and looked as if he had possibly done enough to take the title. Unfortunately for the Aussies, Loïc became 'Super Bruni' again and laid down a superlative run to take the lead by only .039 of a second. Nobody was able to go faster, and the time stood, making Loic World Champion for his second time in his short career!
He said: “It's unbelievable, I worked so hard all year and the luck was on my side today! My team-mate Miranda did it in the women's category just before, so I just followed her lead. It's incredible, the run was crazy, it was super loose so I didn't know what to expect because I knew Mick was super fast. So when I saw I was in front of him I was super happy but still super stressed out about the other guys so to hold on until the end was insane!”
Loris Vergier, 7th
Close friend Loris Vergier was the first to congratulate Loic, and was pretty stoked with his 7th place as well: “I felt really bad on the top sections the whole week and I was just hoping for a top 10. 7th is great for me! I though Mick had the title already, but when I saw Loïc beat him, it was unreal. It's always good to see him winning!”
Connor Fearon, 24th
After missing the two last World Cups because of injury, the Aussie hoped to be back to 100% in time for World Champs. He gave his best even if he wasn't completely recovered: “It was too soon to ride 100% but I'm still happy with how I rode. I've had surgery on my hand only 6 weeks ago so I couldn't expect too much. I can't wait to be back healthy to ride my bike and start preparing for next season!”
Tahnee Seagrave, 11th
Two days before finals, she was the fastest during timed training. Deciding to risk it all in pursuit of the title she pushed too hard in the unpredictable dusty conditions and crashed: “I pushed a bit too much today and crashed... This race was mental! I'm glad the other girls pushed so hard as well, we all wanted the title so much. I don't mean it's nice to see everybody going down, but the fact we were all so competitive was awesome!”.
Finn Iles, 10th Junior Mens
After winning six World Cups this year and wearing the rainbow stripes from last years World Champs win, Finn Iles was feeling the pressure on his shoulders to prove once again he can be the fastest rider of his generation. Unfortunately, a few things went wrong on race day: “I felt really good during my last practice run, but just before my race run, I realised I had forgotten my goggles and I had to borrow one of the commissaire's sunglasses. I still knew I could do a good time even under these conditions, and I knew that Matt Walker had done a very good time before my run, but I made two big mistakes and lost way too much time. I tried to go too fast and paid the price!”
It was a great year for the Fox 2017 Gravity team. The 2017 DH season is now over and 2018 will start on the 21st - 22nd of April in Lošinj, Croatia for another intense year!
*All of the Fox DH team riders wear the proven Rampage Pro Carbon helmet and Flexair gear.