Dual Slalom is not where you would expect a Factory Downhill racer to thrive, but with a background in BMX racing that’s exactly what Lucas Cruz has been able to do through 2 weeks of the Crankworx Summer Series.
After picking up bronze at Silver Star, the Pemberton local took the win on a wet, loose and “hectic” track in week two at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
In the first bracket, Lucas rubbed elbows with teammate Elliot Jamieson, sneaking out the win by only 0.83 seconds, the smallest margin of victory faced until the gold medal round.
After taking out an enduro rider in Rhys Verner and a Dual Slalom specialist in Bas van Steenbergen, it was an all DH matchup in the final against Mark Wallace. Lucas started the heat in the faster lane, taking a 0.8 second advantage, and in the second heat used some flat-corner prowess to stay on the wheels of Wallace and hold on for a 0.65 second margin of victory.
“I was just hoping to pick up where I left off last week with the third place. I knew I had a little bit of skill in there, but everyone is working so hard to compete you have to do the same,” said Cruz while catching his breath after closing out the gold on the live broadcast.
The Clif Crankworx Summer Series concludes next week at the Sun Peaks Bike Park outside of Kamloops, BC. Hit Crankworx.com for more information on the remainder of the series.
Photography by Clint Trahan and Chris Pilling.
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