Monday, July 27, 2009
Mont Saint Anne Race Report
So I flew from Italy over to Canada for the 6th World Cup round in Mt Saint Anne, Quebec. It was my first time in Canada which was cool and I was pretty excited to get to ride the track that i had seen in so many videos and pictures!
I spent a couple of days chilling out in Quebec city at a backpacker's waiting for the Scottish boy's Joe Barnes and Ben Cathro to pick me up, which was sweet to get to check out the city a bit. Joe's flight didn't get in till late on the day before practice so I didn't get the chance to walk the course which I was a bit pissed about, but just had to get up and try do a slow run down and have a look at the course, which was harder said than done. I followed some other riders down and was starting to get in to the course, till I missed the take off for a small gap and went over the bars into a big pile of rocks. It certainly wasn't the start to the weekend that I had wanted, the result 1 swollen hand and a scraped up back. But nothing a bit of tape couldn't fix although it was pretty painful holding on on the rough rocky track that is MSA.
So after my crash I took the rest of practice pretty easy and was loving it, I rate it pretty high among the best WC course's in the World. It has a bit of everything in it and some awesome high speed section's that are just rough as anything! The rest of the day went pretty well a bit loose but no major crashes or anything so it was sweet. Overnight we got a spot of rain and it made the course a bit slicker but was still heaps of fun. I took my qualifying run real steady and didn't really push it too hard as I just wanted to get down with out any crashes or anything after the previous day, I ended up 47th which wasn't the best result so I knew I had a fair bit more work the next day for Finals. The other kiwi's went alright as well with Blinky 4th Justin 6th, Aari 40th, and young George Brannagin in 53rd not bad for his debut World Cup, and Rankin and Cam Cole were in the mix too with average runs.
Finals day was a fair bit more muddy and after my first run down with Dry tires on I changed to cut spikes which favored the wet condition's a bit better just were scary on the rock sections. I did 2 runs a felt pretty comfortable for my race run. I started off pretty well putting some pedals down in the top section and felt good then in the woods I felt a bit cautious, as It was a fair bit more drier than I had expected. In the bottom section I struggled to hold speed and was make stupid little mistakes that were costing me a lot as it was crucial to hold speed through the bottom section.
I ended up one place worse than Qualifying in 48th which was for me a disappointing result but it was a bit of a rough weekend for me anyways, but just have to keep the dream alive, and look to the next weekend to go better. Kiwis faired ok but maybe not as well as they would have wanted with Justin 10th, Blinky 16th with a mechanical, Cam 25th, Rankin just in front of me in 46th, Aari 63rd with a crash and George 67th.
Another World Cup done, leaving only 2 more for the year, next weekend in Bromont and the final in Austria in September hopefully these races can bring me some luck. Thanks to all my sponsors for making it happen, Ancillotti Cycles, UFO Plast, Doganaccia 2000, San Marco seats, CampaBros, NZRIDE, Maxxis Tires, Landini Auto.
Until next week