Women’s West Round 3 Photo Report
By Billy Rainford
Photos by Clayton Racicot
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The 2015 Schrader’s Women’s West Nationals came to a conclusion this past Saturday at Wild Rose M Park in downtown Calgary, Alberta. Heading into Saturday, Yorkton, SK rider, #2 Kennedy Lutz was in control of the standings, but a mid-week practice fall took her out of competition due to a knee injury. The title would come down to a battle between #3W Sara King and #631 Rachel Springman. Here’s a closer look at the racing action through the lens of Clayton Racicot:
Calgary is the one stop on the tour that sits pretty much in the core of a major city’s downtown.
With Kennedy Lutz out with an injury, who would step up to take the title in her absence?
#5 Jamie Munro was in a tight battle for 5th overall with #7 Dominique Daffé but had an off day in Calgary. Her 9-15 motos put her 12th on the day and 6th overall, just 8 points out of 5th.
#8 Bailee Pozdnekoff showed up in Calgary and put in consistent 7-8 motos for 8th overall. It was the only round she did so she ended up back in 18th.
#7 Dominique Daffé would grab 6th on the day and earn enough points to finish in 5th overall in the series.
#50 Shelby Turner took a break from her Endurocross racing to mix it up in motocross. She was the ‘next fastest’ and finished 2-2 for 2nd overall. She’ll have #14 in 2016.
#6 Brittany Danyluk really improved her speed for 2015. She finished 3-4 for 4th, which is what she did in all 3 rounds. She took 3rd in the series.
It seems that no matter what happens on the track, the women are all smiles when the checkers wave. This is #89 Katy Hopkins and #93 Jamie Routley.
#73 Kate Lees finished just outside the top 10 in Calgary with 13-10 motos. However, she’ll be #9 in 2016.
As the ladies sat on the line for the 2nd moto, the skies opened up and made for some slippery racing. #30 Courtney Stelter took 7th with 8-7 motos. She will be #12 in 2016.
After missing 2014 with a nasty wrist injury, #631 Rachel Springman was always right there in 2015. She will trade her 3-digits in for a big #2 next summer.
#3 Sara King proved she had the speed to challenge for wins every week. With great speed and style, she is the 2015 Women’s West National Champion. Congratulations on a strong series, Sara.
Cycle North’s Kourtney Lloyd was there to congratulate her when she crossed the line.
The women’s series creates quite a buzz on Amateur Day.
Springman won the Dunlop Hard Charger Award.
Here’s Brittany Danyluk snagging her Canada’s Motorcycle holeshot award.
And Madi Watt took home the Cycle North Most Improved Rider award. She took a nasty fall in one of the starts and still battled her way forward.
Here’s Sara King walking on stage with her #1 plate.
The 2015 Schrader’s Women’s West Nationals top 5: King, Springman, Danyluk, Lutz (not shown), and Daffé.
The champagne spray.
It was another great season of women’s racing in the west. The Women’s East Nationals start at Gopher Dunes July, 11th. See you at the races…