Rider shines on world stage

Ryan De La Rue races around a bend in the Air DH race at the Crankworx mountain bike festival.

COLAC’S Ryan De La Rue has acquitted himself as one of the world’s top downhill mountain bikers.

De La Rue, 23, contested the pro class at the world-renowned Crankworx mountain bike festival at Whistler, Canada, with a 16th-placed finish in the Garbanzo DH his best result.

Speaking to the Colac Herald from Canada, De La Rue said he was happy with his results in his second year at the event.

“Crankworx is all done and dusted. It was a pretty crazy week, I had three downhill races in four days and they were all really tough in different ways,” he said.

“I was pretty stoked to be in the top 20 in pro at an international race, the Garbanzo DH, it’s really hard to know how hard to push on a 14-minute track because you can’t go at 100 per cent for that long. I had a solid run with no crashes and ended up coming 16th.”

The Canadian Open DH gave De La Rue a chance to show his aerial skills in front of hundreds of riding fans before finishing 43rd in a tight finish.

Mountain bike rider Ryan De La Rue holds his nerve crossing Hecklers Rock, where a crowd of topless spectators cheered him on.

“Coming into the infamous Hecklers Rock was crazy, there were around 200 screaming fans, half of them with no shirts on,” he said.

“I decided to style it up for them over a jump, they went crazy and the noise was louder than I’ve ever heard while racing.”

The avid rider’s third and final event was his favourite, the Air DH, in which he finished 22nd.

“I was really happy with how my races went, to come out unhurt was my goal and I definitely improved my results from last year,” he said.

De La Rue, who has lived at Whistler for the past 12 months, capped the week with a team victory in an industry race, coming away with a $500 bar tab to celebrate.

He will return to his job in Australia building bike trails for World Trail in six weeks after Canada’s mountain bike season ends.

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