As expected, Cory Graffunder and Bobby Prochnau did well, finishing 7th and 10th in Pro, but the invasion continues there. Ryan Graffunder, cousin to Cory, finished inside the top twenty in the Pro class, but also competed in the Open Am class, which was rife with Canadians. Of the twelve who made the night program half of them were Canadian.
Shane Cuthbertson finished 3rd, followed by Graffunder. An American seperated Tyler Murray (6th) and Graffunder. Stephen Foord might not have been born in Canada, but having raced several years' worth of Canadian Enduros, I think he counts as one of ours, and the Calgary resident finished 7th. Avery Turner and Matthew Coonfer, both of whom did very well this past year at the CECs, finished 10th and 12th.
Foordy was another two class competitor, finishing 5th in Vet, with Savona, BC's Wayne Reimer in 8th.
In Women's action, Shelby Turner, the 2010 National Women's Champ, and current champ, Chantelle Bykerk, fought it out to finish 4th (Bykerk) and 5th (Turner). Bykerk insured her invite to the X Games Enduro X.
Along with Bykerk, fellow BC native Cory Graffunder has earned his own invite to the X Games Enduro X. Both will be making their inaugural trip to the X Games this year.
Rather than ignore the fact that these Canadians, which is what happens every time someone says "No Canadians" take the chance in going to the US, perhaps we should celebrate the sacrifices made by those who do go to the States.