Day 4: finals
Well that race was a little bit of a disaster for us.
Laurie could not start because of a bad ankle from a smaller crash on the day before, Mike hasn’t had a good run, but also a flat tire and Brook crashed in his race run with in reach of the top split times, got back on the bike and had a flat tire as well.
Laurie had a DNS (did not start), which drops him from 3rdto 6thposition in the overall. Brook finished in 53rdand dropped one position in the overall from 6thto 7thplace. Mike finished in 27thand dropped 1 position in the overall.
The only real highlight for us this weekend is the 4thplace of Pat Butler I the juniors race. That got him from 9thto 6thplace in the junior world cup overall ranking.
Obviously we are not happy with this and we came to Mont Saint Anne to do better, but this is how racing is: sometimes you win and sometimes you lose- we are not desperate but looking forward to the next round to fight back! Stay tuned for the next round, which is the season final in La Bresse/ France.
Riders were struggling in the first training session before qualification. With way less runs as they are used to, they had some try and errors, which is why we saw quite a lot of crashes. Brook went down pretty hard and Laurie rolled his ankle. Almost no able to walk his ankle got taped up by body mechanic Martin New Hill and at least Laurie was able to roll out of the start gate. Laurie got a DNF (did not finish) but as he is a top 10 rider he is protected for the race. Brook finished in 5thwith a massive mistake in the top part. This let us hope for more as he was just 2,2 seconds off on 4.20.00 track. Mike was far off being happy after his run. He said that he made every mistake you could have made on this track and caught all the wrong and slow lines- not happy with his run, but happy with 20thplace.
Junior Patrik Butler finished in 5thwith a solid, but not error free run- we will see if he can make himself a birthday present on race day or not.
Day 1 +2:
Mont Sainte Anne/ Canada hosts the 6thround of the 2018 UCI world cup. This year it is the one and only world cup round out of Europe and coming here includes special preparation such as flying over earlier for acclimatize and getting over the jetlag.
The weather in Mont Sainte Anne this year is unusual hot which are the best circumstances for storms and unstable weather. On the first day of training one of those storms kicked in with heavy rain and thunder. Training got interrupted for 2 hours because track marshals got evacuated from the mountain, the gondola got stopped and the riders got a maximum of 4 training runs on the first day. The good thing was that we showed again that we are a force to count with: Brook 3rdand Mike 7th Elite time training and Pat got 2ndin juniors timed training.