And 17-year-old Jackson Goldstone punches out third in the men's competition
Casey Brown is a busy person, riding all manner of dirt and disciplines across a jam-packed calendar. It took her nine years to finally make her way back to the Canadian National Downhill Championships this past weekend. But when she got there, it was as if nothing changed.
In 2012, she won the event over Laura Rosser in Mont-Sainte-Anne. In 2021, she ran it back for a win over Miranda Miller by 1.33 seconds at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Georgia Astle took third, and champagne was consumed from shoes.
Brown is a women’s slopestyle pioneer and former Downhill World Cup regular. Though she hasn’t done a UCI downhill event since 2015, she still takes on DH racing on occasion. And as she proved, the 31-year-old is still wicked fast.
Canadian Nationals were momentous for newcomers as well as veterans. In the men’s race, 17-year-old Jackson Goldstone also competed on a Session, and took home third overall and first in the 17-18 category. He was just 0.98 seconds away from silver.
Goldstone’s next move is a short break before heading back to Europe. (For more about the life of mountain biking’s busiest 17-year-old, click here.) And Brown has a slew of events planned, including Proving Grounds and her own brand new women’s freeride event called Dark Horse.
Don’t be surprised to see Brown or Goldstone pop up in any manner of mountain biking event this year. Wherever they are, it’ll be well worth your time to watch.