Thank you! Mother Nature listened and today was the polar opposite of yesterday, weather wise… blue sky and sunshine – all around! Qualifying was the name of the game, of course before that there was practice to be had. Continue reading “Mont Sainte Anne – Day 2 – Qualifying”
We landed in Canada today, all primed for the race – first we had a bit of a drive to get to the track, as we got closer, the clouds got greyer and greyer…. then came the rain! It really came down – as the French would say ‘merde’, we will let you google that (we are in French part of Canada after all!).
With dry temperatures there was a lot of dust about, a storm did come through over night and there was a decent amount of rain with it but the track just absorbed it up. Qualifying saw the top 4 senior men match the world cup standings! 1. Gwin 2. Hart 3. Brosnan 4. Minnaar but with every race it is always the finals that matter.
After seeding first Jackson Frew finished 11th in junior men with the rest of the Australians putting in varied results. In the womens’ race we were ecstatic to see Tegan Molloy sneak into the top 10 (in 10th) and Tracey Hannah was second! It was Rachel Atherton who took the win and with it the overall series. Senior men’s finals saw Loic Bruni take the hot seat early, his time stood for a long time, what was obvious was that the length of the track meant that there were some large gaps between places. Loic would eventually go onto finish 3rd, with the top four left it looked like Luca Shaw might grab his maiden podium. Greg Minnaar couldn’t take the hot seat and with it guaranteed Luca a podium.
Troy Brosnan came down and couldn’t best Loic who was still in the hot seat, next was Danny Hart and you could visibly see him pushing the boundaries of his tyres, drifting corners. He came through and the timing board was green! One rider left, fastest qualifer, Aaron Gwin, watching the splits it was close but in the end Danny Hart took his second consecutive world cup and denied Aaron Gwin the chance to take the overall series in Canada.
With one round to go the men’s series is still alive! Tune back soon.
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Today we woke up to an awesome day, with almost clear skies and the promise of a great day of riding. The first session of practice got underway and straight out of the gate there was plenty of speed, with many of the veterans of the sport like Rachel Atherton hitting top speed in plenty of sections first run. The new and loose sections of track started forming ruts even after only a few riders had passed over them. There were plenty of lines being tried early on, but by the end of practice everyone had their lines down and there were only a couple of distinct lines being taken.
As elite men started rolling down for their practice the hill seemed to be deserted with only a few riders coming down. Then the rain began and this diminished almost all riders, with only a couple coming down every few minutes. the slippery conditions caught a few riders out, especially in the open sections where the track became slick and muddy, The most notable crash we saw was Gee Atherton who came off and snapped his stem clean off, he walked away from the incident but was a little worse for wear.
We dont have much more to say about today, so we will leave you with a gallery of todays undetakings.
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For many Australian fans this was one early Monday morning to look forward to; a 5am start with the Top 10 Women’s DHI streamed on Red Bull TV. While Rachel Atherton has dominated the series so far, and qualified first, an error at the top of the course and a crash in the lower wooded section cost her vital time, and landed her in 12th place. Emmiline Ragot came away with the win by 4 seconds with a fast, clean run ahead of Manon Carpenter and Floriane Pugin.
As the Men’s race runs got underway, mechanicals and punctures littered the field, and even an unlucky broken wheel for ‘not Peaty’ Josh Bryceland. South African Andrew Neethling still held the hot seat with a time of 4:02:984, which held well into the Top 30, until Gee Atherton stormed through for the final dry run of the day with a 3:59:389. Then the sky opened up to make things interesting. It wasn’t long before the open areas were getting slick, slowing riders down in the top section and seemingly securing the win for Gee.