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Thursday, August 18, 2016

SRAM | RockShox riders Miller and Gutierrez take top honors in brutal Garbanzo Downhill

The Garbanzo Downhill at Crankworx is a tough test of rider and bike that’s almost three times the length of a World Cup race. Some riders almost collapse at the finish line — almost all of them need some water and a few minutes to collect themselves before talking to anyone.

For Miranda Miller and Marcelo Gutierrez it wasn’t different, except their smiles were bigger and their eyes were brighter for having clocked the fastest times. Miller, who rode a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, SRAM X0 DH hubsRockShox BoXXer World Cup fork with a Vivid Air R2C shockAvid Code brakes, and a TRUVATIV bar and stem equipped Specialized S-Works Demo 8 to the win, told the Crankworx crowd that she “really wanted this one.” Later, she quietly admitted that she “felt pretty terrible for the majority of it.” But pushing through feeling terrible got her the top step of the podium.

 

Marcelo Gutierrez had a day that was even more challenging. A season marked by injury and results not up to his goals had him questioning what he would be able to do in the Garbanzo. As he warmed up for his race run, he felt that something “just wasn’t right” — that there was some power missing from his legs. But the Colombian owns the Garbanzo DH. His worst finish here was 2nd. And when he crossed the line with a time that was eight seconds faster than his closest competitor, he took home his fourth consecutive Garbanzo win.

Marcelo’s Giant Glory was equipped with a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, SRAM X0 Hubs, RockShox BoXXer World Cup fork with Vivid R2C shockAvid Code brakes, and a TRUVATIV bar and stem. To capitalize on the Garbanzo’s pedaling sections, Gutierrez also used a RockShox Reverb dropper post.

- Photos by Sven Martin 

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