Mont Sainte Anne is a classic stop on the UCI World Cup circuit and one of the best tracks. This venue has always been characterised by its high-speed sections mixed with super technical woods and rock gardens. We honestly think that for most of the riders never rode a bike as fast on dirt as this past weekend. The speed trap was clocking over 75 km/h, so needless to say, considering that section and the condition of the dirt our SUPREME V4s were flying!
On Thursday, all the team were excited to head for practice after track walk. Myriam had her practice earlier than the boys. She was feeling great until her last run of the morning when the wind caught her on the last jump and she landed too short, injuring her ankle. Unfortunately, her hopes of racing 2 days later where dashed. Thankfully, she knows from her studies what she has to do to in order to recover as fast possible from a bad strain and hopefully she will be back for the last World Cup and World Championships. While the team is now in Whistler for Crankworx, she headed back to France for more tests and a lot of physiotherapy.
For sure, the rest of the team has been disappointed to see Myriam injured again, but the weekend had to go on. Practice went well for almost everyone, except for Thibaut who also had a big off at the end of the day just before the second to last step down. It threw him down hard, 3 metres down the hill.
After a few more practice laps on Friday morning, it was time for qualis’. The track was super dry and totally blown out. We’ve never seen it like this in the past; it was destined to be really physically tough.
Gaëtan (Vigé) put a solid run together for 3rd place in juniors, loosing some time on the last 2 splits after being 1st on the first 3. We were excited to see what he had for the finals.
Rémi had a bad time during his run, sliding on the take off of a jump mid track and landing outside the tape in some big rocks. Unfortunately he injured himself slightly on a part of his anatomy none of you guys would like to hurt… He even got a few stitches…
George was sitting in 14th position, but was not satisfied with the top half of his run. He knew he had some time left in him for the finals.
Thibaut qualified 46th, with a good top half but his sore back due to his crash prevented him from pushing hard until the end.
Gaëtan (Ruffin) had a pretty bad run with a lot of mistakes and issues but still came 62nd.
Thankfully, strong storms hit the mountains during the night and that meant the track was in perfect condition for the finals. Even if slippery for the last 2 practice runs in the morning, it couldn’t have been better for the finals.
As usual, Gaëtan (Vigé) was in the first race of the day with the juniors. He didn’t make the same mistakes and kept his power for the low half of the track, even death gripping in the legendary rock garden. He crossed the finish line with a 5 second margin over the leader. He will eventually keep the best time until the end with only Finn Iles getting close. He won his second World Cup and is still in the battle for the overall, sitting in 2nd position.
In the men’s race, Gaëtan (Ruffin) had a mechanical mid track which made him lose time but he still got a good 59th place and is back in the top 80 overall sitting in 76th position.
Thibaut had pretty much the same story as the day before, even if he was feeling better, his crash cost him some energy over the weekend (and a lot is needed on this track) and he ended up 43rd, winning a few spots in the overall, currently 54th.
George was the next up (Rémi was re-ranked as a top 10 rider) and his top half was average, but he put on a crazy show towards the bottom with incredible speed in the last woods section. He took the hot seat by more than 3 seconds and he held the place for a while, eventually bagging a great 7th place. He’s now back in the top 20 in the overall and protected for Vallnord.
Rémi unfortunately had the run we all dread. He felt like he was fast and on a good run but he just must have had the wrong rhythm. He ended up 24th. He lost a few spots in the overall but still sits in a respectable 10th position. This will definitely motivate him for revenge for the final World Cup of the year.
COMMENCAL/VALLNORD team placed 3rd best team of the weekend!
We are now in Whistler for Crankworx. We are going to take part in a few events such as Whip-Off, Garbanzo DH, A-Line and Canadian Open!
We will also do a few laps for you guys and hopefully we will see some of you there!
Thanks again for your precious support!