Casey Brown flies around the corner on her way to a commanding victory in the Canadian Open Downhill at the Whistler Crankworx festival on Sunday

Casey Brown flies around the corner on her way to a commanding victory in the Canadian Open Downhill at the Whistler Crankworx festival on Sunday

Casey Brown dominates at Crankworx; heads off to world championships

Revelstoke's Casey Brown named Queen of Crankworx. She will be competing at World Championships in Austria next weekend.

Revelstoke’s Casey Brown will be heading to the World Mountain Biking Championships in Austria next week, hot on the heels of two big wins at Whistler’s Crankworx festival last week.

Brown won the gruelling Garbanzo downhill race and the Canadian Open downhill race at Crankworx. The victories earned her the prestigious title of Queen of Crankworx and cemented her rise to the top of Canadian women downhill mountain biking.

Brown kicked off Crankworx on Sunday, Aug. 12, with a win in the 12 kilometre long Garbanzo downhill race. She edged out Miranda Miller and Claire Buchar, with a time of 14:28.74 to take top spot.

She followed that up with a fourth place finish in the Air Downhill on Aug. 14.

However, she saved the best for last with a dominant win in the Canadian Open downhill race on Sunday, Aug. 19, the final day of the competition. There, she rocketed down the course in a time of 3:15.28 – nearly 10 seconds ahead of runner up Buchar, the bronze medalist at last year’s world championships.

The victories were a latest in a string of successes for Brown. Earlier this summer the 22-year-old won the Canadian Downhill Championships at Mont Ste. Anne, Quebec.

Brown will be heading to the UCI World Mountain Biking Championships in Salzburg, Austria, next week, where she will look to improve on her 12th place finish from last year. She races in the downhill on Sunday, Sept. 2.