Vernon’s Brendan Davidson (left) races to victory in a downhill longboard race in Vernon as former Vernon resident James Ware (right) crashes on the final corner. Ware was unhurt.

Vernon’s Brendan Davidson (left) races to victory in a downhill longboard race in Vernon as former Vernon resident James Ware (right) crashes on the final corner. Ware was unhurt.

Davidson collects cash, gold medal

Brendan Davidson, the lone Vernon athlete competing, won gold and $550 in a downhill longboard race over the weekend in Vernon.

Brendan Davidson, the lone Vernon athlete competing, won gold and $550 in a downhill longboard race over the weekend in Vernon.

The event attracted pro riders from B.C., Alberta and California to a challenging track that had not been raced on before.

Davidson progressed through several heats and met in the final heat with two riders from his sponsor’s team – Sector9 Canada – including former Vernon resident James Ware.

The riders drafted each other and exchanged the lead several times over the fast mile-long track.

It was Davidson who came into the final corner with the lead, with Ware in second. Ware fell victim to the rough and potholed-corner which had taken down many riders during day and he crashed, but was unhurt. Tony Grenier of Abbotsford was second and Manu Dehamel of Penticton was third.

The racers would like to thank the event’s sponsors, the neighbourhood residents for their cooperation and event organizer jamie Hickey.