It was a great day in Canada as Mont St Anne delivered another epic World Cup and a great day for the team with victory for Rachel and Team of the Day.
Gee was still nursing a broken hand but was determined to make a good showing for his 100th World Cup start.
Gee said ‘It’s so much fun to ride here, the classic Mont St Anne course eases you in deceptively gently, then its one of the gnarliest courses on the circuit”
The team love the challenge of Mont St Anne. There are some super tech sections, some of the fastest grassy pistes on the circuit and harsh corners as well as a couple of new sections and some very dark woods.
Extreme storms in the run up to the race took their toll with the course becoming battered and blown out, the exposed bedrock presenting a major problem in Thursday’s wet timed training.
The team qualified solidly with 2nd for Rach, 4th for Kade, 8th for Gee and 28th for Charlie. They went into Saturday’s Finals very positive with plenty more in the tank.
Kade was first up – a small mistake cost him time but he was pleased to be just 0.9 off Thibault Daprela, enough for 2nd place.
In the Women’s finals 4th qualifier Tracey Hannah put in a fantastic run. Despite a problem with her chain towards the bottom part of the course she managed to cross 0.3 ahead of Marine Cabirou. 3rd qualifier Myriam Nicole looked to have crashed in the top section and rolled down the hill and then Rachel was on track.
Rachel was on fire! Up 12.3 seconds by split 2 she rode super aggressively to cross a huge 20.2 seconds clear of Tracey Hannah in 4.51.44. What could top qualifier Tahnee Seagrave bring? Up 0.174 at the first split she lost time to go into the red by split 2 crossing into 2nd place 5.08 behind Rachel.
Rach said “It’s been such a tough week, with the rain, we’ve been changing set ups, battling, the track is so fun but so hard and all the women have been smashing it – I knew I was going to have to bring my AAA game today.”
In the Men’s race Frenchman Loic Bruni took the win with Troy Brosnan in 2nd and our fellow Brit Danny Hart in 3rd.
Today was Gee’s 100th World Cup start and his best result so far this season, despite a broken hand still giving him considerable pain. His 8th place clinched us the team of the day award. Charlie struggled to find his flow today – 49th
MSA Quals Results
1 Kye Ahern Canyon Factory Downhill team 4.39.06
2 Thibault Daprela Commencal/Vallnord 4.39.49 +4.27
3 Henry Kerr Propain Dirt Sixpack 4.42.13 +3.06
4 Kade Edwards Trek Factory Racing DH 4.42.9 +3.8
1 Tahnee Seagrave Transition bikes/Muc-off 5.08.52
2 Rachel Atherton Trek Factory Racing DH 5.11.03 + 2.5
3 Myriam Nicole Commencal/Vallnord 5.24.83 +16.3
4 Tracey Hannah Polygon UR 5.26.18 +17.6
5 Eleanora Farina 5.29.83 +20.5
1 Danny Hart Madison Saracen Factory team 4.20.96
2 Loic Bruni Specialised Gravity Luca Shaw Santa Cruz Syndicate 4.21.64 +0.68
3 Amaury Pierron Commencal/Vallnord 4.21.66 +0.7
4 Luca Shaw Santa Cruz Syndicate 4.22.34 +1.38
5 Brook Macdonals MS Mondraker team 4.23.24 +2.28
8 Gee Atherton Trek Factory Racing DH 4.28.0 +7.0
28 Charlie Hatton Trek Factory Racing DH
1 Thibault Daprela Commencal/Vallnord 4.25.36
2 Kade Edwards Trek Factory Racing DH 426.34 +0.9
3 Henry Kerr Propain Dirt Sixpack 4.31.71 +6.3
1 Rachel Atherton Trek Factory Racing DH 4.51,44
2 Tahnee Seagrave Transition bikes/Muc-off 4.56.53 +5.08
3 Tracey Hannah Polygon UR 5.11.72 +20.28
4 Marine Caribou Voulvol racing 5.13.14 + 21.7
5 Mariana Salazar Dorval AM 5.14.13 +20.69
1 Loic Bruni Specialised Gravity Luca Shaw Santa Cruz Syndicate 4.12.71
2 Troy Brosnan Canyon Factory Downhill team 4.13.03 +0.3
3 Danny Hart Madison Saracen Factory team 4.14.03 +1.32
4Amaury Pierron Commencal/Vallnord 4.16.01 +3.2
5 Loris Vergier Santa Cruz Syndicate 4.16.18 +3.4
8 Gee Atherton Trek Factory Racing DH 4.18.9 +6.2
49 Charlie Hatton Trek Factory Racing DH 4.31.6 +18.89
Rach strengthens her lead in the Women’s Elite , Kade moves back up to 3rd in Men’s Juniors, Mille stays 5th in the Women’s Juniors despite missing this round and Gee moves into the top 20 with 19th place. Charlie slips to 48th.
In the team rankings Commencal maintain the lead, and we move back into 3rd.